While branding remains in question (is it the 2020 Playbar, Arc, or Apollo?), there’s no question Sonos is posed to release a brand-spanking new soundbar – likely with Dolby Atmos upwards firing speakers. And, fortunately, it looks far more beautiful than the renders I originally posted. A single HDMI ARC input is confirmed, like its little brother the Beam.
Based on a reddit leak, it appears pre-orders may begin as soon as today, shipping in early June… along with a possible slight bump in price (for way more capabilities) vs the 2013 Sonos Playbar it presumably replaces.
Does any Dolby encoding (5.1 or Atmos) actually work for anyone over HDMI ARC? It’s a pretty well-documented problem. I get huge lip sync issues with my LG OLED TV and my Vizio Atmos sound bar. The only way I can get the delay to go away is by using 2-channel audio.
Apparently eARC is supposed to be better… but not very many TVs have that. That’s a pretty small piece of the pie to hang your only sound input on.
The original render showed an optical port and I doubt they’d drop that given their market. I’m trying to confirm with source. I, too, have had ARC audio delay issues – feel like the problem is my (2019) television, but the end result is the same irrespective of where the technical breakdown arises.
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