The Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos soundbar – a recent entry for Which Hi-Fi?‘s Hall of Fame – is back to its Black Friday price just in time for Easter.
Right now the Arc, which officially costs £899, is down to just £699 – that’s a massive 22% discount! (opens in new tab)
Granted, Sonos Arc discounts aren’t unheard of, but I’m only aware that it’s gone this low once before, before Black Friday in November last year. And, interestingly enough, it’s only hi-fi retailer Peter Tyson that currently offers it at this price. It’s at least £50 more expensive on most sites.
I must confess that I have no prior knowledge of this deal, so I don’t know how long it will last. Hopefully for the long weekend, but if you’re up for it, I wouldn’t wait. Besides, I’d like to have it in my house and get it ready for this weekend’s football and the Masters.
Sitting above the Beam (Gen 2) in Sonos’ range, the Arc uses 11 speakers to deliver one of the most compelling Atmos performances out there. Features include Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity for easy streaming and a choice of voice assistants, with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa both built-in. It’s easy to set up, fits into the Sonos ecosystem, and earned it Which Hi-Fi? Prices in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
I’ve been personally involved in several Sonos Arc tests over the years, including the first Which Hi-Fi? review and several comparisons since then, and it’s still hands down the Dolby Atmos soundbar I’d choose. In fact, it’s the Dolby Atmos Soundbar I did pick – I’ve been using one at home for the past few months, despite a brief fling with a pair of HomePod Gen 2s.
If you want to go all out and add true surround (one of the best things about Sonos is that you can expand your system over time), you can add a pair of new Era 300 or Era 100 speakers , which we reviewed recently and are fantastic, but I think they’re probably overkill for pure surround duties, so I’d go for a pair of cheaper One SL speakers myself. They are currently available for £159 in most stores including Peter Tyson (opens in new tab).
You can also add a subwoofer to the Arc. There are now two: the huge and expensive Sub and the smaller and more affordable Sub Mini. Personally, I don’t think the Arc needs an extra subwoofer, so I’d suggest living with the soundbar itself initially and adding one later if you really crave more bass.
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