Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Dolby Atmos soundbar assessment

You solely want to take a look at the lengthy listing of failed sophomore albums that got here after blistering debuts to know that following up a profitable sound with one thing extra mature and complex is a difficult enterprise. However that is the duty that Sonos’ newest soundbar, the Beam Gen 2, has undertaken because it seeks to interchange the favored authentic and ups the ante by providing immersive Dolby Atmos assist from the identical small bundle.

The Beam Gen 2 has massive (and conversely small) sneakers to fill to be able to impress us, because it’s no secret that we’re ardent admirers of the unique Beam Gen 1. Since its launch in 2018, that channel soundbar has received the What Hello-Fi? Award for one of the best soundbar in its value class yearly since. Key to its success has been a simplicity of design and streamlined performance that, remarkably for its measurement, has been in a position to overcome two of the same old limitations of compact audio system: sonic scale and weight.

Dolby Atmos soundbar: Sonos Beam Gen 2 review

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With the arrival of its bigger sibling, the Arc, in 2020, Sonos proved that it could actually convincingly ship Dolby Atmos audio in a bigger chassis. However we’re somewhat apprehensive about whether or not the expertise can justify its inclusion in a compact soundbar, particularly when, not like the Arc, there are not any upward-firing audio system to be discovered within the Beam Gen 2.

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