When you’re searching for an immersive, cinema expertise at an ultra-affordable value, the Sonos Beam might be the discount for you. This What Hello-Fi? 2020 Award winner has now been surpassed by the Beam 2, however it’s nonetheless an amazing purchase due to its “exceptionally good” sound and the flexibility to double up as multi-room speaker.
We reviewed the Sonos Beam at £399 ($399, AU$599) however due to the seasonal gross sales and the arrival of its predecessor, you must have the ability to discover a cheaper deal beneath.
The five-star Sonos Beam is smaller and cheaper than Sonos’ Playbar and Playbase TV audio system, but provides the identical array of streaming and multi-room options, plus the essential upgrades of voice management and HDMI ARC.
The speaker itself is small, gentle and can slot in entrance of most TVs. There are glossy contact controls on the highest, in addition to help for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus some Apple Siri instructions utilizing an iPhone or iPad.
Extra importantly, sound high quality is great. Inside, 4 full-range drivers, one tweeter, three passive radiators and 5 class-D amplifiers workforce as much as produce a sound that’s wealthy in width, depth and three-dimensionality.
It is also price noting that the Beam performs good with different Sonos merchandise, that means you possibly can simply broaden your buy right into a multi-room audio system with the addition of, say, a number of Sonos One SL wi-fi audio system.
The Beam can play music from the likes of Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Deezer, in addition to your smartphone or network-connected onerous drives. And due to Sonos’ S2 app, there’s help for 24-bit, high-res audio.
Sonos has additionally launched its first Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar, the Sonos Arc (£799, $799, AU$1399). Do you want to wish to spend one other £400+ on the extraordinarily spectacular Arc? No. The Sound of the Beam smashes expectations and may meet most individuals’s wants completely. In fact, in case your funds permits, we would additionally counsel contemplating the brand new Beam 2.
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