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

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

If you're looking for a home theater upgrade to amplify crowd screams, court squeals, and other distinct sounds of NCAA basketball throughout March Madness, you should check out the ongoing sale at Sonos right now. Through March 25, you can save 20 percent on select speakers and speakers.

For example, the entry-level speakers in its range, Sonos Rayfell to around $223 (about $57 USD) at Amazon, Best buyAnd Sonos. If you need more power, you can go to Sonos Beam (Gen 2)which is also on sale for about $399 ($50 off) at Amazon, Best buyAnd Sonos. Both are compatible with Sonos sub miniwhich was down to about $343 ($86 off) at Amazon, Best buyAnd Sonos. the Sonos Move 2 It's also on sale for anyone who needs a great portable Bluetooth speaker — and it's priced at around $359 (about $90) at Amazon, Best buyAnd Sonos.

Which speakers should you choose? If you have the budget for it, we prefer the Sonos Beam. It's better equipped for modern home theater than the Ray. It has HDMI eARC, and is also technically a Dolby Atmos soundbar with a center speaker, four tweeters, and three passive radiators. But there are no speakers that help emulate the enveloping soundstage needed to really sell the effect.

The Beam's sound is noticeably stronger than the Ray's, but it's still outperformed by the Sonos Arc with its two speakers (which is to be expected considering the latter is larger and comes at a much higher price). However, you do get newer features, like voice-activated Alexa and Google Assistant (and technically Siri, but only while using Apple AirPlay 2). They both support Trueplay, which uses your phone's microphones to specifically adjust the sound to suit the acoustics of your room.

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The Sonos Beam (2nd generation) is a compact speaker that supports Dolby Atmos and can stream music from a wide number of services. Read our review.

The Sonos Ray is inexpensive (relative to other Sonos speakers, anyway) and sounds good for simple stereo speakers, but it lacks HDMI and only accepts optical audio from your TV. This means you'll miss out on eARC and HDMI-CEC functionality which can help you reduce the number of remote controls you'll need to keep up with.

The beam can receive direct infrared inputs from some compatible universal remotes; However, we found it to be choppy enough that the experience can be a bit frustrating. It also does not allow you to play music via Bluetooth. It's a solid start for a first-time Sonos user, but it's quickly falling behind the times.

The Ray is Sonos' entry-level speaker and is best for bedrooms and small apartments. It only connects to TVs via optical cable, thus missing the HDMI-CEC function. It also produces dynamic, balanced sound despite its small size, easily outperforming your TV's built-in speakers. Read our review.

No matter what you get, the Sub Mini headphones fit well if you want to satiate your thirst for theater-like bass. At its core, the Sub Mini aims to do all the things its full-sized brothers can do, but a little quieter.

The sleek cylindrical speaker is easy to set up and integrates well with the rest of the Sonos lineup — including the Sonos Arc, Sonos Ray, Sonos Beam, and Sonos Era 300 — making it a solid choice if you want to add some low-end sound. Move into a small or medium sized room without having to buy the larger model.

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Audio-wise, it's not as powerful, though it still manages to reach 25Hz through the dual 6-inch speakers, which is pretty low if you'll be using the Mini primarily for watching movies and TV. Plus, it's more discrete than a standard Sub, which makes it (a little) easier to conceal, even if it's not very small.

It can't quite match the loudness and sheer power of the main Sub, but the more compact Sub Mini still unleashes plenty of boom that'll have you feeling the low-end bass from your couch. Read our review.

The Sonos Move 2 is a great choice if you like the idea of ​​a sturdy, portable (but still chunky) Sonos speaker that produces satisfying tones on its own and can be seamlessly reintegrated into your multi-room audio system once you're back home. It's one of the best portable speakers we've reviewed and is a solid upgrade from the original.

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

Sonos has also axed Google Assistant due to ongoing disputes, but still supports Amazon Alexa. You can use the USB-C input on the back of the device with an attached adapter to connect analogue devices as well, as well as 7.5W reverse charging.

Photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.Photo of the Sonos Move 2 portable speaker.