Sonos Beam Review: The Best Sonos Soundbar Yet8/10 (Expert Score)
With this Sonos Beam sound bar in black, you can experience an incredible sound all whilst you stream your favourite music, watch all of your favourite TV shows or whilst playing video games with voice control. The voice control is easy to use, and the sound bar uses 5 microphones which will…
Sonos Beam Review
I’ll start off and say it immediately, you’ll struggle to find a better performing Soundbar than the Sonos Beam (At this pice range). It’s truly an astounding little thing.
The Sonos beam is the cost aware cousin to the Sonos Playbar & Playbase, but it packs a great punch. It has the modern features you expect such as Amazon Alexa integration, Google Assistand and Siri.
It’s not just a soundbar for your television. It’s a multi-room speaker which will play music from the majority of Online Music Services. Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Music, Spotify & Tidal are all supported. It can also play directly from your Phone Media & other Network devices.
The Sonos Beam also integrates with your existing Sonos Products, playing the same music all around your house.
The Sonos Beam has one huge advantage over it’s more expensive cousins. It has an HDMI connector, not only just a Digital Optical Connection. This is to be utilised with HDMI ARC, which will allow the Sonos Beam to take control of your television (kind of), using the Sonos Voice Control to actually turn on your television. It enables non-smart TV’s to become a little smarter.
Sonos don’t favour any single Operating Sytem or Music Subscription service, offering support to all of these. You can be sure if another service is invented, Sonos will add support.
What we really liked with our Sonos Beam Review was the ability to connect smaller speakers, which can turn the Sonos Beam into a full Cinema System.
Does it have the Sonos quality we come to expect?
The Sonos Beam comes with all of the options you’d expect, such as TruePlay & Loudness. There’s also Night Mode & Speech Enhancement, which reduce the bass and allow for crisp speech.
For a compact device, the Sonos Beam is brilliant. We tested this with a Football match, turning the sound right up (with the neighbours consent!) and it was quite an experience. It did a great job of recreating noise all around the stadium. It’s definitely something to show off when you have your friends around.
Sonos Beam Review: The Verdict
The Sonos Beam is very affordable & is a little workhorse. For a device as compact as this is, it does a great job. It’s priced very well, with most people priced out of the £700 playbar the Sonos Beam becomes a viable opportunity.
While the Playbase & Playbar offer even better sounds, it’s not always necessary to spend so much on a Sound System. You’ll be fine with the Sonos Beam & you have the safety of knowing that if you upgrade to another Sonos System, the devices all co-operate.
You won’t find a better Soundbar at this price.
- Unrivalled Quality for the Price
- Supports ALL voice integrations
- Links up with other Sonos Devices
- Sound doesn't fill the whole room
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