An improved mini soundbar after introducing a price increase in the Sonos line of products.
On Tuesday, Sonos announced a new model for its Beam smart soundbar.
More Sonos still offers this device as a cheaper and much more compact alternative to the higher quality Arc sound bar, which is better suited for smaller rooms or secondary TVs. This is about the same size as the previous size (25.63 3.94 2.72 in. and 6.2 pounds) with roughly the same minimalist design, though the first generation fabric front has been removed in favor of a single model. Sonos says the latter will be easier to clean over time.
Read more Dolby Atmos in the home: Does sound from the ceiling really work? A nice addition here is the support for Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound. The Beam (Gen 2) uses the same internal acoustic architecture as before - including five Class D tweeters, four center tweeters, three passive radiators and a center woofer, but no heated tweeters to physically create the illusion. The sound of "Atmos" promises. But Sonos says the new model is equipped with a faster processor, which allows it to improve the software that syncs the tape's audio output and directs it to a room. As a result, there are two new "speaker arrays" for surround sound and pitch information, with the idea being that this will help keep Atmos content out above and around your head as well as the usual center-left. And the appropriate channels
Read more Ars Technica Gift Guide for the latest 2020 Although it's very hard to say this without hearing the new beam in nature. I thought the original model had a nice, balanced sound that was a little too loud given its small size (if not the price), but it's still a small soundtrack, so it still has physics issues. For example, it cannot be deepened in terms of bass. It's possible that this type of device can only provide as much surround sound as Atmos does, but we haven't yet heard of a device ourselves, and support for the format at some levels is better than not having it. Sonos Future says it will add DTS Digital Surround audio support "later this year" for all devices running the Sonos S2 app. On top of that, the old Beam HDMI-ARC port - which allowed you to connect more seamlessly via your TV - now has the wider-bandwidth eARC port. If you have another HDMI 2.1 device in your home theater, this will help mitigate audio sync issues. However, the choice of port is generally limited to only that and the Ethernet socket. There's now dual-band 802.11ac WiFi instead of the original 802.11n, as well as NFC support for a seemingly faster startup process. Apple AirPlay 2 is still available to stream audio directly from iOS devices, and you can still set up the device using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Sonos' great "TruePlay" feature, which corrects the sound of its speakers for specific room acoustics, is also in flight. The company says the new Beam also supports high-resolution audio formats from Amazon Music's "Ultra HD" lineup and Dolm's Atmos Music format. Advertising
Read more Unfortunately, the new Beam comes with a new price: it'll cost $449 when it ships October 5, which is $50 more than the original model. The jump appears to be part of a broader set of Sonos price increases that have occurred this week, including a $100 increase in the arc (currently at $899) and a $10 to $50 increase on many portable and home speakers. that it. "Always assess market dynamics, including component costs and supply and demand factors," the company told The Verge in a statement last week about the reasons for price increases.
Read more Apple, AMD and Intel's priorities shift as chip shortages persist. This increase is likely to hurt the value of the package, as there are currently many audio tapes that can sound similar, if not wider, to less than the price of the original model. And the change will still be: If you've already invested in a Sonos system, or can't afford an Arc in home theater setups, a convenience — or if you just want a built-in camera and clean soundtrack, thank you Sonos costs easier than usual and don't bother choosing a port. Separate - The second generation of the beam is still worth considering, especially if it can handle Atmos effectively.
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