Oh Sonos, you haven’t had much luck lately. From your woefully botched trade in/ brick program (way to alienate your biggest fans) to your sinking stock price. Add to that their new products dropping integration into their older products and it all makes for a recipe for disaster.

Well the reviews for their new soundbar the Sonos Arc are starting to come in and surprisingly the consensus is quite positive. Despite breaking with tradition, the AFR has given it a glowing review. With its switch to high bandwidth audio, support for Dolby Atmos they praise the soundbar for its big clean sounds, almost negating the need for surround speakers.

While you can always expect Sonos to continue to improve sound quality it would be nice to see them be more aggressive in smart home integration.

Australian Financial Review: Sonos Arc breaks with tradition (but it’s worth it)