Sonos soundbars and speakers are on sale just in time for March Madness

If you’re looking for a home theater upgrade to amplify the screaming crowds, court squeals, and other signature sounds of NCAA basketball during March Madness, you should check out the sale going on at Sonos right now. Until March 25, you can save 20 percent on selected soundbars and speakers.

For example, the entry-level soundbar in its range, the Sonos Ray, is down to about $223 (about $57 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Sonos. If you need a little more power, you can go for the Sonos Beam (Gen 2), which also retails for around $399 ($50 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Sonos. Both are compatible with the Sonos Submini, which works out to about $343 ($86 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Sonos. The Sonos Move2 is also on sale for anyone who needs a great portable Bluetooth speaker – it costs about $359 (about $90 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Sonos.

Which of the two soundbars should you go for? If you have the budget for it, we prefer the Sonos Beam. It is much better equipped for the modern home theater compared to the Ray. It has HDMI eARC, and it’s also technically a Dolby Atmos soundbar with a center tweeter, four woofers and three passive radiators. But there are no pumping speakers to help simulate the enveloping soundstage needed to really sell the effect.

The Beam’s sound is noticeably more powerful than the Ray’s, but it’s still bested by the Sonos Arc with its two upward speakers (which is to be expected since the latter is larger and has a significantly higher price tag). You do get newer features, though, like voice-activated Alexa and Google Assistant (and technically Siri, but only if you use Apple AirPlay 2). And both support Trueplay, which uses your phone’s microphones to tailor the sound specifically to the acoustics of your room.

The Sonos Beam (second generation) is a compact soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and can stream music from a plethora of services. Read our review.

The Sonos Ray is cheap (at least compared to other Sonos soundbars) and sounds pretty good for a basic stereo soundbar, but it lacks HDMI and only accepts optical audio from your TV. That means you miss out on eARC and HDMI-CEC functionality, which can save you on the number of remotes you need.

The Ray can receive direct infrared input from some compatible universal remotes; however, we found it so spotty that the experience can be a little frustrating. It is also not possible to play music via Bluetooth. It’s a solid starter for a new Sonos user, but it quickly falls behind.

The Ray is Sonos’ entry-level soundbar that is best suited for bedrooms and smaller apartments. It can only be connected to TVs via an optical cable, so it lacks HDMI-CEC functionality. Despite its small size, it also produces balanced, dynamic sound, easily surpassing built-in TV speakers. Read our review.

Whichever one you get, the Sub Mini is a good fit if you want to satisfy your hunger for theater-like bass. At its core, the Sub Mini is meant to do everything its big brothers can do, just a little quieter.

The sleek cylindrical speaker is easy to install and integrates well with the rest of the Sonos range – including the Sonos Arc, Sonos Ray, Sonos Beam and Sonos Era 300 – making it a solid choice if you want some low-end Add rumble to a small or medium room without seeking out the larger model.

Acoustically it’s not quite as powerful, although it can still reach a rattling 25Hz with its dual 6-inch woofers, which is plenty low if you’ll be using the Mini mainly for watching movies and TV. Plus, it’s more discreet than the standard Sub, making it (somewhat) easier to hide, even if it’s not as ‘mini’.

It can’t quite match the loudness and sheer power of the flagship Sub, but the more compact Sub Mini still packs a punch so you can feel the low bass from your couch. Read our review.

The Sonos Move 2 is a great pickup if you like the idea of ​​a rugged and portable (but still a bit chunky) Sonos speaker that produces satisfying tunes on its own and can be seamlessly re-integrated into your multi-room audio system as once you get home. It’s one of the best portable speakers we’ve reviewed and a solid upgrade over the original.

It builds on the formula by adding stereo speakers and significantly improving battery life, with runtimes of up to 24 hours. It’s also one of the few Sonos devices with Bluetooth, so it can play directly from smartphones, tablets and the like. (Unfortunately, you can’t use it as a speaker.)

Sonos has also excluded Google Assistant due to ongoing disputes, but still supports Amazon Alexa. You can use the USB-C input on the back with a line-in adapter to connect analog devices in addition to 7.5W reverse charging.

A photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.A photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.A photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.A photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.

With double the battery life of its predecessor and better-sounding stereo audio, the Sonos Move 2’s improvements don’t stop there. It supports line-in audio, can stream Bluetooth audio to other Sonos speakers, and more. Read our review.

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