Sonos unveils Beam — a soundbar with voice control and HDMI

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Beam

The company is calling this their “3-in-1” soundbar which encompasses, Siri, compact size, and access to streaming music services.

Sonos took to the stage in an invite-only webcast where they unveiled their latest soundbar, the Sonos Beam. While the webcast was difficult to stream for some of us, we were still able to get the relevant information. The Sonos Beam will feature HDMI ARC, a first for Sonos, as well as Siri voice control and AirPlay 2. The company is calling this their “3-in-1” soundbar which encompasses, Siri, compact size, and access to streaming music services.

Sonos also announced that AirPlay 2 will launch for all Sonos speakers allowing you to stream directly from your Apple devices. So be sure to keep an eye out for an update coming soon if you own a Sonos speaker. Google Assistant is not yet supported but Sonos does want to include that in the future. Amazon’s Alexa was demonstrated along with Siri so expect that capability in the new Beam as well.

Sonos has been one of the premiere speaker brands on the market. Beam is a good move for the company as it finally adds in features Sonos was lacking. Some would consider the HomePod a shot across Sonos’s bow and it seems they paid attention.

With Beam, Sonos has combined three products into one – a Sonos smart speaker featuring Amazon Alexa, a soundbar that packs more than enough punch for most rooms, and the one device you need for all your music and streaming content in the living room. Like all Sonos speakers, Beam is part of the Sonos home sound system, meaning owners can easily integrate Beam into existing multi-room set-ups.

The new Sonos soundbar is available for pre-order for $399USD. AirPlay 2 will be rolling out via a software update in July so keep your eyes peeled.

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