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Save big on the award-winning Sonos Beam Gen 2 and Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos soundbars

Sonos Arc Dolby Atmos soundbar
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Sonos deals are never a given, even during traditional sales events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But if you've been contemplating buying one of the brand's What Hi-Fi? Award-winning soundbars, you'll be pleased to know there are currently healthy savings to be had on both the Sonos Beam Gen 2 and the Sonos Arc at a number of retailers. 

It may have only launched last year, but the white version of the new and improved Beam is now £50 off at Richer Sounds, Sevenoaks and John Lewis. That makes one of our favourite soundbars just £399. However, if black's more your thing you can still pick up a healthy £25 saving.

If you have a bigger budget and want more serious Dolby Atmos soundbar action, may we point you in the direction of the Sonos Arc? Both Amazon and Sevenoaks have savings of £100 on the white version of this class-leading speaker, and we're pretty confident you won't find a more convincing Dolby Atmos performance at this price.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) £449

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) £449 £399 at Richer Sounds (save £50) The latest offering from Sonos impressed us with its exceptional and immersive Dolby Atmos performance. Being a Sonos product, it also has WiFi and network streaming onboard plus compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Offer only available on the white colourway, also on sale at Sevenoaks and John Lewis.

We loved the original Sonos Beam when it arrived in 2018, but its successor is even better – and our favourite soundbar under £500, as its 2021 What Hi-Fi? Award goes to show.

The Beam Gen 2 ups the ante on the original, with more processing power opening up the door to immersive virtual Dolby Atmos audio. There's also eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) connectivity, which means the latest Beam can handle the higher bandwidth Dolby True HD Atmos format. Perhaps most importantly, the Beam Gen 2 sounds better too. Atmos aside, it reaches deeper than the Beam Gen 1, with greater refinement, a warmer treble, and a wider dynamic range. (Here's our detailed comparison of the Sonos Beam Gen 2 vs Sonos Beam Gen 1).

Sonos Arc soundbar £899

Sonos Arc soundbar £899 £799 at Sevenoaks (save £100) Available only in white, this soundbar a delivers five-star Dolby Atmos performance and WiFi connectivity for easy music streaming and integration with other Sonos products. Also on sale at Amazon.

Meanwhile, the Sonos Arc sits above the Beam (Gen 2) in Sonos's range, using 11 speakers to create a 3D soundfield. The Arc boast upward and side-firing drivers that bounce sound off your walls and ceiling and create one of the most convincing Atmos performances you can get from a soundbar.

There's Apple AirPlay 2 connectivity for easy streaming and eARC for Dolby Atmos from compatible TVs. You can have a choice of voice assistants, too, with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa both built-in. It's simple to set up, slots into the Sonos ecosystem and delivers detailed, dramatic audio for a very reasonable price, transporting you straight to the heart of the action. 

The Sonos Arc picked up Product of the Year at the What Hi-Fi? Awards in 2020 and retained award-winning status in 2021 in the face of stiff competition. Its 'true' Dolby Atmos performance is still above and beyond anything we've heard for the same money over the past two years, even considering its recent price increase. If you've been holding out and you don't mind the white colourway, we'd suggest snapping it up before it's gone.

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Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre. Her mixing credits include productions at The National Theatre and in the West End, as well as original musicals composed by Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, Guy Chambers, Howard Goodall and Dan Gillespie Sells.