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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 01, 2021 at 10:42 am
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.7
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.4
Music
7.1
Movies
Channels
5.0

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a 5.0 setup that's the upgraded version of the Sonos Beam. It has a similar design to its predecessor, but it comes with Dolby Atmos support. Thanks to its side-firing speakers, it offers a wide soundstage to immerse you in your audio content. Its sound profile is pretty neutral, though there's some extra punch in the bass that can muddy vocals and lead instruments. It also lacks low bass, though you can upgrade it with a subwoofer and satellites sold separately by the manufacturer.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is satisfactory for mixed usage. This 5.0 setup comes with a Trueplay room correction feature that lets iOS users optimize audio reproduction based on their room's acoustics. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a wide, immersive-sounding soundstage. With Trueplay enabled, its sound profile is pretty neutral, though there's some extra punch in the bass that can muddy vocals and lead instruments. It also struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in the low bass.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Room correction feature (iOS only).
  • Dolby Atmos support.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • No graphic EQ.
7.7 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Its discrete center channel helps to more accurately localize voices within the soundstage. With its Trueplay room correction feature on, voices are reproduced pretty clearly, though they can be slightly muddied at times. Fortunately, there's a Voice Enhancement feature to clarify dialogue in your audio.

Pros
  • Room correction feature (iOS only).
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud.
7.4 Music

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is satisfactory for music. It has a Trueplay room correction feature that automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics. With this feature enabled, its sound profile is fairly neutral, and there's some extra punch in the bass that can muddy vocals and lead instruments. It struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in the low-bass, which isn't ideal for fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop. There are some bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound, though.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Room correction feature (iOS only).
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
7.1 Movies

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is decent for movies. This 5.0 setup uses its side-firing drivers to create a wide, spacious soundstage. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and its side-firing drivers can simulate surround objects in the soundstage. However, it lacks low bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble in action-heavy scenes. Also, it doesn't get very loud.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Room correction feature (iOS only).
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.4 Music
  • 7.1 Movies
  1. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 28, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a high-end soundbar released in 2021. Like the original Sonos Beam, it has a very compact design. However, this version comes with Dolby Atmos support. You can also upgrade it with a subwoofer and satellites sold separately. Its main competitors include the Sonos Arc, the Sonos Playbar, and the Bose Smart Soundbar 300.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a very similar design to the original Sonos Beam. It's mostly plastic. Instead of fabric, the front is covered with a plastic grille.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

You can purchase a subwoofer from the manufacturer separately if you want to upgrade your setup.

Design
Style - Satellites

You can upgrade the Sonos Beam Gen 2 with additional satellites, sold separately.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a compact design, so it should easily fit between the legs of most 55" TVs. It also isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on 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 an opening for the power cable and additional inputs. There are also holes on the bottom of the bar, meaning you can mount it to your wall. However, you need to purchase the proprietary wall mount from Sonos separately.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
No Subwoofer
Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an excellent build quality. Like the Sonos Beam, it has a very premium feel overall. It's mostly plastic, which feels very solid and durable. There's also a plastic grille in front to help protect the drivers inside.

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

  • Manuals
  • HDMI to Optical Adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • Power Cable

Sound
7.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
No Preset
Slope
-0.80
Std. Err.
2.56 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
52.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
15.8 kHz

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a decent stereo frequency response. Its Trueplay room correction feature automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on your room's acoustics (though this feature is only available with iOS devices). With this feature turned on, its sound profile is fairly neutral, with a bit of extra punch in the bass range that can slightly muddy vocals and lead instruments. You may also notice a touch of brightness on some tracks. As a standalone bar, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low bass. That said, there are bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound to your liking.

7.3
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
No Preset
Suggested Bass Setting
-3
Suggested Treble Setting
2
Slope
-0.10
Std. Err.
2.22 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
53.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
17.0 kHz

With calibration, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a satisfactory stereo frequency response. With its bass set to '-3' and its treble set to '2', it has a more neutral sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You may still notice a touch of brightness on some tracks, and vocals and lead instruments are still slightly muddy. Also, it still struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
3.01 dB

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an impressive stereo soundstage. Its side-firing speakers work together with its stereo speakers to widen the soundstage. As a result, its soundstage is perceived to be almost as wide as home theater speaker towers. While this effect works well, it also slightly diffuses sound a little bit, so sound seems to come from a general area rather than a pinpoint location. Also, you can't disable this feature.

6.8
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
89.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.73 dB

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an adequate stereo dynamics performance. It doesn't get very loud, meaning it's not suitable to use in large rooms or at crowded parties. Also, there's some compression when you push it to max volume, especially in the bass range.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.39
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.95

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has great stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, distortion falls within good limits, meaning audio reproduction is clean and pure. There's a slight increase when you push the bar to max volume, but this shouldn't be too noticeable with real-life content.

