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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vs. Sonos Arc Review

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023   5 minute read
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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
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Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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Reasons why you might like the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 651 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vs. Sonos Arc Review In Summary

Category Features Sonos Arc Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
DESIGN width 1,140mm 651mm
height 87mm 69mm
weight 6,250g 2,880g
volume 11,525.06cm³ 4,491.9cm³
thickness 116mm 100mm
AUDIO number of channels of sound output 5only 5only
lowest frequency 47.6Hz
highest frequency 19,900Hz
CONNECTIVITY has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 1only 1only
supports wi-fi
hdmi version v2
rj45 ports 1only 1only
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
has dolby atmos
has airplay
supports dolby digital plus
supports dolby digital
has a dedicated smartphone app
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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vs. Sonos Arc Review In Detail

Design

Width

Sonos Arc 1,140mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 651mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a width of 651mm. A soundbar's width indicates the horizontal measurement of a device, soundbars are sometimes designed to match the width of television sets or slightly close.

Sonos Arc, at 1,140mm is narrower than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by mm

Height

Sonos Arc 87mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 69mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a height of 69mm. Height represents the vertical dimension of a soundbar, they are commonly designed to be as slim as it can be to aesthetically fit in a space.

The Sonos Arc, at 87mm rises higher than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by 18mm

Weight

Sonos Arc 6,250g
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 2,880g

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) weighs 2,880g. We take in account a lower weight best for the reason that lighter soundbars are easier to carry around the space. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes their movement easier, and for many other types of products.

Sonos Arc, at 6,250g is heavier than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by g. Most of the time a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you want to adjust the position of the soundbar often, then you should aim to purchase a less heavy soundbar.

Volume

Sonos Arc 11,525.06cm³
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 4,491.9cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space occupied by the product's body or, to keep it simple, the space the product fills. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) takes up 4,491.9cm³, it is a good thing to know the space that the soundbar occupies to ensure that it will easily fit in the available space .

Sonos Arc's volume is 11,525.06cm³ meaning it requires lesser space than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference of cm³

Thickness

Sonos Arc 116mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 100mm

The thickness of Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is 100mm, to know the thickness of a device you divide its space occupied by the soundbar's surface area(length by width)

Sonos Arc has a thickness of 116mm, hence thicker than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference of 16mm

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Audio

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

Sonos Arc 5only
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 5only

When it comes to 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 shows the sum of main speakers, the second number denotes the total of subwoofers, and the third number if available shows the number of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are usually placed on the ceiling of the space that has the soundbar, but they may as well be upward-facing speakers inside the soundbar itself.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) having a sound output value of 5 indicates that it has 5 main speakers

And the Sonos Arc having 5 implies that it has 5 main speakers

Lowest Frequency

Sonos Arc 47.6Hz
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device 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.

Highest Frequency

Sonos Arc 19,900Hz
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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.

Connectivity

Has An Hdmi Output

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has an HDMI output port, devices with an HDMI port can connect HD audio.

Sonos Arc too has HDMI port by which it outputs "feed" audio into the HDMI inputs of other digital devices, which can receive and process these signals.

Hdmi Ports

Sonos Arc 1only
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 1only

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has 1 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports imply that you can connect at the same time several devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

The Sonos Arc has 1 HDMI ports, meaning both devices have an equal number of ports

Supports Wi-Fi

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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 Beam (Gen 2) can connect to Wi-Fi.

Sonos Arc too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Hdmi Version

Sonos Arc v2
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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

Rj45 Ports

Sonos Arc 1only
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 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 Beam (Gen 2) has only 1 ports

Having more ports has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails, Sonos Arc has 1 ports.

Has S/Pdif Out Port

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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 Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Arc has the HDMI ARC/EARC

Compatible With Google Assistant

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.

Sonos Arc is compatible with Google Assistant.

Compatible With Alexa

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.

Sonos Arc is compatible with Alexa

Has Dolby Atmos

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.

Sonos Arc 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 Airplay

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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 Sonos Arc and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) have airplay.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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 Beam (Gen 2) supports Dolby digital plus

Sonos Arc supports Dolby digital plus as well.

Supports Dolby Digital

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.

Sonos Arc too supports Dolby digital.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

Sonos Arc
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

The Sonos Arc has a dedicated smartphone app.