Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar Review: The Ultimate Home Theater Claim.

The life of an ordinary journalist is hard and sad, because it constantly tests one's mental strength. Here you are invited to the Four Seasons hotel, where you enjoy first-class service, and then you come home. In Sviblovo or some other similar place (there is a feeling that in Moscow all districts are named in such a way as to demotivate). The cardinal difference that everyone will feel is enough even just to pronounce both names aloud. Against the backdrop of the Four Seasons, Sviblovo can be perceived as a curse or a serious illness - “he suffered Sviblovo on his feet.”

It's kind of the same feeling when you disconnect a Sonos soundbar and switch to the TV's own speakers. Another similarity is that before you visited the Four Seasons, it seems to you that Sviblovo is good. And it turns out, that's how it happens in the world. And here high mental stability is important so as not to fall into depression.

Initially, I didn't even want to take the Sonos Beam for a simple reason. In the world, it seems, there is not a single negative review, either for the first generation or for the second. And this is rare.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance and first use
  • Sound
  • Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos
  • About sound

Positioning

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a premium all-in-one soundbar that will keep any TV company with you. The new model has support for Dolby Atmos, which creates the effect of surround sound. In addition to the function of the soundbar, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can also work simply as home acoustics and wireless speakers.

Key selling benefits, according to Sonos:

  • Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Concise design
  • Easy connection, app control
  • HDMI eARC, Apple AirPlay 2, Sonos multi-room integration
  • 4 elliptical drivers, 1 tweeter, three passive bass drivers
  • Support Wi-Fi 2.4GHz or 5GHz + Ethernet 10/100Mbps

For Western countries, there is support for voice assistants, for some reason, promo materials for Russia also write about it, but put a tick, saying that it is not supported in our region.

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Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

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Specifications

Still, I think I like the concept of a premium brand choosing to ignore numbers and tricky names. So, in the specifications of the soundbar, they don’t write about power (because it’s sufficient), they don’t give the name of the audio processor (they just say that it’s new and more powerful). But they emphasize that the packaging of the soundbar is 97% made from recyclable materials: “... including uncoated craft paper, and most importantly, no packaging foam”!

  • Dimensions: 69 x 651 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg
  • Communication: NFC, Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, IR port for synchronization with TV remote control
  • Ports: HDMI eARC, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, HDMI to optical adapter included
  • Sound: 5 class D digital amplifiers, 4 elliptical speakers and 1 tweeter, three passive radiators
  • Microphones: 5 pieces
  • Colors: black and white
  • Note: no support for voice assistants in Russia
  • Price: RUB 46,990

A couple of words about the features of the device, which are also related to technical specifications.

The soundbar tries to immerse you in premium from head to toe. The description contains the following phrases:

  • Status indicator indicates power, connection status and adapts to room lighting to be noticeable without being annoying.
  • Night Sound mode reduces the volume and intensity of audio effects. Note: well, you got it, not to annoy the sleepy owner.
  • Trueplay technology dynamically adjusts the soundbar to match the unique acoustic characteristics of the room. Requires an iOS device. Note: I like that it doesn't even imply that the Android owner can buy the speaker.

The box contains documentation, a power cable, a correct HDMI cable, and an optical output adapter (which should not be used). The column is carefully wrapped in a soft cloth.

Appearance and first inclusion

The soundbar comes in a recycled cardboard box. Sonos specifically emphasizes that it does not use foam. And, in fact, it's cool. And in terms of ecology, and that you don’t have to run a vacuum cleaner over the carpet later to collect foam chips.

The soundbar weighs only 2.8 kilos and is very compact. This allowed me to load the speaker into my suitcase and easily take it to St. Petersburg during the mini-lockdown.

