Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: The Grapple Between Two Best Soundbar

The Sonos Arc is among the best available soundbar that we have ever heard of. It is standing out in the market from the very beginning of the release.  Arc doesn’t have a Bluetooth streaming option, single HMDI eARC port. But, when you are searching for an all-in-all unit then you will never be disappointed with Sonos Acr which by the way, also doesn’t need a subwoofer like Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc.

The Vizio Elevate, a high-end soundbar that offers an incredible sound with its move-able speakers. This soundbar includes wireless sub as well as rears. However, it is not easy to operate. Specifically, the newbies might find the manual setup of Vizio Elevate a bit complicated. Yet, for brilliant and lively sound quality, you should stick to it. 

Instinctively, if you are in need of a universally feasible soundbar for your TV or any other device with the best audio quality and other flexible features then you are on the right spot. But remember, at the time of choosing what to purchase the main thing to consider is your needs and requirements.

So without further due, let’s began the detailed discussion of the moves of the ‘grapple’ between  Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc.

Sonos Arc vs Vizio Elevate: Specifications

For your convenience, before diving into the details, a table with the device’s specifications is presented to help you understand the basic differences. Here, you can easily figure out which device has which specialty and which device lacks some interesting features. The tables are presented below:

Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: Comparison Table

Features
Sonos Arc
Vizio Elevate
Dimension
Height 3.4’’(8.7cm) Width 44.9’’(114.1cm) Depth 4.7’’(12.0cm)
Height 2.7’’(6.8cm) Width 48.1’’(122.2cm) Depth 6.5’’(16.5cm)
Room correction
yes
No
Bass Adjustment
yes
Yes
Treble Adjustment
yes
Yes
Virtual Surround
No
Yes
Latency
Optical= 5ms ARC = 1ms Full HDMI = N/A
Optical audio in= 1  ARC = 1(shared) Full HDMI = 1
Wireless Playback
Wi-fi – yes Bluetooth – yes Apple AirPlay – yes
Yes
Voice assistant
Google Alexa
Google  Alexa
App name
Sonos S2
Vizio SmartCast
Color
Black, white
Black
Weight
24.6 pounds
3.69 pounds
Model number
ARCG1US1BLK
P514a-H6
Features
Sonos Arc
Dimension
Height 3.4’’(8.7cm) Width 44.9’’(114.1cm) Depth 4.7’’(12.0cm)
Room correction
yes
Bass Adjustment
yes
Treble Adjustment
yes
Virtual Surround
No
Latency
Optical= 5ms ARC = 1ms Full HDMI = N/A
Wireless Playback
Wi-fi – yes Bluetooth – yes Apple AirPlay – yes
Voice assistant
Google Alexa
App name
Sonos S2
Color
Black, white
Weight
24.6 pounds
Model number
ARCG1US1BLK
Features
Vizio Elevate
Dimension
Height 2.7’’(6.8cm) Width 48.1’’(122.2cm) Depth 6.5’’(16.5cm)
Room correction
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes
Latency
Optical audio in= 1  ARC = 1(shared) Full HDMI = 1
Wireless Playback
Yes
Voice assistant
Google  Alexa
App name
Vizio SmartCast
Color
Black
Weight
3.69 pounds
Model number
P514a-H6

Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: Overview

To the amazing audio lineup of Sonos, the Sonos Arc brings entertainment and enjoyment to your life with its great sound. It supports high-resolution lossless audio formats like ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF. Moreover, even if the tv is turned of, you can stream radio, music, podcasts along with your other favorite services with the Apple Airplay2 or the Sonos app.

The voice control of the Sonos app is very easy to operate. The Amazon Alexa is a built-in Sonos app so that you can check the news, set alarms, play music and most interestingly get your question answered including many more other options easily. 

Vizio Elevate is a high-performance speaker that provides high-quality performance. It also provides clear vocals to stable the stereo models and standard surround along with a wider sound-stage. 

