Nowadays it is almost impossible to buy a gadget without a microphone, including home entertainment equipment. Well, Sonos is releasing a mic-free version of its Arc soundbar. It̵
The bar shares the ‘SL’ branding that Sonos uses with all of its other mic-free products. The Costco model of the Arc comes in a special “shade edition” color, which translates to dark gray. The regular version with microphones comes in black. Your soundbar is super unobtrusive and will fit into your home theater setup anyway.
Otherwise, everything else appears to be the same, including the sound quality. Because Sonos is a ‘smart’ soundbar, Sonos has continuously updated its system firmware and recently added support for multi-channel LPCM surround sound via HDMI eARC.
The exclusivity for Costco does have an advantage: a savings of $ 50. So you’re looking at $ 749, compared to the usual $ 799 price at most other retailers. The SL model is perfect for those who prefer not to have an always-on microphone built into their home entertainment system. And if you ever decide you want an always-on microphone, you can always connect your Sonos gear to an Amazon Echo or Google Assistant speaker.
via The Verge