8.5
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.20
Std. Err.
2.38 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
90.4 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.62
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.01

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an excellent center performance. This 5.0 setup has a discrete center channel, so voices are more accurately localized to a pinpoint location in the soundstage. It has a balanced mid-range, where most voices are reproduced, making dialogue clear and detailed.

6.4
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Front Firing and Side Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.72
Std. Err.
2.61 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
88.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.32
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.78
7.1 Rears
No

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a passable surrounds performance. This setup uses front-firing and side-firing speakers to represent surround objects in the soundstage. However, this doesn't sound as clear or real as a setup with discrete localization.

5.8
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Side Firing and Front Firing, Bar)
Slope
1.03
Std. Err.
3.37 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
76.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.41
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.57

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a middling Atmos performance. It uses side-firing and front-firing drivers built into the bar to simulate sound objects in the soundstage. However, this doesn't sound as immersive as home theater setups with discrete localization. It also really struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumble and punch in action-packed scenes.

In our subjective listening tests, the lack of bass was very evident when watching Atmos content. While the bar's soundstage is wide, its performance wasn't quite as immersive as other bars we've tested with discrete surrounds, like the Sony HT-A9.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an unremarkable selection of sound enhancement features. There's a Trueplay room correction feature, though you can only access it with a supported iOS device. Its Speech Enhancement feature helps to clarify dialogue, and its Night Sound setting can reduce dramatic changes in the volume level for listening at night. However, there aren't a lot of sound customization features available, aside from bass and treble adjustments in the Sonos S2 app.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a limited amount of physical inputs. There's an HDMI ARC port as well as an ethernet port. The button beside the inputs lets you link the bar to compatible subwoofer and satellites sold separately. You can also use the included HDMI to Optical adapter to connect to devices with an Optical Out port.

8.8
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has excellent audio format support via ARC. It supports Dolby Digital content, which is the most common surround sound format. Also, it supports eARC, and it can playback lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS or DTS:X. The manufacturer says that they plan to add DTS support in an update later this year, and we will update our review at that time.

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
6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 supports Dolby Digital content using the included HDMI to Optical adapter. You can find this format on Blu-rays and streaming platforms.

8.9
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
32 ms
Optical
34 ms
Full HDMI In
N/A

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has an excellent latency performance. It has low latency via ARC and Optical, so the audio you hear is in sync with the video you see. That said, some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 lets you stream content from your mobile devices to the bar wirelessly via Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay 2. However, like the Sonos Beam, it doesn't offer Bluetooth connectivity.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 doesn't have a Full HDMI In port, so it doesn't support high-quality passthrough.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 doesn't have a display. Instead, there are two lights on the top of the bar. One is above the microphone icon, and it turns on when the microphone is activated. The other, located about the play/pause button, changes color and blinks depending on the settings you adjust.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are some touch-sensitive controls on top of the bar. You can adjust the volume, play/pause your audio, and turn the microphone on/off. There's a button on the back of the bar that lets you pair it with a subwoofer and satellites, sold separately.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 has built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can also mute the microphone if you don't want the bar to listen 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 S2 app acts as a remote and lets you control all of the bar's settings. You link music services like Spotify via the app and set alarm clocks. If you have multiple Sonos devices, you can control all of them at once. It also lets you access sound enhancement features like bass and treble adjustments. However, you can only access the Trueplay room correction feature on compatible iOS devices, which may disappoint Android users.

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

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 doesn't come with a remote. However, you can sync it with your TV remote to control its basic features. There's no power-saving feature, though, so you need to remember to turn the bar off manually.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is available in 'Black' and 'White' color variants. We expect both variants to perform similarly. We tested the 'Black' version, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

Let us know in the discussions below if you come across another version of this soundbar.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a 5.0 setup that's the upgraded version of the 3.0 Sonos Beam. Despite its small size, it has a wide, immersive-sounding soundstage that rivals home theater tower speakers. Unlike many small soundbars we've tested, it also supports Dolby Atmos content.

See our recommendations for the best small soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars under $500.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Arc is a 5.0.2 setup with a better Atmos performance. It also gets louder, albeit with a bit more compression at max volume. However, the Beam is more compact and better built. You can also upgrade both setups with a subwoofer and satellites if you want.

Sonos Beam

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 Smart Soundbar 300

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup. It has better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content. Also, there are more sound enhancement features, like room correction. That said, only the 3.0 Bose supports Bluetooth connectivity.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 are both good standalone soundbars. The Sonos has a more compact design, and unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content. It also has a better surrounds performance. That said, the Bose has a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It also gets louder, and it supports more wireless playback options such as Bluetooth.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. The Sonos is better built, and it has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. That said, the JBL does get a bit louder with less compression at max volume. Unlike the Sonos, it's also Bluetooth compatible, and it has a Full HDMI In port for high quality passthrough.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is better than the standalone Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder than the Sonos, and it also supports more wireless playback options like Bluetooth. Unlike the Sonos, it also supports DTS content. However, the Sonos is better built, and its more compact design may be better suited for some users. Despite its small size, it still has better soundstage and surround performances.

