Let's pitch these four variants together to see which fares better. Keep reading to find out the answer!
Support for virtually every music streaming platform imaginable, the ability to integrate with other Sonos speaker systems in a multi-room setup, and the options to add two of the company's music speaker systems (the Play:1, Play:3, or Play:5) as the surrounding landscape and the Secondary for extra bass are all included.
Dolby Atmos multichannel audio is a significant enhancement to the Arc. All other soundbars support Dolby 5.1 Digital as the finest TV audio choice regardless of your chosen alternatives.
The variations between the four devices are mostly related to their years, with the Beam and Arc introducing new features and being far smarter than their predecessors.
The Beam and Arc allow voice control, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and some Siri commands when used with an iPhone or iPad. Additionally, HDMI ARC and eARC offer an additional layer of collaboration between the speaker and the (HDMI CEC-compatible) television, especially concerning voice control.
Furthermore, the Arc supports eARC, enabling it to handle higher-quality Dolby Atmos transmissions from compatible TVs.
Turning on your TV with Alexa is sometimes a handy feature. You may incorporate Alexa to the Playbase and the Playbar (or any other Sonos speaker) by connecting an Amazon Echo gadget like the Echo Dots to your networks, but this is not nearly as convenient or useful.
The four Sono TV speakers come in white or black and have touch-sensitive controls for the Arc, Beam, and Playbase. The Playbar, being the eldest of the three, relies on physical buttons in the earlier form. Although the Arc seems slender in photographs because of its curving form, it is a respectable 8.5cm tall.
The Sonos Arc is purpose-built to complement the larger televisions (which are becoming increasingly popular), with 114cm, only slightly broader than a typical contemporary 49-inch television. The product also greatly increases its width compared to the Playbar (90cm).
The Sonos Arc measures 8.8 x 114 x 11.7cm (HWD), or 3.5 x 46 x 4.6 inches, and weighs 6.25 kg (13.78lbs). It features a touch-sensitive 'button' for play/pause and two context-sensitive display devices for volume control. Furthermore, a microphone switch and a solitary LED show whether or not the Arc is listening for Google Assistant or Alexa orders.
By a large margin, Beam is the tiniest Sonos TV speaker. It's simple to find space underneath or before your television with dimensions of 65cm wide, 10cm deep, and 7cm tall. Not only is the Beam more compact and softer, but we believe it also looks better than the Playbase and Playbar.
Once again, minimalism is the goal, but the small speaker's elongated pill form and mesh wrap work together to create something that seems only a little bit more classy and sophisticated. With a weight of just 2.9kg, Beam will put less strain on your walls if you choose the £59 ($59, AU$89) wall mounting bracket.
The Playbar is undoubtedly the least appealing of the four gadgets, with its geometric design seeming out of step with its younger siblings' rounder screens. Also, it has a clumsy design in several respects.
It's about the width of a 43-inch television, and wall mounters should be reasonably certain of the sturdiness of the walls and fittings they utilize. It's huge and hefty at 90cm broad and 5.4kg in weight.
The Playbar's design becomes even odder when it is not wall-mounted. The silicone feet of the gadget is located on what would normally be the rear panel facing the walls, and this configuration reduces the Playbar's height and hence its likelihood of obstructing a Television behind it.
The authorized Playbar mount ($39) is less expensive than the Beam's, and some customers report that they don't need it at all. And even if it does obstruct the IR receiver on your television, a built-in repeater guarantees that remote instructions are received.
To obtain the optimum audio from the Playbar, one must prop it up on its edge - which may obscure your television screen. The newer Sonos Arc has no such concerns. The issue is that the Playbar's drivers are primarily firing upward in this orientation, resulting in a tall sound but lack directness.
On the other hand, the Playbase's height allows for this. It is significantly broader and deeper than it is tall, creating the appearance of a style that prioritizes utility above form. It's well-made, and the perfectly carved holes surrounding the gadget for optimal air management are rather nice.