Besides, the voice assistant; Vizio Elevate lets you use the device which is voice-enabled. Moreover, 3 HDMI ports append 2(two)  4K devices with the TV along with eRAC which makes the setup more clean and simple. 

The feature which is the most important for a soundbar, which is the connectivity along with audio or the sound quality,is the strong zone for Vizio Elevate; especially if compared with Sonos. Otherwise, the sound quality of Sonos is also decent and smooth.

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Sonos Arc 

Let’s have a look at the good and bad sides of Sonos Arc and see what it does and doesn’t offer.

Pros
  • It doesn’t need a subwoofer
  • Has multi-room music
  • Easy to setup
  • Has great sound performance; especially in Dolby Almos movies
  • Good built in design
  • Good stereo sound-stage
Cons
  • Bluetooth streaming absent
  • single HDMI eARC port
  • Compared to other single-bar, it is a bit expensive 
  • Full EQ absent
  • Does not support DTS:X and DTS

Vizio Elevate

Let’s have a look at the good and bad sides of Vizio Elevate and see what it does and doesn’t offer.

Pros
  • Have good motorized speakers
  • Has wireless sub and rears
  • Good sound for movies
  • 4 EQ presets
  • Supports Bluetooth
  • Supports DTS and DTS:X
  • Bass-heavy sound profile 
Cons
  • Not that easy to operate
  • No support of Apple AirPlay
  • A bit short surround cables 
  • Graphic EQ absent
  • Presence of a bit of distortion at max volume 

What’s in the box?

Let’s have a look at the elements that come with the product’s box expect, the product itself.

Read: Bose or Sonos which is better for soundbar?

Vizio Elevate

(This includes the boxes of subwoofer and satellites)

  • HDMI cable of length 1.6m
  • Digital optical cable of length 1.5m
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Audio cable of 3.5mm 
  • Stereo RCA
  • 2x Satellite speaker audio cable
  • 2x power cable
  • 4x wall-mount screw
  • Wall-mount template
  • 2x wall-mount brackets of satellite speakers
  • 2x wall-mount brackets of soundbar
  • Manuals
  • 4x cable ties
  • Manuals

Sonos Arc

  • HDMI cable of length 1.5m
  • Manuals
  • HDMI to optical adapter
  • Bar power cable

Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: The Design

Starting with the Vizio Elevate, its design is very unique. The bar here can easily rotate its right and left sides upwards, at the time of playing DTS:X or Atmos content.

Moreover, if you want you can change the position of the portions, which means, instead of facing outwards all the time, you can change it upwards.

Besides, the Vizio Elevate comes with a Subwoofer that is made up of melamine which has a plastic coating on the top. And the satellites it has are two in number and medium in size of height 15.1cm , depth 3.7 cm and width 7.3 cm. So, the satellites might not be that big, however, you need to wire them to the subwoofer and it has to be placed vertically.

Further, the satellites are made up of aluminum grille on the front and top, and the rest is made up of plastic. Moreover, the size of the bar of Vizio Elevate is big which won’t fit between 55” TV stands. Interestingly, the height of the bar is short which is 2.7 cm, as a result, it won’t block your TV screen unless it is put flush on the table.

Moving on, the width and depth of the bar is 122.2cm and 16.5cm respectively.

And the width, height, and depth of the subwoofer are 27.6cm , 39.4cm, and 35cm.

Clearly, it is tall as well as bigger than the size of a basic desktop PC.

Besides, the back of the bar has holes in the underside and the mounting type is universal. It means, the soundbar has mounting holes that can be used with a universal mount, and also it can sometimes only be mounted with a proprietary mount. This thing is quite necessary to know while buying a soundbar because, when you don’t want to place the soundbar on a table, and you want to know if you can or can not use a universal mount.    

The design of the back of the bar is quite basic. It has two openings for the power cable and inputs. Also, if you want you can wall-mount it, as on the underside it has universal mounting holes. 

The back of the subwoofer is an enclosed type that affects the overall performance of the subwoofer. Now, the question is, how this enclosure affects the performance?

