In terms of upgrades, Beam (2nd generation) has a faster processor, supports Dolby Atmos (with compatible TV and streaming applications) to enhance sound, and an HDMI eARC port to provide clearer audio . Like the previous version, it has hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant, and Airplay 2 can also be used with it. You can pair it with a Sonos Sub (unfortunately, it is an expensive subwoofer) and two other Sonos speakers for surround sound.

Sonos also adjusted the design, adding a polycarbonate grille on the front instead of the fabric cover seen on the Beam (1st generation). It should make it easier to integrate into your interior decoration.It’s $50 more than the previous model, which is not That Much more expensive than the already expensive sound bars, but you can still buy Sonos’ first-generation model is priced at $319. For non-Sonos alternatives, please read our The best soundbar guide.

Save money for the subwoofer: Sonos has not released a more affordable subwoofer for Beam (2nd generation).Standard Sub will cost you Sonos $749 or Target. It is great, but very expensive. However, don’t bother to buy surround sound speakers until you own the Sub. This will have a profound impact.

Best for large home theater

Sonos Arc

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Sound bars can play an important role in home theater, and their cost is much lower than a complete surround sound setup. Sonos Beam is perfect for apartments, but if you really want a powerful soundbar, Sonos Arc (9/10, wired recommendation) Is obtained. It fully supports Dolby Atmos. In many rooms, it can reflect sound from walls and ceilings well, and it sounds like you have a surround sound setting.

With three tweeters and eight mid-woofers, it provides deep bass with more balance and depth than Beam. It’s also longer, stretching 45 inches end-to-end, or about 55 inches the width of a TV. Its design is elegant and low-key in the usual Sonos way-you won’t always notice the bar, but when you notice, it won’t be dazzling at all.

If you plan to spend extra money on Arc, we strongly recommend that you buy Sonos Sub Sonos $749 or Target. This is the second best investment you can use to improve your home theater experience.

Best Sonos Surround Sound Settings

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In order to achieve surround sound through one of the sound bars, Sonos needs two rear speakers, one for the left and one for the right. You can use any two Sonos speakers, as long as they are the same.I have used two big Sonos five speakers In the past, but it was overkill. Two Sonos One SL speakers are a better match. They sound equally good. If you buy two Sonos/Ikea Symfonisk speakers, you can save another $100, and they sound great.


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