Bose Soundbar 900 vs Sonos Arc Soundbar: Comparative Review


Bose is known for its warm, bass-heavy sound, while Sonos leans towards a neutral, balanced profile. Choose Bose if you crave extra thump, Sonos for a more accurate audiophile experience. Both offer Wi-Fi, HDMI eARC, and AirPlay 2, but the Bose adds Bluetooth for direct music streaming. Sonos, however, integrates seamlessly with other Sonos speakers for a multi-room audio ecosystem.

Our Verdict:

  • Movie Buff: The Sonos Arc's wider soundstage and neutral sound might be better for nuanced movie soundtracks.
  • Music Lover: Bose's bassy signature and Bluetooth connectivity might appeal to music-focused listeners.
  • Smart Home Enthusiast: Sonos seamlessly integrates into existing Sonos setups, making it the clear winner for multi-room audio fans.
Pros
  • Built-in Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Bose SimpleSync to connect headphones.
  • Futureproof to rears and sub
  • Sturdy built
  • Remote and app are available
Cons
  • No dedicated sub
Pros
  • Sleek and minimalist design;
  • Easy setup and use;
  • Multi-room audio;
  • Voice control.
Cons
  • Only one HDMI port;
  • No physical remote;
  • May have an issue for Blu-ray or DTS media.

Advance Comparison

Model

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

Sonos Arc 5.0.2 Black

Brand Name

Bose

Sonos

Rating
Mixed Usage
7.1
7.8
SOUND QUALITY
9
7.6
BASS ACCURACY :
5
7.6
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
8.01
9.3
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
5
6.6
BUILD QUALITY :
8.5
8
GENERAL
Number of Channel
5.0.2 Channel
5.0.2 Channel
Placement Type
Wall-mountable
Table-top , Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type
Wireless
Both (Wired & Wireless)
Subwoofer Feature
Without Subwoofer
Without Subwoofer
Rear Speaker
N/A
N/A
Central Channel Speaker
Yes
Yes
Audio Enhancement Features
Yes
Yes
HDMI input/output
N/A
N/A
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
N/A
N/A
Loudness
High Volume ( > 92db )
High Volume ( > 92db )
Warranty
12 months Months
12 months Months
Connectivity:
Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink )
1 Optical Audio Input
Adapter into HDMI ARC
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
None
None
Full HDMI In
3
None
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
None
None
RCA Ports
No
No
USB Port
None
None
Ethernet Jack
Yes
Yes
Audio Quality ( Tested )
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games)
It lacks some low-bass. It may disappoint you want to feel the deep rumble in action-packed movie scenes.
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage)
soundstage has good focus overall but but some sound tracks seem to be bit more diffused and lack separation.
audio seems to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel )
It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel )
No dedicated rear channel (7.1 channel) but surround content produced by side-firing speakers on the bar is quite impressive and sounds seem to be coming from above you, behind you and on the sides.
No dedicated rear channel (7.1 channel) but surround content produced by side-firing speakers on the bar is quite impressive and sounds seem to be coming from above you, behind you and on the sides.
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ):
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit more than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is over 92 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit more than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is over 92 dB SPL
Audio & Video Latency
Here no visible latency via ARC (ARC @ 56 ms) and Optical (55 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).
Here no visible latency via ARC (25 ms) and Optical (21 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).
Audio Enhancement Features:
Digital Room Correction:
Yes
Yes
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode:
N/A
Yes
Equilizer Options:
None
Bass Adjustment ( Thump & Punch of sound)
Yes
Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio)
Yes
Yes
Surround Level Adjustment:
N/A
N/A
Virtual Surround Effect:
N/A
N/A
Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)
eARC Standard
Yes
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
Yes
DTS
N/A
Yes
DTS: X
N/A
N/A
Dolby True HD ( eARC only )
Yes
Yes
DTS- HD MA (eARC only)
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM ( eARC only )
Yes
Yes
Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):
Dolby Atmos :
N/A
N/A
DTS:X :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital Plus:
N/A
N/A
DTS :
N/A
N/A
Dolby TrueHD :
N/A
N/A
DTS-HD MA :
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM
N/A
N/A
Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):
Dolby Digital :
Yes
Yes
DTS :
N/A
Yes
Build Material
Enclosure
Bass Reflex
Acoustic Suspension
Finish
Soundbar is made of high-quality plastic, side bar is protected by metal grilles. There's a rubber feet on the bottom and a glass plate on top. It gives you premium feel.
The bar is mostly made of plastic. It is an impressive build quality. Which feels solid and sturdy.
Color
Black
Black
Soundbar Width
41.1
44.9
Soundbar Height
2.2
3.4
Soundbar Depth
4.3
4.7
Subwoofer Width
N/A
N/A
Subwoofer Depth
N/A
N/A
Drivers Specs
Tweeter Size and Type :
Dome (1)
Soft-Domes (3)
Midrange Size & Types:
Cone (4)
Not Given
Woofer Size & Type :
Cone (4)
Elliptical Cones (8)
Subwoofer Driver
None
None
Other

Comparatives Review


Sonos Arc vs Bose Smart Soundbar: Head-to-Head Audio Quality Comparison:
  • Bass: Bose takes the cake with its powerful and room-filling low-end, while Sonos prioritizes a more balanced and accurate bass response.
  • Dialogue Clarity: Both soundbars excel in this department, delivering clear and intelligible vocals even during action-packed scenes.
  • Soundstage: Sonos edges out Bose with its wider and more immersive Dolby Atmos experience, especially noticeable in larger listening spaces.
  • Customization: Bose's ADAPTiQ technology offers automatic sound adjustments, while Sonos' TruePlay provides more granular control through room calibration.
Bose 900 vs Sonos Arc: Built Quality Comparison:
  • Materials: Bose's use of metal gives it a more premium feel, while Sonos' plastic is more lightweight and modern-looking. Both are durable and scratch-resistant.
  • Durability: Both are built to last, but the Bose's metal construction might inspire slightly more confidence in terms of long-term robustness.
  • Seams and Fit: Both feature excellent craftsmanship with no noticeable flaws.
  • Concerns: Both have minor drawbacks, with Bose potentially experiencing minor creaking and Sonos needing occasional grille cleaning.
Bose 900 vs Sonos Arc Connectivity Options Analysis:

Bose:

  • Ideal for: Users who prioritize Bluetooth connectivity and prefer Bose's smart home ecosystem.
  • Considerations: Limited multi-room options without additional Bose speakers, Wi-Fi reliance might be less stable for some setups.

Sonos:

  • Ideal for: Apple users, those seeking a wider range of multi-room options, and those who value a stable wired connection.
  • Considerations: Requires a separate Sonos app for control.

Wireless Multi-room:

  • Bose Soundbar 900: Can be paired with other Bose speakers for a multi-room audio system, but requires the Bose Music app and additional Bose speakers.
  • Sonos Arc: Seamlessly integrates with other Sonos speakers for a whole-home audio experience. Offers greater flexibility and control through the Sonos app.

Smart Home Integration:

  • Bose Soundbar 900: Works with Google Assistant and Alexa for voice control.
  • Sonos Arc: Supports both Google Assistant and Alexa, plus built-in voice control for added convenience.

Verdict:

  • Movie Buff & Bass Enthusiast: Bose Soundbar 900 wins with its powerful bass and warm sound.
  • Audiophile & Multi-room Fan: Sonos Arc reigns supreme with its neutral sound and Sonos ecosystem.

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