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Sonos Arc, Sonos Five and Sonos Sub (3rd Gen) presented

Sonos arc
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(Post image: © 2020 Sonos)

Tonight the Sonos Arc, Sonos Five and Sonos Sub of the 3rd generation were officially presented. For the most part, the new devices are an upgrade compared to their predecessors - there is not so much new to see here except for the Sonos Arc. We take a look at the three devices at a glance.

In addition to the new Sonos S2 software one has today the Sonos Arc as completely new Proshown. Everything new seems to be the motto at Sonos: The Sonos Five replaces the Sonos Play:5 (2nd gen) and the Sonos Sub (3rd gen) has received a performance upgrade compared to the 2nd generation. All three devices can also only be controlled with Sonos S2 and are supplied with the new software as standard. In order for you to be able to connect older Sonos devices to the new devices, you must upgrade your current system to S2.

Sonos arc

Besides the app, the Sonos Arc (87 x 1.141,7 x 115,7 mm) is the biggest innovation at Sonos. As with the Sonos Beamwhich was shown a long time ago, this is a soundbar. More precisely, a mixture with the design of the Sonos Beam and the technology from the Sonos Move. As is well known, the latter adapts to its surroundings using microphones and automatically configures various sound settings. You got this last year presented at IFA 2019 in Berlin. According to Sonos, the Sonos Arc will also be the Sonos Playbar replace.

Sonos arc

Image: Sonos

Let's dive into the technical details: Here the Sonos Arc comes with Dolby Atmos surround speakers, automatically adapts to the environment for the best sound ("Sonos Trueplay", only works with iOS) and comes with a 270-degree Front therefore. The soundbar can easily be placed in front of the TV or hung up with a bracket - this will be available as an accessory for 79 euros. The connections are based on HDMI eARC, an Ethernet port and a power connection.

On top of that there's Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, improved WiFi (only 2,4 GHz!) and a touch control unit on the top. For the sound, eleven digital amplifiers, eight woofers, three tweeters and four far-field microphones are used inside. Infrared is also included so that the Sonos Arc can also be controlled with the TV remote control. Like all other SonosProproducts, the Sonos Arc can be paired with other devices to Create surround system. We will start at 899 euros (RRP) from June 10, 2020 in the colors matt black and matt white, you can pre-order now.

Sonos five

In addition to the soundbar, the Sonos Five was shown as a more classic loudspeaker. This will replace the Sonos Play: 5 (2nd Gen). Compared to this one offers the same sound quality, but has improved the performance under the hood. The biggest changes are the improved WLAN antennas, as with the other devices.

Sonos five

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The Sonos Five comes with six digital amplifiers, three tweeters and three mid-range speakers. There is also a line array for wide and room-filling sound. The Sonos Five also offers a 3,5 mm jack connection for AUX-In, Apple AirPlay 2, improved WiFi with 2,4 GHz, Ethernet and of course a power connection. Things like equalizers & Co. can be set in the new Sonos S2 app. In addition, there is a touch control on the top, where you can pause and start the next track in addition to louder and quieter.

The Sonos Five starts at 579 euros (RRP) and will be available from us from June 10, 2020. Matt black and matt white are also available here as color variants. Pre-orders are also possible from today.

Sonos Sub (3rd generation)

The third generation of Sonos subwoofers is here - so here is the Sonos Sub (3rd gen). As with the Sonos Five, almost nothing has changed compared to the predecessor. So the sound stayed the same here, but the performance was improved. In addition, there is now Sonos Trueplay, which can automatically adapt the acoustics to the environment. Like the Sonos Arc and Sonos Five, the Sonos Sub (3rd Gen) comes with the new Sonos S2 software.

Sonos Sub (3rd Gen)

Image: Sonos

Under the hood are two digital amplifiers and two force canceling drivers for powerful bass without rattling. If you pair the Sonos Sub with other Sonos devices, it will automatically adjust its settings to ensure the best sound quality. Basically, all settings are made via the app - there are no other control units. For the connections, an Ethernet port and a power supply are also used here. On top of that, there is also improved WiFi with 2,4 GHz.

The Sonos Sub will be launched at the same time as Sonos Arc and Sonos Five - at a price of 799 euros (RRP) in glossy black and glossy white. If you are impatient, you can still use the Sonos website Pre-order.

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Frank

Much too expensive, unfortunately. Don't come into my house.