Sonos made a couple of announcements today including their first Dolby Atmos soundbar, the Sonos Five and an updated Sonos Sub.
“Home has never played a more important role in our lives and we’ve always been about making the home more enjoyable with great sounding products and new experiences. Arc brings the sounds of our favourite shows and artists to life like never before,” said Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO. “Our goal is to make any room you have a television a place you can easily enjoy all of the great streaming video and music that exists today. Arc illustrates our commitment to brilliant sound and premium design, and sets a new standard for soundbars.”
The Sonos Arc isn’t the company’s first soundbar but it Sonos’ first one with Dolby Atmos support. Arc has a 270-degree rounded plastic grille with 11 high-performance drivers for “crisp highs, dynamic midranges and surprising bass.”
Dolby Atmos helps provide a more immersive audio experience by creating 3D audio and make it feel like you have a full surround system.
Sonos worked with Oscar-winning sound engineers to help put an emphasis on human voices when watching shows and movies with lots of dialogue. There’s even a Speech Enhancements setting in the Sonos app that helps clarify dialogue. The Night Sound setting will temper loud explosions when watching at night.
Just like other Sonos devices, Arc has Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls and Sonos’ Trueplay tuning technology.
The Arc soundbar uses Sonos’ S2 software platform and can be controlled using the new Sonos app, existing TV remote and more. The soundbar also has AirPlay 2 support.
The Sonos Arc is set to launch on June 10th for $999 CAD ($799 USD). Pre-orders are available now from Sonos’ website.
The Sonos Five is an updated version of their old Play:5 (Gen 2) speaker. The new speaker has updated internals and design updates to make it more powerful.
The speaker can be used in both vertical and horizontal orientation or in a pair for stereo sound.
The Sonos Five costs $599 CAD ($499 USD) and ships on June 10th. It’ll be available in both black and white colour options. Pre-orders are available now from Sonos’ website.
Sonos Sub (Gen 3)
The design of the 3rd gen Sonos Sub hasn’t changed by the internal have. The Sub is designed to optimize lower frequencies for even richer sound and works great when wirelessly paired with the Sonos Arc soundbar.
The Sonos Sub (Gen 3) launched on June 10th alongside the Five and Arc for $899 CAD ($699 USD). Pre-orders are available now from Sonos’ website.
New Sonos App
In addition to the new speakers, a new Sonos app is coming in June. The new app dubbed Sonos S2 will help control Sonos products that use their S2 software platform.
The new platform and app bring new features, usability updates and more personalization and even higher resolution audio technologies. You can see below the new apps that are compatible with Sonos S2.
The current Sonos app will be rebranded as Sonos S1 to control older legacy devices.
The new Sonos S2 app launches on June 8th on both Android and iOS.
Update – June 10th, 2020: Sonos’ latest products the Arc soundbar, Five speaker and Sub (Gen 3) are now available for purchase for $999, $599 and $899 CAD respectively from Sonos’ website.