The design of Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is concise and pleasant. The case is made of tactilely pleasant plastic. On the bottom surface there are rubber strips-legs. At the top are five microphones and touch controls that you use when listening to music. On the back side there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a button for synchronization with a smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

Touch controls. The LED is really unobtrusive. It changes color from milky white to ultramarine in the process of synchronization with a smartphone. But the user will usually see either white (when at rest) or green (when there is sound). Of the decorative elements, only the Sonos inscription in the center of the grille. It's funny that the soundbar doesn't even say anywhere that it's a Beam (Gen 2). In comparison, the first generation had large letters embossed on the bottom panel. In principle, probably not necessary. Sonos has a small assortment of equipment, so potential buyers will not get confused. On the back there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a sync button with smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

The user is prompted to use the app to add the soundbar to their Sonos ecosystem. This is worth doing if you have multiple Sonos speakers. Then it will be possible to create a multi-room, distribute speakers among rooms, etc. Otherwise, the application can be used to stream music from a smartphone, you can also use the soundbar as an alarm clock.

In the US, the soundbar still has Google or Alexa, but not in Russia. This is strange, given that Sonos sells smart speakers with Alice from Yandex (Note: This is a mistake. Sonos sells speakers that come with Yandex.Music as a gift for 12 months). And, in general , you could give access to Google. Let it be in English, but many people would be able to give commands.

The connection process is elementary. In the application, you select "Add speaker", bring the phone to the touch control zone (there is NFC), the phone beeps, and everything is added.

Connecting to a TV is even simpler. We plug the HDMI cable into the appropriate connectors, and go ahead. One of the features of the second generation is the complete white wires (see photo in the "Technical Specifications" section). In the photo, I used wires from the first generation.

Perhaps only a couple of points can be noted here. First, when you turn on the TV, the soundbar is always in silent mode. Initially, I even thought that I did something wrong. You have to manually turn up the volume. Actually, it's very good. Since you can watch "Transformers" at full volume and turn off the TV, and then not be afraid of a "sonic explosion", as happens, for example, in a car when you turn off the engine without turning off the volume of the audio system.

Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) I was not too lazy and took with me to St. Petersburg. And it was a damn good decision. The thing is that for the claimed Dolby Atmos to work, the TV must have an HDMI 2.1 eARC port and support at least Dolby Digital Plus. In Moscow, my TV only supports outdated Dolby Digital, and I recently bought my father a new TV, which, fortunately, happened to have the right specification.

So Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has HDMI eARC instead of ARC. The difference between the standards is in the maximum throughput. So, ARC supports a speed of approximately 1 Mbps, and eARC already supports 37 Mbps. In comparison, TOSLINK (optical output) only supports 384Kbps. The high bandwidth allows you to enjoy Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS:X soundtracks (Sonos does not support DTS:X). eARC support has been added to HDMI 2.1.

In general, it can be said that most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus to deliver Dolby Atmos. Streaming services save traffic, so the user gets compressed Dolby Atmos (however, there are minimal differences). So the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) user can only feel the true difference with the first generation when watching the prepared video (for example, on Blu-Ray).

It is important to understand that HDMI eARC must support both the soundbar and the TV. There are a couple of nuances here.

Look at your TV model and what sound it supports, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus or maybe Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD is listed.

If Dolby Digital, then you have either an old or a cheap TV. Sound 5.1 is compressed with losses. In turn, Dolby Digital Plus is a more advanced codec that supports 7.1 sound and, although it is lossy, it is almost indistinguishable from Dolby TrueHD (which is lossless).

If your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus but doesn't support HDMI eARC, then most likely it supports Dolby Atmos, which will be the same quality as on streaming platforms).

Here are the tricks that you should pay attention to when choosing a TV. And often this is difficult to do, since manufacturers simply indicate the number of HDMI, but are too lazy to indicate their version.

About sound

Sonos has some really smart guys. They send reviewers a special guide, which indicates which films (temporary passages are indicated) and tracks can be listened to in order to fully experience all the possibilities of the soundbar. And to be honest, I was stuck for about half a day. First I looked and listened to the recommended, and then just listened and rewatched everything that came to mind.

The soundbar really makes you feel like you're in a movie theater. Even on a TV that doesn't support Dolby Atmos, the effect is awesome. And if there is at least Dolby Digital Plus, then it seems that you are sitting in the center of events.

Sonos and Dolby have this picture (see above), and here it best conveys the emotions from the soundbar. You really sit as if in the center of such a virtual sphere. Helicopters fly over your head, and you can specify exactly where the helicopter is flying - top right, left, etc. Behind the scenes, a bottle has fallen, or you hear steps and clearly understand where the events are taking place.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar Review: The Ultimate Home Theater Claim.

