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Sonos Beam Gen 1 review (2022)


The Beam is a superb to-go soundbar for those with smaller rooms, due to its compact size. Measuring just 25.63-inches (651 mm) across, the Sonos Beam will look good under all televisions.

That is not the case with the likes of the Sonos Arc and Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3, that are designed to create a surround sound-like experience from a single speaker and, in consequence, measure almost twice the length of the Beam. For individuals who own a bigger telly, this may be an option …but for everybody else, Sonos Beam is one of the best alternative.

Alexa and Google Assistant are each included within the first-generation Sonos Beam too, so you may give you the chance to request songs, playlists, albums, podcasts, audiobooks and live radio stations together with your voice. With each chatty AI assistants included out-of-the-box, Beam (Gen 1) will work with any brand of video doorbells, Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, and other smart home gadgets.

And in fact, when you already own other Sonos speakers (or any audio equipment with Apple AirPlay 2) you’ll give you the chance to make use of the Beam (Gen 1) to synchronise playback of songs across multiple speakers or in multiple rooms. The good Sonos app (available on each iOS and Android) brings together dozens of music streaming platforms, audiobooks, and radio stations.

Connecting to a telly is easy, due to the inclusion of each Optical and HDMI Arc. The latter provides a a lot better experience, allowing you to manage volume immediately with none laborious pairing processes. Nevertheless, since there isn’t any passthrough HDMI port on the Sonos Beam (Gen 1) ..something that is not fixed with its successor, you may lose a port in the back of your telly for the privilege of the boosted sound.

While the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is future-proofed with its Dolby Atmos support and more durable design, there’s still quite a bit to like in regards to the first-generation Sonos Beam. It boasts great sound with loads of bass (especially for such a compact speaker), a sleek minimalist look in black or white, and a less expensive price.

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