I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Soundbar 700 was rated 6.6, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, action, microphone for the Soundbar 700 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.
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 Soundbar 700 via wired and wireless, but Arc has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 700 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10.
AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the Soundbar 700, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 700 at 6 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10.
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 models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.