The life of an ordinary journalist is hard and sad, because it constantly tests one's mental strength. Here you are invited to the Four Seasons hotel, where you enjoy first-class service, and then you come home. In Sviblovo or some other similar place (there is a feeling that in Moscow all districts are named in such a way as to demotivate). The cardinal difference that everyone will feel is enough even just to pronounce both names aloud. Against the backdrop of the Four Seasons, Sviblovo can be perceived as a curse or a serious illness - “he suffered Sviblovo on his feet.”

It's kind of the same feeling when you disconnect a Sonos soundbar and switch to the TV's own speakers. Another similarity is that before you visited the Four Seasons, it seems to you that Sviblovo is good. And it turns out, that's how it happens in the world. And here high mental stability is important so as not to fall into depression.

Initially, I didn't even want to take the Sonos Beam for a simple reason. In the world, it seems, there is not a single negative review, either for the first generation or for the second. And this is rare.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance and first use
  • Sound
  • Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos
  • About sound

Positioning

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a premium all-in-one soundbar that will keep any TV company with you. The new model has support for Dolby Atmos, which creates the effect of surround sound. In addition to the function of the soundbar, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can also work simply as home acoustics and wireless speakers.

Key selling benefits, according to Sonos:

  • Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Concise design
  • Easy connection, app control
  • HDMI eARC, Apple AirPlay 2, Sonos multi-room integration
  • 4 elliptical drivers, 1 tweeter, three passive bass drivers
  • Support Wi-Fi 2.4GHz or 5GHz + Ethernet 10/100Mbps

For Western countries, there is support for voice assistants, for some reason, promo materials for Russia also write about it, but put a tick, saying that it is not supported in our region.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

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Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

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Specifications

Still, I think I like the concept of a premium brand choosing to ignore numbers and tricky names. So, in the specifications of the soundbar, they don’t write about power (because it’s sufficient), they don’t give the name of the audio processor (they just say that it’s new and more powerful). But they emphasize that the packaging of the soundbar is 97% made from recyclable materials: "... including uncoated craft paper, and most importantly - no packaging foam"!

  • Dimensions: 69 x 651 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg
  • Communication: NFC, Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, IR port for synchronization with TV remote control
  • Ports: HDMI eARC, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, HDMI to optical adapter included
  • Sound: 5 class D digital amplifiers, 4 elliptical speakers and 1 tweeter, three passive radiators
  • Microphones: 5 pieces
  • Colors: black and white
  • Note: no support for voice assistants in Russia
  • Price: RUB 46,990

A couple of words about the features of the device, which are also related to technical specifications.

The soundbar tries to immerse you in premium from head to toe. The description contains the following phrases:

  • Status indicator indicates power, connection status and adapts to room lighting to be noticeable without being annoying.
  • Night Sound mode reduces the volume and intensity of audio effects. Note: well, you got it, not to annoy the sleepy owner.
  • Trueplay technology dynamically adjusts the soundbar to match the unique acoustic characteristics of the room. Requires an iOS device. Note: I like that it doesn't even imply that the Android owner can buy the speaker.

The box contains documentation, a power cable, a correct HDMI cable, and an optical output adapter (which should not be used). The column is carefully wrapped in a soft cloth.

Appearance and first inclusion

The soundbar comes in a recycled cardboard box. Sonos specifically emphasizes that it does not use foam. And actually, it's cool. And in terms of ecology, and that you don’t need to run a vacuum cleaner over the carpet later to collect foam chips.

The soundbar weighs only 2.8 kilos and is very compact. This allowed me to load the speaker into my suitcase and easily take it to St. Petersburg during the mini-lockdown.

The design of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is concise and pleasant. The case is made of tactilely pleasant plastic. On the bottom surface there are rubber strips-legs. At the top are five microphones and touch controls that you use when listening to music. On the back side there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a button for synchronization with a smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

Touch controls. The LED is really unobtrusive. It changes color from milky white to ultramarine in the process of synchronization with a smartphone. But the user will usually see either white (when at rest) or green (when there is sound). Of the decorative elements, only the Sonos inscription in the center of the grille. It's funny that the soundbar doesn't even say anywhere that it's a Beam (Gen 2). In comparison, the first generation had large letters embossed on the bottom panel. In principle, probably not necessary. Sonos has a small assortment of equipment, so potential buyers will not get confused. On the back there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a sync button with smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

The user is prompted to use the app to add the soundbar to their Sonos ecosystem. This is worth doing if you have multiple Sonos speakers. Then it will be possible to create a multi-room, distribute speakers among rooms, etc. Otherwise, the application can be used to stream music from a smartphone, you can also use the soundbar as an alarm clock.

