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Pros and Cons

Pros5

It took me three days to get the sub and back surround speakers set to my liking. Movie mode is like being in a movie theatre as those twin 10” subwoofers literally vibrate the room. The surround speakers fill the space and create the movie theatre ex...  Read More

The sound is extremely clean and full. Clears up voices that were hard to hear before. Literally exhilarating sound. I couldn't be happier with it.

You won't be disappointed with this system. Almost 40 years later and many changes from the 2 channel days, this system rocks!

Nd subwoofer expands the soundstage and immersing you in bass and mid-range sounds. I have a very larg living room and this really immersed the entire room.

Dual bass subs sound thundering at the right times. The bass rattles my room.

Cons5

Yamaha advertises the ysp-5600 as supporting 7. Definitive audio tests show this unit can truly only handle 7. Nakamichi advertises this unit as supporting 9. My amazon fire 4k tv will not play 4k videos from amazon as the hdmi is not certified 2.

Another * is that the shockwafe doesn't output and display the settings on the tv. It’s embarrassing how many times it glitches when i have people over during a movie night and i have to reset the system every 20 minutes. Often when i switch from one ...  Read More

Having this kind of inconsistency is not acceptable for such a high dollar product. These numbers are not to be used for marketing gimmicks. If the manual was updated and written correctly there would be no need to even get in touch with them.

I have been completely underwhelmed from day one. The dual subs are underpowered and soft. The bass is terrible. It's nothing that couldn't be replicated with any single mid-range subwoofer.

It sounds tinny and muddy at the same time. Says the sound source is dolby atoms on the display on the soundbar. The sound is muffled and lacks clarity.

Pros3

The arc has a noticeably fuller sound. It is a pure demo for the system to flex its muscles. The arc sound quality is very good but arguably not best in class.

The sound is very well balanced no need for subwoofer. I have the total system consisting of the arc, sub and sl1 surrounds. Excellent soundbar, sub, and surround speakers.

The sonos arc soundbar is an absolute stellar of a sound system. It creates an immersive soundstage that puts me right in the heart of the action. It also integrates seamlessly with my smart devices, allowing me to control it with my mobile phone or v...  Read More

Cons5

Sonos arc rarely ever works. The instructions on the sonos website are obsolete. I hope the government investigates these frauds.

When running surround tests there were no sounds bouncing from the sides for surround and nothing from atmos. Very ironic given the cost of the sound bar and subwoofer. Integrated music play is garbage - if you use spotify, etc.

Sonos beam has no remote and does not allow use of optical output. There are no controller setup options in the tv menu.

The app is clearly very buggy. It's just copy/paste bs that always starts with did you disable and re-enable the alexa skill? Awful software. I have only 2 items for s1, the rest are for s2, and it's an utter pain the *.

Very disappointed about this. What in the heck. What a bummer. This is very disappointing.

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