Sonos Details New Beam Smart Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa
Sonos Details New Beam Smart Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa
Sonos introduces ‘Beam’ sound bar with AirPlay 2, Siri and Alexa control
09 June, 2018, 08:42
The Sonos Beam will feature HDMI ARC, a first for Sonos, as well as Siri voice control and AirPlay 2. The magic happens during setup when the speaker asks you to use your tablet or smartphone to "scan" the room (essentially wave your device around while the speaker plays a series of sounds). But looking at the design and Sonos's claims for sound and compatibility, the case for picking the Beam is surprisingly strong.
The Beam goes a few steps further, adding a whole new level of interest by incorporating a variety of voice commands to control your TV and access smart TV apps from Netflix to catch-up TV. It makes a great-sounding speaker much smarter.
Well there's good news this week, in that it's good news that you'll have to wait another month or so for, because Sonos is nearly ready with AirPlay 2 support in its speakers, announcing a live day of July 17, the same date for the launch of the Sonos Beam.
And the Beam has been built to make the audio from your movies and TV shows sound as good as your music. Unfortunately, the company still isn't providing a firm launch date for Google Assistant other than "later this year". Support for AirPlay 2 will be added in an update next month, and that will allow iPhone users to control Apple Music on the device using Siri.
You might not need another smart speaker in your house, but a smart-aleck commercial about not-so-smart speakers is worth your time. Now smart speakers support multiple music services (except for Apple's tightly controlled HomePod). It's a compact sound bar, created to sit right below your TV and be part TV speaker, part living-room audio system, and part smart assistant.
Before you ever connect it to your TV, the Beam works exactly like other Sonos speakers.
In 2014, Sonos seemed to have a lock on the wifi-connected home speaker category.
Five Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.
Apple's AirPlay 2 will be making its way to selected Sonos speakers this July.
Top-panel features: Capacitive touch controls for volume up/down, previous/next track, play/pause, microphone mute. An LED on the Beam will indicate the soundbar's status, mute status and voice feedback.
Ethernet port: One 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port. Wire directly to your router to operate your Sonos if WiFi is unstable. Instead, all of the music streaming is done over WiFi. Connects directly via rear surrounds or Sonos Sub to 5 GHz broadcast.
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