Sonos adds a bit of excitement to its catalog with the Arc, a $ 800 Dolby Atmos soundbar. This, Sonos claims, allows you to capture immersive "cinematic sound" drag your living room. The company is also changing the Play: 5 speaker, which is now called the Sonos Five, and is giving the Sonos Sub a minor hardware update.
All three speakers are available for pre-order and will ship before June 1
The Arc is available in black or white and has a curved front grill. Most Dolby Atmos soundbars are shaped like rectangles with flat speaker grilles, presumably because they are packed with so many drivers. The Arc is 45 inches long, it is compatible with the Sonos Wireless Sub, and it comes with Google Assistant and Alexa baked in.
And then there is the new Sonos Five loudspeaker. It offers the same listening experience as the old Play: 5 speaker, which means Sonos has not replaced or upgraded the product's internal audio hardware. The company claims the rebranded Five speaker has more processing power to accelerate audio streaming, but that's the only real difference apart from the new matte black and white design.
To the dismay of some fans, the Sonos Five still doesn't support Alexa or Google Assistant. Sonos wants to position its Five speaker as a performing listening machine, which makes sense. Still, it's weird to see a $ 500 speaker with no built-in voice assistant. For reference, the $ 200 Sonos One supports Google Assistant and Alexa, as does the Sonos Beam soundbar and the new Sonos Arc.
And last but not least Sonos gives its wireless Sub at least a quick spec update. The product will not fall victim to any paint or rebranding, but new models will have more processing power to improve the speed of streaming audio. Logical, since some Sonos Five buyers are likely to pair their beautiful new speaker with an equally beautiful Sub.
You can pre-order the Sonos Arc, Sonos Five, and upgraded Sonos Sub on the company's website. According to Sonos, orders will arrive before June 10. Personally, I would keep an eye out for the discontinued Playbar and Play: 5 speakers as you may be able to grab them at a discount.
Source: Sonos via The Verge