In the US, the soundbar still has Google or Alexa, but not in Russia. This is strange, given that Sonos sells smart speakers with Alice from Yandex (Note: This is a mistake. Sonos sells speakers that come with Yandex.Music as a gift for 12 months). And, in general , you could give access to Google. Let it be in English, but many people would be able to give commands.

The connection process is elementary. In the application, you select "Add speaker", bring the phone to the touch control zone (there is NFC), the phone beeps, and everything is added.

Connecting to a TV is even simpler. We plug the HDMI cable into the appropriate connectors, and go ahead. One of the features of the second generation is the complete white wires (see photo in the "Technical Specifications" section). In the photo, I used wires from the first generation.

Perhaps only a couple of points can be noted here. First, when you turn on the TV, the soundbar is always in silent mode. Initially, I even thought that I did something wrong. You have to manually turn up the volume. Actually, it's very good. Since you can watch "Transformers" at full volume and turn off the TV, and then not be afraid of a "sonic explosion", as happens, for example, in a car when you turn off the engine without turning off the volume of the audio system.

Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) I was not too lazy and took with me to St. Petersburg. And it was a damn good decision. The thing is that for the claimed Dolby Atmos to work, the TV must have an HDMI 2.1 eARC port and support at least Dolby Digital Plus. In Moscow, my TV only supports outdated Dolby Digital, and I recently bought my father a new TV, which, fortunately, happened to have the right specification.

So Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has HDMI eARC instead of ARC. The difference between the standards is in the maximum throughput. So, ARC supports a speed of approximately 1 Mbps, and eARC already supports 37 Mbps. In comparison, TOSLINK (optical output) only supports 384Kbps. The high bandwidth allows you to enjoy Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS:X soundtracks (Sonos does not support DTS:X). eARC support has been added to HDMI 2.1.

In general, it can be said that most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus to deliver Dolby Atmos. Streaming services save traffic, so the user gets compressed Dolby Atmos (however, there are minimal differences). So the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) user can only feel the true difference with the first generation when watching the prepared video (for example, on Blu-Ray).

It is important to understand that HDMI eARC must support both the soundbar and the TV. There are a couple of nuances here.

Look at your TV model and what sound it supports, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus or maybe Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD is listed.

If Dolby Digital, then you have either an old or a cheap TV. Sound 5.1 is compressed with losses. In turn, Dolby Digital Plus is a more advanced codec that supports 7.1 sound and, although it is lossy, it is almost indistinguishable from Dolby TrueHD (which is lossless).

If your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus but doesn't support HDMI eARC, then most likely it supports Dolby Atmos, which will be the same quality as on streaming platforms).

Here are the tricks you should pay attention to when choosing a TV. And often this is difficult to do, since manufacturers simply indicate the number of HDMI, but are too lazy to indicate their version.

About sound

Sonos has some really smart guys. They send reviewers a special guide, which indicates which films (temporary passages are indicated) and tracks can be listened to in order to fully experience all the possibilities of the soundbar. And to be honest, I was stuck for about half a day. First I looked and listened to the recommended, and then just listened and rewatched everything that came to mind.

The soundbar really makes you feel like you're in a movie theater. Even on a TV that doesn't support Dolby Atmos, the effect is awesome. And if there is at least Dolby Digital Plus, then it seems that you are sitting in the center of events.

Sonos and Dolby have this picture (see above), and here it best conveys the emotions from the soundbar. You really sit as if in the center of such a virtual sphere. Helicopters fly over your head, and you can specify exactly where the helicopter is flying - top right, left, etc. Behind the scenes, a bottle has fallen, or you hear steps and clearly understand where the events are taking place.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar Review: The Ultimate Home Theater Claim.