Subwoofers with a sealed, enclosed, or passive radiator tends to have a tighter and clean bass, at the expense of low-frequency extension. Conversely, the enclosure port improves the low-frequency extension but tends to make the bass bit distorted and lower. And at the back of the subwoofer of Vizio Elevate has the port, which has also connections for the satellites and the power cable.

Finally, on the back of the satellites, there are power cables that connect them to the subwoofer. And the rest is as same as the back of the bar of Vizio Elevate.

Coming to Sonos Arc, if you compare Sonos Beam vs Sonos Arc, you will find the Sonos Arc longer and it looks more quality full or high-end as well as sturdy than Sonos Beam. Otherwise, the design of both of them is similar which includes a plastic finishing. Moreover, it has a pair of plastic grille along with a mesh of black plastic in between the grille.

The bar’s width is 114.1cm, height 8.7cm, and depth 12.0cm. So, if you compare Sonos Playbar vs Sonos Arc or Sonos Arc vs Sonos Beam, you will find the Arc longer similar to Vizio Elevate.

Moving on, the back of the bar of Arc or the mounting holes are proprietary which has a small opening for the inputs and outputs. Their back is straightforward as many other soundbars. Since the mounting holes are proprietary here, you need to buy a wall-mounting bracket that won’t be given in the box.  You can purchase this bar in white color as well. 

Unlike Vizio Elevate, the Sonos Arc doesn’t have any subwoofer and satellites.

Overall, the design of both soundbars is simple and basic. However, the Sonos gives you the option to choose a color that Vizio doesn’t. Other than that, both have equally cool designs.

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Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: The Build Quality

Although the ingredient of Sonos Arc is only plastic, nothing to worry about! In spite of being a plastic body, it has a great build quality. Its speakers are well protected by the plastic grilles. Besides, it has the same sturdy body as its elder sibling, Sonos Beam.

Unlike Sonos Arc, the body of Vizio Elevate is not entirely made up of plastic. It has an aluminum grille which is located at the front of the bar that helps it to safeguard the drivers.

Similar to the bar, the satellites also have an aluminum grille with the same purpose, that is protecting the drivers along with the rear and plastic sides. And the subwoofer has a plastic touch on the top but the body is made up of melamine. 

Overall, the materials of Vizio Elevate feel solid and durable.

Build quality is very important not only for soundbars but also for any other devices. It represents the savvy of the quality of the structure of the soundbar,  which concerns which materials are used, and how they all blend. 

Poor build quality might decrease the wanted lifetime of the device and make it more apt to faults due to mishandling. 

Here both the soundbars have the good build quality, giving it a quality full and high-end look. Thus the result is a tie again!

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The Sound Quality Matters!

The Vizio Elevate has a good frequency response. In the graph of the stereo frequency response of Vizio Elevate, you will see the ST slope, which means the derivation of the logarithmic fit of the frequency response is -1.35. The ST Std. Err value is 3.45dB, which means the average deviation of the soundbar’s in-room frequency response from the in-room target response is 3.45dB.

Moreover, the lowest frequency of Vizio Elevate at which the frequency response reachers -3dB of the target response, is 27.1Hz. And the high-frequency extension is 9.3kHz. The highest frequency shows how extended the treble of the soundbar is, whereas the lowest frequency shows how extended the bass of the soundbar is.

Therefore, it has a sound profile of Elevate that is bass-heavy, which adds extra punch and boom to the audio. Thus the hip-hop and EDM genre lovers will definitely be pleased by it.

In addition, it has 4 EQ presets which will help you customize the sound. So those who feel the sound more overwhelming can customize it according to you!

Besides, the stereo sound-stage of Vizio elevate is very impressive. The cross-talk error value is 1.88dB. If you desire to have a soundbar that is naturally wide and has a speaker-like sound-stage, then cross-talk is a vital metric to consider. Having that said, let me acknowledge you with more info about the Cross-talk error. It is the average deviation of the soundbars from the targeted cross-talk. This measurement is performed with a dummy head and can be considered to be partially responsible for the perceived instrument separation and width of the sound-stage.

