Sonos’ first Dolby Atmos soundbar has arrived—here’s how to pre-order it
The new Arc, plus Sub and Five speakers, will be available in June
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Today, Sonos announced the coming availability of a few new premiere audio devices, not the least of which is a brand new, high-end soundbar model called the Sonos Arc.
The Arc, which will be available in June for $799—and can be preordered now from Sonos—is being called an "ultra-premium" model by Sonos (and with an $800 price tag, we're inclined to agree, though this is far from the most expensive soundbar on the market).
While the Arc is the star of the show, Sonos also debuted its 3rd generation "Sub" wireless subwoofer and the new "Five," the latest version of the previously-titled Play:5 home music speaker. There will also be a new version of the Sonos app, which serves as the controller for the three new products (Arc, Sub, and Five), along with the rest of Sonos' lineup.
Here's what we know so far about the latest Sonos hardware.
About the new Sonos Arc
As noted above, the Sonos Arc will premiere at $799, available in the usual Sonos matte black or matte white hues. Sonos' press release reports that the new soundbar will deliver 11 high-performance drivers, including two upward-firing drivers that will bounce sound off your ceiling to create the hemispheric immersion for which Dolby Atmos and other so-called "3D sound" formats are prized.
In addition, Sonos says the Arc's speaker crossover was mixed by Oscar-winning audio engineers to deliver the best performance, whether that's basic stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, or Dolby Atmos output. This is Sonos' first Dolby Atmos soundbar (meaning it actually has up-firing speakers and isn't just "compatible" with the format) which is one reason for the hefty price tag.
Using the new Sonos app, you'll be able to tune Arc's performance via features like Speech Enhancement, Night Sound (which tempers high-decibel audio details), and an updated version of Sonos' Trueplay functionality, which traditionally has helped boost sound quality by scanning the soundbar's acoustic environment.
The Arc is set to replace the Playbar and Playbase within the company's lineup. It can be easily synced up with the new Sonos Sub or the Sonos One/One SL.
If you don't want to preorder it today, the Arc is slated to be available from Sonos and participating retailers on June 10th.
About the new Sonos Sub, Five, and App
While not as exciting as the new Arc, Sonos also announced new versions of its Sub—a wireless subwoofer unit that's also pretty pricy—as well as the new Five, the latest iteration of the Play:5 home speaker, which is specifically tailored for music. It appears the updates will be minor, offering the same sound but with "increased memory and faster processing power."
Both the Sub and Five will be available on June 10th as well, though you can also preorder them today. The Sub and Five are both available in matte black or white, just like the Arc, and start at $699 and $499 respectively.
Last but not least, the latest version of the Sonos app is set to become available June 8th ahead of the new products' launch. Sonos claims users will see an improved interface, including better options for searching for content, controlling sound, and personalizing your experience.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.