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Sonos Beam Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 04, 2022 at 03:47 pm
Sonos Beam Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.9
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.5
Music
6.5
Movies
This soundbar was replaced by the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Channels
3.0

The Sonos Beam is a 3.0 soundbar with a small, compact design. It's a smart soundbar with built-in voice assistant support that you can easily add to your Sonos ecosystem using the Sonos S2 app. Like other premium bars on the market, it comes with a room correction feature to optimize audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustics - though this feature is only available with iOS devices. With this feature on, it has a neutral sound with a touch of extra brightness in the treble that's suitable for dialogue-centric content like TV shows as well as many music genres. The standalone bar struggles to reproduce the deep rumble in the bass, but you can always add on a separate subwoofer to improve its bass reproduction as well as satellites to improve its surround sound.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Sonos Beam soundbar is decent for mixed usage. Its neutral and accurate mid-range makes it ideal for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts and TV shows. Vocals and lead instruments in your favorite music reproduce clearly, too, but you don't feel the rumble in the bass with bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. Though the bar can play surround sound, it doesn't offer a very immersive listening experience as a standalone bar. There's no Atmos support, either.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Easily upgradable setup.
Cons
  • No Atmos support.
  • No Full HDMI In ports.
7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Sonos Beam soundbar is very good for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows. With its discrete center channel, this 3.0 setup anchors voices to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. Its balanced mid-range ensures that dialogue reproduces clearly and accurately, and there's a touch of extra brightness in the treble to make higher-pitched voices sparkle. You can even use its dialogue enhancement feature to make voices more clear and crisp if you prefer.

Pros
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
  • Great center channel performance for dialogue in movies.
Cons
  • Poor surrounds performance.
7.5 Music

The Sonos Beam soundbar is good for music. It has a room correction feature - which Sonos calls TruePlay - that adjusts its audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustic characteristics. With this feature on, it has a balanced mid-range that makes vocals and lead instruments clear and present in the mix, and there's a touch of extra brightness in the treble to make higher-pitched vocals sparkle. If you want a different sound, you can even customize it with its bass and treble adjustments. However, you need to add on a separate subwoofer if you want to feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop.

Pros
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks rumbling low-bass.
6.5 Movies

The Sonos Beam soundbar is fair for movies. The bar supports surround sound like Dolby Digital and DTS, but it has to downmix it into stereo to play it. It doesn't sound as immersive as setups with discrete satellites, but fortunately, you can add on separate satellites from Sonos if you watch lots of movies. However, you'll also need to add on a subwoofer if you want to feel the rumble in the low-bass during action-packed scenes.

Pros
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
  • Great center channel performance for dialogue in movies.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks rumbling low-bass.
  • Poor surrounds performance.
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.5 Movies
  1. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Added DTS support with new update.
  2. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Updated 'App' box, as the soundbar has a new companion app.
  3. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Jun 30, 2020: We've updated some test results for consistency across reviews. No major score changes happened.
  5. Updated Sep 27, 2019: Review published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Sonos Beam's soundbar has a fairly plain design, mostly solid plastic. A mesh-like fabric cover surrounds the whole bar, which can get dirty or tear. On top of the bar, there are three touch-sensitive buttons.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The Sonos Beam doesn't include a subwoofer. However, you can purchase a separate subwoofer to upgrade your setup.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Sonos Beam doesn't have any satellites, but you can upgrade your setup with additional satellites.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 25.6" (65.0 cm)
Height 2.6" (6.7 cm)
Depth 4.0" (10.1 cm)

The Sonos Beam is a small and compact soundbar that fits easily between the legs of a 55" TV stand. It isn't very tall, either, so it doesn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush against your table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

The back of the bar has one opening for the power cable and the inputs. You can also mount the bar to your wall using the proprietary brackets, located underneath the bar. However, you have to buy the wall mounting brackets from the manufacturer separately.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
No Subwoofer
Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sonos Beam has a great build quality. It's mostly plastic, which feels very robust and solid. The fabric covering on the bar is a potential weak point since it's loose and collects dust easily.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
N/A

  • Manuals
  • Bar power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • HDMI to Optical converter
  • Driver CDs

Sound
7.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
No Preset
Slope
0.37
Std. Err.
2.04 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
53.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
15.6 kHz

The Sonos Beam's stereo frequency response is decent. Like many premium bars on the market, it comes with a room correction feature to adjust its sound based on your room's unique acoustics - Sonos calls this feature TruePlay. With room correction on, its sound profile is fairly well-balanced, producing a neutral sound with a touch of brightness. As a result, vocals and lead instruments in your favorite music are clear and present in the mix, and higher-pitched vocals and instruments like cymbals sparkle thanks to the extra emphasis in the treble range. Like most standalone soundbars, it can't reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the bass range. It's ideal for dialogue-centric content without a lot of bass, like podcasts and TV shows. If you want to feel the bass in action-packed movie scenes and bass-heavy music genres, you can improve its bass reproduction by adding on Sonos' separate subwoofer.

