Sonos Beam is a smart TV soundbar launching July 17 for $399

Nichole VegaJun 07, 2018

Most importantly, like the Play:1, Sonos Beam may be entry-level, but it's good.

Sonos Beam Product Details: ● Low profile and compact size, Beam was created to fit on credenzas or under wall mounted TVs, providing versatility. As the guys sit down to watch a game on TV, one of them ends up identifying at least seven smart devices in his living room which control everything from the TV to weather reports to toilet paper orders.

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. "Beam will support additional voice assistants as they become available on Sonos around the world and won't lock owners into specific streaming boxes or services".

There are five microphones to capture your voice commands, one tweeter for high frequencies, three passive radiators and four woofers inside to ensure a beefy, booming audio performance from a single bar solution.

First off, the Beam takes up much less space than Sonos' last soundbar, measuring in at 60% smaller and 28% shorter than the Playbase.

The Beam will also include an HDMI port to easily connect the speaker with televisions.

The new soundbar is intended for people to use in the living room, a place the company says has been ignored by other smart speaker companies, who typically focus on other areas of the home such as the bedroom or kitchen.

The Sonos Beam is designed as a starter home theater speaker, but it can also be used to play music just like a Sonos One. But that's not all as far as digital assistants go: Google Assistant support is planned for later this year as well.

While most of the audio demos we heard were very convincing of the speaker's quality, one demo that totally failed to impress was a scene from Westworld in which the speaker introduced a fair bit of delay into the system.

The Sonos Beam will be available from 17 July for £399 ($399) in either white or black. Customers enjoying AirPlay 2 on Sonos will also gain a new voice experience with the addition of Siri.

On stage, Sonos demonstrated using Siri to prompt the sound system to play a song, and then later it was possible to ask Alexa what song was playing.

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