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Surrounds worth it?

  • 24 November 2023
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Hey guys, 

Current Sonos setup - 

Arc & Sub Mini. Thinking to get Era 100s by 11/27 (great deal going on) 

Do you think surrounds add a lot of value? 

I would have loved to buy Era 300 for Dolby atmos but I feel they are super overkill and having middle drivers disabled when in surrounds, not worth it. 

Oh yes, an average apartment/condo living room. 

Thank you Sonos gang!


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I have the One SL as a surrounds in an apartment and even those I feel are over kill. They never reach the speakers full potential unless you're forcing the surround volume up in settings.

 

If you can find a pair of used ONE SLs on Kijiji or FB market, get them.

 

Otherwise it would be perfectly fine just going to Ikea and using their Symphonisk speakers as rear surrounds.

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Yes, i just got the one sl’s and they DO make the set up complete. I have the beam2, sub mini, 2 sl’s in a room size 4.5m x 3.5m and i cant have it on any louder than 30 on the app as it will be to loud on the surrounding  flats/neighbours. You hear better affects through the rears, ie. bullet zip, rain etc. Im glad i saved the money buying the one sl’s over the slightly more powerful era 100’s as they are perfect for my room size, if you have a room a fair bit bigger go for the era 100’s.

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Why would any speakers in a soundbar not be used when adding rear speakers? All speakers in your soundbar will keep working when adding rears. The Arc, if I remember correctly, does FL-Center-FR and upfiring speakers, so 3.2 of the 5.1.2. The other two are the surrounds the Arc isn’t tasked with and does not do when no surrounds are added.

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When era 100s are connected as surrounds do all drivers on Soundbar fire? What happens to side firing ones? 

Does Arc + Sub & Rears work as 5.1.2? Assuming Arc does 5 channels (front)?

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The Symfonisk speakers make great cheap surrounds too.

Would they really add clarity and quality when compared to era 100s? 

Probably not but at a 1/3rd the price they still add to the surround experience.  I don’t have an arc or beam 2 and find not a lot comes via the rear surrounds on Dolby 5.1 or 2 to make a set of era 100 worth the investment for us.  For most of our viewing the Rears surrounds do very little.  If you watch a lot of surround films your mileage may differ.

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The Symfonisk speakers make great cheap surrounds too.

Would they really add clarity and quality when compared to era 100s? 

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The Symfonisk speakers make great cheap surrounds too.

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Yes..get surrounds. You’ll love it. I have the Ones and had the Era 300’s which didn’t impress me so I returned them and put the Ones back.

Shall I get Ones or Era 100? 
 

I am assuming Era 100 both drivers work when in surround? 

Only you can decide which ones. Easy to return either if you buy at a local store. I haven’t heard the 100’s. 

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Yes..get surrounds. You’ll love it. I have the Ones and had the Era 300’s which didn’t impress me so I returned them and put the Ones back.

Shall I get Ones or Era 100? 
 

I am assuming Era 100 both drivers work when in surround? 

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Yes..get surrounds. You’ll love it. I have the Ones and had the Era 300’s which didn’t impress me so I returned them and put the Ones back.