Samsung HW-Q700A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q700A or the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. It supports more wireless playback options, and unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0 Sonos is better built with better surround and soundstage performances

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is marginally better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Bose is a 5.0.2 setup that's bigger and can get louder. It also has a better Atmos performance, and it supports more wireless playback options like Bluetooth. That said, if you want a standalone bar that takes up less space, the Sonos is still a solid choice.

Samsung HW-Q600A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Samsung HW-Q600A or the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. It also gets louder, and unlike the Sonos, it has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0 Sonos is better built with better surround and soundstage performances. It has built-in voice assistant capabilities, and some users may prefer its standalone design.

Sony HT-G700

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a bit better than the Sony HT-G700. Both soundbars have similar Atmos performances, but the Sonos has better soundstage and surround performances. Also, the 5.0 Sonos is better built, and it comes with built-in voice assistant support. That said, the 3.1 Sony has a dedicated sub, so it can reproduce a slightly more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it comes with a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

LG SP8YA

The LG SP8YA is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The LG is a 3.1.2 setup with a subwoofer that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It can also get louder, and it supports more wireless playback options such as Bluetooth. Unlike the Sonos, it also comes with EQ presets as well as DTS support. That said, the Sonos is still a solid choice for users who prefer a more compact standalone bar. It's better built, and it offers better soundstage and surround performances despite its smaller size.

Sony HT-X8500

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a better standalone soundbar than the Sony HT-X8500. The Sonos is a better-built 5.0 setup that offers better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. Unlike the Sony, it also has built-in voice assistant support. That said, only the Sony comes with a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

Denon Home Sound Bar 550

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Denon Home Sound Bar 550. They're both standalone soundbars, but the Sonos is better built with better center and surround performances. The 5.0 setup can also get a bit louder with less compression at max volume. That said, the 4.0 Denon comes with some extras, like a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough and DTS support.

Bose Soundbar 500

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a better standalone bar than the Bose Soundbar 500. The Sonos is a 5.0 setup that's better built. Unlike the Bose, it supports Dolby Atmos content. It also has better soundstage and surround performances. That said, the Bose supports more wireless playback options.

Samsung HW-S60A

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and the Samsung HW-S60A are both versatile standalone soundbars, but the Sonos scores better overall. The Sonos is better built with Dolby Atmos support. It also has a better soundstage. That said, the Samsung gets louder with a little less compression at max volume. Unlike the Sonos, it also supports DTS content.

JBL Bar 5.1 Surround

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup that supports Atmos content, unlike the JBL. It also has a better soundstage and built-in voice assistant capabilities. That said, the 5.1 JBL has a dedicated sub and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It's also better-suited to users who want to use a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Arc full setup is a 5.1.2 setup with a sub and satellites. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder, albeit with slightly more compression at max volume. It also has better surround and Atmos performances. That said, the Beam is still a solid choice for users who prefer a small standalone bar.

Yamaha YAS-209

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Yamaha YAS-209. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. It also has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Its compact design may be more suitable for some users. That said, the 2.1 Yamaha has a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Sonos, it also has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, as well as DTS support.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is an 11.14 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It has better surround and Atmos performances, and it can get louder. There are even some more sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ, as well as some more wireless playback options. Unlike the Sonos, it also has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the Sonos is still a solid option for users who prefer a small standalone bar. It's better built than the Samsung, and despite its small size, it has a better soundstage.

Sony HT-Z9F

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and the Sony HT-Z9F are two very different soundbars. The Sonos is a smart 5.0 setup that's more compact and better built. It has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. There are also more sound enhancement features available, including room correction. That said, the Sony is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated subwoofer included. It can get louder, and it offers more wireless playback options. There's also a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, which the Sonos lacks.

Bose TV Speaker

The 5.0 Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the 2.0 Bose TV Speaker. The Sonos is a better-built setup that supports Atmos content, unlike the Bose. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances, and it offers more sound enhancement features like room correction. There's even built-in voice assistant support available.

LG SN8YG

The LG SN8YG is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The LG is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It offers more sound enhancement features, like EQ presets, and more wireless playback options like Bluetooth. There's also a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0 Sonos is still a solid option for listeners who want a small standalone bar. It's better built and has better soundstage and surround performances.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 is better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The JBL is a 5.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It has a better surrounds performance, and it can get louder. It also reproduces a more extended low-bass. There are even more wireless playback options to choose from, as well as a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, if you prefer a more compact, standalone setup, the Sonos is still a solid choice. It's better built, and it even has built-in voice assistant support.

