And, I'd imagine that those actual audiophiles who are looking to get the best quality product out there would splurge on the higher-end Sonos PlayBar or PlayBase, which are pricier, but also offer more bass and slightly higher overall quality of sound than the Beam.
Sonos Beam Product Details: ● Low profile and compact size, Beam was created to fit on credenzas or under wall mounted TVs, providing versatility.
What it lacks in power and up-firing speakers, though, the Beam makes up with some smart software - like Trueplay that helps calibrate the speaker to your unique room - and smart drivers that work together to deliver solid three-channel sound.
The Sonos Beam isn't a replacement for the company's soundbar, as previously rumoured, it's something altogether new. But that's not all as far as digital assistants go: Google Assistant support is planned for later this year as well. At only 25.6 inches long, Sonos Beam won't hang off furniture, block the TV or overwhelm your space.
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Another benefit you get with the Beam using HDMI is that it can harness HDMI-CEC so you can turn your television on and off with your voice. Most TVs older than five years old most likely won't support HDMI-ARC, but you can still connect Beam to your TV via the optical port, however, Alexa voice commands for TV won't work. Then, in October, came it's next effort to strengthen the brand's stronghold on the multi-room audio market, the Sonos One - a version of it's entry-level Play 1 speaker, but this time including digital assistant capability with Amazon's Alexa built in (as well as the promise of support for other assistants in the future).
The device will ship globally starting July 17 and is available for pre-order today on the Sonos website. Customers enjoying AirPlay 2 on Sonos will also gain a new voice experience with the addition of Siri.
It's also not clear how extensive Sonos' HDMI CEC control is; the company showed off turning your TV on and off and adjusting the volume - but chances are you'll still have to reach for your remote for other functions. Ask Siri to play any track, album, or playlist on Apple Music by using an iOS device to start playing on Sonos.