7.6
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
No Preset
Suggested Bass Setting
1
Suggested Treble Setting
-3
Slope
0.05
Std. Err.
1.93 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
50.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

The Sonos Beam comes with bass and treble adjustments in its companion app so you can customize its sound. With the bass set to +1 and the treble set to -3, it has a good stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is more neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced without any extra brightness in the treble. That said, it still lacks the deep rumble in the low-bass, even when you adjust its bass.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
1.81 dB

This soundbar has a great soundstage. Its side-firing speakers work together with its center channel speaker to produce a soundstage that feels almost as wide as home theater speaker towers. However, you can't disable this setup, and while this soundstage widening effect works well, it feels like the sound is coming from a general area rather than a specific location. If you're looking for a soundbar with a wider soundstage, check out the Bose Soundbar 700.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
94.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.78 dB

This soundbar can get quite loud, which is great for use in large rooms. However, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume, especially in the bass range. When you crank up the volume, sound isn't as clean or pure as at lower volumes.

7.7
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.48
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.17

This soundbar's THD performance is good. At a normal listening volume, there isn't much distortion present, resulting in a clear and pure sound. There isn't a big increase in THD at max volume, so you can crank up the volume without distorting your audio.

8.8
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
0.36
Std. Err.
1.99 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
94.3 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.72
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.16

This soundbar is a 3.0 setup with an excellent center channel performance. It has a dedicated center speaker that helps anchor dialogue to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. Its sound profile is neutral and balanced, too, especially in the mid-range, where most voices reproduce. The lack of bass isn't noticeable with dialogue-centric content since voices aren't usually reproduced in the bass range.

3.3
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-0.02
Std. Err.
5.24 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
88.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.08
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.37
7.1 Rears
No

As expected, this 3.0 setup has a poor surrounds performance. As a standalone bar, it downmixes everything into a stereo signal while using the left and right speakers to produce its surround sound. It struggles to produce an accurate and clear representation of surround objects, making your audio content feel less immersive. Sound objects like footsteps and voices feel like they're coming from the front of the soundbar rather than around you. Luckily, as the L/R drivers are on the side of the bar, it can make the surround experience slightly better. You can also upgrade this soundbar with separate satellites to improve its surrounds performance. If you listen to mostly surround and Atmos content, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

This setup doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. If you're looking for a small bar with Atmos support, check out the LG Eclair QP5 or the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

6.2
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
No
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
No

Update 01/19/2022: The new Sonos S2 app is advertised to add additional EQ settings for the bar. However, we found that the EQ tab leads users to the same bass and treble adjustments found in the previous version of the app, so there aren't any changes to our results.

The Sonos Beam has acceptable sound enhancement features. It has several features, including dialogue enhancement for producing clearer speech and a night mode for adjusting the volume level of different content as it changes. It even offers a room correction feature that automatically adjusts the sound profile to the acoustics of the room it's in, although it's currently only available on the iOS app. You can also adjust the bass and treble if you like to tweak your sound, but it lacks a full graphic EQ. If you want a small soundbar with a graphic EQ, check out the Samsung HW-S60A.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Adapter into HDMI ARC
HDMI ARC
1
HDMI Out
No
Full HDMI In
No
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
No
Ethernet
1

This soundbar has a limited amount of physical inputs. It has an ethernet port and an HDMI ARC in port. While limiting, you can use the HDMI ARC in port with external devices that have an Optical Out by using the HDMI to Optical adapter included in the box. If you're looking for a 3.0 setup with more physical inputs, consider the Bose Smart Soundbar 300.

7.1
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

Update 01/19/2022: The new Sonos S2 app update added support for DTS content. We've updated our results accordingly.

The Sonos Beam supports surround sound via its HDMI ARC port. Unfortunately, it only supports Dolby Digital and DTS content, which you'll often find on Blu-rays and streaming platforms. This bar can't play back object-based sound formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No

If you want a small soundbar with a Full HDMI In port, check out the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

Update 01/19/2022: The new Sonos S2 app update added support for DTS content. We've updated our results accordingly.

