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  • Very good
    21 days ago
    Really good but can't handle DTS so if you run many blu-ray movies it will only be in Stereo. With streaming services, most of it is Dolby digital 5.1 so it will be canon. Be sure to supplement with the Sonos One sl and you have the surround back section. If you know, you can also run the Sonos sub but then the price rises sharply. Perfect for the small homes.
  • Perfect
    1 month ago
    Great sound for the money. Can not complain. Super easy to control with the app as well.
  • Very good
    1 month ago
    Easy to install and Hdmi-arc is very nice as it syncs with the TV and you can control the volume with the TV's remote.

    Didn't really make Google voice control work satisfactorily in Swedish. It can jump a little at any time.

    The sound is much fuller than the TV's, but maybe not as sharp for music as a standalone speaker, so you can get the same sound in a play one for half the cost.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    The only thing I regret about these is that I didn't buy them sooner! Quality in everything, right through. Super easy to install and get started, as someone wrote below, you have to make some settings (easy with the app) plus to set the right sound out of the TV to get full sound quality. Living in apartment and there it is more than good without external base box, crazy satisfied!
  • Very good
    4 months ago
    A little difficult to give fair score to Sonos Beam as an individual unit. If you have a modern TV in the higher price ranges, you may not even notice any major improvement to the TV's built-in speakers if you only buy a Beam.

    However, as part of a Sonos system, it is a completely different thing. Beam + Sub + 2 Play One sounds great for being such small speakers. Sure, it won't be cheap and you can definitely get at least as good sound for less money if you look at other brands.

    Sonos is chosen for the overall experience and to make the wife and children happy with the operation. Everything works clockwise.
  • Very good
    4 months ago
    + Try
    + Easy to install.
    + Built-in Google Assistant
    + Easy to connect with other Sonos products including Ikea symphonic.
    + Good TV sound with clear speech for the size but nothing that fills a larger living room and does not work as a loudspeaker for party music alone.
    - at higher volumes, the restrictions are exposed
  • Terrible
    4 months ago
    Updated: 4 months ago
    No no no regret my purchase. You probably get software updates only 4-5 years later.
  • Terrible
    4 months ago
    Don't buy Sonos. They have found that five years of support for the products is sufficient, then you have to throw and buy new as they freeze your entire system if you do not.
    https://en.community.sonos.com/announcements-228985/end-of-software-updates-for-legacy-products-6835470?sort=dateline.desc#comments
  • Very good
    4 months ago
    Updated: 4 months ago
    It was actually good after configuring it with the iphone and customizing the sound of the room. They beat a Naim Mu-So for over 3 times the price when they were here at the same time and played the same music.
  • Barely acceptable
    4 months ago
    Canned and plastic sound. Was surprised when I listened to the test.
  • Perfect
    5 months ago
    Very good sound :)
  • Decent
    5 months ago
    Updated: 5 months ago
    Tested Sonos Beam connected to my newly purchased LG C9 55 TV.
    I experienced the sound more full from TV's own speakers than from Sonos Beamen (eg voices sounded better) so there was a return of this product end.
    This after running TruePlay calibration and enabled NightMode / VoiceClarity.
    Mostly watched comhem digital TV in stereo via ARC at the time of testing, as I only had a simple CI module to plug into the TV (not box).
    Netflix multichannel audio may have been a bit better, but for stereo TV sound, I didn't think it would make it.
  • Perfect
    5 months ago
    Updated: 5 months ago
    Addition: As previous users have already written, check that Sonos Beam receives Dolby Digital 5.1 and not Stereo. It is controlled from the sound source and in my opinion is absolutely crucial to the sound experience. You see the current sound quality in the Sonosapp (see review below for more info)

    My review: As always with Sonos, the first thing you notice is the incredible quality feeling. It is heavy and installation is super simple. There is nothing to complain about in terms of sound and function. However, one should be aware that the base may not suffice if you have a larger room and are picky, but then you can supplement with a Sub afterwards (which I did). Will definitely be two Sonos One to get a full surround!
  • Very good
    5 months ago
    The first impression was like this, you had to raise the volume considerably to hear the silent talk, then find a bit illogical in the room view of the app that you can activate speech amplification, it should always be on for but does not make sense ... Has done trueplay calibration but without speech reinforcement, the talk becomes tremendously unclear. Also checked so the TV sends 5.1 decoded sound.

    That people 2019-2020 complain about the lack of optical input is a riddle hdmi arc is the only sensible today, hdmi cec works clockwise with our philips tv.

    The sound then, it sounds ok neither better nor worse than expected, I drove three days but then realized that I need to buy a sub to be satisfied, and what a difference it was. Also added two one as rear speakers and is now really happy with the sound. Also think the music sounds better with speech enhancement enabled. Which cannot be enabled for music when running via airplay 2 or music via the sonos app.

    When you drive via airplay 2 or sonos own app you get music sound in all channels but if you run spotify via the tv the beam thinks it is 2 channel sound so you only get through the front, you should set in the spotify app that it should send out 5.1 audio and music in all channels.

