These days, it is nearly impossible to buy a gadget that does not have a microphone, including home entertainment equipment. Well, Sonos is releasing a mic-less version of its Arc sound bar. It’s unfortunately exclusive to Costco, but you save $ 50 if you decide to buy this model.
The bar shares the “SL” brand that Sonos uses with all of its other micless products. The Costco Arc model is available in a special “Shadow Edition” color, which translates to a dark gray. The standard version with microphones is available in black. Your sound bar will be super stealthy and blend in with your home theater setup anyway.
Otherwise everything else seems to be the same, including the sound quality. Of course, being a “smart” soundbar, Sonos has continuously updated its system firmware, recently adding support for multi-channel LPCM surround sound to HDMI eARC.
The costco exclusivity has one advantage: a savings of $ 50. So you’re looking for $ 749 compared to the regular price of $ 799 at most other retailers. The SL model is perfect for those who prefer not to have an always-on microphone built into their home entertainment system. And if you ever decide you want an always-on microphone, you can always hook up your Sonos gear to an Amazon Echo or Google Assistant speaker.
via The edge