Companies like Bose & Sonos continue to baffle me. Its end of 2019 and these companies are unable to offer modern day features. Looks like Samsung are the only company who have nailed it this year w.r to soundbar.
Please dont ask why, but I was in the Bose shop at Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth a few weeks back, and was disgusted the way the staff try pressure selling these soundbars with all the rubbish spill, so called one time offer...
They tried it to me and I was a bit brutally honest, and then left well alone.
One chap was with his young family contemplating kit purchase. I decided to look at the kit price for him and found it £250 cheaper at JL, he was well chuffed, but for some reason I was asked leave
One benefit to e-ARC might be with lip sync issues. If you search Sonos Beam and lip-sync issues you'll see a plethora of complaints.
This soundbar might have been ideal for a small living room or 2nd TV if it was priced around £300/400 max. I know that's just Bose pricing but it's far too high considering the alternatives available.