The life of an ordinary journalist is hard and sad, because it constantly tests one's mental strength. Here you are invited to the Four Seasons hotel, where you enjoy first-class service, and then you come home. In Sviblovo or some other similar place (there is a feeling that in Moscow all districts are named in such a way as to demotivate). The cardinal difference that everyone will feel is enough even just to pronounce both names aloud. Against the backdrop of the Four Seasons, Sviblovo can be perceived as a curse or a serious illness - “he suffered Sviblovo on his feet.”

It's kind of the same feeling when you disconnect a Sonos soundbar and switch to the TV's own speakers. Another similarity is that before you visited the Four Seasons, it seems to you that Sviblovo is good. And it turns out, that's how it happens in the world. And here high mental stability is important so as not to fall into depression.

Initially, I didn't even want to take the Sonos Beam for a simple reason. In the world, it seems, there is not a single negative review, either for the first generation or for the second. And this is rare.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance and first use
  • Sound
  • Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos
  • About sound

Positioning

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a premium all-in-one soundbar that will keep any TV company with you. The new model has support for Dolby Atmos, which creates the effect of surround sound. In addition to the function of the soundbar, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can also work simply as home acoustics and wireless speakers.

Key selling benefits, according to Sonos:

  • Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Concise design
  • Easy connection, app control
  • HDMI eARC support, Apple AirPlay 2, Sonos multi-room integration
  • 4 elliptical drivers, 1 tweeter, three passive bass drivers
  • Support Wi-Fi 2.4GHz or 5GHz + Ethernet 10/100Mbps

For Western countries, there is support for voice assistants, for some reason, promo materials for Russia also write about it, but put a tick, saying that it is not supported in our region.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Specifications

Still, I think I like the concept of a premium brand choosing to ignore numbers and tricky names. So, in the specifications of the soundbar, they don’t write about power (because it’s sufficient), they don’t give the name of the audio processor (they just say that it’s new and more powerful). But they emphasize that the packaging of the soundbar is 97% made from recyclable materials: "... including uncoated craft paper, and most importantly - no packaging foam"!

  • Dimensions: 69 x 651 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg
  • Communication: NFC, Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, IR port for synchronization with TV remote control
  • Ports: HDMI eARC, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, HDMI to optical adapter included
  • Sound: 5 class D digital amplifiers, 4 elliptical speakers and 1 tweeter, three passive radiators
  • Microphones: 5 pieces
  • Colors: black and white
  • Note: no support for voice assistants in Russia
  • Price: RUB 46,990

A couple of words about the features of the device, which are also related to technical specifications.

The soundbar tries to immerse you in premium from head to toe. The description contains the following phrases:

  • Status indicator indicates power, connection status and adapts to room lighting to be noticeable without being annoying.
  • Night Sound mode reduces the volume and intensity of audio effects. Note: well, you got it, not to annoy the sleepy owner.
  • Trueplay technology dynamically adjusts the soundbar to match the unique acoustic characteristics of the room. Requires an iOS device. Note: I like that it doesn't even imply that the Android owner can buy the speaker.

The box contains documentation, a power cable, a correct HDMI cable, and an optical output adapter (which should not be used). The column is carefully wrapped in a soft cloth.

Appearance and first inclusion

The soundbar comes in a recycled cardboard box. Sonos specifically emphasizes that it does not use foam. And, in fact, it's cool. And in terms of ecology, and that you don’t have to run a vacuum cleaner over the carpet later to collect foam chips.

The soundbar weighs only 2.8 kilos and is very compact. This allowed me to load the speaker into my suitcase and easily take it to St. Petersburg during the mini-lockdown.

The design of Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is concise and pleasant. The case is made of tactilely pleasant plastic. On the bottom surface there are rubber strips-legs. At the top are five microphones and touch controls that you use when listening to music. On the back side there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a button for synchronization with a smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

Touch controls. The LED is really unobtrusive. It changes color from milky white to ultramarine in the process of synchronization with a smartphone. But the user will usually see either white (when at rest) or green (when there is sound). Of the decorative elements, only the Sonos inscription in the center of the grille. It's funny that the soundbar doesn't even say anywhere that it's a Beam (Gen 2). In comparison, the first generation had large letters embossed on the bottom panel. In principle, probably not necessary. Sonos has a small assortment of equipment, so potential buyers will not get confused. On the back there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a sync button with smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

The user is prompted to use the app to add the soundbar to their Sonos ecosystem. This is worth doing if you have multiple Sonos speakers. Then it will be possible to create a multi-room, distribute speakers among rooms, etc. Otherwise, the application can be used to stream music from a smartphone, you can also use the soundbar as an alarm clock.

