Sonos Beam Review
Quick Verdict: The Sonos Beam brings a more affordable Sonos-based soundbar to the market, along with the promise of voice assistants, but unless you're already Alexa-enabled, it might be wise to hold off for Google Assistant.
- Good audio quality for the size.
- Alexa integration.
- Voice enhancements work well.
- Google Assistant compatibility coming soon.
- Alexa music choices are limited.
- No Bluetooth.
- Limits to Alexa control.
- Trueplay only works on iOS.
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Sonos has a strong reputation in the sound space, having offered its high quality mesh networked speakers for many years now. The Sonos Beam isn't the company's first soundbar, but it's the first to bring with it the promise of smart assistant compatibility, with Alexa right now and the promise of Google Assistant to come.
- Available in black or white finishes
- TruePlay requires an iOS device
- Supports optical and HDMI-ARC output
- Solid audio quality, though not as loud as some soundbars
- Sonos app supports plenty of music streaming services
- Lack of Dolby Atmos support is disappointing
- An excellent addition to an existing Sonos setup
Should you buy it?
If you've already invested in Sonos speakers and the asking price of the better sounding Playbar or Playbase is too rich for your tastes, the Sonos Beam is highly recommended. It's not the greatest soundbar Sonos has produced, but it's a good performer at its price level.
If you're more generally looking at a soundbar investment, it's worth your while if you're also looking into smart home appliances generally, although right now that's only true if Alexa is going to be your assistant of choice. As always while manufacturers can promise new features, that doesn't always mean they'll arrive when you need them, or in the way you might expect. Once the Sonos Beam is fully across the Amazon, Google and Apple ecosystems it'll be a much better buy and a serious leader in its price category.
What the other reviewers say
|Wired||"The Sonos Beam is an impressive and thoughtfully designed soundbar."||N/A|
|SMH||"As both a soundbar and a wireless multiroom audio speaker, Sonos' Beam is an impressive allrounder that's hard to beat."||N/A|
|The Next Web||"The Sonos Beam isn't the company's best speaker, but it's almost certainly its most versatile."||N/A|
|What Hi-Fi?||"A compact Sonos soundbar which could transform your listening experience."||5/5|
|TechRadar||"A smart speaker that, despite its small size, packs a suitable audio punch."||4.5/5|
|The Verge||"If you have a reasonably new smart TV with HDMI ARC and you're still using the built-in speakers, the Sonos Beam is an excellent upgrade."||8/10|
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