Sonos launched its Arc Soundbar in India a couple of years ago. Here we have the company's premium Dolby Atmos soundbar launched especially for those who want to connect it to the TV for an immersive experience when watching movies, playing games and more.

Design and build quality

The Sonos Arc is a huge soundbar designed to pair with larger TVs. It measures 87 x 1141.7 x 115.7 mm and weighs 6.25 kg. It has a matte metallic finish mesh with 76,000 holes on all the grills on the front that looks and feels premium and doesn't attract fingerprints. In addition to black, the soundbar also comes in white.

There's a sturdy bracket on the bottom so it doesn't slip off easily, and there's also a wall-mount option on the back.

There's SONOS branding on the front with an LED above it, behind the grill, to indicate connectivity.

There are touch-sensitive play/pause buttons along with volume and music control buttons on top.

There's also a far-field microphone array that uses advanced beamforming and multi-channel echo cancellation that's activated when you use the voice assistant once the soundbar is connected to your phone. The light shines when the microphone is on, and you can turn off the microphone by pressing the touch-sensitive microphone button.

At the back you can see the HDMI port with eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support, power supply port and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. You can also see the Join button on the back to pair other Sonos speakers or subwoofers.

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Connectivity and pairing

In addition to HDMI ARC, the Sonos Arc supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz for streaming music directly from the line, and has no Bluetooth streaming. Setting up and connecting the Arc to the Internet takes just seconds with the SONOS app.

The TV also supports Apple AirPlay 2, so you can easily stream from Apple devices running iOS 11.4 or higher.

Sonos app

The Sonos app for Android and iOS offers several customization options, such as EQ modes to adjust bass and treble. There is a Sonos radio feature that has multiple stations. You can also customize based on room acoustics, even calibrating the height channels for precise placement.

You can enable Sonos voice control or add Alexa voice control in the app in minutes. You can also add music streaming apps. There is also a song set as an alarm.

Audio quality

The Sonos arc uses 11 digital Class D amplifiers that feed 11 custom drivers. Eight of these drivers are elliptical woofers and three are silk dome tweeters. The woofers are located on the front, top, and ends of the soundbar. The tweeters are built into the front of the soundbar, and two of them fire diagonally into the room.

In terms of sound quality, the soundbar offers a good Dolby Atmos experience with clear and crisp sound, balanced bass and doesn't distort even at high volume. Even with normal stereo or 5.1 surround sound sources, the Arc performs well.

If you prefer more bass, you can increase it in the equalizer settings, but getting a subwoofer is recommended for a fuller surround sound experience. Treble is clear without being harsh.

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Overall, the soundbar uses its array of speakers to bounce sound off the walls and ceiling to create a 3D audio effect, and the sound field adapts to your room using Sonos' Trueplay technology, creating an immersive listening experience. wide and enveloping that simulates surround sound.

While there's support for Wi-Fi and HDMI ARC, the company could add Bluetooth support for those with older devices.

Conclusion

Overall, the Sonos Arc soundbar offers an immersive Dolby Atmos experience for movies and TV shows. While it's not as good as a full Atmos setup, it's a very good soundbar for those who want a simple and effective solution, if you have the budget.

The Sonos Arc is priced at Rs. 99,999 which is slightly higher compared to other countries. It is available in several online and offline retailers across India.


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