Like most Sonos devices, the setup starts with the Sonos app. Then I watched The Last Jedi, with all manner of laser fire going off everywhere in the opening scene. Elsewhere, the Sonos Beam offers the same tricks and treats you get with other Sonos speakers. But Sonos only released the Playbase. In fact, since the launch of the late last year, the company has been firing on all cylinders. Easily expanded with additional Sonos speakers. It is, however, the best for people who already have Sonos in their house and want more, or who want the ability to work with other voice and music ecosystems too.
We also expect the Sonos Beam to be a hot Black Friday item, so be sure to bookmark our hub to snag one if it goes on sale. I've set up a Sonos system before, so knew what I was getting into, but if you haven't, don't fear -- it's pretty easy. You plug it in, load up the Sonos app and add it to your home network. If this comes to reality, Sonos will be the first ever to integrate all voice assistant in one product. It shifts more air and offers deeper bass, which is good for annoying the neighbours. Adding additional speakers for surround sound The Beam does a fantastic job on its own. But I can tell it's not as beefy and acoustically capable as, say, the Playbar.
Three racetrack-shaped passive radiators, two on the front and one on the back baffle, further enhance bass. Why is it called the Sonos Beam? The Beam comes in white or black with a fabric grille, with elegant looks that make it easily lost in among the décor. The Sonos Beam can directly connect to other Sonos speakers including the Sonos Sub and be turned into a 5. But it's also a regular Sonos speaker, which means you get access to all your favorite streaming services on the same device. The colour scheme is a monotone matte black or white. Throughout our tests, the Sonos Beam worked as well, if not better then our second generation Echo, and had fewer issues understanding even when a movie was playing. Under the hood, the Sonos Beam boasts four Full-range drivers, a center tweeter, and three passive radiators that add to the bass.
There are no similarly priced soundbars right now that can do Dolby Atmos, let alone do it well. Also, it has a very good grasp on the sound effects of movies. Not to mention it passes our critical surround sound test. So long as you recalibrate your expectations, you'll either be impressed or disappointed. Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar — Design The Sonos Beam takes an early lead when it comes to being the better-looking of the pair, thanks to its newer, more modern Sonos design.
Sonos works firmly in network-based audio when it comes to music streaming. Apple's AirPlay 2 will also be added with a firmware update in the near future. Sounds like a Sonos Compared to the and the , the Sonos Beam holds up remarkably well. And, the speakers can no longer face the audience because of thin designs. Not only is it a relatively affordable, solid speaker in its own right, it is a capable soundbar and Alexa assistant rolled into one.
Our go-to movie was Dunkirk. Sonos Playbar The Sonos Beam also brags compatibility, which will allow playback on the Beam to be controlled via Siri. Oh, and the classic T-Rex scene in Jurassic Park showed off the bass blasting capabilities - always an essential with any soundbar. The face of the Sonos Beam is made with a fabric grille that is not removable. The fabric is a throwback to the Playbar, but elsewhere the Sonos Beam is aesthetically far closer to the. The Beam isn't the only voice-activated sound bar, however, and , which includes a subwoofer, offers serious competition.
Controlling multiroom systems can often be likened to herding cats but Sonos makes it easy. So how does the Sonos fare? It features capacitive touch-sensitive keys instead of physical buttons. Siri support is a bit more obtuse and it comes via AirPlay 2, not direct integration per se. Bass has some oomph to it, and can be upgraded with the addition of the Sonos Sub, while the highs peeked through periodically. Depending on your home theater setup, you might need to take a few extra steps to get the Beam working with your and, possibly,. After that, the app will ask you to sign into your Amazon account to link the Beam to Alexa, and you're ready to use it. Not only did the high-end speaker company go public, it also launched the Alexa-powered Sonos Beam soundbar, rolled out AirPlay 2 support across its product lineup, and pushed out a brand new.
Alexa On Your Soundbar As an Alexa device, the Sonos Beam offers most of the same benefits and functions as an speaker. Also, the software needs improvement. At the front of the unit are two passive bass radiators with another one at the rear. If you take things a step further you can unlock more hands-free control with the latest Alexa-enabled video streaming devices, such as. The one omission here is Dolby Atmos, which has been the cause of much concern. The following are a few Sonos Beam set-up tips.
However, switch to listening to music and the Beam will pump out a little more bass and warm up the sound so there's just a bit more stereo separation. Features like Night Sound removes booming bass for night time watching and Speech Enhancement, a feature I have left on for any movie watching experience. Like the Playbar and the Playbase, the Beam doesn't include a remote. Want to see more videos? For a one-piece Alexa-equipped sound system, though, the Sonos Beam sounds excellent for a reasonable price, and earns our Editors' Choice. When asked about it, the demoers to us that it was infrequent and delay can be adjusted via the settings. It's a ludicrous amount of money for not much benefit.