Denon Home Sound Bar 550 vs Sonos Arc review

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Rating 5 5

Denon Home Sound Bar 550 vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

Overall
Denon Home Sound Bar 550
7.4
7
9
8

Denon Home Sound Bar 550 vs Sonos Arc review

Denon Home Sound Bar 550
vs
Sonos Arc

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Denon Home Sound Bar 550 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 was rated 7.4, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the Home Sound Bar 550 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Home Sound Bar 550 via wired, but Arc has wireless connection type. Rate 4 out of 10 received the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the Home Sound Bar 550, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the Home Sound Bar 550 at 8 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The Home Sound Bar 550 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The Home Sound Bar 550 was rated 6/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Denon Home Sound Bar 550 over Sonos Arc

  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Denon Home Sound Bar 550
Sonos Arc

Model

Home Sound Bar 550
Arc

Brand

Denon
Sonos

Reviews

0
368

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

53 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65.7x7.3x11.9/25.9x2.9x4.7
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.5/7.8
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Denon Home Sound Bar 550
Sonos Arc
Denon Home Sound Bar 550
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 7
  • 7.4Denon Home Sound Bar 550
  • 7Sonos Arc