Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-S350 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
Sony HT-S350

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Beam vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and HT-S350 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sonos Beam for audio features and specs, but the Sony HT-S350 received 7 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Sony HT-S350. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-S350. Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10. The manufacturer of the Beam provides a device control application. The Sonos Beam equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or HT-S350. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Beam was rated 2/10, while the HT-S350 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Sony HT-S350

Model

Beam
HT-S350

Brand

Sonos
Sony

Reviews

1066
310

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
power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

85

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

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
0/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

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
90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.4/5.4
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-S350
Sonos Beam
Sony HT-S350

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 5Sony HT-S350

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