Interestingly, a low amount of cross-talk error tends to represent a wide sound-stage

with good instrument separation. Therefore, the sound-stage of Vizio Elevate seems to be very pinpoint located and accurate. Also, the sound has a very good focus. But if you compare the stereo sound-stage with the bar, sometimes the stereo sound will feel much wider.

Note that, having a good sound-stage is critical for movies, music as well as video games, but not for dialog/speech like watching the news.

Moving on, the stereo Dynamics of Vizio Elevate, (which means how loud the soundbar gets and whether its sound quality degrades at loud volumes) is pleasant. 

The ST SPL of Vizio Elevate is 97.2 dB SPL. This SPL means the sound produced by the sound-bar with its volume set to maximum. It is important to factor for a sound-bar because when you want a sound-bar for a large, crowded or noisy environment, so it needs to get loud, but in the process, it is not necessary to care for the amount of frequency response being degraded.   

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Frequency Response

Moreover, the ST DRC value is 2.25dB, which means the amount of difference between the soundbar’s frequency response at 80dB SPL and at max volume. Too much dynamic range compression at this setting will introduce compression and pumping which will mostly be noticeable on music and sound effects, but not as much on the dialog.

So, overall, the Vizio Elevate is quite loud, which is excellent for parties. However, when you will play it at max volume, you might feel a bit of compression there. 

Now, the stereo total harmonic distortion, meaning the quantity of unwanted and subtle frequencies that are produced alongside the intended frequencies by the soundbar. It is especially an essential factor for those who know and care about the fidelity of sound reproduction.

The ST weighted THD produced by Vizio Elevate sound-bar at 80dB SPL is 0.34 and the ST weighted TDH;  means the overall amount of harmonic distortion produced by Vizio Elevate at its maximum volume is 3.36. Moreover, harmonic distortion is relatively difficult to hear, so it should matter to only those who care about the fidelity of sound production.

Therefore, the performance of Vizio Elevate’s stereo total harmonic distortion is good. There isn’t much distortion at normal volume, but when the volume is increased the THD jumps a  bit which many of you might not even notice.

Further, the Vizio Elevate owns a great center channel performance. It means how accurately the soundbar creates audio with a 6-channel file. Here, using direct HDMI connection soundbars are tested. Else, for testing HDMI ARC or a direct optical connection through a TV is used.

It has a discrete center speaker. A discrete center is more clear whereas a phantom center is not. This won’t matter for stereo content since they don’t have a discrete center channel. 

The C slope value of Vizio Elevate is -0.02, which means the derivative of the logarithmic fit or regression line of the frequency response. This value shows the overall tonal balance of the sound as opposed to the std. err. a value that shows the overall deviation. Note that, ‘-‘ve values represent a bass-heavy sound on the other hand ‘+’ve values represent a treble-heavy sound and a balanced tone is represented by neutral or zero or a flat slope. 

Having that said, the C Std. Err is 2.63dB, and C SPL produced by the Vizio Elevate with its volume set to maximum is 92.3dB SPL. At 2.5 meters, this value is reported and measured. Moreover, The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced by the Elevate at 80dB SPL is 0.44 and at maximum volume, the value is 1.47. 

So, the center performance of Vizio Elevate is overall good enough where it helps to create accurate and more clear dialogue. It has an outstandingly balanced and neutral sound profile so that the sound coming out from the TV is reproduced accurately.

Talking about the surroundings, it is an important feature of a soundbar. It states how correctly the soundbar creates audio with a 6-channel file. Also, sometimes using a direct HDMI connection soundbars are examined.

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Speaker Configuration

There is no rear in the Vizio Elevate soundbar to support a 7.1 speaker configuration. The rear is a must if you want to get the full advantage of the more immersive 7.1 speaker configuration which certain movies and games support.

Besides, its Sr. slope rate is -0.84 and Sr Std at maximum volume is 92.0dB SPL. So, the overall surround performance of Vizio Elevate is not bad at all. The heavy bass of it makes the movie feel more real and lively.  

