Sonos Announces the Sonos Beam Soundbar

Sonos Announces the Sonos Beam Soundbar

There's also a five-mic array for voice control, which will hopefully make it easy for Alexa to hear us from a distance and over whatever blockbuster is blasting through the speakers. The magic happens during setup when the speaker asks you to use your tablet or smartphone to "scan" the room (essentially wave your device around while the speaker plays a series of sounds). It did tease that Google Assistant would be coming to the Beam and the One later this year.

In will come in white or black with a fabric grille.

The Sonos Beam is essentially a smaller, smarter, and cheaper version of the company's Playbase speaker.

Music is only part of the story, and as you would expect, given Sonos' heritage with the Playbar, watching movies or TV is exceptionally good.

The Beam will cost $399 and be available on July 17th. With Ethernet and HDMI-ARC built in, you can get reliable, low-latency and configuration-less network connectivity.

While the Beam may not be as powerful as the PlayBase or PlayBar its just as smart and connected and might be a great starter for those that are interested in the Sonos lineup without breaking the bank too much on its more expensive soundbars which are $700. The company announced it will soon support Apple's AirPlay 2 for its newer speakers, starting in July. "We believe we've created the best, most versatile, smart speaker in the world". The software update will also allow Siri to be used to play music from Apple Music all without ever touching a button. Beam ia a smart, compact soundbar for your TV.

Sonos is said to be planning an initial public offering this summer, in what would likely be one of the year's most important technology IPOs, people familiar told Bloomberg News in April.

That said, the Beam will be the first Sonos speaker to ship with Apple's AirPlay 2.

Five Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.

Apart from Sonos' speakers, Apple also revealed late last month that it is bringing AirPlay 2 support to other third-party speaker systems from other brands, including Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Naim, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Marshall and Pioneer.

Optical Audio: Optical Audio Adapter to connect to your TV. It has capacitive touch controls for volume up/down, previous/next track, play/pause, add to group and microphone mute. LED indicates status, mute status and voice feedback.