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Sonos Beam

"One of the more affordable entries in the Sonos ecosystem, the Beam sounds great and is remarkably versatile. It delivers bigger sound than you might expect for its size, but it doesn't get loud enough for very large rooms."
As posted by techhive.com

Pros

  • Superb streaming capabilities
  • Very well-built design
  • HDMI ARC compatible
  • Superb sound quality

Cons

  • No DTS or Atmos support
  • App isn't home theater friendly
  • No Bluetooth

Product Details

Date First Available:
June 13, 2018

Overall Rating

88.7%
The overall rating was calculated based on 62124 customer and expert reviews from 48 review sites and 5 stores.
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  • 96.3%
    Design
  • 93.0%
    Sound Quality
  • 88.7%
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  • 95.2%
    Features
  • 90.5%
    Connectivity

Expert Reviews Rating

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Good
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Expert Reviews

One of the best performance-per-pound products Sonos has produced, the Beam is a blinding little soundbar

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • Impressively enveloping sound
  • Deep, weighty bass
  • Superb streaming capabilities

Cons

  • Can be pushed to harshness
  • More HDMI inputs would be nice

Now with the option to choose either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, the Sonos Beam is the most versatile compact sound bar you can buy.

Read more on cnet.com

Pros

  • Great upgrade for TV sound
  • Alexa works well
  • Simple to set up and use

Cons

  • Google Assistant support turning into a shadowy promise, made in whispers
  • Average music sound quality
  • Upgrading to full home theater system is very expensive

The Sonos Beam is decent for mixed usage. It has a slightly bright sound profile that's still quite well balanced, making it suitable for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts or TV shows. However, it struggles to produce a deep, thumpy low-bass. Also, its surround channel performance is poor, and it doesn't support height channels. Luckily, the side-firing speakers help to create a wide soundstage that can give you a more immersive listening experience. It can also get loud enough for most types of audio content, though there's some compression at max volume.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Very well-built design.
  • Easily upgradable setup.

Cons

  • No DTS or Atmos support.
  • No Full HDMI In ports.

The Sonos Beam is a great-looking, superb-sounding soundbar. Packed with innovation at a price that’s enticing.

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • Great compact design
  • HDMI ARC compatible
  • Superb sound

Cons

  • App isn't home theater friendly
  • No Dolby Atmos
  • Setup on non-HDMI ARC TVs is tricky

The Sonos Beam is a $400 soundbar that comes with full support for Amazon Alexa.

Read more on wired.com

The Sonos Beam packs multi-room, multi-service audio streaming and Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into a deceptively small soundbar.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Powerful sound for its size.
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
  • Easily expanded with additional Sonos speakers.

Cons

  • No Bluetooth.
  • Optional subwoofer is expensive.

The feature-packed Sonos Beam delivers very good sound for a small soundbar, and comes with Alexa voice controls.

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Easy set up
  • Alexa inside
  • Wide soundstage

Cons

  • Bass lacks detail
  • No Bluetooth audio

Sonos makes some of the best single-speaker home theater products, but they’re expensive. A more affordable model would help a lot of people make the jump to Sonos. The Sonos Beam looks to be that product, with Alexa built-in. But did Sonos remove too much in the effort to keep the price down?

Read more on digitaltrends.com

Pros

  • Great sound
  • Elegant, simple design
  • Reasonably priced
  • TV voice control with Alexa on-board
  • AirPlay 2, Google Assistant coming

Cons

  • Still no HDMI pass-through
  • No Dolby Atmos support

Sonos Beam: The Sonos Beam is the smartest soundbar around and a great multiroom TV speaker

Read more on expertreviews.co.uk

A Sonos soundbar is too expensive for many but the new Beam makes it affordable, plus brings new features. Here's our full Sonos Beam review.

Read more on techadvisor.com

The Sonos Beam impressed in at pretty much every turn in our testing. Its sound quality isn't the very best we've encountered, but it certainly punches well above its price tag. It also offers loads of sound customization, looks great in almost every living room, and includes Amazon Alexa built-in and Apple Airplay compatibility to boot. In fact, those last couple of features make it not only a great soundbar, but possibly the best building block to create a multi-speaker Sonos sound system around. Sure, the Sonos Playbar sounds a bit better, and the Yamaha YAS-108 sounds almost as good for half the price, but in some ways the Beam is more functional than both of those competitors thanks to its built-in smart capabilities.

Read more on techgearlab.com

One of the more affordable entries in the Sonos ecosystem, the Beam sounds great and is remarkably versatile. It delivers bigger sound than you might expect for its size, but it doesn't get loud enough for very large rooms.

Read more on techhive.com

Pros

  • Incredibly versatile
  • Impressive sound for its size
  • Direct support for Amazon Alexa and (coming soon) Google Assistant

Cons

  • Small size means it can't fill larger rooms with sound
  • No support for DTS or any form of immersive audio (e.g., Dolby Atmos, DTS:X)
  • No support for high-resolution audio codecs

Arguably worth the price even if it was just a soundbar, Sonos Beam adds so many useful additional features that it becomes almost a no-brainer to at least consider a purchase. One day, all wireless home cinema speakers will be this versatile, this good…

Read more on t3.com

Pros

  • For the size and price, is a great-sounding soundbar
  • Easy setup
  • Can be expanded to support Sonos multi-room and/or 5.1 surround sound
  • And there's AirPlay 2
  • AND bloody Alexa's onboard too!

Cons

  • Sonos doesn’t do Dolby Atmos
  • Alexa still has numerous ‘quirks’
  • You will spin rapidly down the expensiveness rabbit hole if you want to move up to the full 5.1/multi-room Sonos works

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