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What is the Difference Between a Sonos Arc and a Sonos Beam (Gen2)?

Clients interested in Sonos Home Theater systems often ask about the differences between the 2 Sonos Soundbars: Arc and Beam (Gen2). The main consideration in selecting between the 2 Soundbars is the size of your TV and the size of your room. The Beam is recommended for TV’s up to 49” and smaller rooms. The Arc is recommended for TV’s greater than 49” and larger rooms. There is also a difference is the number of speakers in each soundbar. The Arc has 11 speakers, the Beam 5 speakers. The Sonos Arc has ceiling directed speakers, the Sonos Beam does not. Both soundbars are available in either white or black and feature Speech Enhancement, Dolby Atmos, and Voice Control. With the Arc and the Beam, using the Sonos Music app, you can stream music and integrate the sound bars as part of a whole home music system. For a full 5.1 surround sound system, you can add a Sonos Sub and rear speakers. As a rule of thumb for our system designs, we recommend the Arc for the main viewing rooms and the Beam for secondary rooms such as a Bedroom, Home Office, or Exercise Room. For help with designing your Home Entertainment system, schedule a free consultation by calling 888-775-2673. Please visit our website @

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