Denon HEOS BAR vs Sonos Arc review

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Denon HEOS BAR vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

Denon HEOS BAR vs Sonos Arc review

Denon HEOS BAR
vs
Sonos Arc

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Denon HEOS BAR vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. Both soundbars received a score of 7 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, sound off for the HEOS BAR 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 can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Denon HEOS BAR for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Arc. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Denon HEOS BAR versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the HEOS BAR, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Denon HEOS BAR may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The HEOS BAR was rated 5/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Denon HEOS BAR over Sonos Arc

  • Multi-room support

Advantages Sonos Arc over Denon HEOS BAR

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Denon HEOS BAR
Sonos Arc

Model

HEOS BAR
Arc

Brand

Denon
Sonos

Reviews

20
368

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, sound off
volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
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)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

has not
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

4.8/10.5
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2017
2020
Denon HEOS BAR
Sonos Arc
Denon HEOS BAR
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR
  • 7Sonos Arc