The Sonos Beam comes with enough ingenuity.
And sound quality to impress, and it is tiny enough to attach to most TVs.
There are certain problems worth mentioning, but for this price, they quickly go away.
Even though the Sonos Arc has now surpassed it thanks to supporting Dolby Atmos.
The Sonos Beam is still a powerful soundbar and unquestionably one of the smartest on the market.
It is intelligent in the modern sense (compare it to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home).
But because Sonos’ multi-room audio technology is built-in, it is also more user-friendly.
And network-connected than its rivals.
Sonos Beam: Holistic Review!
The Beam’s only flaw is that it is Sonos’ third effort at a TV-connected speaker.
And, as such, isn’t as well-designed as other soundbars available.
Additionally, it lacks the newest home theatre technology.
Such as Dolby Atmos or DTS Virtual:X, which enhances the immersive experience.
However, if you can get past Beam’s lack of cutting-edge features.
And instead, concentrate on its smart features and multi-room platform.
It’s an excellent device that’s well worth purchasing for any aspiring AV enthusiast.
Sonos Beam Style
Let’s first examine how the Sonos Beam fits into the Sonos product family.
Currently, you can purchase four home theatre audio setups.
(the Sonos Arc, Sonos PlayBar, Sonos PlayBase, and the Sonos Beam).
As well as five Sonos speakers (the Sonos Move, Sonos One, Sonos Play:1, Sonos Play:3.
And Sonos Play:5). And the Sonos Sub is not included in that list of accessories.
The Sonos Beam is frequently referred to like the lineup’s entry-level soundbar.
The Sonos Beam’s size is important.
It is a soundbar that will comfortably stand in front of a 32-inch or larger TV setup.
Since we tried it on both types, we should know.
It is far smaller than its enormous sibling, the Sonos PlayBar, at 650 x 100 x 68.5mm.
It is 60% smaller (and the price is comparable).
But it also features HDMI connectivity, which the Sonos PlayBar badly missed.
It has a sleek appearance and borrows design elements from both the Sonos One.
And the Sonos Play:5.
Touch-sensitive controls that resemble those on the Sonos One are located on the top.
Simple controls include a play/pause button in the centre.
A four-dot square on the left for volume down.
And a similar square on the right for volume up. The speaker mic can be turned on and off over here.
Setup For Sonos Beam
The Sonos Beam requires two separate setups.
It’s simple if your TV supports HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel; there will be a symbol close to the HDMI slot).
With HDMI ARC, the Beam can quickly sync audio and video so that it can all be controlled by the TV’s remote.
Given that the Sonos Beam doesn’t have a remote, the last sentence is crucial.
The concept behind every Sonos product is the same: to link speakers, and manage volume.
And perform other functions, you utilise the Sonos app.
This is fine, but in a home theatre setting, you want this as an additional method of speaker control rather than the only one.
Thus, Sonos selected HDMI ARC.
Things become a little bit more challenging without HDMI ARC.
But Sonos has done its homework and included an optical converter in the setup.
Use the Beam through the optical port by connecting this to the included HDMI cable.
But to get it to function properly.
What About App Options?
You must explore the Sonos app’s options (and the ones on your TV, too).
For the Beam to turn on automatically when the TV is turned on during our tests, it needs to be reconfigured.
You don’t have to do this, but if it isn’t resolved, it requires frequent visits to the app.
After a few minutes of navigating through numerous menus.
We discovered the TV Autoplay setting in Room Setting.
TV, even though it wasn’t entirely clear where or how to activate it.
You may set up the remote control setup here as well.
If you follow the instructions in the app, you should be able to use your Beam remotely in no time.
Of course, using your voice is another way to operate the Sonos Beam.
Beam’s connectivity with Alexa is one of its key advantages.
This was first implemented on the Sonos One, where it performs admirably.
But utilising Alexa to operate a specific component of a television is a very different scenario.
The availability of Alexa voice control with the Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick.
And Amazon Fire TV Cube is something that is becoming more and more common.
There is a common theme across these items:
To fully utilise the voice capabilities of the Sonos Beam, you will need an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
If you hook one of these into your TV, the Beam gives you the ability to search Netflix.
And Amazon Prime, which is entertaining but still a little cumbersome to do.