This soundbar can playback Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, common in Blu-ray discs and streaming media. It uses its Optical out connection via its included HDMI to Optical adapter.

9.8
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
-14 ms
Optical
0 ms
Full HDMI In
N/A

The Sonos Beam has an outstanding latency performance. It has low latency via its ARC and Optical ports, making it suitable for watching videos and movies. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

3.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
Yes

While the Sonos Beam lacks Bluetooth connectivity, it can still connect to external devices using Wi-Fi. There are also some apps like Spotify that have direct support built-in so you can easily cast your favorite songs from your mobile device. If you have an iOS device, you can cast using Apple AirPlay. If you have the Sonos app, it connects you to several music sources that you can use to play audio.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
No
HDR10 Passthrough
No

Unlike the Vizio M-Series M21d-H8R, the Sonos Beam doesn't have a Full HDMI In port, so it doesn't support 4k passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

This soundbar's interface has two lights. The main light blinks and changes color according to your input source. The second light, found above the microphone icon, turns on when you activate the mic.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The Sonos Beam's touch-sensitive controls are fairly basic, including play/pause, volume up/down, track skipping, and enabling/disabling the microphone.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

The Sonos Beam doesn't have a remote. Instead, you can use your TV's IR remote to control the bar's volume if you program it through the 'Remote Control Setup' feature on its app.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Yes (Built-in)
Google Assistant
Yes (Built-in)
Apple Siri
No

The Sonos Beam comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. There's also a mic mute button on top of the soundbar if you want it to stop listening to you.

Additional Features
App
App Name Sonos S2
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Sonos Beam is compatible with the Sonos S2 app. You can use the app to control all of the bar's settings. Also, you can link music services like Spotify to the app, and you can set alarms to use it as an alarm clock. The app lets you control other Sonos speakers and set up room configurations with them. However, you can only control the Trueplay Tuning room correction feature using iOS devices at the moment.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
No
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Sonos Beam doesn't have a power-saving or standby mode. However, you can set a sleep timer for your audio content that turns off the sound after a set amount of time, though this doesn't turn off the soundbar itself. Once set up, you can also use the TV remote to control the bar's volume.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sonos Beam comes in one color variant: 'Black'. Some retailers sell a version of this product known as the Sonos Beam Shadow or the Sonos Beam Shadow Edition soundbar, and while we haven't tested them, we expect them to be the same product and perform comparably in tests.

The second generation of this soundbar came out in 2021. You can see our review for the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

If you come across a variant not listed here, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Sonos Beam is among the best small soundbars we've tested. Its small, compact size packs a decent performance that can be easily upgraded down the line, thanks to its separate subwoofer and satellites. It also has a great soundstage, thanks to its side-firing speakers. Unfortunately, it lacks Bluetooth connectivity, and like many small, standalone soundbars, it has a limited amount of inputs.

If you're still looking around for more soundbars, check out our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best soundbars for dialogue, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is more versatile than the Sonos Beam since it supports eARC and Atmos content. The Arc is able to deliver deeper bass, and it has better surround and height performances. That said, the Beam performs better at max volume. It's also shorter and much easier to fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV. 

Sonos Playbar

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Sonos Playbar. The Beam has a more neutral sound profile and has a sleeker and more compact design. It also supports ARC via an adapter and is Apple AirPlay compatible.

Bose TV Speaker

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Bose TV Speaker. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup with a better surround performance. It comes with more sound enhancement features, it can also get loud enough for a large room, and you can stream music wirelessly to it using Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay. It also has a companion app that can control all the bar's features. However, the Bose is a 2.0 setup that lets you use Bluetooth to play audio from your phone. The Bose also has an auto-off power-saving feature.

Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. The Sonos has a more balanced sound profile and comes with a room correction feature as well as an auto-volume feature. However, the Bose is smaller, it can support more audio formats via its HDMI ARC port, and it has more wireless playback options. 

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a bit better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam. The Gen 2 is a 5.0 setup that offers a better surrounds performance. It's better built and supports Dolby Atmos content. However, the 3.0 Beam does get louder.

Bose Soundbar 500

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Bose Soundbar 500. The Sonos is a more compact soundbar that can get a bit louder, and its stereo frequency response is more accurate. The soundstage of the Sonos is wider, which feels more immersive. The Sonos also has a room correction feature that automatically adjusts the sound profile based on the acoustics of the room it's in. On the other hand, the Bose supports eARC even though it reencodes these formats into Dolby Digital and is also Bluetooth compatible. The Sonos only supports wireless streaming via Wi-Fi. 

