It’s far too easy to overlook an important part of a great Super Bowl viewing party experience: quality audio. While we’ve already covered some of the best TV deals that take place ahead of the big game, it’s also advisable not to put together a room full of football fans if all you have for sound is the tinny built-in speakers on your TV. Fortunately, Sonos is running a sale on a few of its speakers and soundbars until February 12, which can take your system to the next level when it comes to watching sports and listening to music.
First of all, the middle class Sonos Beam is for sale $399 Bee Best Buy, Target, Amazonand directly from Sonos. That’s $50 off the latest version of the Beam, which supports Dolby Atmos for virtual surround sound and has a fairly small footprint, making it a good fit for most home TV setups. I own the previous generation Beam, and while it has served me well for years, it has a weak audio latency that is most apparent when playing games. However, the second-generation model solves that problem thanks to support for eARC and HDMI 2.1 and produces better sound overall. If you have a compatible TV and want an affordable soundbar that’s available in black or white and easily works with multi-room streaming, the Beam is a worthwhile option. Read our review.
Now if you want a premium soundbar experience – with a premium price to match – then the Sonos arc is for sale for approx $799 ($100 off). Target, Best Buyand directly from Sonos. The Arc is Sonos’ flagship soundbar and features 11 drivers, allowing it to pump out a big booming sound. Two of those drivers are angled upwards to provide a more surround sound-like envelopment, but it also delivers excellent audio overall, letting you hear all the details of sound effects and soundtracks without losing dialogue in the mix. It’s best suited to a TV that supports Dolby Atmos, though, so check that your set has an HDMI port with eARC compatibility. And if you already have a Sonos speaker system for music listening, the Arc is also great for doing double duty for music listening. Read our review.
For those of you who have already invested in the Sonos ecosystem and are looking for some more throaty rumble in your home, the latest Sonos Sub sells for approx $649 ($100 off). Best Buy, Targetand directly from Sonos. Unlike most subwoofers out there, the Sonos Sub isn’t an eyesore in your living room. It has a sleek design and comes in black or white to match or blend in with your space, and it pairs wirelessly with other Sonos speakers and soundbars (so all you have to worry about is a power cable). You can even lay it on its side and squeeze it under your couch if you want it completely out of sight. That said, don’t be surprised if you feel every big hit during the Super Bowl — or when your downstairs neighbors come knocking.
The last, but certainly not the least, is the Sonos Onewhich retails for approx $179 ($40 off). Best Buy, Target, Amazon (little stock), and Sonos. This is Sonos’ smallest WiFi-connected speaker, and it’s the best fit for most people. If your priority is listening to music in one or more areas of your home, the One is hard to beat (unless you’re on a much tighter budget – as the more stripped-down Ikea Symfonisk also exists). The smart speaker produces great sound for its size, and it can be paired with a second One for stereo playback if you want to use them for listening to music or as a pair of rear surrounds for a Sonos soundbar.
The Sonos One also supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants via an array of six built-in microphones, but they don’t perform as well here as they do on those brands’ dedicated smart speakers. The One is really aimed at those who care first and foremost about ease of use when streaming music, which makes it perfect for the casual listener. Read our original review.