Originally Posted by benjiaddx
I am thinking in replacing my current installation (yamaha v685 + 5.1 Dali Zensor speakers) with a Sonos Arc + 2 One SL surround + Sub. It will suit better my new house (Dali Speaker are quite big).
But how important is the difference in terms of sound quality ?
Note: I only watch TV with an apple TV, so all my sources are DD5.1 or DD+5.1
I just set up this system (Arc, sub, S1 surrounds) with a Sony 900H. I am thrilled with the overall sound.
In another room I have a Yamaha RX V683 with a 5.1.2 speaker set up... which sounds fantastic... have been using this for almost 2 years.
In comparison, and if I had to do it again, I would actually choose the Sonos system as I think it sounds slighty better. The main factor for me would be ease of setup and ease of use. The Yamaha was kind of a pain in the ass to get dialed in AND I am still constantly tinkering with it... due to the multiple input devices. The Arc is only using a 4K Firestick and the onboard TV Android Apps. In fairness though...the Yamaha setup is in a room with vaulted ceilings and a fairly open layout.
The Atmos definitely sounds better on the Arc... but again, I think that is really due to the less than optimal seating and upper speaker set up with the Yamaha. I had pretty low expectations for the Arcs Atmos performance but was pleasantly surprised with it.
The Sub makes a HUGE difference and is almost a must have if you are going for a theater type sound. When we added the rears it felt like it just completed it. Also, definitely worth it as it really kicks it up a notch. In fact, I really feel like the rear surrounds (One SL’s) sound even better than the Polk floor standing speakers used with the Yamaha.
We have only used the Arc setup for a week or so but I am thoroughly satisfied. I definitely prefer it over the Nakamichi 7.2 and Vizio 5.1.4 that we used prior to the Arc.
Did it cost more than I wanted to spend? Yes, in total it was about $1600 as I scoured the web for deals... used the gen 2 sub to save a bit. We wanted to keep the sound expense to around a grand but felt like spending the extra 500 was worth it in the long run.
Glad we did. Good luck with whatever you end up doing.