Sonos Beam Review and Specs

Sonos BeamBeam is the home theater speaker system in the Sonos universe. Positioned as a compact soundbar, the model not only sounds good, but also bears the proud title of “smart” thanks to the integrated Alexa assistant. Beam is easy to plug in and set up, and overall this soundbar deserves a buying recommendation. Let’s see all the Sonos Beam specs in our Sonos Beam review.

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Features

Four mid- and low-frequency drivers, one tweeter, each with class D amplifiers. Three bass reflexes here also managed to be hidden. There are 3.0 built-in channels. The Sonos Beam sound is clear and especially crisp when playing speech. The compact soundbar plays full-bodied high and medium frequencies, and can work at high volume without distorting the sound. However, bass lovers will be disappointed, since the low frequencies here are obtained, although tangible, but not saturated. But to watch TV, this is a cause for criticism - and your neighbors will say thanks for the lack of powerful bass.

Design and build

Above, the touch buttons for controlling playback are made cool: there’s a microphone for interaction with Alex or Google’s assistant. The latter works for us, you can ask different questions. On the back there are cable entries and a button for connecting. Everything is as minimal as possible. The connectors are very cool when the cable comes in, nothing extra acts. Five microphones are installed in the case, which are responsible for interacting with voice assistants and for the operation of the DSP system, but the noise reduction system directly affects the sound quality.

Sonos Beam

Connectivity

Inside the Beam, a power cable and an HDMI cable, you need to connect it to the HDMI-ARC input. There is nothing else - in fact, the Sonos app replaces everything else.

Setup

Connecting and setting up the soundbar is quick and easy: we unpack it, connect the electric and HDMI cables, place the device directly in front of the TV. To hang the soundbar on the wall, you will have to buy a separate bracket. If your TV does not have an HDMI output, but has ARC (Audio Return Channel), an adapter with HDMI to the optical audio cable that comes with it is useful.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The surround sound is almost as good as my full 5.1 previous system
  • The native Apple Airplay streaming without the need for the Sonos app is a great bonus also

Cons

  • The issue I have is codec support. Sonos has DD support and literally nothing else

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Common features

Product

Sonos Beam

Model

Beam

Brand

Sonos

Reviews

1967

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
Sonos Beam
Sonos Beam

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