Sonos Launches New Arc Soundbar With Dolby Atmos Support

Sonos today announced the Arc, a new $799 premium soundbar option that features Dolby Atmos support and AirPlay 2 compatibility. The Arc replaces the Playbar, with Sonos also discontinuing the Playbase.


Available in black or white, the Arc features a curved grille, with its longer 45-inch design aimed at users who have large TVs. Sonos says the Arc can be mounted discreetly or placed on top of furniture.

The Arc is equipped with 11 drivers to provide multi-directional audio, along with 8 elliptical woofers, 3 silk-dome tweeters, and a far-field microphone array for voice assistant activation (it supports Google Assistant and Alexa). Arc tuning was done with Oscar-winning sound engineers to emphasize the human voice, ideal for use with TV shows and movies.

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Sonos' Trueplay software tunes the Arc to the acoustics of the room that it's in, while the app provides adjustable EQ settings. A night mode reduces the intensity of loud sound effects.

Sonos has also introduced the new $699 third-generation Sonos sub and the $499 Sonos Five, which is designed to replace the Play:5.

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Along with the new products, Sonos today announced the upcoming launch of its S2 app, which will work with the new Arc, Sonos Five, and Sonos Sub, along with other Sonos devices. The S2 app includes support for higher resolution audio like Dolby Atmos, plus it features improved security and a revamped design.

The new Sonos app will work with most products, but it leaves behind the original Play:5, Zone Players, Gen 1 Connect devices, the CR200, and the Bridge.

Sonos plans to release the Arc on June 10, and it will be compatible with the Sonos S2 app when it launches. The Arc is available for pre-order on the Sonos website as of today, as are the Sonos Sub and Sonos Five.

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Top Rated Comments

mortenb Avatar
9 months ago
Still 802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz... it's *17* years old wi-fi tech...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imnotthewalrus Avatar
9 months ago


I'd buy an Apple soundbar but it would probably cost $3,999.


Me too, maybe they would discount it down to $3,499 :)


Well, yeah, and then another $1000 for the optional wall mount.


Hahahahaha yeah! It's one thing if it contained $3,999 worth of technology, but with Apple it'd be like $100 worth of tech at most.

Only on Macrumors can a non-Apple related thread turn into an Apple bashing thread.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
locovaca Avatar
9 months ago


I'd buy an Apple soundbar but it would probably cost $3,999.

Well, yeah, and then another $1000 for the optional wall mount.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
9 months ago
I'd buy an Apple soundbar but it would probably cost $3,999.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
9 months ago


Still 802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz... it's *17* years old wi-fi tech...

True, but it doesn't need to be any faster, it's only transferring audio, not 4K video streaming to 10 devices. Putting faster wifi won't increase performance, but will increase price. All wifi routers/cards have backwards compatibility, and 802.11b/g isn't going to disappear anytime soon.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vipergts2207 Avatar
9 months ago
$800 is too much money for a sound bar. You could be on your way to a real home theater for that.


looks like so.

Do you guys think atmos makes a big difference? i have playbar and i can return it and get this one!

I doubt the implementation here is anything to write home about.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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