The height performance of Vizio Elevate (which means how accurately the soundbar reproduces audio with an Atmos file that has one object placed in the middle of the ceiling)  is quite middling. 

The value of H slope is -1.48 and H Std. Err in the in-room frequency response from the in-room target response is 4.78dB.  Vizio Elevate uses its up-firing speakers to bounce the sound and create the illusion of the sound. Also, while playing Atmos content, you can turn off the right and left upward rotation of the bar.  

Moving on, the Vizio Elevate has some sound enhancement features. These digital features and effects will allow you to customize and modify the sound of the soundbar to some extent. This may include dialog enhancement, EQ,  room correction, and treble and bass adjustment.

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The features that Vizio Elevate has are, 

  • Room Correction –  A microphone is used in this digital processor to analyze the acoustic characteristics of the user’s room. 
  • Dialogue Enhancement – Without changing the background, the volume and dialogue clarity is emphasized.
  • Auto-Volume/Night Mode –  Compressor of dynamic range is used to reduce the volume in between different programs.
  • Bass Adjustment – Allows the user to adjust the amount of punch and thump in the sound.  
  • Treble Adjustment -This allows the user to adjust the amount of clarity and brightness in the sound.
  • Night Mode- It applies a dynamic range compressor to the sound to reduce the volume change between different programs for example,  the difference in level between a TV show and commercials, or sometimes in a program like the difference between dialog and an explosion. In different words, it makes the volume more steady.
  • Subwoofer Level Adjustment- The user can adjust the level of the subwoofer here.
  • EQ- The user can adjust the frequency balance of the sound. Also, the user will be able to get presets, adjust treble or bass depending on the type of EQ. 
  • Surround Level Adjustment- It allows you to adjust the balance between the frequencies of sound. 
  • Height Level Adjustment- It adjusts the level of the overhead/height channels, without changing the level of the other channels.
  • Virtual Sound-  It is a number of digital processes which use psychoacoustic principles in order to produce an immersive sound from anon-immersive content.

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In short, Vizio Elevate many decent features to enhance sound which includes 4 EQ presets that will help you to customize the sound of music, movies, games, etc. Also, you can make the voice crisp and clear along with adjusting the sides to AUTO, UP, or WIDE of the bar.

Now, moving on to the opponent; Sonos Arc has a combination of neutral and bright sound profile. It’s a low-frequency extension at which the frequency response reaches -6dB of the target response is 47.6Hz(it also indicates the extended bass). And the high-frequency extension at which the frequency response reaches -6dB of the target response is 19.9kHz(it also indicates the extended treble). 

While using Sonos Arc soundbar, you might find the low-bass a bit troubling but once you update it to its latest or new software version, the problem is gone! And, after the update, the sound becomes tighter and the bass becomes more present. 

Sadly, the Sonos Arc does not have some adjustment features that its competitor Vizio Elevate does, such as,  the comprehensive EQ lacks here for which you cannot customize the sound. However, the treble and bass adjustment features along with the room correction feature(iOS) are available here.

Moreover, the stereo response of frequency with preliminary calibration is not bad. An experiment was done using the room correction feature along with treble and bass slider combination, where the bass and treble was set in the following way-

The resultant of this setting wasn’t that pleasant. As no improvement on the default slope of Sonic Arc was observed.

Besides, the stereo sound-stage of this soundbar is praiseworthy. Specifically, when the side-firing speakers reflect the sound from the wall and send it to the listeners, it makes the sound more lively. Moreover, while listening to Atmos content you might find the soundstage a little diffused. Otherwise, its focus is excellent which helps to make the sound more clear and composed.

The sound pressure level or SPL produced by Sonos Arc with its volume set to maximum is 96.6dB. Also, the amount of difference between the soundbar’s frequency response at 80dB SPL and at Max Volume is 3.86dB. Here, too much compression will result in pumping and compression artifacts in the sound.

