Sonos has launched the second generation of its “Beam” soundbar, which includes Dolby Atmos and a revamped design.
The first version of the Beam was released in 2018, and was intended to offer the features of Sonos’ home theater system—streaming music over the Internet while being plugged into a TV—in a small package and at a relatively low cost.
Now it has updated the soundbar with better sound keeping in mind its smaller size. It was able to do this with a number of changes to both the speaker and the processor that powers the soundbar, it said.
The new Beam costs £449 – compared to £399 for the older model, which will be discontinued – and will go on sale from 5 October.
From the outside, the new Beam looks pretty much the same though it gets an updated grille at the front which the company says is easier to clean. However most of the changes are on the inside.
At the same time announcing the new version of Beam, which it refers to as Gen 2, Sonos said it is adding new audio formats to its platform. These will include Dolby Atmos Music and Ultra HD via Amazon Music, as well as support for DTS digital surround sound.
The latter format has long been unavailable on Sonos, much to the dismay of some of its users. While the company argued that it focused on streaming television — and DTS Digital is used primarily with Blu-ray — that has now softened and will come later this year.
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