Sonos Beam vs Dayton Audio BS36 review

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Sonos Beam
vs
Dayton Audio BS36

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs Dayton Audio BS36 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 4.5 for BS36.

Audio features

The Sonos Beam has the active amplification type, the Dayton Audio BS36 - passive. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 3.0. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Dayton Audio BS36 5 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Beam has Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) does not support any one of these models. The compared models do not have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 4/10, respectively. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Beam
5.6
Dayton Audio BS36
4.5
6
inapplicable
8
inapplicable
2
inapplicable
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Dayton Audio BS36

Model

Beam
BS36

Brand

Sonos
Dayton Audio

Reviews

2021
49

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
93.1 x 10.1 x 10.1/37 x 4.2 x 4.8

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
5.9/13.4
Sonos Beam
Dayton Audio BS36
Sonos Beam
Dayton Audio BS36

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 4.5
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 4.5Dayton Audio BS36

The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Beam price