Sonos Soundbars
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Sonos - Soundbars that are real multi-talents

The US company Sonos has been producing wireless speaker systems for almost two decades and has thus established itself as one of the leading brands in the audio segment. The special thing about Sonos speakers is that they are intelligent multi-room systems that can be placed throughout the house or apartment and be interconnected.

Of course, Sonos audio solutions also include soundbars that offer room-filling sound and numerous smart features at the same time. This makes them the ideal complement to your TV – whether for everyday use, streaming or music playback.

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Sonos Soundbars compared

The soundbars from the American manufacturer have a sleek design and have in common that they are delivered without an external subwoofer. However, a wide soundstage is created since the Sonos soundbars can even reproduce three-dimensional Dolby Atmos sound.

Ray
Sonos Arc
Arc
Sonos Beam Gen. 2
Beam Gen. 2
Model year 2022 2020 2021
Channels 2 5.2 5
Dolby Atmos
DTS
HDMI 2.1 1x In
eARC
WLAN
Room size up to 15 m2 up to 25 m2 up to 25 m2
Subwoofer
Satellites
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 71 x 559 x 95 mm 87 x 1141 x 120 mm 69 x 651 x 100 mm

Sonos Ray 2022
Mini Soundbar with Multiroom Option

Room size
up to 15 m2
Channels
2

Sonos Ray Connections

Digital opticalLAN-Ethernet
Set
Soundbar
  • Slim size
  • Dolby Digital and DTS
  • Speech enhancement
  • Trueplay room correction
  • Apple Airplay2
  • Compatible with Sonos App
  • Multiroom option
  • No HDMI
  • No 3D or surround sound
  • Trueplay only with iOS
  • No Bluetooth
  • No voice assistants

The Sonos Ray is the company’s smallest soundbar so far. Two tweeters, two midrange speakers and two bass reflex tubes are hidden in the 55 centimeter wide case. These reproduce 2.0-channel stereo sound in the form of Dolby Digital and DTS. Unfortunately, there is no spatial expansion like DTS Virtual:X, but it does feature Sonos’ Trueplay room correction. Since all speakers are directed to the front, you can also store the soundbar in a TV cabinet.

The little soundbar has an optical port for connecting it to your TV. However, there is no HDMI interface, which means ARC or eARC are not supported. In contrast, smart features have not been skimped on: The soundbar can be conveniently integrated into the Sonos app and can be controlled via it or paired with other speakers from the manufacturer. Apple Airplay2 is also supported.

Sonos Arc 2020
Smart Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Room calibration

Room size
up to 25 m2
Channels
5.2

Sonos Arc Connections

HDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalLAN-Ethernet
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar
  • HDMI eARC
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Up- & Side-firing speakers
  • Wi-Fi, Smart Features & Voice Control
  • Easily expandable & Multiroom Option
  • Automatic room correction
  • No DTS
  • No Bluetooth
  • No HDMI IN

The Sonos Arc is a high-quality 5.0.2-channel system that comes in a stylish, rounded design. Thanks to the height channels and its HDMI eARC connection, the soundbar can play uncompressed Dolby Atmos. To create an immersive sound experience, it also has side-firing speakers and for even better surround sound, it can be expanded with additional satellite speakers. An external subwoofer is also available separately and can compensate for the deep bass that the Sonos Arc somewhat lacks.

A voice enhancement feature and center speaker ensure that the Sonos Arc reproduces dialogs clearly. It also has a room correction feature, which optimally adapts the sound to your room. Overall, the sound profile is quite balanced and there are hardly any delays, so audio and video material are displayed almost synchronously.

The wired connection options of the Sonos Arc unfortunately are very limited. There is only one Ethernet port and one HDMI eARC port. Thus, those who want to connect their device with an optical cable have to use an adapter for the HDMI port. Wireless streaming of content is possible via WLAN, Airplay or one of the integrated voice assistants. However, a classic Bluetooth interface is not available.

Sonos Beam Gen. 2 2021
Small sound-miracle with Atmos support

Room size
up to 25 m2
Channels
5

Sonos Beam Gen. 2 Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI eARCLAN-Ethernet
Dolby Atmos
Set
Soundbar
  • 220W total power
  • Compact design
  • Room correction feature
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Wi-Fi & Apple Airplay2
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant built-in
  • No DTS:X
  • Low volume
  • No Bluetooth

The Sonos Beam is already available in the second, improved generation. The US manufacturer did not skimp on smart features for this soundbar either, so the Sonos Beam combines soundbar and smart speaker with each other. You can also control this sound bar without touching it via the integrated voice assistant. In addition, wireless connectivity is available in the form of Wi-Fi and Airplay. Like the Sonos Arc, the Beam does not support Bluetooth connectivity.

The Sonos Beam has side-firing speakers to create a wide soundstage. Furthermore, the sound is optimally adjusted to your room conditions with the help of the room correction feature. Even Dolby Atmos content can be reproduced by the small sound bar, but you will notice that the 5.0 setup lacks bass. Thus, if you want to use the Sonos Beam mainly for movies, it is worth investing in the separately available subwoofer. However, it performs very well for TV shows due to the center speaker and the additional voice enhancement feature.