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Sonos Beam Gen 2 soundbar adds Dolby Atmos, better performance


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Eagle-eyed observers may have noticed that last week's Sonos price increases, by 10% on most products, didn't include the Beam. Now we know why. The company has taken the wraps off a new Beam (Gen 2) soundbar, which offers a number of upgrades over the original, including compatibility with Dolby Atmos and better performance, according to Sonos.

The speaker retains the design of the original Sonos Beam, a compact soundbar with an elongated pill shape and built-in Alexa and Google Assistant voice support. The main design change is a polycarbonate grille, as opposed to cloth on the original, which brings it in line with other models in the range.

Under the grille, Gen 2 improvements include a more powerful processor, with a new phased array (five zones versus three), and HDMI eARC compatibility. The two new arrays are dedicated to surround and height information and help provide ...


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