The Sonos Beam is a $399 soundbar with Alexa (and Google, someday)
07 June, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Jeannette Greene
Following this comparison, the Sonos Beam - the latest entry in the Sonos device family - is like the Sonos Play:1 for the living room: it's smaller than the mid-tier Sonos Playbase and substantially less powerful than the Sonos Playbar. Beam doesn't even come with its own remote because the one you use for your TV will automatically control the Beam's volume levels and not your TV's built-in ones.
Following up the original Playbar speaker introduced in 2013, and the Playbase, a larger home theater speaker solution unveiled a year ago, the Sonos Beam is the company's second speaker to feature native support for voice control with Amazon's Alexa assistant, and in July, Siri.
During an event in San Francisco on June 6, Sonos announced a new product called the Sonos Beam. It integrates with Apple's digital-assistant Siri on the Apple devices themselves, rather than on the speaker like Alexa as well as Google Assistant in the future.
Beam produces a surprisingly wide soundstage for a speaker of this size, with four custom-built elliptical full-range woofers and three passive radiators delivering deep, warm bass and superior mid-range performance, while a single tweeter ensures crisp and clear dialogue. Sonos seems to have finally listened and has equipped the Beam with HDMI. At only 25.6 inches long, Sonos Beam won't hang off furniture, block the TV or overwhelm your space.
The Beam will also include an HDMI port to easily connect the speaker with televisions.
Of course, this is a Sonos device which means it will link up with any other Sonos speakers you have for an instant surround sound experience. "We believe we've created the best, most versatile, smart speaker in the world".
As well as announcing the new Sonos Beam the U.S. company has also revealed AirPlay 2 will be available on its products from July via a free software update. If your TV doesn't support HDMI-ARC, use the included Optical Audio Adapter to connect Beam to the TV's optical audio port. ● Comes in black and white fabric with matte finishes. With Google Assistant integration coming to the Sonos One soon, it might mean all of the major assistants are soon working together.
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