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The 3 Best Sonos Soundbars of 2023 Reviews

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Best Sonos Soundbars

We've currently tested seven Sonos soundbars. Sonos is an audio-centric brand that sells a wide range of home audio devices, including speakers. The brand focuses on creating multi-room home audio systems that bring your favorite music to every room of your house, creating a unique ecosystem that's easy to control via its all-in-one app. Its soundbars fit right into the mix, and you can even pair them with some Sonos rear speakers and a subwoofer for a more immersive surround sound.

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Best Sonos Soundbars


  1. Best Sonos Soundbar

    The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is the best Sonos soundbar we've tested. This premium setup is designed with versatility in mind, and it shines with everything from music to movies to TV shows. If it's not available as a package deal, you can always purchase each of the components separately and pair them together for the most cinematic sound. Built-in voice assistant support lets you control the bar hands-free, and if you prefer, you can adjust it using the Sonos S2 app. The app lets you connect the bar to other products in your Sonos ecosystem, meaning you can send sound throughout your home.

    This Dolby Atmos soundbar supports many of the more immersive audio formats commonly found on both streaming platforms and Blu-rays. Its two satellites spread sound throughout your living room, meaning you feel as if your favorite films are taking place all around you. The dedicated subwoofer brings out the rumble in the mix, too. Bass and treble adjustments let you control the bar's output manually, but the room correction feature—known as TruePlay—can automatically optimize the bar's sound for you. If you love Sonos products, this standout bar is sure to be a great pick for your needs.

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  2. Best Mid-Range Sonos Soundbar

    If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, check out the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with Sub Mini + One SL Speakers. It's the next generation of the original Sonos Beam, and it keeps the same small and compact design to easily fit into your living room setup. However, it adds support for Dolby Atmos content, meaning you can enjoy an immersive sound with your favorite movies and TV shows found on streaming platforms and Blu-rays. Despite its small size, it uses psychoacoustic principles to stretch sound past the edges of the bar itself for a more cinematic feel, so you feel immersed in your audio.

    This soundbar is suitable for all sorts of audio content. It's available as the standalone Sonos Beam (Gen 2) for those who don't have space for a sub and satellites, but the add-ons improve its sound, especially in the bass range. Voices and lead instruments are clearly reproduced, and you get plenty of thump in the bass for explosive scenes. Like the Sonos Arc, you have access to the TruePlay room correction feature, and there's built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant. It doesn't achieve as much height as the Arc and doesn't get quite as loud, but this small bar still packs a real punch.

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  3. Best Budget Sonos Soundbar

    If money is a bit tighter, check out the Sonos Ray, the best Sonos sound bar in the budget category we've tested. It's the manufacturer's most affordable offering, and the small 2.0 bar is ideal for listening to stereo content, which includes most music and dialogue-focused TV shows. Despite its budget-friendly price, you still have access to the TruePlay room correction feature on the S2 app with your iOS device. Out-of-the-box, voices are especially clear and detailed, and lead instruments reproduce with accuracy. As a result, it's suitable for listening to many different music genres.

    As a small, standalone bar, it's ideal for those who don't have a lot of space in their living rooms. Of course, it doesn't bring as much rumble in the bass, so fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop may want to add a separate sub. Compared to Sonos' premium offerings, there's no Dolby Atmos support. It can still playback 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital. Since it has to downmix this content into stereo to play it, the representation isn't quite as immersive, but separate satellites are always available to enhance its performance. Overall, it's a good choice if you want a simple plug-and-play upgrade over your existing TV speakers.

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Compared to other brands


  • Easily upgradable setup. If you don't have a lot of space in your setup, you can use the standalone soundbars to enhance your TV's sound. However, if you move to a larger space or change your mind down the line, Sonos sells compatible subwoofers and satellites that you can add to your setup to improve its performance.
  • Wireless multi-room system available. Sonos sells a wide array of speakers and home audio devices, and their S2 app makes it easy to control your music ecosystem in one place. Use the app to play audio in every room of your house, either in unison or separately. However, you'll need an iOS device to access the room correction feature.
  • Wide, immersive soundstage. Most Sonos soundbars use psychoacoustic principles to make it seem like your favorite movies and music extend well past the edges of the bar itself, resulting in a soundstage that seems to stretch all around you.
  • No Bluetooth compatibility. Bluetooth is a handy tool if you want to stream audio from your mobile devices to your soundbar—unfortunately, Sonos soundbars don't support it. You can still stream wirelessly via Wi-Fi and, in some cases, Apple AirPlay.
  • No EQ. If you like to customize the way your bar sounds, unfortunately, Sonos doesn't have a lot of tools on hand. Its premium setups come with bass and treble adjustments, but you won't find EQ presets or a graphic EQ to customize it across the range.
  • No HDMI passthrough. Sonos' soundbars don't come with HDMI In ports. That means you can't use them to passthrough high-quality video formats from media devices or gaming consoles.

Sonos vs Bose

Bose and Sonos are two premium soundbar manufacturers whose products address a similar market segment. Their top-of-the-line products have built-in smart features like voice assistants for hands-free control, and their wide and immersive soundstages provide a clear and real feel with audio formats like Dolby Atmos. However, Sonos supports DTS content, unlike Bose soundbars. If you already own products in their ecosystem, you can usually connect them together to stream audio all around your house.

Sonos vs Samsung

Samsung manufactures a wider array of soundbars, so you'll find more mid-range and budget-friendly models in their lineup compared to Sonos. Samsung's top-of-the-line models are comparable to Sonos', with impressive sound quality and built-in smart features for hands-free control. Sonos tends to shine with soundstage performances, but Samsung soundbars offer more sound enhancement features, as well as HDMI In ports for video passthrough.

Sonos is a premium audio brand with a small array of soundbars to enhance your TV's audio. Their setups are easily upgradable, either by adding subwoofers and satellites or connecting them to your existing Sonos ecosystem to synchronize sound throughout different rooms of your house. Compared to other premium brands, though, there aren't as many customization tools on hand, but the best Sonos soundbars deliver clear sound out-of-the-box, so you don't have to tinker with their settings too much.

Lineup

Sonos only has a few soundbars on the market. Unlike other manufacturers, these products tend to stay available for multiple years in a row, and they aren't replaced annually. You can learn a bit about the expected features through the naming conventions:

  • Arc series: Top-of-the-line model with Atmos support.
  • Beam series: Mid-range offering; only the 2nd generation has Atmos support.
  • Ray series: Budget-friendly model for stereo content.

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 12, 2023: No new Sonos products tested since our last update. Our picks remain widely available and are the best for your needs. Some text updates for clarity.

  2. Dec 13, 2022: Updated the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) text to reflect the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with Sub Mini + One SL Speakers results.

Conclusion

Sonos is a popular brand for audio lovers who want to enhance their favorite music, movies, and TV shows. Their premium soundbars are a solid choice with great audio quality right out of the box and fit into your existing Sonos ecosystem. You don't get as many enhancement features as other premium brands, but their plug-and-play performance isn't likely to disappoint. Check out our table to see the best Sonos soundbars on the market.

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