Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam vs Bose Soundbar 500

Sonos Beam review

There are five “distant” microphones in Sonos Beam so that Alexa's voice assistant can hear you even at a great distance. During the test tests, this worked well, even if music or TV sound interfered with the speech. However, unlike Echo, here Alexa signals that it is ready for commands not with an LED ring, but with a short beep and a flashing indicator on the upper side of the soundbar. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Beam supports playback from Apple devices according to the new Airplay 2 standard. In addition, it can be controlled, like all Sonos models, directly from the Spotify application. If you want to squeeze even more out of your home theater, expand the hardware of the Sonos soundbar with additional devices. For surround sound you will have to purchase two Sonos Play:1 or Play:3 and use them as “rear” speakers (“rear speaker”). Sonos Beam

Bose Soundbar 500 review

The Bose ADAPTiQ automatic sound calibration system of its own design optimizes the sound of the system taking into account the unique characteristics of the room, which guarantees maximum playback quality. Operate the Bose Soundbar 500 soundbar with the included remote control and listen to music through the Bose Music app. In the future, the soundbar will receive new features, including support for voice control. To do this, you will need to update the software when it is available in your area. Bose Soundbar 500

Sonos Beam pros & 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

Bose Soundbar 500 pros & cons

Pros

  • The installation process is just as simple as setting up some random online account
  • Bose quality is always great

Cons

  • Lacks HDMI inputs
  • I hoped the sound was more surrounded giving that it’s Bose

Votes 7 7
Rating 4.1 4.1

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Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Sonos Beam

Model

Soundbar 500
Beam

Brand

Bose
Sonos

Reviews

147
1784

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
2.8/6.2
Bose Soundbar 500
Sonos Beam
Bose Soundbar 500
Sonos Beam

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500
  • 5.6Sonos Beam

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price