Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar – Excellent build quality and superb sound.

I bought the sonic beam and a pair of play:1 speakers to replace an lg nb5540a sound bar (so poor it failed after 18 months). Once you get there the quality of the sound is superb. This is a great piece of kit and excellent value. Beware though if you try to use wi-fi only the setup of the surround sound with the play:1 speakers does not work. The setup consistently failed after the play:1 speakers were added (using the sonos ios app) in the “preparing for use” phase (i’d already added the beam). The app is next to useless on providing diagnostics. The error looks to be dhcp related. The only resolution i could find was to hard wire the sonos beam with a network cable to my router. At this point the play:1 speakers were correctly added. As a note if the speakers are not correctly added (they appear in the app “room” as +?.

I purchased this to accompany a 65” telly in our snug as the in built speakers are generally a joke. I had a few requirements for a potential purchase; be wireless, be airplay compatible and ideally not require a subwoofer. This item fits all those requirements and black friday gave me a few pounds off so i decided to go for it. It arrives in a very nice box, hinting at the quality inside. The product itself is nice and weighty, feels solidly built, looks great and didn’t take very long to set up on the floor. I connected it using an hdmi cable to my tv on the arc channel. It also comes with a small optical to hdmi converter. Not sure how that works as its still in its packet, unused. The set up required the install of the sonos app and a software update and then it was ready to go. Next challenge, wall mount it.

This is my first delve into the soundbar and sonos world and am so impressed i felt i had to leave a review. Initially the intention was to simply improve the sound of my rather tinny sounding tv, but having discovered the possibilities of building on a system beginning with this little beaut, i felt i had to spend a little bit more than intended. I’m 100% satisfied that i did. The sound is incredible, easy to set up and the thing looks good sat beneath the telebox. My view on the sound is that most modern movies appear to give the surround sound experience however older films, say before about 2015 simply have a cracking stereo sound which is not at all to be sniffed at. The intention is to add two rear play ones for the proper surround sound set up, but for now, the beam alone does perfect.

I have the sonos beam and two play:1’s for surrounds, it does sound great but if you want 5. 1 do some research before purchasing. The sonos has only got one audio input – hdmi so this means that only one audio source can be plugged into the beam – it relies on using your tv as a pass through via hdmi arc port, this is fine if you plan on using the beam alone. A lot of hdmi arc ports only output stereo (2 channel) not 5. So if you plan on using this as a 5. 1 surround sound be sure to check your tv supports 5. 1 output via the hdmi arc port. You can work around this by introducing an optical switch to run optical from all devices, assuming they have optical out, into the beam, using the supplied optical toslink to hdmi adaptor, but this adds another device and remote into the mix and will also stop cec over hdmi working so you cannot control the beam volume with tv remote. On the plus side it looks good and does sound great when finally using 5. It is also very easy to setup using the app.

Ok so i bought this as a little treat to benefit from the surround sound using my existing pair of play 1s. I already had a what hifi award winning philips htl5140 sound bar and sub and didn’t actually need a new one – but that’s what we do right?in all honesty i would say by itself the beam was no better or worse than the existing philips sound bar. I was a tad disappointed and it certainly didn’t sound as good as in the richer sounds show room (i got an open box one from richer sounds and saved a few quid)it was only when i put the play 1s on the wall behind me that it came to life. I just love the bubble of sound that i’m in – don’t forget to turn the surrounds to ‘full’ from ambient iro listening to music. I actually couldn’t imagine going back to a simple soundbar set up with no surrounds. Regarding the bass – i actually think it is fine and just less than the subwoofer it replaced. I am simply not willing to pay the current price of the sonos sub – however the day they release the sonos core sub that is rumoured i will buy one of its about £400. . That’s what we do right?i have a lovely new lg oled tv and this beam and surrounds just makes it even better. One other thing i would say is that it is loud.

Having already owned a sonos play 3 which has amazing sound capabilities, i went and bought the sonos beam at christmas time to upgrade from my current surround sound system. First impressions were that the sound and build quality on this compact sound bar is absolutely amazing. Its really heavy for its size, haven’t even turned it up full volume as the sound is brilliant and fills the room really well. My old sony surround sound was impressive but the detail and clarity of this speaker is head and shoulders over it. I’ve since added 2x play 1 rear speakers and now this really set’s it off. Ok to get that package of 3 items was expensive but it is well worth it for films / sport / music.

As a compact tv sound bar then this unit is excellent, and was significantly better than others i auditioned in hifi shops. If you are buying it predominantly to play music over a network then it may not be what you expect – see negatives below. Positives: as a tv soundbar this is excellent for the price. It has transformed our listening experience both for movies and regular tv. Dialogue and soundtracks are well resolved, the speech enhancement feature is really excellent – in two months of use i do not think we have misheard any dialogue whereas previously it was happening most days. Action movies with high impact soundtracks are brought to life in a way that is missing with standard tv speakers. The low frequency response is better than might be expected from a small unit. Music played via artist videos on youtube and on tv music channels is good. The set up is very easy if you have an hdmi arc socket on the tv and you have downloaded the sonos app to smart phone or tablet. Negatives: it is really poor for playing stereo music.

