With the Beam (Gen 2), Sonos has presented a new version of its soundbar that is supposed to offer improved sound with more bass and supports new audio formats.
The new edition now comes with support for 3D audio and Dolby Atmos. In terms of design, everything remains essentially the same, only the grille has been slightly adjusted. For this purpose, the computing power with which the soundbar localizes the sound in the room and then optimizes it has been increased.
The Beam is connected to the television via the HDMI eARC. Thanks to the NFC function, setting up should now be even easier than with the previous model. As usual, the smart speaker supports the voice assistants from Google and Amazon.
The second generation of the Beam will go on sale from October 5, 2021 for around 500 euros.
Sonos has also announced that it will be “in selected markets” in the course of the year Amazon Music Ultra High Definition Audio*, which enables listeners to hear tracks in lossless audio at up to 24 bit / 48 kHz on their Sonos speakers. Dolby Atmos Music should also be available soon. Ultra HD is available at no additional cost to Amazon Music Unlimited customers and can be heard on all S2 devices except Play: 1, Play: 3, Playbase and Playbar, while Dolby Atmos Music is available on Arc and Beam (Gen 2) will be.
The first generation of the Sonos Beam was able to convince in our test report with a good sound and a simple setup: Sonos Beam experience report: TV soundbar with Alexa in the test