So, the bar is loud enough to serve a large room or even a crowded place. But sometimes at max volume, the sound compression can irritate you a bit.

Furthermore, the value of Sonos Arc of the total harmonic distortion produced by the soundbar at 80dB SPL is 0.61 and at maximum, the value is 2.36, which is a very decent score.

In addition, the center of the soundbar is great, whereas its surround 5.1 is so so. However, it comes with additional rear speakers to support a 7.1 speaker configuration. This configuration is desired when you want to get the full advantage of the more immersive 7.1 speakers which certain movies and games support. Though often it doesn’t matter.

The height performance which matters when the content is Atmos (like most recent movies and video games), of Sonos Arc is neither good nor worst. Especially, if you compare, Sonos Beam vs Sonos Arc, Arc is the improved one as Beam does not support Atmos.

Moving on, like the Vizio Elevate the Sonos Arc has some sound enhancement features. Let’s have a look at them.

Read: How you can Set up 3.1 Home theatre

Sound Enhancement Features-

  • Room Correction –  A microphone is used in this digital processor to analyze the acoustic characteristics of the user’s room. 
  • Dialogue Enhancement – Without changing the background, the volume and dialogue clarity is emphasized.
  • Auto-Volume/Night Mode –  Compressor of dynamic range is used to reduce the volume in between different programs.
  • Bass Adjustment – Allows the user to adjust the amount of punch and thump in the sound. 
  • Treble Adjustment -This allows the user to adjust the amount of clarity and brightness in the sound.

Sonos Arc has adjusted your sound bar’s performance based upon your room setting, but this feature is only available on iPhone. Also, in Sony HT-G700 vs Sonos Arc, Sony allows you to adjust the balance between the frequencies of sound.   And in Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc, Vizio allows you to create an immersive sound from conventional non-immersive content. So, in this aspect Vizio Elevate is winning. 

Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc: Connectivity

Connectivity includes all the physical inputs on the soundbar, which is very essential for playing sound through the soundbar using a high-quality wired connection.

Sonos Arc has some limitations in terms of connectivity. It has 1 HDMI ARC port which includes the eARC ports. ARC has more features than optical. If both products have HDMI ARC the signal can go both ways; in and out between the soundbar and the TV. This input should be used if you want to have only 1 remote to control both the soundbar and the TV.

Moreover, it has 1 ethernet jack that can connect it to a network. This jack is required when you want a reliable wired connection to the internet, instead of a Wi-Fi connection. With the help of this ethernet port, you can connect your home network with the bar.

Besides, Sonos Arc has no HDMI out port that can send video or audio along with an HDMI input port that can receive sound. Note that, this is different from an HDMI ARC port because an ARC port is actually an HDMI output port.  Also, this feature is basically needed when connecting a sound source directly to the soundbar, for example, a game console. Sometimes, this enables the use of higher quality sound. However, it makes it harder for the soundbar to play sound from the TV’s apps.

In short, the Sonos Arc has a very limited count of inputs. But,  via the HDMI ARC port, it has good ARC or audio format support. In brief, ARC means whether the soundbar can decode and play audio sent in each specific format, over an HDMI ARC connection.

Note that, sometimes if the TV digs up that the soundbar is not supporting a specific audio format, then it will change it into something that the soundbar supports. Here ARC alludes to both the new eARC standard and standard ARC.

Also, Sonos Arc supports the eARC standard which has more features than normal ARC along with more possible formats. For this reason, it pretty much supports every Dolby signal, which includes-  Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD.

Firstly, Dolby Atmos is an object-based surround sound format. It is very beneficial as it supports height channels. Also, some streaming servers support Dolby Atmos, for example, Netflix and Blu-rays.

For its audio, it uses a carrier signal which is either Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby TrueHD. Therefore, to support Dolby Almos the soundbar must support one of these  two.

