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Sonos Beam (2nd gen)

Sonos Beam (2nd gen)
alaScore 96

63 reviews

Feb, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Sonos Beam (2nd gen). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and usability. The design and size are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical opinions about the connectivity and price.

size, design, usability, sound

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sonos Beam (2nd gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Simon Cohen (

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review: Improved immersion with Dolby Atmos


The original Sonos Beam was a nearly perfect small-size soundbar for bedrooms. With the addition of Dolby Atmos, the Gen 2 model is even better.

“Dolby Atmos adds a splash of 3D fun to an already excellent soundbar.”

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review


Big sound field for its size ; Full and crisp sound, from low-mids to highs ; Dolby Atmos audio sounds precise and immersive, even without rear speakers

Not much deep bass without optional (and pricey) subwoofer ; No Bluetooth support ; Trueplay audio tuning only available for iOS

The second-generation Sonos Beam soundbar adds Dolby Atmos support and two more audio processing channels, for an impressive sound field that retains the previous model's compact size.

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Sonos Beam (second-gen) review: Atmos(t) a minor upgrade


Without any up-firing speakers, Atmos isn't as effective.

Wider, more expansive sound ; HDMI eARC brings better performance ; Sleeker design than first Beam

No up-facing Atmos speakers ; Doesn’t have automatic Trueplay ; Same acoustic architecture as prior model

The new Sonos Beam is slightly more expensive than the original model and now costs $449, but it comes with upgrades like HDMI eARC, a sleeker design, and support for Dolby Atmos audio.

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review – Dolby Atmos magic


Sonos' original Beam wowed with just how much home theater audio it packed into its tiny footprint, and now the Beam (Gen 2) is adding Dolby Atmos to the mix. A little more expensive at $449,…

Dolby Atmos support adds extra sense of audio height ; Wider, more immersive soundstage ; Easy setup and minimal footprint in your room ; Sonos' multi-room support still can't be beat

$449 price tag makes it an expensive soundbar ; Falls short of the full Dolby Atmos experience ; No Bluetooth or auto Trueplay tuning

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Jake Thauvette (

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review


The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a 5.0 setup that's the upgraded version of the Sonos Beam. It has a similar design to its predecessor, but it comes with Dolby Atmos supp...

Dolby Atmos support. Bass and treble adjustments. Room correction feature (iOS only). Dialogue enhancement feature.

Doesn't get very loud. Lacks low-bass. No graphic EQ.

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is satisfactory for mixed usage. This 5.0 setup comes with a Trueplay room correction feature that lets iOS users optimize audio reproduction based on their room's acoustics. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a wide,...

Nov, 2021

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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review: A compact soundbar with truly immersive sound


Soundbars are nothing new, and Sonos isn't new to the game. The Beam (Gen 2) is the latest entry from the brand in the compact soundbar category, and the improvements over the previous model produce s Don't let the size of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) fool...

Compact size ; Easy setup ; Excellent sound quality with Dolby Atmos ; Fantastic wireless connectivity with other Sonos speakers ; It can double as a smart speaker

Large rooms are challenging for the speaker ; Trueplay feature locked to iOS ; Pricey ; You can't have two voice assistants at the same time

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a fantastic soundbar that is an instant upgrade for most home theaters. It has a wider sound stage than you may anticipate, given the device's size, and the quality of sound and depth of the bass is also impressive. However,...

Sep, 2022

Expert review by : Mark Henninger (

Sonos Beam Gen 2 Soundbar Review


Performance Features Ergonomics Value

Both the original Sonos Beam and the company's new Beam Gen 2 soundbar use beamforming, a technology that combines an array of drivers with advanced signal processing, to create an enveloping audio experience without need for multiple speakers. With...

Dec, 2021

Expert review by : Geir Nordby (

Review: Sonos Beam (Gen 2) | The Best Of The Small Bars Sonos Beam (Gen 2)


The Sonos Beam was already the best compact soundbar. With Dolby Atmos, the new generation is even better.

Same clear, natural sound as its predecessor, but expanded with Dolby Atmos, which gives more of an impression of grandeur in the soundscape.

Mangler lidt kraft helt på egen hånd. Trådløs subwoofer medfører en kraftig prisstigning.

The latest version of the Sonos Beam is just as compact as its predecessor, but provides an even bigger soundscape thanks to smarter speaker setup and a more powerful processor. And not least because it now supports Dolby Atmos, which gives a better...

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Gary Ng (iphoneincanada_ca)

2021 Sonos Beam Review (Gen 2): Now with Dolby Atmos | iPhone in Canada Blog


The new Sonos Beam now brings Dolby Atmos support and remains an excellent soundbar for the bedroom or smaller living room.

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Kate Kozuch (

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review: The best-sounding soundbar for small TVs


The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar is the latest home-theater product promising the company's signature audio quality for high-fidelity formats and perfectly-tuned entertainment experiences. While the booming Sonos Arc remains the brand's top option for...

Impressive sound for its size 3D audio with support for Dolby Atmos Reliable TruePlay tuning Best option for 55-inch and smaller TVs

More expensive than Beam (Gen 1) Some new formats not available at launch

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar delivers sophisticated sound in a small package. A bounty of smart features and listening options make the new Beam an attractive follow-up to the original.