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A Review By Comparison of the Sonos Arc Vs. Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023   6 minute read
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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

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Reasons why you might like the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Overall Score 7.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1260 mm
  • Size Of Speakers of 2 x 3.5, 6 x 4 and 5 x 1 inches
  • Has An Aux Input
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc
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Reasons why you might like the Sonos Arc

Overall Score 5.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1140 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc

A summary of the review by feature comparison

Category Features Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Sonos Arc
DESIGN width 1,260mm 1,140mm
height 135mm 87mm
weight 18,500g 6,250g
volume 29,202.53cm³ 11,525.06cm³
thickness 171mm 116mm
AUDIO size of speakers 2 x 3.5, 6 x 4 and 5 x 1inches
number of channels of sound output 5only
has bluetooth aptx
has aac
lowest frequency 30hz 47.6hz
highest frequency 20,000hz 19,900hz
CONNECTIVITY has an aux input
has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 4only 1only
has bluetooth
bluetooth version v4.2
supports wi-fi
hdmi version v2.1 v2
rj45 ports 1only 1only
has a microphone input
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
has spotify connect
has dolby atmos
has dts:x
has chromecast built-in
has airplay
supports dolby digital plus
supports dolby digital
has a dedicated smartphone app
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A breakdown of the review per specifications

Design

Width

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 1,260mm
Sonos Arc 1,140mm

Sonos Arc has a width of 1,140mm. A soundbar's width represents the horizontal dimension of a soundbar, soundbars are sometimes designed to match the width of TVs or get close.

The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar, at 1,260mm is wider than the Sonos Arc with a difference mm

Height

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 135mm
Sonos Arc 87mm

The Sonos Arc has a height of 87mm. The height represents the vertical dimension of a device, soundbars are commonly designed to be as slim as possible to beautifully complement a space.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar, at 135mm rises higher than the Sonos Arc with a difference 48mm

Weight

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 18,500g
Sonos Arc 6,250g

The Sonos Arc weighs 6,250g. We recommend a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to shift around the space. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, even say for many other kinds of products.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar, at 18,500g weigh less than the Sonos Arc by g. Commonly a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you will need to switch the position of the soundbar often, then you should aim to purchase a less heavy soundbar.

Volume

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 29,202.53cm³
Sonos Arc 11,525.06cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space taken up by the soundbar or, to keep it simple, the space the product occupies. Sonos Arc occupies 11,525.06cm³, it is important to know the space that the soundbar takes up just so as to confirm that it will easily fit in the space available .

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar's volume is 29,202.53cm³ meaning it requires more space than the Sonos Arc by cm³

Thickness

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 171mm
Sonos Arc 116mm

The depth of Sonos Arc is 116mm, to know the thickness of the soundbar you divide its space occupied by the soundbar's surface area(length by width)

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has a thickness of 171mm, meaning that it is thicker than the Sonos Arc by 55mm

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Audio

Size Of Speakers

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 2 x 3.5, 6 x 4 and 5 x 1inches
Sonos Arc

Displayed as the number of speakers x size(inches), Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has 2 x 3.5, 6 x 4 and 5 x 1 measured in inches. The sound quality of any given speaker generally depends upon its size which is usually determined by the driver unit.

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc 5only

For surround sound channels, you'll come across figures in such formats as X.X two-digit, or X.X.X three-digit the first number denotes the sum of main speakers, the second number denotes the sum of subwoofers, and the third number if available denotes the sum of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are most times placed on the ceiling of the room that has the soundbar, but they may also just be upward-firing speakers inside the soundbar itself.

Sonos Arc having a sound output value of 5 implies that it has 5 main speakers

Has Bluetooth Aptx

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar supports BLUETOOTH APTX, a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly using Bluetooth.

Has Aac

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar supports AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.

Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar will work fine with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well

Lowest Frequency

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 30hz
Sonos Arc 47.6hz

Low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component reproduces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. Sonos Arc's lowest frequency is at 47.6Hz.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar's lowest frequency is at 30Hz, this means that Sonos Arc got a juicier bass than the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar , the lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Highest Frequency

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 20,000hz
Sonos Arc 19,900hz

High-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component reproduces high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. Sonos Arc's highest frequency is at 19,900Hz.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar got a clearer and crispier treble than the Sonos Arc , the higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Connectivity

Has An Aux Input

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has an auxiliary input, this allows you to play from other audio sources by connecting them via a simple audio port like a 3.5mm jack.

Has An Hdmi Output

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc has an HDMI output port, soundbars with an HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high-definition audio.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar too has HDMI port through which it outputs "feed" audio into inputs of other digital devices, which can receive and process these signals.

Hdmi Ports

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 4only
Sonos Arc 1only

Sonos Arc has 1 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports mean that you may connect at the same time numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has 4 HDMI ports, meaning Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has 3 more ports than the Sonos Arc

Has Bluetooth

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has Bluetooth, a cable free technology that enables you to easily transfer data between different devices.

Bluetooth Version

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar v4.2
Sonos Arc

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has a Bluetooth version of 4.2

Supports Wi-Fi

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that allows devices such as computers, and mobile devices .i.e smartphones and wearables to connect and interact with other devices on the internet, the Sonos Arc can connect to Wi-Fi.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Hdmi Version

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar v2.1
Sonos Arc v2

Sonos Arc has an HDMI version of 2, newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has an HDMI version of 2.1 newer than the Sonos Arc by 0.1v

Rj45 Ports

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar 1only
Sonos Arc 1only

RJ-45 ports are used for Local Area Network (LAN) connections. With more ports, you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. Sonos Arc has only 1 ports

Having more ports has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails, Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has 1 ports.

Has A Microphone Input

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.

Has S/Pdif Out Port

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Before you needed to connect an optical cable from your TV to the optical input of an audio device on top of the already connected HDMI cable If you don't want to use your TV's speakers and would rather have everything play through a soundbar, now with ARC you can easily connect all these at a go from a compatible HDMI socket on your TV to an HDMI ARC socket on your soundbar.

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) carries audio over HDMI. ARC is only capable of carrying compressed 5.1 audio, but eARC has higher bandwidth and can carry uncompressed 7.1 audio, as well as formats such as DTS:X and full bitrate Dolby Atmos. It is available on the Sonos Arc

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has the HDMI ARC/EARC

Compatible With Google Assistant

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.

Compatible With Alexa

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.

Has Spotify Connect

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Spotify Connect allows you to control the music playing on the soundbar from the Spotify app on another device when the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has Spotify connect

Has Dolby Atmos

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. Sonos Arc has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has it too, Atmos theoretically means you'll be able to hear, say birds chipping from above or a plane moving from over your head into the distance like it would be in a natural environment.

Has Dts:x

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

DTS:X is an object-based surround sound technology that allows filmmakers to place and move individual sounds around your listening space, giving you a theater-like audio experience.

More like Dolby Atmos as it aims to create a multi-dimensional sound that "places you at the center of the action", it differs from Dolby Atmos by the required speaker configuration. Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has DTS:X

Has Chromecast Built-In

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Chromecast built-in is a technology that allows you to stream entertainment and apps from your phone, tablet, or laptop, straight to the Chromecast-enabled device.

Has Airplay

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

AirPlay allows wireless connection of Apple devices with external screens or speakers. You may stream computer screens, videos, and music from iOS devices, play games like on consoles, or present your slideshows easily on your device.

Both the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar and the Sonos Arc have airplay.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

If a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen (14) different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for much better sound quality. Sonos Arc supports Dolby digital plus

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar supports Dolby digital plus as well.

Supports Dolby Digital

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar too supports Dolby digital.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
Sonos Arc

There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the Sonos Arc.

The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar has a dedicated smartphone app.

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