Sonos Beam Soundbar: Pros And Cons

Updated August 9, 2018 By Noah Long

Sonos has officially launched the Beam soundbar, which was announced about 6 weeks ago. The Beam soundbar is available for sale at a price of $399 through the Sonos website.

Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam

If you are in the market for a soundbar device, here are some of the pros and cons for you to consider.

Pros:

Pro #1: Alexa Support

One of the highlights of the Beam soundbar is that it is among some of the first soundbar devices to have microphones integrated for Alexa support.

Pro #2: Aesthetics

The Beam soundbar is a beautiful looking device with smooth edges and glossy appearance, which would blend in nicely with your living room and lounge TV. That is one of the reasons why some 5-star hotels have Sonos soundbar devices as an amenity in the rooms.

Pro #3: Sonos Ecosystem

For those of you who have used the Sonos app for controlling music before, it is much more friendly than some of the other apps I have used for other smart speaker devices. I especially like the ability for guests to be able to add songs that they want to hear from within the app.

Pro #4: Premium Sound Quality

The Sonos Beam soundbar has packs some premium sound quality. It has full-range woofers and tweeters that harmonize in low and high frequencies. It also has dialog clarity speech enhancement. And a night sound feature so you can enjoy late night TV without waking up the whole house.

Cons

Con #1: Medium-Priced

At a price of $399, the Sonos Beam soundbar does not exactly break the bank compared to other soundbars that are on the market. But it also priced higher than a number of other alternative smart speakers like the Apple HomePod ($349).

Con #2: Google Assistant Not Available Out Of The Gate

Sonos said that the Beam soundbar will work with the Google Assistant soon. I look forward to this integration because I often prefer to use Google’s digital assistant platform rather than Siri and Alexa. It is too bad that this is not available out of the gate.

Additional Sonos Beam Soundbar Specifications:

– 2.7 inches tall and 3.94 inches deep
– Wi-Fi connection
– HDMI ARC connection
– Ethernet port
– 5 built-in microphones for voice assistants