Sonos Arc is more than a premium soundbar, thanks to AirPlay 2

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Sonos Arc is a smart soundbar.
Sonos Arc goes beyond home theater, and can also be your smart speaker.
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Sonic loaded its newest soundbar with high-end features, including Dolby Atmos. But the Sonos Arc is intended for more than home theater. It includes Apple AirPlay 2 so it can handle music, podcasts and radio when the TV is off.

“Our goal is to make any room you have a television a place you can easily enjoy all of the great streaming video and music that exists today,” Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO, in a statement. “Arc illustrates our commitment to brilliant sound and premium design, and sets a new standard for soundbars.”

Sonos Arc connects to Apple devices with AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is Apple’s system for wirelessly streaming audio between devices. Of course, an Apple TV settop box can connect to a Sonos Arc through it. But AirPlay 2 allows iPhone, iPad and Mac users to send audio to this smart speaker. This could include movies and shows, but also podcasts and Apple Music.

This isn’t the only Sonos product from this speaker maker with support for this Apple tech. Many of its speakers support AirPlay 2.

Premium audio at a premium price

From TV shows to podcasts, everything from this speaker is high-quality audio. The Arc includes 11 high-performance drivers, including two that fire upward for 3D audio.

The soundbar adjusts its sound profile through software, based on the home theater set-up and what’s playing, whether stereo, Dolby Audio 5.1 or Dolby Atmos. Or users can adjust the Arc’s sound through the Sonos app.

The smart speaker also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Sonos Arc debuts June 10 for $799. Customers can pre-order today on sonos.com.