Bowers & Wilkins is contiguous announcing its archetypal Dolby Atmos soundbar. The Panorama 3 is the company’s reply to the Sonos Arc and different high-end Atmos speakers — and it’s priced accordingly astatine $999.
Bowers & Wilkins says that with the Panorama 3, there’s “no request for an outer subwoofer” oregon different added components. The soundbar measures 2.5 inches precocious and contains 13 drivers — including duplicate built-in subwoofers — that tin scope up to 400W of amplification. (Sonos does not disclose the wattage of its Arc speaker.) As this is an Atmos soundbar, determination are besides up-firing speakers. Bowers & Wilkins says the Panorama 3 was tuned by the aforesaid engineering squad arsenic the loudspeakers astatine the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
Similar to the Arc, the Panorama 3 includes a azygous HDMI input for elemental connectivity. (You’ve besides got an optical jack to autumn backmost connected if request be.) Both the Arc and Panorama 3 person built-in dependable assistants, but you’re lone getting Alexa with the B&W, whereas Sonos lets you instrumentality your prime betwixt Amazon’s and Google Assistant.
Bowers & Wilkins supports AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and high-res audio streaming (through the company’s mobile app) from services similar Tidal, Qobuz, and more. Multi-room audio won’t beryllium disposable close away, however, and volition person to hold for a firmware update aft release. Unlike Sonos, Bowers & Wilkins is including a partition bracket for its latest soundbar close successful the container with the Panorama 3.
Where Sonos and Bowers & Wilkins disagree is that the second besides happens to sell its ain premium situation dependable systems. The institution says that portion the Panorama 3 tin champion immoderate “one-box rival” — and by that, it’s referring to Sonos, Vizio, and different Atmos soundbar makers — it’s nary replacement for a due situation setup. But if each you request is simply a top-end soundbar, the Panorama 3 goes connected merchantability today.