Sonos Beam Review: A Soundbar Built in Alexa!

Connecting a soundbar to your TV can take your viewing experience to the next level, just read our previous article here on the importance of having one! However, that doesn’t mean any soundbar can deliver an immersive and cinematic experience. As a matter of fact, a cheap one could ruin the entire watching experience altogether – nobody wants unpleasant buzzing or scratching sound!  

If you genuinely value sound quality, the Sonos Beam Soundbar built in Alexa is definitely one of the best soundbars out in the market today. 

Here’s our honest review of the Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar: 

The Design 

Right out of the box, the Sonos Beam soundbar built in alexa sports a typical soundbar form factor – low profile and compact. 

The all-black (or white) minimalist approach is not going to win design awards, but its small footprint (width-wise) allows you to position the soundbar right in between your TV’s legs – more wiggle room if you have a 55-inch TV. 

Height-wise, it’s not going to obstruct the lower panel of the TV unless you have a really low stand or your TV sits flush on the table. Or, you can wall mount the Beam, but you’ll have to shell out extra cash for the proprietary wall bracket. Our take? Invest in a VESA mount and install your TV on the wall. It will look 100% better and cleaner.

The minimalist approach expands to the rear of this affordable Sonos soundbar. You will only have the join button, power cable port, and inputs for the HDMI and ethernet. 

At the top, you will find the soundbar’s touch controls (although we didn’t really use it – more on this below!) and LED indicator. 

Setup and Alexa 

Setting the Sonos Beam couldn’t have been easier.   

Obviously, the first step is to plug in the power cable. Then, you hook up the HDMI cable (included) to the soundbar and your TV’s HDMI ARC port. 

Turn on the soundbar (don’t forget this!), open the Sonos app from your smartphone, and follow the instructions. Easy, right? 

If you’re not 100% sure your TV has an HDMI ARC port (you can’t use a regular HDMI port), don’t sweat. An optical audio adapter is included in the packaging. 

Just like other Sonos speakers, the Sonos Beam is a smart one, meaning you can wirelessly control it via Alexa – that’s why we skipped the touch control buttons during our test. Beam also supports Airplay for Apple device owners.  

The Sound Quality 

Despite the compact form factor of the Sonos Beam soundbar with built-in Alexa, we were pleasantly surprised that it can provide such clear and balanced sound output and an impressive soundstage, which you don’t usually find in budget soundbars.  

Playing the Avengers End Game, the living room was immediately filled with an enveloping orchestral soundtrack during quieter scenes. 

But once the heart-stopping, action-packed final battle kicked in, every laser, every punch, every explosion, and of course, every time Captain America hits Thanos with Mjolnir, the soundbar brings the sound effect throughout the room, which is more than what we’ve hoped for. 

So, just imagine if you connect multiple Sonos speakers and create your home’s very own surround sound system! 

That is not even the best part. Because despite the sound effects, we didn’t have to pause and rewind a few seconds just to hear the dialogue. Every word spoken is crystal clear. 

What lacked is the bass, which is pretty understandable since the housing of the Sonos is relatively small. Don’t get us wrong. There is bass, but don’t expect it to rattle you. 

Our Verdict 

Getting an enveloping sound experience from your TV may seem like an expensive journey of purchasing humongous speakers, subwoofers, digital to analog converter (DAC), and an amplifier. 

But, it doesn’t have to be. For most people, they will find the Sonos Beam soundbar built in alexa more than capable enough to take their viewing experience to the next level without putting a dent in their waller and cramping their living room space.