Bose Solo 5

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Bose Solo 5. The Sonos has a 3.0 configuration with a dedicated center channel, which makes voices even clearer. It's better built, and it gets louder than the Bose. Also, its soundstage is wider, and it has more sound enhancement features. However, only the Bose supports Bluetooth.

Sony HT-G700

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony HT-G700 or the Sonos Beam. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that's better built and has built-in voice assistant support. It also has a better stereo soundstage, and it offers a room correction feature. That said, the Sony has a better surround performance, and unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content. It also comes with a Full HDMI In port.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

When comparing the bars by themselves, the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is slightly better than the Sonos Beam. The Bose can get slightly louder, without as much compression at max volume. It feels better-made and has a premium feel, with a glass plate covering. The Bose also has more inputs and can play content wirelessly via Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi. On the other hand, the Sonos is smaller and easier to fit in your home theater setup.

Samsung HW-Q60T

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q60T or the Sonos Beam. The Sonos is a compact 3.0 setup with better soundstage and center channel performances. It has built-in voice assistant support and a room correction feature. However, the 5.1 Samsung has a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. It has a better surround performance, a Full HDMI In port, and a graphic EQ to customize its sound.

Sony HT-X8500

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-X8500. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that's better built, has a discrete center channel that performs better than the Sony's phantom center, and has a better stereo soundstage. You can also stream music to it using Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay. However, even though the Sony's height channel performance is sub-par, it supports Atmos, which is rare for a 2.1 setup. The Sony also has EQ presets, and it has an HDMI Out as well as a Full HDMI In port, which is nice.

Yamaha YAS-109

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Yahama YAS-109. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that feels better built and has a more neutral sound profile. Its center channel performance is better, and it has more sound enhancement features. However, the Yahama has more physical inputs like a Full HDMI In port, and it supports Bluetooth.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Beam or the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup with a better soundstage performance and a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. Also, it has a dialogue enhancement feature. However, the 5.0 JBL is better for movies, as it offers better Atmos and surround performances. It also comes with a Full HDMI In port and more wireless playback options.

Samsung HW-Q600A

The Samsung HW-Q600A is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with a Full HDMI In port, unlike the Sonos. It also reproduces a more extended low-bass and comes with more sound customization features, including a graphic EQ and presets. That said, the Sonos is more compact, and it comes with a room correction feature and built-in voice assistant support. It also has a better soundstage.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a better surround performance. It also supports more wireless playback options and has a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound. However, the Sonos is more compact with a better soundstage, and it also has a room correction feature.

Samsung HW-S60A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Beam or the Samsung HW-S60A. The Sonos is a 3.0 soundbar with a better soundstage performance and a room correction feature. However, the Samsung is a 5.0 bar with a better surrounds performance and a graphic EQ for sound customization. Also, it supports Bluetooth connectivity, unlike the Sonos.

Samsung HW-Q700A

The Samsung HW-Q700A is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam for most uses. The Samsung supports Dolby Atmos content and offers a better surrounds performance. It reproduces a slightly more extended low-bass than the Sonos, and it comes with a Full HDMI In port. It also has a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound, and it supports more wireless playback options. That said, the Sonos supports voice assistants, and it has a better soundstage. It has a room correction feature, and some listeners may prefer its smaller design.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is better than the Sonos Beam. The LG comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also has a better surround performance, more sound enhancement features, and more wireless playback options. Unlike the Sonos, it also supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the Sonos is better-built, more compact, and offers a better soundstage. Unlike the LG, it also has built-in voice assistant support.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 is better than the Sonos Beam. The JBL comes with a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass, and it supports Atmos content. It has a better surrounds performance and more wireless playback options. Unlike the Sonos, it has EQ presets and a Full HDMI In port. That said, only the Sonos has built-in voice assistant support. Some users may also prefer its more compact design.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sony HT-Z9F is a slightly better performing soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Sony is more versatile, even though it struggles to reproduce a rumbly bass. It can support Atmos content as well as all common audio formats through an ARC or full HDMI In connection. However, the Sonos is great if you're short on space and looking for a standalone soundbar with a fairly neutral sound. The Sonos can also be upgraded later down the line.

Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 and the Sonos Beam have similar overall performances, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Harman/Kardon offers a better surrounds performance, and it comes with EQ presets for sound customization. It also has three Full HDMI In ports and more wireless playback options. You can also use it for high-quality passthrough. However, some users may prefer the Sonos' more compact design, voice assistant support, and more neutral default sound profile. It also comes with an app, unlike the Harman/Kardon.

Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung has a more balanced sound profile, mainly due to its dedicated subwoofer, and it has up-firing speakers that support Dolby Atmos content. Also, the Samsung has more connectivity options, but the Sonos has more customization options to tweak the sound to your liking.

Samsung HW-T650

The Samsung HW-T650 is a bit better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung has a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has EQ presets and a Full HDMI In port. That said, the Sonos is better-built with built-in voice assistant support. It has a better soundstage and room correction.

Klipsch Cinema 600

The Klipsch Cinema 600 is better than the Sonos Beam for most uses. The Klipsch has a better surround performance, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. However, the Sonos is better built with a better soundstage. It also comes with room correction and built-in voice assistant, unlike the Klipsch.

Klipsch Cinema 400

The Sonos Beam is better than the Klipsch Cinema 400. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that's better-built and gets louder. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Unlike the Klipsch, it has room correction and built-in voice assistant support. That said, the 2.1 Klipsch comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass.

Roku Streambar

The Sonos Beam is a significantly better soundbar than the Roku Streambar. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that's better-balanced and has a better center as well as surrounds performance. It also has more sound enhancement features and can get a lot louder, though with some compression artifacts present. However, the Roku is a 2.0 setup that has a couple more physical inputs. You can also use it to wirelessly stream your favorite audio to the bar using Bluetooth.

Yamaha YAS-108/ATS-1080

The Sonos Beam is a slightly better performing soundbar than the Yamaha YAS-108/ATS-1080. The Sonos has a more extended bass, feels better built, and offers more sound enhancement features. On the other hand, the Yamaha has more connectivity options, including a full HDMI In port. The Yamaha also has Bluetooth playback, while the Sonos can only connect via Wi-Fi or Apple AirPlay.

Sony HT-X9000F

The Sonos Beam is a better overall performing soundbar than the Sony HT-X9000F. The Sonos is smaller, its sound profile is better balanced, and it has a better soundstage. It also has an outstanding discrete center channel, as well as a room correction feature. However, it lacks low-bass. The Sony, on the other hand, can support Atmos content by downmixing it, it has a Full HDMI In port, and it can stream audio via Bluetooth. It can also pass through high-quality signals so if you have it connected between your PC and TV, text on the screen will be crisp and clear.

Samsung HW-Q80R

The Samsung HW-Q80R is a better setup than the Sonos Beam. As the Samsung is a 5.1.2 setup, the Sonos is suitable if you prefer to have only one soundbar that can do it all. The Sonos offers several sound enhancement features that the Samsung doesn't have such as room correction. However, the Sonos doesn't support height channels or Atmos. It also has a lack of connectivity options compared to the many offered by the Samsung.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is better than the Sonos Beam. It's better built and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it also supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the Sonos is still a solid choice for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. It also has a more compact design, which some users may prefer.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Arc full setup is better built, and it comes with a dedicated sub and surround speakers. It reproduces a more extended low-bass and offers a better surround performance. Unlike the Beam, it also supports Dolby Atmos content. That said, the Beam's small, compact setup may be preferable for some users.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sonos Beam. The Bose is a better-built setup with a subwoofer and satellites. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. Also, its surround and soundstage performances are better. That said, if you prefer a compact, standalone soundbar, the Sonos is still a solid choice.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. Thanks to its dedicated sub, it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder, and it has a better surrounds performance thanks in part to its dedicated satellites. It supports more wireless playback options, and its Full HDMI In port supports high-quality passthrough. That said, the Sonos is better-built, more compact, and its soundstage is better.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Beam or the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that offers a better soundstage performance. It also comes with a dialogue enhancement feature and built-in voice assistant support, unlike the JBL. However, the 5.1 JBL comes with a dedicated subwoofer, so it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also offers a better surround performance and comes with EQ presets, a Full HDMI In port that supports high-quality passthrough, and more wireless playback options.

LG SP9YA

The LG SP9YA is a better soundbar for most uses than the Sonos Beam. The LG is a 5.1.2 setup that comes with a dedicated subwoofer. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content, and it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 3.0 Sonos has a more compact design. It also offers better soundstage and center performances, so it's a solid choice for users who listen to lots of dialogue-centric content and don't want to use up a lot of space in their setup.

