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Sonos Arc speakers

  • 13 May 2020
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Do I even need in ceiling rear speakers for surround with the new ARC or does the ARC do it all anyway?

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Best answer by jgatie 13 May 2020, 06:20

The Arc has upfiring speakers that reflect off the ceiling, simulating ceiling speakers.  You will need the standard rear surrounds for full 5.1.2 Atmos, though. 

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The Arc has upfiring speakers that reflect off the ceiling, simulating ceiling speakers.  You will need the standard rear surrounds for full 5.1.2 Atmos, though. 

I would say yes you do need rear speakers still to get the best surround effect - the sounds playing through the upfiring speakers on the Arc will be different from the rears.  And if you must use ceiling speakers for the rears, then so be it.  (I assume you have a Connect:Amp or Amp for the rears?)  But my personal opinion is that ceiling speakers just aren’t great for the rears, and you would be better advised to use speakers at ‘ear level’ for that, for example by using a pair of One SLs, or a pair of bookshelf passive speakers with an Amp.

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