The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is official, the new sound bar from the prestigious manufacturer specialized in sound.
The first Sonos Beam was already one of the references on the market, so it is not surprising that there is not a huge amount of news; we are facing a revision with several additions, but not a complete renovation. Hence the design is practically identical, except for one new rigid polycarbonate grille, which Sonos claims is precisely drilled to make sure the speaker sounds good.
It is in the speakers themselves and inside where we find more news, including new phased speaker sets; that, along with a new, more powerful processor, allows the new Beam to offer two audio paths (height and surround), even though the design has not been changed.
To this is added the great novelty, the compatibility with Dolby Atmos for a 3D sound that is more immersive, offering a “virtual experience” in which we feel the sounds of the movies surrounding us. To facilitate this, it is compatible with HDMI eARC, so we can connect it to our television and enjoy all our content, such as movies or video games, with the best sound.
But there is no use improving the sound if the sources are still low definition; therefore, Sonos plans to add support for sonido Ultra HD de Amazon Music, which allows us to listen to songs at up to 24 bits / 48 kHz, without loss. In addition, it will also support Dolby Atmos Music for surround music, and support for DTS Digital Surround Sound.
Of course, we have the same WiFi connectivity, AirPlay 2 and voice control of the original model, to which we must add new NFC capabilities that allow an easier configuration to start and that finishes in just a few minutes thanks to the Sonos app.
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is now available to reserve on the Sonos website, for 499 euros, with a launch in Spain and the rest of the world for October 5.