Hands-On Review: The 2nd Generation Sonos Beam
The Sonos Beam offers a simple and smart all-in-one sound system for TV audio or as part of whole-home audio. The second-generation Beam brings with it upgraded features, including support for HDMI-ARC and an improved microphone array for voice commands, making it a powerful and versatile soundbar.
The design of the Beam is sleek and understated. The soundbar measures 25.6” x 2.7” x 3.9” and features a matte black finish that shouldn’t clash with any living room’s decor. There are no ports or buttons visible, and the only indication there’s a soundbar present at all is the small LED lights on the top.
Sonos has done a great job of packing a lot of performance into the Beam with its four full-range woofers. It produces a clear and powerful mid-range with plenty of bass presence. Highs are balanced nicely, though they aren’t as crisp as more expensive systems.
The Beam also supports multi-room audio with other Sonos products. This is great for larger rooms, or for adding room-filling sound to any room in the home, no matter where the soundbar is located. It also supports AirPlay 2, allowing it to be used with Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.
The new voice control options on the Beam are an added bonus. The Beam is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, giving users the ability to control their soundbar with voice commands. The addition of HDMI-ARC also means the Beam can be connected directly to TVs, making it easier to set up and use.
The Sonos Beam is a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their TV audio. Its compact size and sleek design make it a perfect fit for any living room, and its powerful sound and multi-room support make it a great all-in-one solution. The addition of voice control and HDMI-ARC make it an even more appealing choice.