The Sonos Beam is a 3.0 soundbar that is small and can be taken with you anywhere. It’s a smart soundbar with built-in voice assistant features that you can easily add to your Sonos system with the Sonos S2 app. You can do this quickly and easily.
Like other high-end bars, this one has a feature called “room correction,” which adjusts the sound to match the acoustics of your home. This feature is only available on iOS devices.
In general, it has a balanced sound with a little extra brightness in the treble when this feature is on. This is great for watching TV shows or hearing the words in music and many other types of content. Adding a subwoofer and satellites to the single bar won’t make it sound better, but it will make it sound better in the rest of the room. Read the full Sonos beam review to see whether it’s a good fit for you.
- Four full-range woofers make sure that vocal tones in the middle range, as well as deep, rich bass, sound the same as they do in the real world.
- There is only one tweeter who starts a sharp, clear discussion.
- In the Sonos Beam, three passive radiators move air around and add warmth to the bass.
- With adjustable bass and treble controls, you can make your sound unique to each room or a group of rooms.
- They use five digital amplifiers called Class-D to make the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture very good at what they do.
- Five far-field microphone arrays were used to improve beamforming and cancel out the multi-channel echo.
- When the microphone LED is on, Beam is ready to hear what you say. When the light is turned off, the microphone is also turned off, so you can’t use it.
- This is 2.70 by 25.6275 by 3.94 inches. This is how big it is: H x W x D (68.5 x 651 x 100 mm)
- 6.2 pounds (2.8 kilograms)
- Make sure your TV has an HDMI ARC port.
- The Optical Audio Adapter allows you to connect your TV to your optical audio adapter and listen to your music.
- You can move the volume up or down, play or pause, and turn off your microphone by touching the top panel with your finger. They show status, mute, and voice feedback. LEDs show them all.
- A 10-32 threaded mounting socket and a threaded mount are both about 12.7 mm wide.
Power & Networking
- Universal input with an auto-switch power supply is 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz.
- There is one Ethernet port with a speed of either 10/100 Mbps or 1 Gbps. If your WiFi isn’t working, connect right to your router instead.
- Connect to your home WiFi network with any 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n broadcast-capable router.
- There is no 5GHz support. Instead, turn on your router’s 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n or connect a Sonos device to it.
- Apple AirPlay 2 works with Apple devices that have iOS 11.4 or Higher.
What’s in the Box, Exactly?
You get the Sonos Beam soundbar in a box with a power cord, HDMI cable, optical audio adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. As with other Sonos products, the Beam comes in a cloth-like packaging that makes it more fun to open.
- Length of HDMI Cable 1.5 m (4.9 ft) Digital Optical Cable Length
- Bar power cable
- HDMI cable
- HDMI to Optical converter
- Driver CDs
Build and design
The Sonos Beam is smaller and lighter than the Playbar and the new Sonos Arc. It is 65cm wide and weighs 2.8kg, which is less than the Playbar.
The touch controls on the top of the soundbar let you turn the volume up or down, skip to the next or previous track, play or pause, and turn off the microphone. An LED shows the soundbar’s status, mute status, and voice feedback. The HDMI port, Ethernet port, power connection, and pairing button are all on the back of the device.
They are all near each other.
In black and white, the Beam can be bought from Sonos. It doesn’t matter that the Arc is now the best-looking Sonos product; it’s even better looking than either of those two things.
The Beam is best described as a standard Sonos device, which is great because the Beam has a big advantage over its competitors. You can read our full guide to Sonos to learn more about the company.
Not just a speaker, but also a multi-room, wireless speaker that can play music from almost any source. This isn’t just a soundbar. Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Deezer, your phone, and network-connected hard drives are all supported and can be used in real-time playlists and queues. They can also be used to make playlists and queues that play in the background.
If you have other Sonos devices in your home, the Beam can talk to them and play the same music as the One in the kitchen, the Play:5 in the dining room, and even the Roam or Move outside.
Sonos also works with AirPlay 2, which lets you set up a multi-room system with products from other companies. The Beam, of course, can connect to your TV and play both TV and movie sound. This means it can do both.
The Playbar and Playbase only featured a digital optical connection, however, the Beam (along with the following Arc) features HDMI (with an optical converter). The Beam’s single HDMI connector has only one purpose: to receive audio from the television through ARC (Audio Return Channel). eARC does not need to be configured on the TV because the Beam does not support Atmos in any form, let alone the high-bitrate Dolby TrueHD version.
If you bought your TV in the last few years, it should have an ARC-enabled HDMI port. The Sonos Beam will help you find it during the simple, app-based setup process (the Beam is compatible with the newer Sonos S2 software).
HDMI ARC isn’t just for looks. It also gives the Beam some control over your TV, as long as it can use CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Because the Sonos Beam can speak, you can use voice commands to turn on your TV and change the volume.
There is a Sonos app that makes it very easy to start.
In the next step, all you need to do is click “next.” Using Sonos TruePlay, which made me wave my phone around for two minutes to calibrate the beam-forming technology, made me feel like I was being silly. But it worked in our tests. In the most recent version, you start by testing from your seat. This led to better results than in the past, including bigger sound fields.
Make sure you don’t miss the part of your TV’s menu system that asks you to turn off the TV sound. Take my word for it: The sound from my TV and soundbar both sounded a little messed up and phased when I didn’t pay attention to this step at the start. When I saw that I had made a mistake, I changed the TV speaker settings to “receiver,” which solved the issue.
Pros and Cons of the Sonos Beam
- A well-balanced sound profile.
- The center channel does well in terms of movie speech.
- The surroundings performance is decent..
Final Word On ( Sonos Beam review )
The Sonos Beam soundbar is great for content that has a lot of dialogue, like TV shows. This 3.0 arrangement places voices in a specific place in the sound field because of its unique center channel. It has a well-balanced mid-range that lets you hear and understand what’s being said, and the treble has a little extra brightness to make high-pitched voices shine. It’s possible to use the conversion tool to make voices more clear and more crisp.