Sonos Beam: The Smart Sonos Soundbar for your Smart Home

Sonos Beam: The Smart Sonos Soundbar for your Smart Home
10 Aug

– I'm Andru Edwards and you're watching Gear Live I just got back from San Francisco where Sonos announced its brand new sound bar the Sonos Beam

Sonos says it is the most versatile smart sound bar in the world and in this episode I'm gonna tell you all about it What's going on, tech squad? Andru Edwards here, Editor-in-Chief at GearLivecom If this is your first time here, this channel's all about tech, gadgets and gaming So if you're into that kind of stuff, feel free to hit the subscribe button down below along with the bell notification icon so you don't miss any future videos

Like I said, the Sonos Beam was announced just a couple days ago in San Francisco I was there on hand to get a look at the device and also get some demos hearing it because that's really what it's all about and in this video, I just wanna give you a rundown of what to expect and why you might want to pick one up for yourself Now, if you've been watching me for a while, you probably know Sonos is one of my favorite technology gadget brands in the world It's probably top three for me, actually I've been using Sonos products for about 15 years

It's been a long time Sonos already has two sound bar products They've got the Sonos Playbar which was the first one 699, really good sound, really good bass, lots of speakers There's also the Playbase

The Playbase is a different form factor from the Playbar but also similar nice big sound So the difference there is the Playbase is newer and therefore will support Apple's AirPlay 2 in July That one also costs 699 So the Playbar and the Playbase, same price The new kid on the block is the Sonos Beam

It's a smaller sound bar, 399 is the cost It will support Apple AirPlay 2 and it also has voice control built in And it's not Sonos' own voice control It's actually Amazon Alexa that's built in It will also be controllable with Siri and they're gonna add Google Assistant in the future

So with the Sonos Beam, you're actually getting three great products in one Let me explain what I mean by that First, you're getting a Sonos smart speaker featuring Amazon Alexa It connects to your TV using a single HDMI cable plugged into the audio return channel of your TV letting you pair your remote control and then allowing you to use your voice to control the TV's features So since Alexa's built in and you're connected through the audio return channel and HDMI CEC, that just means the HDMI device can talk to the TV and vice versa, you can ask Alexa to do things like turn on your TV, turn the volume down, turn off your TV

Or if you have a smart set top box like an Amazon Fire TV, ask it to bring up whatever show you wanna stream So that is the smart speaker portion of the features set Number two, you get a sound bar that packs more than enough punch for most rooms and can be paired up with other Sonos devices to do 51 surround sound So the Sonos Beam supports three channel sounds

You can put a pair of Sonos 1s, a pair of Sonos Play:3s or a pair of Sonos Play:5s in the back giving you two channels in the rear and you can also pair up a Sonos sub giving you true 51 surround sound You can place the beam on furniture or pick up the custom designed wall mount to put it on a wall The Sonos Beam has a couple of features to enhance TV and movie watching like speech enhancement to increase dialogue clarity and night mode which will keep the louder noises at bay So it'll make sure you can still hear people's voices but any loud explosions or whatever won't be waking up the kids

And last, you're getting an amazing Sonos device This could be the one device you need for all your music and streaming content in the living room Like all other Sonos speakers, the Beam is part of the Sonos home surround sound system, meaning owners can easily integrate BEAM into an existing multi-room setup And being a Sonos device, the Beam just like all others supports currently as of this video 61 different music services That's Apple Music, that's Google Play Music, that's Pandora, that's Spotify, that's TuneIn, that's Audible, Amazon Music, Apple Music, SoundCloud, did I already say Apple? I don't know, there's a bunch, 61 different music services all at the touch of a button or with the Sonos Beam at the command of your voice

The Sonos Beam is optimized for small to medium size rooms on its own So if you wanna fill a bigger space with Beam, like I mentioned earlier, you'll wanna add in a couple of Sonos Play:1s or Play:3s as your rear channels At the same event, Sonos also announced that it will be adding AirPlay 2 to its speakers or at least to some of its newer speakers We knew AirPlay 2 was coming to Sonos but they made it a little more clear So since Sonos Beam is the newest product, that one will definitely be getting AirPlay 2 support

So will the second generation Sonos Play:5 and the Sonos Playbase What that means is you'll be able to control music playback from an Apple device like your Apple Macs or an iPhone or an iPad You can use Siri to send music commands directly to the Sonos devices as well And what's cool is if you have older Sonos devices that do not have AirPlay 2 built-in, you only need one device that does have AirPlay 2 built-in to give you access to your entire Sonos speaker ecosystem through AirPlay The Sonos Beam is available in both black and white and costs $399

It's available right now for pre-order and it starts shipping on July 17th If you wanna pick one up, I will leave link down in the description below to make it easy for you to find There you have it guys That was your look at the new Sonos Beam I'm actually very excited to get it in here, to get it reviewed and to get you more content on this device

Any questions about it, drop them down in the comments below I will meet you there for further discussion Drop a like on this one if you enjoyed it If you're a Sonos fan, let me know and don't forget if you haven't done it already, you can click or tap on my face here at the bottom of the screen in order to subscribe for free to the channel so you don't miss any future videos Thanks so much for watching

As always, guys, I appreciate your support I'm Andru Edwards and I will catch you in the next video (upbeat music)

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