We bought this as we had just purchased a new oled tv which is wafer thin so the speakers weren’t up to much on it , after looking around for a while we decided on this one as the reviews were really good and after spending a fortune on a tv we were looking for something around the mid range price bracket. First of all it’s really simple to set up you take it out the box connect it to the hdmi arc connection at the back of the tv ,download the app and it gives you a step by step guide of what to do next it’s really that simple it takes literally 5 minutes. I also purchased this one as i wanted to use it with alexa as i have a few of them at home but if your buying it for this reason i really wouldn’t bother as it’s very limited as to what it can do it will turn the tv off but not on and works when it feels like it so i ended up unpairing it. The sound from such a small speaker is amazing it’s like being in the cinema and picks up every single sound it has transformed the tv completely my hubby said it’s brilliant for watching boxing and football but i will take his word for that , watching films is a completely different experience with this speaker it’s well worth the money ,it’s comoact so doesn’t take up much room it just sits in front of the tv perfectly. The sonos app isn’t great it could do with a few updates again it’s very limited but it wouldn’t put me off purchasing this speaker if your looking for a well priced speaker that doesn’t take up much room and are looking for cinema sound experience you can’t go wrong with this one we love it.

The item re’ its purpose, music and movies etc. Is great, i have also added two sonos ones to give a surround sound experience, tremendous. The only down side, which is the reason it lost a star, is it was probably a return to amazon and when they repacked it they left greasy fingermarks all over it. Disappointing, to say the least, i have now cleaned the item but when you pay this sort of price you don’t expect this.

The sound from this small package is amazing, the width of the sound stage isn’t as incredible as i have read from other online reviews but still amazing. The thing sonos needs to improve is the app , it drains battery and takes a few taps just to change volume. Also while it’s very useful to have alexa voice control, it cannot be used for calls and multi room with other echos, also it’s very annoying that when alexa responds to a command, it makes a very loud tone and i don’t seem to be able to switch it off.

For the past couple of years i’ve been very impressed with my sonos play one speaker, so when it came to buying a soundbar, going with sonos was an easy decision. I wasn’t at all disappointed. Firstly, this soundbar was incredibly easy to set up – following the instructions through the sonos app to connect it with my current system was very easy, and connecting it to the tv was also very easy (make sure the tv has hdmi-arc). The sound is very good considering the cost and amount of space it takes up – the dialogue is impressively sharp and overall the sound is well balanced and layered. In a small living room, it can produce good 3d sound without the need for auxiliary speakers (though pairing 2 sonos ones with it would be even better). It plays music in the same way that any other sonos speaker does and connects very easily to amazon music services, spotify, etc. Finally, the build quality is impressive and sonos’ customer service is excellent. For a small/medium size living room this is an excellent choice of soundbar and, despite a fairly modest price, shouldn’t be underestimated.

The beam is built well which you can tell from the sturdy weight. It came with a hdmi cable and an optical cable so you have a choice. Plugged it in via the hdmi arc port on my tv. Already had the app downloaded on my iphone ready to go. Within 10 minutes i had downloaded an update. Gone through the app setup and synced any accounts i needed to for my music too. Picks up the infrared volume control from my tv and virgin remotes and i haven’t had to do any kind of syncing for this to work. The bass and treble controls in the app is a nice touch along with the speech enhancement option.

But there is a major problem some people may find when playing a movie with 5. On my lg tv the sound effects and music comes out way too loud sometimes. I have to keep turning up and down all the time. Some tv has a setting built in to balance the sound ( dynamic range) mine does not. My previous yamaha sound bar had the option. It’s bad that the sonos app does not have this. Here are the specifications for the Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar:

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I have been a fan of sonos for many years, i have got a play3 and play1 already. When i decided to get a new tv the email from sonos come out to show the brand new beam. It’s half the price of the playb ar or base but the sound i hear is amazing, so mich better than normal speakers and enhances the experience, i am now saving up to get another play 1 to create a surround sound system.

Taking lead from the apple school of design and ingenuity this sonos beam is really excellent. Do watch out for hdmi cec issues with some tvs though when using the hdmi-arc connection as other gear connected to the tv (in my case a 50′ sony bravia android tv) will hog the signals and the tv will revert back to the tv sound speakers mid programme/film. The easy solution i found (after trying the more limited optical adaptor connection) is to buy two lindy hdmi cec less adapters. Problem solved and it all works brilliantly, i even bought two sonos: play 1 speakers to complete the set-up.

Purchased mine on 15 of july. Absolutely love it when paired with two play 1. Not going to add the sub as i even need to turn night mode on and lower the bass a bit. Clear dialogue when streaming movie online. The surround sound effect is also very good depending on audio input and source (5. 1 dolby digital from prime or netflix or 2. Alexa works flawlessly as well. I can even give alexa command from another room or downstair to play my favourite songs of artists or radio stations. Setting sleep timer for my tv is also much easier with alexa’s help.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • After 3 months with Sonos Beam
  • Amazing sound
  • If adding 2 rear speakers for 5.0 or 5.1 beware!