    When running airplay to the beam and then want to switch back to TV audio, the only option is to restart the TV for it to jump back to hdmi.

    I would have liked to have seen sonos release a new soundbar, kind of larger beam with hdmi which the other outdated sonos playbars do not have then I might have upgraded to get a little more impressive sound than the beam can deliver ...
  • Very Poor
    8 months ago
    They are compatible with Google Assistant, but not Chromecast. So my multiroom groups that consist of Harman Kardon and Googke speakers are not compatible with Sonos ... Feels like Sonos worked hard for stt only their own multiroom should be supported ....
  • Very good
    8 months ago
    I have now owned my Sonos Beam since April and have very little to complain about really. As some have pointed out in previous reviews, it is advantageous to ensure that your settings are optimized for the sound you want your Beam to play.

    I have done both calibration with the iPad and set the correct sound source and the sound is fantastic. The sound picture is wide and given how small the Beam is, it produces really nice sound. The bass reproduction is slightly limited, but I still have that understanding of the lack of external subwoofer.

    Sonos has a really good app, which can be used for all types of audio sources.

    The negative things that pull down the grade slightly are:
    - No bluetooth
    - No optical input
    - Evening little bass reproduction
    - Animals
  • Perfect
    9 months ago
    Very satisfied, worth the price without a doubt!
  • Excellent
    10 months ago
    Very pleased with the purchase. Works fine with my TV that doesn't have ARC and Apple TV. Only thing I can "complain about" is the delay at the first start. Takes up to 30 seconds, but is very easy not to think about if you don't have too much time to start something to look at. The soundboard provides excellent sound and the layout of the Apple iPhone provides better sound for the room in which the plank is in. Highly recommended.
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Do you feel a bit half-satisfied with your Sonos Beam? That it sounded better in the store? That you expected more from the sound? Then I have some tips for getting at least 50% better sound.

    1) Make sure your beam receives Dolby Digital. This will significantly improve the sound, weight, volume, everything. Enter your Sonos app -> settings -> about my sonos system. At the bottom you will see what it receives for the signal. If it is "stereo" and not "dolby 5.1" then you need to review the settings in either your TV, TV box or computer. In my case, I could change the TV box that the sound quality would be dolby digital. For my PC, I had to try the audio configuration using drivers.

    2) Calibrate your Sonos Beam with Trueplay. Because I have an Android handset I never got the information that this feature exists (which is only for Apple products like Iphone, Ipad etc.). Then you have an Iphone, do the calibration according to the app, if not then borrow a friend iphone or the like, install the sonos app, and calibrate the sound in the room.

    3) In the Sonos app go into settings -> room settings -> beam -> EQ. There you can adjust the base and treble. I recommend ~ + 20% more bass and cancer + 5% more treble.

    These settings took my Sonos Beam from "oh well, I had hoped for a little better sound for + 4000kr" to, "j ... what good it sounds to be a little soundbar".

    Hope the tips help someone out there in reality :)
  • Very good
    1 year ago
    Agree that the sound is good, but not super. In my opinion, it does not give the same stereo feeling as a longer soundbar. Gets very good with a sonos sub. Nice that this connected to the TV makes it possible to get the TV sound on any sonos speaker in the house, eg in the kitchen. As painless as ever with Sonos to hook up.
  • Good
    1 year ago
    In terms of sound, it is not worth the money, but this is partly offset by the appearance, quality and manageability. Especially if you have additional products from Sonos.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Wow! Went from BOSE after they never delivered with AirPlay 2 (or Apple Music for that matter either). Absolutely incredible sound, for that size and the price (yes, there are absolutely "better" sounds out there, for the one who loves HiFi, but taking into account the size, the price and even the features I know nothing that hits Sonos).
    Works perfectly as a multifunctional speaker for the living room (medium sized). It detects when new sound comes from another source, so I never need to change (click any button) to receive audio between the TV or mobile. If I play music on it and do something on the TV, it will change itself, so streamline as it can be.
    The undercarriage would have liked to be white too, now it is like a black line on the otherwise white wall (with cables in the wall). A minimal price to pay for another 100% product. Multiroom works without problems.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Not the strongest soundboard you can buy, but much better than the TV sound and it is compact enough to fit nicely under the TV. Simple setup and works very well as regular speaker as well.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Nice, good sound to be just a soundbar and very simple installation.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Really good sound in small and medium sized rooms.
    Clever with the "speech enhancement button". Works well!
    Easy to install.
    Small and smooth!
    Missing that deep base, but that said! Should you have a bigger sound then I would aim for a real hi-fi setup, or add a sonos sub.

