Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc review

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Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc review

Bose Soundbar 700
vs
Sonos Arc

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.

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 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.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. 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. 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.

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 models under consideration cannot 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 same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Sonos Arc over Bose Soundbar 700

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 700
Sonos Arc

Model

Soundbar 700
Arc

Brand

Bose
Sonos

Reviews

915
368

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

action, microphone
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

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

97.8 x 5.6 x 10.6 /38.5 x 2.2 x 4.2
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

4.5/10.5
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Bose Soundbar 700
Sonos Arc
Bose Soundbar 700
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.6
  • 7
  • 6.6Bose Soundbar 700
  • 7Sonos Arc