In the US, the soundbar still has Google or Alexa, but not in Russia. This is strange, given that Sonos sells smart speakers with Alice from Yandex (Note: This is a mistake. Sonos sells speakers that come with Yandex.Music as a gift for 12 months). And, in general , you could give access to Google. Let it be in English, but many people would be able to give commands.

The connection process is elementary. In the application, you select "Add speaker", bring the phone to the touch control zone (there is NFC), the phone beeps, and everything is added.

Connecting to a TV is even simpler. We plug the HDMI cable into the appropriate connectors, and go ahead. One of the features of the second generation is the complete white wires (see photo in the "Technical Specifications" section). In the photo, I used wires from the first generation.

Perhaps only a couple of points can be noted here. First, when you turn on the TV, the soundbar is always in silent mode. Initially, I even thought that I did something wrong. You have to manually turn up the volume. Actually, it's very good. Since you can watch "Transformers" at full volume and turn off the TV, and then not be afraid of a "sonic explosion", as happens, for example, in a car when you turn off the engine without turning off the volume of the audio system.

Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) I was not too lazy and took with me to St. Petersburg. And it was a damn good decision. The thing is that for the claimed Dolby Atmos to work, the TV must have an HDMI 2.1 eARC port and support at least Dolby Digital Plus. In Moscow, my TV only supports outdated Dolby Digital, and I recently bought my father a new TV, which, fortunately, happened to have the right specification.

So Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has HDMI eARC instead of ARC. The difference between the standards is in the maximum throughput. So, ARC supports a speed of approximately 1 Mbps, and eARC already supports 37 Mbps. In comparison, TOSLINK (optical output) only supports 384Kbps. The high bandwidth allows you to enjoy Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS:X soundtracks (Sonos does not support DTS:X). eARC support has been added to HDMI 2.1.

In general, it can be said that most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus to deliver Dolby Atmos. Streaming services save traffic, so the user gets compressed Dolby Atmos (however, there are minimal differences). So the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) user can only feel the true difference with the first generation when watching the prepared video (for example, on Blu-Ray).

It is important to understand that HDMI eARC must support both the soundbar and the TV. There are a couple of nuances here.

Look at your TV model and what sound it supports, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus or maybe Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD is listed.

If Dolby Digital, then you have either an old or a cheap TV. Sound 5.1 is compressed with losses. In turn, Dolby Digital Plus is a more advanced codec that supports 7.1 sound and, although it is lossy, it is almost indistinguishable from Dolby TrueHD (which is lossless).

If your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus but doesn't support HDMI eARC, then most likely it supports Dolby Atmos, which will be the same quality as on streaming platforms).

Here are the tricks that you should pay attention to when choosing a TV. And often this is difficult to do, since manufacturers simply indicate the number of HDMI, but are too lazy to indicate their version.

About sound

Sonos has some really smart guys. They send reviewers a special guide, which indicates which films (temporary passages are indicated) and tracks can be listened to in order to fully experience all the possibilities of the soundbar. And to be honest, I was stuck for about half a day. First I looked and listened to the recommended, and then just listened and rewatched everything that came to mind.

The soundbar really makes you feel like you're in a movie theater. Even on a TV that doesn't support Dolby Atmos, the effect is awesome. And if there is at least Dolby Digital Plus, then it seems that you are sitting in the center of events.

Sonos and Dolby have this picture (see above), and here it best conveys the emotions from the soundbar. You really sit as if in the center of such a virtual sphere. Helicopters fly over your head, and you can specify exactly where the helicopter is flying - top right, left, etc. Behind the scenes, a bottle has fallen, or you hear steps and clearly understand where the events are taking place.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar Review: The Ultimate Home Theater Claim.