Then, Dolby Digital is the most popular and common surround sound format which is found in many streaming services. Mainly, Dolby Digital is the fallback for the higher quality Dolby formats, such as TrueHD and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Digital is always there when in the signal path, a device is not being supported. The channel limit of Dolby Digital is   5.1, whereas  Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus can carry 7.1 channels or more. And Dolby Digital’s improved version is Dolby Digital Plus, which can support  7.1 or more channels, also it can be used as the porter signal for Dolby Atmos. It’s less usual than Dolby Digital, nevertheless, it’s used by some streaming services. 

And, Dolby TrueHD is a high-quality lossless surround sound format. As the porter signal, it can also be used for Dolby Atmos. Normally, it’s mostly found on Blu-ray discs which supports Dolby Atmos. Moreover, even if Atmos is not being supported by the soundbar, it shall still be able to trifle the high-quality Dolby TrueHD audio. Furthermore, Dolby TrueHD needs an eARC connection of higher bandwidth. 

Also, Sonos Arc also supports 5.1PCM which is needed while playing surround sound from the TV, from a source that doesn’t encode its sounds, such as a game console or PC. Nevertheless, if you compare  LG SN11RG vs Sonos Arc, let me avouch that Arc does not support DTS, unlike many other high-end sound-bars.

Note that, Dolby Digital’s competitor is DTS. Also, they are similar in many cases. It’s not very usual on its own, but it’s the fallback for the higher quality which is  DTS-HD MA format.

latency performance

Moving on, Sonos Arc has a great latency performance. This is very important while watching videos or movies and playing video games, to have a good synchronism between the image and the sound.

In this soundbar, the delay between the image and the sound when connecting the soundbar via ARC is -1ms which is an extremely low value. This value is acquired by using the equivalent or same reference TV and also by listening to a YouTube video.

Again, the delay between the image and the sound when connecting the soundbar via optical is 5ms, which is obtained by using the same reference TV and listening to a YouTube video.

Further, Sonos Arc can connect to a network wirelessly but it only supports Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth. It also supports Alexa and googles assistant. In addition to that, this soundbar has Apple’s AirPlay functionality and it can cast content using AirPlay. So iOS user, be happy!

Other than the above-mentioned features, Sonos Arc does not have any other connectivity specs and features that can impact your usage.

Now, coming to the opponent Vizio Elevate, unlike Sonos Arc it comes with lots of inputs. It has 1 digital optical audio input, 1 shared HDMI ARC port, 1 shared HDMI out port, 2 HDMI input ports that can receive sound, 2 analog audio inputs of 3.5mm, 1 USB port that can be used to play audio files on the soundbar. But it has no ethernet jack.

Moreover, this soundbar supports almost every available audio format (!) including DTS and Dolby digital even via optical port also. It supports, eARC, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA. 

Furthermore, Vizio Elevate has fantastic wireless capabilities. It can play audio over a Bluetooth connection and can connect to a network wirelessly through Wi-Fi. Also, it has Google’s Chromecast built-in functionality. So you can stream content easily from your gadget using this Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast. However, unlike Sonos Arc, Elevate does not have Apple’s AirPlay functionality.

In addition, Vizio elevate has a good number of bandwidth signals which includes 4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough that passes a 4k @ 60 Hz video signal from the source to the TV, 4k @ 60 Hz @ 10-bit Passthrough that passes a 4k @ 60 Hz @ 10-bit video signal from the source to the TV, 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough that passes a 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 video signal from the source to the TV and HDR10 Passthrough that passes an HDR video signal from the source to the TV.  

Other than the bar, the subwoofer can connect to the soundbar wirelessly where the user has to wire the satellites towards the sub. Also, the satellites can partially connect to the soundbar wirelessly where it needs to be wired towards the wireless subwoofer.

Overall, in terms of connectivity between Sonos Arc vs Vizio Elevate, Sonos Arc is lagging behind as with minimal amounts of inputs.

Vizio Elevate Vs Sonos Arc: More features 

Both the soundbars offer you many other amazing features which makes them too hard to resist! So without further ado, lets know about the features in detail.