LG SP9YA

The LG SP9YA is better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The LG is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder, and it has more sound enhancement features like EQ presets. There's also a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, which the Sonos lacks. However, if you prefer a more compact, standalone bar, the Sonos is still a solid choice. It's better built, and it has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances than the LG. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites if you prefer.

Vizio M Series M512a-H6

The Vizio M Series M512a-H6 is better for most uses than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Vizio is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It offers a better surrounds performance, and it gets louder with less compression at max volume. Unlike the Sonos, it even has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. That said, the 5.0 Sonos is better built. Some users may also prefer its smaller, more compact design.

Sonos Playbar

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Sonos Playbar. The Beam is a better built 5.0 setup that has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Playbar, it supports Atmos content, Apple AirPlay 2, and built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has an HDMI ARC port. That said, the 3.0 Playbar gets louder.

Sony HT-A7000

The Sony HT-A7000 and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) are both premium standalone setups. The Sonos has a smaller, more compact design, which some users may prefer. It also offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. That said, the 7.1.2 Sony has more wireless playback options and a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. You can upgrade both setups with a sub and satellites if you prefer.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Bose is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated subwoofer and satellites. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and its surround and soundstage performances are better. Also, it offers more wireless playback options, including Bluetooth. That said, some users may prefer the Sonos' smaller, more compact design. Unlike the Bose, the Sonos also supports Dolby Atmos content.

Samsung HW-Q900A

The Samsung HW-Q900A is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is a 7.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It offers more wireless playback options and more sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and presets. There's also a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, which the Sonos lacks. That said, the Sonos is still a solid choice for listeners who want a small, standalone bar. It has better soundstage and surround performances, and you can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites.

Samsung HW-A650

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is marginally better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-A650. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup with a compact, standalone design. Unlike the Samsung, it supports Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. Its soundstage and surround performances are better, too. That said, the 3.1 Samsung comes with a dedicated subwoofer and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It can also get louder.

Samsung HW-Q60T

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a bit better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-Q60T. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup with better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the Samsung, it supports Dolby Atmos and built-in voice assistant capabilities. Its small, standalone design may also be preferable for users without a lot of space in their setup. However, the 5.1 Samsung has a dedicated sub and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It can also get louder.

Samsung HW-Q70T

The Samsung HW-Q70T is slightly better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung is a 3.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It can get louder than the Sonos. However, the Sonos is still a solid choice for listeners who want a small, standalone setup. It's better built with better soundstage, Atmos, and surround performances.

LG SN9YG

The LG SN9YG is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The LG is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It has less compression at max volume, and there are more sound enhancement features available. However, the Sonos is still a solid choice for listeners who want a small, standalone setup. It's better built with better soundstage, center, and surround performances.

Samsung HW-Q800T

The Samsung HW-Q800T is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Samsung has a dedicated subwoofer and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder. However, the Sonos is still a solid pick for users who want a small, standalone soundbar. It's better built, and it even has better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances than the Samsung. You can also upgrade it with a sub and satellites if you want.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) for most uses. The Bose is a 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It can reproduce a more extended low-bass, and it gets louder. Its soundstage and surround performances are better, and there are even more wireless playback options to choose from. However, the Sonos' small, compact design may be preferable for users without a lot of space in their setup.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The Vizio M Series M51a-H6 is better than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Vizio is a 5.1 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It can get louder, and it has a better surrounds performance. Unlike the Sonos, it even has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough. However, the standalone 5.0 Sonos is still a solid choice for users who want a more compact bar. It's better-built, with a better soundstage and built-in voice assistant capabilities.

Yamaha YAS-408

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Yamaha YAS-408. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup that supports Dolby Atmos content. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances, too. However, the 2.1 Yamaha comes with a dedicated subwoofer and can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder with a bit less compression at max volume.

Klipsch Cinema 600

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch Cinema 600 or the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Klipsch is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce more low-bass. That said, the 5.0 Sonos is better built, and it has a smaller, more compact design. Its soundstage, center, and surround performances are better. Unlike the Klipsch, it supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has built-in voice assistant capabilities.

Bose Solo 5

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is better than the Bose Solo 5. The Sonos is a better built 5.0 setup with better soundstage, center, and surround performances. Unlike the Bose, it supports Atmos content, has built-in voice assistant capabilities, and offers HDMI ports for connectivity. There are even more sound enhancement features available, including room correction.

Klipsch Cinema 800

The Klipsch Cinema 800 is better for mixed usage than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). The Klipsch is a 3.1 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also gets louder with less compression at max volume. That said, if you prefer a smaller standalone bar, the Sonos is still a great choice. It's a better built 5.0 setup with better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances.

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