The life of an ordinary journalist is hard and sad, because it constantly tests one's mental strength. Here you are invited to the Four Seasons hotel, where you enjoy first-class service, and then you come home. In Sviblovo or some other similar place (there is a feeling that in Moscow all districts are named in such a way as to demotivate). The cardinal difference that everyone will feel is enough even just to pronounce both names aloud. Against the backdrop of the Four Seasons, Sviblovo can be perceived as a curse or a serious illness - “he suffered Sviblovo on his feet.”

It's kind of the same feeling when you disconnect a Sonos soundbar and switch to the TV's own speakers. Another similarity is that before you visited the Four Seasons, it seems to you that Sviblovo is good. And it turns out, that's how it happens in the world. And here high mental stability is important so as not to fall into depression.

Initially, I didn't even want to take the Sonos Beam for a simple reason. In the world, it seems, there is not a single negative review, either for the first generation or for the second. And this is rare.

Table of Contents

  • Positioning
  • Specifications
  • Appearance and first use
  • Sound
  • Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos
  • About sound

Positioning

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a premium all-in-one soundbar that will keep any TV company with you. The new model has support for Dolby Atmos, which creates the effect of surround sound. In addition to the function of the soundbar, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can also work simply as home acoustics and wireless speakers.

Key selling benefits, according to Sonos:

  • Dolby Atmos Audio
  • Concise design
  • Easy connection, app control
  • HDMI eARC, Apple AirPlay 2, Sonos multi-room integration
  • 4 elliptical drivers, 1 tweeter, three passive bass drivers
  • Support Wi-Fi 2.4GHz or 5GHz + Ethernet 10/100Mbps

For Western countries, there is support for voice assistants, for some reason, promo materials for Russia also write about it, but put a tick, saying that it is not supported in our region.

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Specifications

Still, I think I like the concept of a premium brand choosing to ignore numbers and tricky names. So, in the specifications of the soundbar, they don’t write about power (because it’s sufficient), they don’t give the name of the audio processor (they just say that it’s new and more powerful). But they emphasize that the packaging of the soundbar is 97% made from recyclable materials: "... including uncoated craft paper, and most importantly - no packaging foam"!

  • Dimensions: 69 x 651 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg
  • Communication: NFC, Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5.0 GHz, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, IR port for synchronization with TV remote control
  • Ports: HDMI eARC, Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, HDMI to optical adapter included
  • Sound: 5 Class D digital amplifiers, 4 elliptical speakers and 1 tweeter, three passive radiators
  • Microphones: 5 pieces
  • Colors: black and white
  • Note: there is no support for voice assistants in Russia
  • Price: 46,990 rubles

A couple of words about the features of the device, which are also related to technical specifications.

The soundbar tries to immerse you in premium from head to toe. The description contains the following phrases:

  • Status indicator indicates power, connection status and adapts to room lighting to be noticeable without being annoying.
  • Night Sound mode reduces the volume and intensity of audio effects. Note: well, you got it, not to annoy the sleepy owner.
  • Trueplay technology dynamically adjusts the soundbar to match the unique acoustic characteristics of the room. Requires an iOS device. Note: I like that it doesn't even imply that the Android owner can buy the speaker.

The box contains documentation, a power cable, a correct HDMI cable, and an optical output adapter (which should not be used). The column is carefully wrapped in a soft cloth.

Appearance and first inclusion

The soundbar comes in a recycled cardboard box. Sonos specifically emphasizes that it does not use foam. And actually, it's cool. And in terms of ecology, and that you don’t need to run a vacuum cleaner over the carpet later to collect foam chips.

The soundbar weighs only 2.8 kilos and is very compact. This allowed me to load the speaker into my suitcase and easily take it to St. Petersburg during the mini-lockdown.

The design of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is concise and pleasant. The case is made of tactilely pleasant plastic. On the bottom surface there are rubber strips-legs. At the top are five microphones and touch controls that you use when listening to music. On the back side there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a button for synchronization with a smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

Touch controls. The LED is really unobtrusive. It changes color from milky white to ultramarine in the process of synchronization with a smartphone. But the user will usually see either white (when at rest) or green (when there is sound). Of the decorative elements, only the Sonos inscription in the center of the grille. It's funny that the soundbar doesn't even say anywhere that it's a Beam (Gen 2). In comparison, the first generation had large letters embossed on the bottom panel. In principle, probably not necessary. Sonos has a small assortment of equipment, so potential buyers will not get confused. On the back side there are connectors for charging, HDMI, Ethernet and a button for synchronization with a smartphone (which is not needed, since the soundbar has NFC).

