Back when the original Sonos Beam was launched in 2018, soundbars were largely about boosting the quality of your TV’s sound using flat stereo. Today, soundbars have moved on, and the expectation is 3D sound via Dolby Atmos, which is what the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is here for.
Maintaining the original’s size (give or take), the Beam is a smaller, easier to place soundbar than its big brother, the Sonos Arc. It’s not quite as accomplished as the Arc, but poised and well-balanced audio combined with Sonos’ multi-room expertise makes this a great add-on to smaller or secondary TV.
- Slightly shorter than the original
- Sleek rounded corners
- Just the one input
Sonos has deviated much from the original Beam’s design, with a few tweaks including a new front grille that looks similar to the one on the Arc. Not massively changing the design isn’t a huge problem: the Beam hadn’t aged much from a looks perspective, and the design still fits in Sonos’ other newer speakers. Again, this model is available in black or white.