Denon Home Sound Bar 550

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. The Sonos has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder. It also comes with a room correction feature and a discrete center channel. However, the Denon supports Atmos content and Bluetooth connectivity. It also comes with EQ presets and a Full HDMI In port.

Vizio M Series M512a-H6

The Vizio M Series M512a-H6 is better than the Sonos Beam. The Vizio is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content and has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. It also gets louder, and it has a better surrounds performance. That said, the 3.0 Sonos is better built with built-in voice assistant support. Some users may also prefer its more compact design.

Samsung HW-A650

The Samsung HW-A650 is slightly better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam. The HW-A650 comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port and a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the Sonos has a better soundstage. Some users may prefer its more compact design and its built-in voice assistant support.

Yamaha YAS-209

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Yamaha YAS-209. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup with a dedicated center speaker, unlike the Yamaha, and it can get much louder. It's also more compact, and you can easily upgrade the setup with a sub and rear speakers. However, the YAS-209 comes with a dedicated wireless subwoofer that helps to produce more bass than the Sonos. It also has a lot more connection inputs, and you can also connect to it via Bluetooth.

Samsung HW-A550

The Sonos Beam is marginally better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-A550. The Sonos is better built with better center and soundstage performances. Unlike the Samsung, it has room correction and built-in voice assistant. That said, the 2.1 Samsung has a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it comes with a graphic EQ, presets, and a Full HDMI In port.

LG Eclair QP5

The Sonos Beam is better than the LG Eclair QP5. The Sonos is a better-built 3.0 setup with built-in voice assistant support. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Some users may also prefer its more neutral, balanced sound out-of-the-box. However, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content like the LG.

Samsung HW-A450

The Sonos Beam is a bit better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-A450. The Sonos is better built, and some listeners may prefer its more compact design. It has better soundstage and center performances as well as a room correction feature. Unlike the Samsung, it offers built-in voice assistant capabilities and an HDMI ARC port. However, the Samsung comes with a dedicated sub, so it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It also has a graphic EQ and presets, which some users may prefer for sound customization.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q70T is better than the Sonos Beam for most uses. The Samsung has a more extended low-bass, and it comes with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. It supports Atmos content and has a better surrounds performance. It has a Full HDMI In port, and it supports more wireless playback options. That said, the Sonos has built-in voice assistant support, a better soundstage, and a smaller design. It also has room correction and auto-volume features, unlike the Samsung.

Sony HT-S350

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-S350, even without its separate sub and satellites. The Sonos has a noticeably more neutral sound and a wider soundstage. It also has a dedicated center channel, which makes voices and dialog clearer and easier to understand. However, it doesn't have any HDMI ports. Also, only the Sony supports Bluetooth.

LG SN9YG

The LG SN9YG is better than the Sonos Beam. The LG is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Dolby Atmos content and comes with a Full HDMI In port. It also has a better surrounds performance and EQ presets for sound customization. That said, the 3.0 Sonos has better soundstage and center channel performances.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The Vizio M Series M51a-H6 is better than the Sonos Beam. The Vizio is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Thanks to its satellites, it also has a better surround performance. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content and comes with EQ presets as well as a Full HDMI In port. That said, some listeners may prefer the Sonos' better-built, more compact design. Unlike the Vizio, the Sonos has room correction and built-in voice assistant support. Its stereo soundstage performance is better, too.

Polk Audio MagniFi MAX SR

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Beam or the Polk Audio MagniFi MAX SR. The Polk Audio is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated sub and discrete satellites. It reproduces more of the thump and rumble in your audio, and it has a better surrounds performance. However, there were some audio issues with the model we tested. Also, the 3.0 Sonos is better built with built-in voice assistant support. It has a better soundstage, and some listeners may prefer its more compact design.

LG SN6Y

The LG SN6Y and the Sonos Beam offer similar overall performances. The LG is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated sub, and it can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 3.0 Sonos is better built with a more compact design that some users may prefer. Despite its small size, it still offers a better soundstage performance.

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar

The Sonos Beam and the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar are two very different standalone setups. The Sennheiser is one of the largest and heaviest bars we've tested. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. It also has a better surround performance and supports Atmos content, unlike the Sonos. However, the Sonos is a very compact 3.0 setup. It has a better soundstage, and it's very suitable for dialogue-centric content like TV shows.

Yamaha YAS-207

The Yamaha YAS-207 is a slightly better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Yamaha comes with a dedicated subwoofer and has better bass extension to produce a thumpy bass. It also has more input selection and supports Bluetooth, but the Sonos' center channel performs significantly better for dialogue-heavy content and has more sound enhancement features than the Yamaha.