The user is prompted to use the app to add the soundbar to their Sonos ecosystem. This is worth doing if you have multiple Sonos speakers. Then it will be possible to create a multi-room, distribute speakers among rooms, etc. Otherwise, the application can be used to stream music from a smartphone, you can also use the soundbar as an alarm clock.

In the US, the soundbar still has Google or Alexa, but not in Russia. This is strange, given that Sonos sells smart speakers with Alice from Yandex (Note: This is a mistake. Sonos sells speakers that come with Yandex.Music as a gift for 12 months). And, in general, it was possible to give access to Google. Let it be in English, but many would be able to give commands.

The connection process is elementary. In the application, you select "Add speaker", bring the phone to the touch control zone (there is NFC), the phone beeps, and everything is added.

Connecting to a TV is even simpler. We plug the HDMI cable into the appropriate connectors, and go ahead. One of the features of the second generation is the complete white wires (see photo in the "Technical Specifications" section). In the photo, I used wires from the first generation.

Perhaps only a couple of points can be noted here. First, when you turn on the TV, the soundbar is always in silent mode. Initially, I even thought that I did something wrong. You have to manually turn up the volume. Actually, it's very good. Since you can watch "Transformers" at full volume and turn off the TV, and then not be afraid of a "sonic explosion", as happens, for example, in a car when you turn off the engine without turning off the volume of the audio system.

Ports, eARC and Dolby Atmos

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) I was not too lazy and took with me to St. Petersburg. And it was a damn good decision. The thing is that for the claimed Dolby Atmos to work, the TV must have an HDMI 2.1 eARC port and support at least Dolby Digital Plus. In Moscow, my TV only supports outdated Dolby Digital, and I recently bought my father a new TV, which, fortunately, happened to have the right specification.

So Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has HDMI eARC instead of ARC. The difference between the standards is in the maximum throughput. So, ARC supports a speed of approximately 1 Mbps, and eARC already supports 37 Mbps. In comparison, TOSLINK (optical output) only supports 384Kbps. The high bandwidth allows you to enjoy Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio or DTS:X soundtracks (Sonos does not support DTS:X). eARC support has been added to HDMI 2.1.

In general, it can be said that most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus to deliver Dolby Atmos. Streaming services save traffic, so the user gets compressed Dolby Atmos (however, there are minimal differences). So the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) user can only feel the true difference with the first generation when watching the prepared video (for example, on Blu-Ray).

It is important to understand that HDMI eARC must support both the soundbar and the TV. There are a couple of nuances here.

Look at your TV model and what sound it supports, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus or maybe Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD is listed.

If Dolby Digital, then you have either an old or a cheap TV. Sound 5.1 is compressed with losses. In turn, Dolby Digital Plus is a more advanced codec that supports 7.1 sound and, although it is lossy, it is almost indistinguishable from Dolby TrueHD (which is lossless).

If your TV supports Dolby Digital Plus but doesn't support HDMI eARC, then most likely it supports Dolby Atmos, which will be the same quality as on streaming platforms).

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About sound

Sonos has some really smart guys. They send reviewers a special guide, which indicates which films (temporary passages are indicated) and tracks can be listened to in order to fully experience all the possibilities of the soundbar. And to be honest, I was stuck for about half a day. First I looked and listened to the recommended, and then just listened and rewatched everything that came to mind.

The soundbar really makes you feel like you're in a movie theater. Even on a TV that doesn't support Dolby Atmos, the effect is awesome. And if there is at least Dolby Digital Plus, then it seems that you are sitting in the center of events.

Sonos and Dolby have this picture (see above), and here it best conveys the emotions from the soundbar. You really sit as if in the center of such a virtual sphere. Helicopters fly over your head, and you can specify exactly where the helicopter is flying - top right, left, etc. Behind the scenes, a bottle has fallen, or you hear steps and clearly understand where the events are taking place.