    If you have started using Sonos then it is difficult to quit, the simplicity is fantastic.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Very easy to install and get started. Incredible sound for the small size. Better base than I had expected because many reviews mention that you need a Sonos Sub to get to the base. We are about 3 meters from the TV in a normal living room in an apartment and the base is very well suited to our needs.
  • Good
    1 year ago
    There are both tis and praise on this.
    Stylish but it is chewed on the top so the dust collects there. Do you dust off then you are on all touch buttons. Even so, the fabric is perceived more gray than white when there is no daylight in the room.
    The sound is good but not amazing. More bass in play 1 / one. Surface effect exists but can be experienced by sound sensors as phase errors in different modes.
    Better sound than in my TV. But it became bitter to raise and lower the sound on the tv.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Very impressed with the sound. As previously mentioned, the base is not the best but it can be expanded with sub, eg. However, my current condominium is not easy to have subwoofer, so that's how it works.

    Lost the connection with TV (Samsung 2016 via arc) once in the first week, to see if there is something that happens often or if it was a one-off event.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Crazy good sound for such a little gadget. Went from receiver, glove speaker and a center "down" to Beamen but I think I get a much cleaner sound now than before, especially at music and speech. The base is not directly the sales argument on this but it does a good job considering the size and if you want one can buy a big one next to it. After driving their Trueplay calibration, I get a more than well-approved surround sound like me.

    Super easy installation, went from the world's cordless box behind the TV down to a few single cables, and even when my TV is a few years on my back, it works best thanks to ARC via HDMI.

    Big plus with built-in Spotify Connect, playing music has never been so easy no matter what device you're playing.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Absolutely speechless! Outstanding soundbar.

    + Easy to install
    + Minimum of cords
    + Incredible sound image
    + Night mode and mode for dialogues
    + Suitable for music / movies / series / Youtube
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Bought today Sonos beam + sub and is very pleased! This replaces an old Sony surround system. I started by just plugging in the beams and comparing this with my Sony system and I was already sold there. Thought that movies / series voices were much more apparent that music / background noise was at least as effective as my previous system, also thought that the bass base was sufficient to match my Sony system. Then connected the bass and oh! what punsh one can get with the base. The only thing I lack is just the surround effect from my previous system, but everything else is better with Sono's combo. The plan is to buy a pair of Sonos One to surround in the future!

    For info, my room is about 3.5m from the wall where the TV is on the wall where the sofa stands. The width of the room is much larger since the living room and kitchen are open plan. Fills the room really well and music works great even when you are in the kitchen area and cook food. Recommend!
  • Good
    1 year ago
    Run the sub and beam together. How good it sounds is enough about what you are used to. I had receiver with really good 5.1 system before. It sounded cannon. But the simplicity with Sonos nevertheless makes me prefer. It's good for music (but not if you're picky) and is great for movies. Running a time without sub and it was a step up from built-in TV sound but should you listen to music I think almost the sub is a must. Movies are also becoming much more popular.
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Absolutely okay sound for its size.
    The Fast Playbar plays better and cleaner sound.
  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Sounds good for its size (it's really not big) but compared to the Sonos 5 (older model) I've made it a bit clumsy, more like a Play 1 actually. But it's pure music, for movies and tv it's a lot more tricks.
    But what draws the most down is the fact that, like many online, I can not control the sound with IR remote from more than 1m distance, ie completely unusable. This is when you do not have TV with HDMI ARC and must use optical as this is a problem, think about it if you have an older TV. Contact Sonos support and see if there is a solution that does not involve the purchase of new TV.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Have purchased Beam, Sub and 2 one. Which island! Good balanced and feeling incredibly nice to surround is wireless :) Very satisfied.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    Perfect speaker for a person who has a little smaller living space and does not necessarily want the heaviest base. This is my first product from Sonos and I'm taken amazed at the quality. The speaker is incredibly well-built and the sound is really clear and it plays surprisingly much bass. The bass sounds best and more balanced on volumes below 75%. It works equally well for music, television and movies. Even though you do not have small speakers, it does a good job with the sound at the front, the sound image is wide and if, for example, a car runs from right to left in the movie, you hear it too!

    The Alexa function does not work yet with Swedish but in order to make it work, your sonos and Amazon account must be set in English and USA. Once you get started, Alexa works really well. I can now turn on and off the tv with the voice and change volume. You also change audio source with simplicity by telling her.

    Finally, I can add that I was worried that the bass would not be enough from this little speaker. I was pleasantly surprised even though the base does not make the paintings shake. The idea is to upgrade with two sonos one and one sub in the future. So you want a small soundbar with big sound and Alexa then run on! You will not regret it.
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Easy to set up and sound quality is excellent worth the £400 for a compact soundbar.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Great sound in this stylish speaker. Great advantage of being able to connect Sonos to the TV, now you have the option of choosing multiple speakers. Super easy installation. Clearly also approved for music. Enjoy listening to Spotify, the sink on the TV couch.
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Very good value for money. Sonos always exceeds my expectations - it's the perfect combination of stylish, great technology and amazing sound. Will be buying two Sonos Play: 1 for surround sound in a couple of weeks. Buy!
  • Excellent
    1 year ago
    Updated: 1 year ago
    absolutely amazing quality for money, smooth & easy installation. Fits perfectly into my living room.