LG SN8YG

The LG SN8YG is better than the Sonos Beam. The LG comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. It also offers more wireless playback options and more sound enhancement features, like EQ presets. That said, the Sonos is better built with a better soundstage. Some listeners may also prefer its more compact design.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The Samsung HW-Q800T is a better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer, so it can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it also supports Dolby Atmos content. It gets louder than the Sonos, too, with less compression at max volume. Also, it comes with a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization, a Full HDMI In port that supports high-quality passthrough, and more wireless playback options. That said, the Sonos has a better soundstage performance, and it comes with a room correction feature, unlike the Samsung.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Sonos Beam. The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup that comes with a dedicated sub, which helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder and has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content, and it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. There are even more sound enhancement features available, such as a graphic EQ and presets. That said, some users may prefer the Sonos' better-built, more compact design. Despite its smaller size, the Sonos also has a better stereo soundstage.

Vizio V Series V51-H6

The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is better than the Sonos Beam. The Vizio is a 5.1 setup that comes with a dedicated sub and discrete satellites. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, so you feel more thump and rumble in your audio. It also has a better surround performance. However, the 3.0 Sonos is better built with built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has a better soundstage.

AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth

The 3.0 channel Sonos Beam is a much better soundbar than the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth. The Sonos is even more compact, and it has a significantly better-balanced sound profile, a wider soundstage, and more sound enhancement features, including room correction. Neither soundbar has full HDMI-in, though, and both only support Dolby Digital surround content.

Sony HT-A7000

The Sonos Beam and the Sony HT-A7000 are two very different setups. The Sonos is a very compact 3.0 setup with a better stereo soundstage. It's a suitable upgrade over your TV speakers, but if you like to watch a lot of movies, you may prefer the Sony. The Sony is better built with a better surround performance, and unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content. It also has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

Polk Audio SIGNA S2

The Sonos Beam is better than the Polk Audio SIGNA S2. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup with a discrete center channel that offers a better soundstage performance. It's better built, too. Unlike the Polk Audio, it comes with a room correction feature as well as built-in voice assistant support. That said, some listeners may prefer to customize their bar's sound using the Polk Audio's EQ presets.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sonos Beam. The Bose comes with a subwoofer that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass, as well as discrete satellites for a better surround performance. It's also better built, and it has a better stereo soundstage. It even supports more wireless playback options. That said, some users may prefer the Sonos' more compact design.

Samsung HW-Q59CT

The Samsung HW-Q59CT and the Sonos Beam offer similar overall performances. The Samsung is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated sub that reproduces a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough. That said, the 3.0 Sonos is better built and its more compact design may be ideal for some users. It also has better soundstage and center performances.

Yamaha YAS-408

The Sonos Beam is better for most uses than the Yamaha YAS-408. The Sonos is better built with built-in voice assistant support. It has better center and soundstage performances, and it comes with room correction. That said, the Yamaha may be better suited for movies since it has a better surround performance. Also, its dedicated sub helps reproduce a more extended low-bass.

JBL Link Bar

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the JBL Link Bar. The Sonos is easily upgradable, and its 3.0 configuration means it has a dedicated center speaker, which makes dialogue and voices even clearer. It also has way more features like room correction and a night mode. On the other hand, the JBL can play content via Bluetooth and has Chromecast built-in. It also acts as an Android TV box and a Google Home Speaker.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage is a slightly better soundbar than the Sonos Beam. The Bang & Olufsen can produce more bass, it supports Dolby Atmos, and it has a graphic EQ with presets. It also offers more connectivity options and supports more audio formats. However, the Sonos has a more neutral sound profile, and it has a room correction feature. Some users may especially prefer its small size, which can be upgraded later down the line with a separate subwoofer or satellites.

Hisense HS218

The Sonos Beam is better than the Hisense HS218. The Sonos is a 3.0 setup that's better-built and comes with built-in voice assistant support. It has better center and soundstage performances, too. Also, it comes with some more sound enhancement features, like room correction. However, the Hisense comes with a dedicated sub, which helps reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Sonos Beam and the Samsung HW-Q950T are two very different setups. The Samsung is a very versatile 9.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It gets louder, and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Atmos content and has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough. Its surrounds performance is better, too. However, if you want a compact 3.0 setup for enhancing dialogue-centric content like TV shows, the Sonos is a solid choice. It even has a better soundstage than the Samsung.

Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam. The Sony is a 7.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it supports Dolby Atmos content. However, the Sonos is a very compact 3.0 setup that's suitable for users who prefer dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Despite its small size, it has a better soundstage than the Sony.

Sony HT-S100F

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-S100F. The Sonos is a 3.0 system with a center channel, which makes dialog clearer and easier to understand. It also has a more accurate overall audio reproduction and has many sound enhancement features, including room correction. It has a great soundstage for an immersive feel as well. On the other hand, if you like the simplicity of Bluetooth, only the Sony is Bluetooth compatible. It's also better built and noticeably smaller, making it easier to fit in your setup.

Klipsch Bar 48

Even without the sub and satellites, the Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Klipsch Bar 48, which has a dedicated subwoofer. The Sonos is smaller and very well-built, along with more neutral sound profile. Also, its soundstage is wider, and it has more sound enhancement features. On the other hand, the Bar 48 can get noticeably louder.

Sony HT-CT800

The Sonos Beam is a much better soundbar than the Sony HT-CT800. The Sonos has a more balanced sound profile, and its soundstage is noticeably larger. It's also a 3.0 setup, meaning it has a dedicated center channel for clearer reproduction of voices and dialogue. On the other hand, the Sony has a dedicated subwoofer, although you can buy a separate sub for the Sonos. The Sony also has many Full HDMI In ports and supports Bluetooth.

Samsung HW-S60T

The Sonos Beam is a slightly better overall performing soundbar than the Samsung HW-S60T. The Sonos is slightly more compact, its sound profile is a bit better balanced, and it has a better center channel as well as surround performance. The Sonos also offers a wide range of sound enhancement features such as room correction and auto-volume mode. However, unlike the Samsung, it lacks an EQ. The Samsung, on the other side, supports Bluetooth connectivity.

Samsung HW-N450

Even with the bar by itself, the Sonos Beam is a better option than the Samsung N450. Without a sub, the Sonos has a similar bass performance to that of the Samsung, on top of having a more neutral sound overall. It is also a 3.0 bar, meaning you have a dedicated center channel for clear voices and dialog. The Sonos also has more features and room correction, which is great. It can also be easily upgraded with a separate sub and satellites. On the other hand, it doesn't have a lot of inputs, and you can't stream content via Bluetooth to the Sonos via Wi-Fi.

Samsung HW-Q90R

The Samsung HW-Q90R is a better overall setup compared to the Sonos Beam. The Samsung is a 7.1.4 setup with a better surrounds performance that can also support Dolby Atmos content. It gets louder with less compression at max volume, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. When it comes to sound enhancement features, the Samsung has a graphic EQ and presets, whereas the Sonos has room correction. The Sonos is simple in its setup and is a great standalone soundbar with a center channel that helps reproduce dialogue accurately. It also has a better soundstage and built-in voice assistant support.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch is a better setup than the Sonos Beam soundbar by itself. Since we only tested the Sonos with the bar alone, it's somewhat hard to compare a 9.2 system with a 3.0 system. Nevertheless, the Nakamichi gets louder with stereo content, although its soundstage isn't as wide as the Sonos'. The Sonos soundbar also features a room correction feature that uses a microphone to make adjustments to the audio reproduction.

Sony HT-S200F

The Sonos Beam is better than the Sony HT-S200F. The Sonos is better built, and it has built-in voice assistant support. It also has better center and soundstage performances. Unlike the Sony, it has a room correction feature. That said, only the Sony has EQ presets.

Vizio SB3220n-F6

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Vizio SB3220n-F6. While both bars have fairly well-balanced, neutral sound profiles, the Sonos packs a bit more thump and rumble. It also has a dedicated center channel, which helps voices sound clearer and an even wider soundstage. It doesn't support Bluetooth, though, unlike the Vizio, which also has a regular audio jack for better mobile device support and can play files from a USB key.

Vizio M-Series M21d-H8R

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Vizio M-Series M21d-H8R. The Sonos is better built, and it has a more balanced sound profile. It also has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder with less compression when you play it at max volume. However, the Vizio comes with some EQ presets, unlike the Sonos, and it has a Full HDMI In port that supports 4k passthrough.

Samsung HW-Q60R

The Samsung HW-Q60R is a slightly better soundbar system than the Sonos Beam. Although the Sonos has a wider soundstage, the overall performance of the Samsung is better. It has a better performance with surround content thanks to the built-in Acoustic Beam up-firing speakers. On the other hand, the Sonos has a room correction feature, and it's easy to upgrade with a wireless sub and satellites, though we tested the Sonos as a stand-alone bar.

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