Features 
Sonos Arc
Sonos
Display
No
No
Bar controls
Yes
Yes
Power saving
Auto-off
No
HDMI CEC
Yes 
Yes
Universal Remote
No
No
App
Yes 
Yes
Amazon Alexa
Yes
Built-in
Google Assistant
Yes
Built-in
Apple-Siri
Yes
No
Features 
Sonos Arc
Display
No
Bar controls
Yes
Power saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC
Yes 
Universal Remote
No
App
Yes 
Amazon Alexa
Yes
Google Assistant
Yes
Apple-Siri
Yes
Features 
Sonos
Display
No
Bar controls
Yes
Power saving
No
HDMI CEC
Yes
Universal Remote
No
App
Yes
Amazon Alexa
Built-in
Google Assistant
Built-in
Apple-Siri
No

Comparison with other Powerful Opponents of the Market

Vizio Elevate

Besides Sonos Arc, Vizio Elevate has other tough competitors as well which are equally popular and powerful. Thus, you should at least have minimum knowledge about them, which will also help you buy your desired headphone. 

In between JBL Bar 9.1 vs Vizio Elevate, JBL wins. Because, it is more balanced, supports room correction features, suitable for many audio contents, has a more neutral sound profile, and most importantly, with  Apple Airplay JBL Bar 9.1 is more compatible. Though, the Vizio Elevate has a better design and a better dialogue enhancement feature.

Then, in between Vizio Elevate vs Vizio SB46514-F6, Vizio Elevate has a good soundstage and it supports DTS:X content, which most of the buyers prefer. On the other hand, the SB45614-F6 has a more balanced and neutral sound profile along with a good performance with the height channels.

Moving on to the competitor with the bigger name, that is in between Sonos Arc with Sub+ One SL Speakers vs Vizio Elevate, both the soundbars have some equally valuable features. Sonos Arc with Sub+ One SL Speakers has a more neutral sound profile and better-built quality, whereas Vizio Elevate supports DTS:X and DTS content.

Sonos Elevate

In between Sonos Arc vs Sonos Beam and Sonos Playbar vs Sonos Arc, the Arc is more useful. It has many new features along with better sound, height, and surround performance. So in short, Sonos Arc is the versatile one among the other two.

Lastly, in between Bose Soundbar 700 vs Sonos Arc, Bose is slightly better with better-built quality, sound profile, and connectivity. Howsoever, Sonos Arc supports the Atmos which is sometimes more preferred.

Overall

Vizio Elevate and Sonos Arc are among the most popular soundbars available in the market. Now which one you should choose depends on your listening habits.

For Vizio Elevate, many users have showered positive reviews such as, “Elevate has great sound, it has next-level sound quality, It has outstanding Atmos system, etc, etc”. However, there are few negative reviews that you must know, for example, “it lacks in the soundstage, it has no ethernet port,” and the biggest one(!) “Vizio is totally useless, it has major bugs and the problem with its satellite speakers”. But I must say this sort of review for Vizio Elevate is very rare, so if you want you can consider it as an exceptional case.

On the other hand, Sonos Arc also has many positive along with few negative reviews where the common one is “Not worth of the money”. Clearly, few users expected more from Sonos Arc at this price.

So in the Grapple between Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc, if you ask me to choose a winner I will pick Vizio Elevate as it supports DTS:X and DTS. Also, it has a  heavy bass sound profile which I prefer the most. But remember, choices and preferences vary from person to person, and my desire and need for buying this product may not be the same as yours. So, which one you should pick, completely depends on you.

Therefore, I will ask you to emphasize more on the reason for buying a soundbar in order to find out which one to buy.    

FAQs of Vizio Elevate vs Sonos Arc

Does Sonos Arc have any issue with audio cutting?

→No

 How is the setup of Sonos Arc with a Samsung smart remote?

→ Arc uses the HDMI cable in order to connect with the TV.

Does the Vizio support the Dolby vision?

→Of course, it does!

What is the length from the surround speakers to the sub?

→ 8meters

Is Ethernet port available on Vizio Elevate?

→ No, Vizio Elevate does not have it yet.