Sonos Speakers: Product Comparison Chart

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Sonos Speakers: Product Comparison Chart
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Published 03/2021

 

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Whether you are a current Sonos user or a first time visitor looking for pre-sales information...Welcome. We hope you’ll find the information useful.

The chart below provides a “snap shot” of the Sonos speaker line-up for quick reference. As it’s a community member project it is not an official Sonos piece. However, it has been vetted by Community Moderators for accuracy. It will be updated when new information is released by Sonos. Be sure to check out the Roam which is Sonos’ newest addition to it’s portable speaker line.

There is a line item in the chart titled Works with Sonos App S2/S1. Those speakers that align with S2, S1 or both are noted.

If you purchase a product that is S2/S1 compatible and introduce it into a system that is comprised of S1 products (multiple or single) the S2/S1 product will downgrade to S1 level. That means it will not receive any S2 compatible feature updates. However, it will receive security updates that are intended for both S2 and S1 products. Use the Quick Link to view all Sonos products that are currently supported on either S2, S1 or both Controllers.

Speaking of Controllers the Apps are available for iOS and Android devices for setup and complete control of your Sonos system. Computer versions (Mac/Windows) of the Apps cannot be used for setup.

Additionally, only two (2) Sonos products allow connection of Bluetooth (BT) devices for streaming (Roam/Move). All products listed in the chart (excepting Sonos Architectural speakers which require a Sonos Amp) employ Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for ease of setup. BLE does not support connection of BT devices to Sonos speakers or components for streaming.

Quick Links for each speaker are provided to allow quick access to Sonos product information and FAQ’s.

Note: A special character in a column header or following a line-item indicates there is supplemental information below the chart.

* In-Wall speakers can also be used as left/right front speakers that create a phantom center channel in home theater setups. They as well as In-Ceiling speakers can be used as surrounds. All architectural speakers require Sonos Amp for power and feature activation. See Quick Link for information on Sonos Amp.

 ** Select Quick Links for Roam and Move and visit FAQ’s for more information.

*** SonosNet 

  • Sonos One/One SL, Five, Arc, and Beam and can be used to create the SonosNet to move Sonos off your home WiFi to mitigate wireless interference.
  • The Sub can join the SonosNet when bonded to one of the above speakers.
  • Sonos Architectural speakers join the SonosNet in conjunction with the Sonos Amp
  • This is accomplished by wiring one of the aforementioned speakers or Amp directly to your router via Ethernet.
  • However, the Sonos One/One SL and Five cannot be used to create the SonosNet when used as surrounds. In that instance the Arc or Beam would be wired to your router instead.
  • If using a speaker (or Sonos Amp) is impractical for any reason a Sonos Boost module can be used. See Quick Link

 ^ AirPlay 2 is negated when One, One SL and Five are used as surrounds. This feature becomes primary to Arc or Beam in Home Theater applications.

 ^^ Sonos Arc has Upward and Side firing speakers in addition to Left/Center/Right speakers used for Dolby Atmos and similar multi-channel audio.

^^^ Speech Enhancement_Boosts audio frequencies associated with the human voice

^^^ Night Mode_Allows low-volume level to reduce intensity of loud sounds while making dialogue clearer without increasing volume

  > > Moisture Resistant Excepting the Roam, Move and Outdoor Architectural Speaker other Sonos speakers designated as Moisture Resistant only qualify for use in a bath, shower or kitchen area where excessive moisture may exist. They are not designed for outdoor use over a prolonged/continuous period or in changing weather conditions.

 # Sonos Arc also supports HDMI eARC required for Dolby Atmos and similar multi-channel audio. Select the Arc Quick Link and visit FAQ’s for more information.

 + The Sonos One SL and Five require integration with an Alexa or Google device in order to be controlled for music play back by voice. Sonos speakers with Far-Field mics can accept Alexa or Google voice commands directly for music playback and more. The Alexa or Google voice assistant must be activated within the Sonos App and the Sonos Skill activated in the Alexa App.

Sub (Gen3)

  • Two force-canceling drivers face inward for powerful bass without any cabinet buzz or rattle. 
  • Dual acoustic ports precisely tuned to enhance performance. Frequency response as low as 25 Hz. 
  • Audio settings automatically equalize to balance Sub and the paired Sonos speaker(s) or component. 
  • Your Sonos home theater setup can connect up to two Subs as long as one of them is a Sub (Gen 3). Learn more here.

Quick Links: Roam / Move / One / One SL / Five / Arc / Beam / AmpSub / Boost Module

Quick Links: Architectural Speakers In-Wall / In-Ceiling / Outdoor

Quick Links: S2/S1 Product chart


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