For the end of the year celebrations, Sonos has unveiled a new version of its Sonos Arc soundbar in some countries. As with the Sonos One SL, the Sonos Arc SL is a version without an integrated voice assistant.
For many, the bad trend of connected objects is very often to embed voice assistants that we are not necessarily going to use. Not everyone wants to ask Alexa, Google, or Siri what time it is, turn on the coffee maker, or turn on the lights when it’s just a speaker you wanted. above all stream music from your smartphone.
Models for voice anti-assistants
Sonos got it right. If these latest products like the Sonos One, as well as the Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc soundbars can be controlled by voice, this added function is not popular with everyone. And, for those most worried about feeling spied on, it can even be a barrier to buying.
After the Sonos One SL, the American sound specialist decided to cut the microphone of the Sonos Arc, its latest soundbar unveiled last spring. It is Dolby Atmos compatible and, thanks to its virtual surround immersion, can replace an entire home cinema system.
A minimum price difference
Here is the Sonos Arc SL rid of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It therefore becomes a “simple” soundbar again, ready for TV and multiroom, but which can no longer control connected home objects. “But with the same experience,” Sonos promises. It won’t be a problem if you plan to pair it with, for example, Sonos One or any other speaker that already has a voice assistant. It will save you the cacophony or uselessness.
The Sonos Arc SL Shadow Edition has made its appearance in the American and Canadian stores of Costco (there is one in France!), as well as in some online retailers. And the price difference is not as significant as one might expect. If the Sonos One SL was about 15% less expensive than its predecessor (199 euros against 229 euros in France), the price difference between the Sonos Arc and the Sonos Arc SL is only 6% (749 dollars against 799 dollars). In France, the Sonos Arc is sold at 899 euros.
Officially, the Sonos Arc SL is not available in France at the moment. Asked about the subject, Sonos France did not give more details about a possible arrival in France. But nothing prevents ordering from abroad the product which remains compatible.