Sonos debuts Beam soundbar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant integration

Enlarge Image The speaker features several drivers. No there won't be a translucent version of it.                  Screenshot by David Carnoy  CNET

Enlarge Image The speaker features several drivers. No there won't be a translucent version of it. Screenshot by David Carnoy CNET

We'll have to spend some time with the device to see how it measures up, but so far it's an intriguing solution for improving home audio with some smart speaker chops. The Sonos Beam appears to be an effort to expand its voice control capabilities in the home, and will add yet another speaker to the company's ever-expanding product lineup.

Sonos today unveiled the Sonos Beam, a smart speaker for your TV that supports over 80 music services, multiple voice assistants, and Apple AirPlay 2.

You'll be able to adjust the volume using your TV's remote and the Sonos Beam won't get confused, either.

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The 5.1 Beam has five Class-D digital amplifiers, four full-range woofers for mid and low frequencies and one tweeter for high ranges.

The Sonos Beam isn't a replacement for the company's soundbar, as previously rumoured, it's something altogether new. The Sonos Beam could change that. The soundbar is 60-percent smaller and $300 cheaper than a Playbar, so it's a better speaker option for those on a budget.

The Beam will also include an HDMI port to easily connect the speaker with televisions. The Sonos Beam is a three-channel system (left, right and center), but for those who want the complete 5.1 surround sound experience, you can pair the Sonos Beam with two Sonos Ones (or two Play:1s) and a Sonos Sub. "We believe we've created the best, most versatile, smart speaker in the world". If your TV doesn't support HDMI-ARC, use the included Optical Audio Adapter to connect Beam to the TV's optical audio port. ● Comes in black and white fabric with matte finishes. While there haven't been any updates on its initial public offering, the company's integration with popular voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa will certainly help it fend off competition from the likes of Apple, Google, and Amazon, all of whom have their own popular smart speaker offerings.

The device will ship globally starting July 17 and is available for pre-order today on the Sonos website. Ask Siri to play any track, album, or playlist on Apple Music by using an iOS device to start playing on Sonos.

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