Sonos Arc Soundbar – 2021 Review

The Sonos Arc is the company’s first Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar, and purports to offer a premium 3D surround sound experience without the need for supplementary speakers.

This offering is even in excess of the strong features I’m accustom to from my 2019 Sonos Beam, and suggests a rich future for Sonos’s soundbar offerings.

On unboxing the Sonos Arc, I’m struck my the size of the soundbar. It’s larger than the Sonos Beam by a significant margin, with the enclosed documents revealing its width to be 114 cm. This size could be challenging for some – paired with a television with a screen smaller than this might look goofy. Furthermore, the Sonos Beam is just small enough to be moved infrequently as needed. The Sonos Arc is absolutely too big and heavy to reposition effortlessly.

As with most Sonos products, setup was very easy and I have the Arc set up with my television in under 10 minutes. Very pleased that Sonos continue to excel in this area, and no complaints.

Sonos Arc Soundbar

Once ready, I threw on the 5.1 mix of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with Dolby Atmos enabled. Given this is an album I’ve loved for many decades, I thought I knew what to expect, but was gratified immensely by both the depth and direction of the sound. Hmm, how to describe it? Where the Beam did a good job of immersing me, it always felt like the source of the audio was the soundbar. With the Arc, the illusion is complete in a sense, with what feels like greater horizontal and vertical sound spacing.

All-in-all I’ve found the Sonos Arc to be a worthy upgrade to the Sonos Beam, albeit less portable and potentially manageable in the long-term. I’ll be certain to update you all in the new year to let you know the final outcome on the Sonos Arc.