Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a soundbar that delivers vibrant, crisp, and balanced sound quality in a compact design. It supports Dolby Atmos in both digital and true HD formats, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants a high fidelity listening experience. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to set it up and use its features.
Let’s start with a quick look at the soundbar’s design. Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a fully poly carbonated outer shell that makes it easier to clean and gives it a premium look and feel. It comes with rubber pads and two threads that allow you to mount it on the wall. On the back side, you’ll find all of the ports, including power jack, joint button, ethernet port, and HDMI e-ARC port.
Setting up the soundbar is pretty simple. You can use the Sonos app to set it up, and the soundbar will automatically pop up on your phone. If it doesn’t, you can hit the join button and follow the instructions. The Sonos Beam Gen 2 supports NFC, which makes connecting it even faster.
One of the new features on the Gen 2 is Trueplay, which is only available on iPhones. Trueplay uses the microphones on your phone to measure how sounds reflect on walls and other surfaces in the room. It fine-tunes the speaker to make sure it sounds great no matter where it’s placed.
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 supports Google Voice Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Sonos’ own personal voice assistant. However, if you have either of these voice assistants turned on, only one can be turned on, and the others will not work. The soundbar doesn’t come with a remote control, but you’ll find all of the control buttons on top of the soundbar. They’re touch capacitive buttons that allow you to change the volume, pause or play the music, skip or go back a track, and mute or unmute the mic.
With e-ARC and a 40% faster CPU, the Sonus Beam Gen 2 supports Adobe Digital and now also supports Adobe Atmos in both digital and true HD formats. Inside the soundbar, it has one center tweeter that creates crisp pies, two elliptical mid-woofers for mid-range frequencies, five class D amplifiers that have been tuned to the soundbar’s unique acoustic architecture, and three passive radiators that enhance low frequencies for balanced, powerful sound.
While the Sonos Beam Gen 2 has a good amount of bass, it’s not bass that you will feel unless you’re super close to the soundbar. It delivers incredible vocal clarity and can get pretty loud as well. It was able to fill up a 20 by 20 room with high fidelity music, and even at max volume, it sounds super clean without any distortion.
In terms of likes and gripes, there’s not much to dislike about this soundbar. Its only downside is that it doesn’t come with a subwoofer, and if you try to get a subwoofer from Sonos, it’s pretty expensive. But for the size, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 sounds great and is an excellent option for anyone who wants a high fidelity listening experience in a compact soundbar.
To sum up, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 is easy to set up and use, delivers vibrant, crisp, and balanced sound quality, and supports Dolby Atmos in both digital and true HD formats. Its downsides are its lack of a subwoofer and its relatively higher cost. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent option for anyone who wants a high fidelity listening experience in a compact soundbar.