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Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam
alaScore 96

1914 reviews

Aug, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1914 reviews of Sonos Beam. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

Sonos Beam review: Smart features trump minor audio compromises

 

If you've been tempted to get into Sonos, but weren't sure where to start, the Beam is for you. Not only is it a relatively affordable, solid speaker in its own right, it is a capable soundbar and Alexa assistant rolled into one. For serious movie...

Excellent overall sound ; HDMI port for TV control ; AirPlay 2 support ; Reasonably priced

Sound is less impactful in bigger rooms ; No support for other smart assistants (yet) ; No auxiliary input

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Simon Cohen (digitaltrends.com)

Sonos Beam hands-on review

 

The Beam is a home theater sound bar for the smart home era -- at a price that won't break the bank.

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

Still no HDMI pass-through ; No Dolby Atmos support

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Sonos Beam

 

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

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

No Bluetooth. Optional subwoofer is expensive.

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

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Nilay Patel (theverge.com)

Sonos Beam review: living room upgrade

 

Exactly what it says it'll do

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

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 the company’s latest soundbar for your TV. It’s an easy way to both upgrade your TV’s sound and add Alexa to your living room at the same time.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Sonos Beam: Alexa, Google and Apple walk into a small, affordable sound bar

 

The Sonos Beam offers the flexibility to choose your own voice ecosystem in a TV sound bar package.

The Sonos Beam offers the promise of multiple voice assistants, with Amazon Alexa now and Google Assistant in the future. Its expansive sound can fill a small room. HDMI connectivity includes the ability to power up and control TV input switching via...

The lack of a subwoofer means the Beam lacks deep bass compared to sub-equipped competitors. You lose some connectivity options on TVs that lack ARC. Google Assistant hasn't been added yet.

Although some cheaper options sound better, Sonos Beam is a feature-packed, voice-operated sound bar with unmatched flexibility.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

 

Sonos' vision of entertainment has always been more open house than invite-only, and with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and the Google Assistant on the horizon, the new Sonos Beam epitomizes that ethos more than ever. The $399 speakerbar isn't just a...

Sounds great in a small to mid-sized room ; Assistant-agnostic approach is admirable ; Affordable ; Does a good job of handling multiple services

Very expensive in a 5.1 surround configuration ; Takes up an HDMI port ; Not every assistant works in the same way

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Jean-Simon Bonneterre (rtings.com)

Sonos Beam Review

 

The Sonos Beam is a 3.0 soundbar with a small, compact design. It's a smart soundbar with built-in voice assistant support that you can easily add to your Sonos ...

Very well-built design. Easily upgradable setup. Great center channel performance for dialogue in movies. Wide soundstage. Well-balanced sound profile.

Poor surrounds performance. No Atmos support. No Full HDMI In ports. Lacks rumbling low-bass.

The Sonos Beam soundbar is decent for mixed usage. Its neutral and accurate mid-range makes it ideal for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts and TV shows. Vocals and lead instruments in your favorite music reproduce clearly, too, but you...

Mar, 2022

Expert review by : Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

 

Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don't expect it to fill a big room.

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

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

The Sonos Beam is easy to recommend, especially if you’re already invested in the Sonos ecosystem. It delivers plenty of bang for the buck: huge bass response; Alexa support, with Google Assistant support on the way; room equalization via Sonos...

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Helena Stone (geekspin.co)

Sonos Beam review: Simply the best, better than all the rest

 

The Sonos Beam isn't a new product, yet despite the fact that it has been over a year since its release, it's still simply the best compact soundbar out the market. Read on to find The Sonos Beam isn't a new product, yet despite the fact that it has...

Excellent audio for both music and dialogue ; Google Assistant and Alexa support ; Turn your tv on and off with your voice ; Compact formfactor ; Can be easily expanded into a surround sound system ; Regular software updates ; Available in white or black

Initial setup is cumbersome ; Pricey

And it keeps getting better thanks to software updates

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Michelle Powell (techgearlab.com)

Sonos Beam Review

 

The Sonos Beam impressed in pretty much every turn in our testing. Its sound quality isn't the very best we've encountered, but it certainly punches well...

Compact design great for smaller rooms, seamlessly integrates with other Sonos products, excellent musical sound quality

Not the loudest, Sonos app required for set up, no plug and play

The Sonos Beam impressed in 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...

Nov, 2021

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