Sonos has just announced an upgraded version of its “smart” soundbar, with the release of its new Sonos Beam (Gen 2), which replaces the original Sonos Beam. The Beam (Gen 2) is a smart speaker, music player, and TV accessory all-in-one. It is compact and rather affordable just like the first-generation model. The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) design is somewhat of a blend of the Sonos Arc and original Sonos Beam. While it maintains the elongated pill shape and is slightly concaved, the touch-sensitive top gets the Arc’s perforated polycarbonate grille. According to Sonos, the new grille should make the Beam (Gen 2) easier to clean and more durable over time. The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is much smaller than the Arc, measuring 25.6 x 2.3 x 3.9-inches, which makes it more suitable for smaller entertainment spaces.
The new Beam is compatible with more than 100 streaming services available in the Sonos app, and users can expect improvements across sound, design, and packaging. Now with Dolby Atmos, the device provides immersive sound tech that places users in the center of the action. With more processing power than its predecessor and newly developed phased speaker arrays, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) directs and localizes sound around the room for a lifelike experience. With two cables and new NFC capabilities, setup is straightforward and will have users listening in minutes. To set it up, open the Sonos app, follow a few prompts, and tap an NFC-enabled phone to the Beam. The next-gen Beam will be available starting October 5th, but preorders are being taken now.
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