Get Package Sonos Beam (Gen 2) in $1,277 at best buy

In addition to its smart speaker capabilities, Beam offered excellent audio performance relative to its small size and easy multi-room integration with the rest of the company’s speakers. The same is true for the second generation of Beam, which adds Dolby Atmos support with five-channel (up from three) audio processing. However, it does not significantly improve the sound footprint or offer more audio power and still requires those seeking more consistent bass to purchase the company’s expensive subwoofer. It is also slightly more expensive than the previous version, with a price tag of $449, up from $399. Even with these reservations, Sonos Beam (2nd generation) is a powerful and feature-rich soundbar for those who want to minimize the footprint of their home theater speaker setup.

The second generation Beam shares the same broad, flat, tablet-like design and 2.7-by-25.7-by-4.0-inch (HWD) dimensions of the previous version. The appearance is simple and clean, in black or white variants to match the home decor. The only real physical change to the soundbar is the wraparound polycarbonate grille that replaces the fabric grille of the first Beam. The harder material is easier to dust and clean than the fabric, but the Beam does not yet have an IP rating and should not be exposed to moisture.

The Beam Gen 2 uses five active speakers and three passive radiators. In the center of the front panel is a dome tweeter, which can reasonably be attributed to the clarity of the dialogues. It is flanked on the left and right by a pair of active elliptical cone drivers, while a couple of passive radiators to enhance bass output are located at the outer edges of the front panel, with a third on the rear baffle.

Finally, the second pair of active elliptical drivers is located at the outer edges of the soundbar and partially angled forward. Dolby Atmos uses these lateral drivers to expand the soundstage because of the key audio processing difference from the original Beam. The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is small compared to most soundbars. It is just over half a meter wide, tall and less than 10 centimeters deep, so it can be easily placed under most TVs. There are threaded holes in the base, so it can be mounted on a stand if desired.

Like the Sonos Arc, the Beam Gen 2 is available in black and white; the front and sides have microperforated holes, and the top has touch-sensitive multimedia and volume controls. There are few connections on the back, with only one HDMI port and one Ethernet port. As with the Sonos Arc, there is no optical port. But if you have an older TV, Sonos includes an HDMI-optical adapter in the box. However, this means you will not be able to experience Dolby Atmos surround sound, as the optical connection will convert it to Dolby Digital 5.1.

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