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Second generation Sonos Beam packs support for Dolby Atmos and new audio formats

By Liu Hongzuo - on 14 Sep 2021, 9:00pm

Second generation Sonos Beam packs support for Dolby Atmos and new audio formats

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar.

Sonos today (14 September 2021) announced its Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar, updating its mainstay Sonos Beam. While they look similar on the outside, Sonos has given the second-generation update so much more, at just S$799

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar.

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) now comes with 3D Audio through the help of Dolby Atmos support. It’s also compatible with over 100 streaming services to enhance the surround sound effect. DTS Digital Surround Sound compatibility is also on the cards, but Sonos will only add it to the Beam (Gen 2) at a later time.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar.

Besides Dolby Atmos Music, the new Beam also works with Amazon Music’s Ultra High Definition audio (24-bit/48kHz) - at no extra cost to Amazon Music Unlimited users (implemented “later this year”). 

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar.

The device can also use HDMI eARC for direct-to-television connectivity, making it much simpler to work with your favourite shows and games without routing to another separate source. 

At a hardware level, the soundbar packs a new processor that’s 40% faster than its first-generation version. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) also has a new phased speaker array to steer its audio for a more lifelike experience - two new audio paths (left surround and right surround) now sit next to its centre array.

As an updated device moving away from its original fabric mesh finish, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) also uses a polycarbonate grille, just like its premium counterpart (Sonos Arc). 

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) specs at-a-glance
Dimensions, Weight 651 x 100 x 69mm, 2.8kg
Voltage 100-240V, 50/60Hz internal power supply
Controls Capacitative (play, pause, volume, mute) with LED indicators
Amplifiers 5x Class-D digital amplifiers
Tweeter 1x (centre)
Midwoofer 4x elliptical midwoofers
Passive radiators 3x passive radiators
Microphone Far-field microphone with beamforming and multi-channel echo cancellation
Enhancements Trueplay (iOS required), Speech Enhancement, Night Sound
Supported formats Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital Plus), Dolby Atmos*, Dolby TrueHD*, Dolby Atmos (True HD)*, Multichannel PCM*, Dolby Multichannel PCM* (*HDMI eARC
connection required.)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (up to 802.11ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), HDMI eARC, optical audio adapter, Ethernet 10/100 port, IR receiver
Apps and voice assistants Sonos S2 (app), Apple AirPlay 2, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

The device still supports multiple voice assistants, Apple AirPlay 2, and Sonos app control. If you wish to expand its soundstage, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can be paired with additional subwoofers and/or rear speakers, too. New connectivity options include NFC pairing, too. 

“Taking what we've learned over the years about great listening and home theatre, we've found a way to bring new features and significantly better sound to Beam, all in the same compact size that has proven extremely popular with customers,” said Patrick Spence, Sonos CEO.

 

Pricing and availability

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) retails at S$799. Pre-orders are now available via trysonos.sg, and local retailers will start carrying the soundbar in-store from 6 October 2021 onwards.

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