Sonos Beam vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

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Rating 5 5

Sonos Beam vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
6
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
8
10

Sonos Beam vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Sonos Beam
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Command Bar.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Polk Audio Command Bar. Only the Command Bar supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 4, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Polk Audio Command Bar

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control

Advantages Polk Audio Command Bar over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Spotify support
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

Beam
Command Bar

Brand

Sonos
Polk Audio

Reviews

3034
1414

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
volume down, volume up, microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

160 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

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
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Sonos Beam
Polk Audio Command Bar
Sonos Beam
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6.6
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

The Polk Audio Command Bar is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Polk Audio Command Bar price

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