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  • 11 March 2023
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i got an arc, two subs and a sonos amp pushing two rear speakers. i want to use the era as front firing height channes - is that possibe? i could care less about rear upward firing channels.

for such an expensive ass speaker, i assumed they would be clear about something like this but i can’t find literature on it anywhere. i also agree with the other poster that they are too big for atmos and practically a waste of their size when just used for atmos. 

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Sonos, please allow era 300 to be front left right speakers  instead of allowing only as rears.  Understand arc already has left and right channels but they are weak.  Would prefer proper left right channel and let the arc be the dedicated centre channel.   This would be great for those who wants to further improve their home theatre setup and would hurt those that doesn’t want to.

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i would assume most users want the soundbar to be a directional center channel while using dedicated atmos through separate speakers. hopefully that comes soon enough. until then i’m not going to spend ~$800 on two rear firing speakers that are overkill. 

Then they would buy a dedicated center speaker, not a soundbar. Most Sonos users (type: has money but not much technical sense and not willing to get it) seem to be satisfied with their soundbar. Sonos does not do centers, probably because they do not see a market for them (yet).

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i would assume most users want the soundbar to be a directional center channel while using dedicated atmos through separate speakers. hopefully that comes soon enough. until then i’m not going to spend ~$800 on two rear firing speakers that are overkill. 

Soundbars are, by their nature, the front 3 channels. Otherwise you have 3 individual speakers. Sadly, Sonos do not (currently???) have any amp/processor/speakers that support this arrangement. It’s often been asked for, but so far has gone unanswered. 

i would assume most users want the soundbar to be a directional center channel while using dedicated atmos through separate speakers. hopefully that comes soon enough. until then i’m not going to spend ~$800 on two rear firing speakers that are overkill. 

 

I wouldn't count on it.  There's never been a soundbar that could be used as a center channel, by any manufacturer, ever.  I don't see Sonos as bucking that trend.

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i would assume most users want the soundbar to be a directional center channel while using dedicated atmos through separate speakers. hopefully that comes soon enough. until then i’m not going to spend ~$800 on two rear firing speakers that are overkill. 

Sonos soundbars, like all soundbars, already contain the front left, center, and right speaker.  There is no way to use a soundbar as a center only speaker at this time.

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i got an arc, two subs and a sonos amp pushing two rear speakers. i want to use the era as front firing height channes - is that possibe? 


No.