Sonos Beam vs KEF HTF7003 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
KEF HTF7003

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Beam vs KEF HTF7003 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the KEF HTF7003 has a rating 5.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. 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. Bluetooth support integrated in the Beam. Neither the Beam nor HTF7003 has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the HTF7003 was rated 4/10. 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 HTF7003. 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.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
KEF HTF7003

Model

Beam
HTF7003

Brand

Sonos
KEF

Reviews

1066
9

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

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

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
78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.1/4.6
Sonos Beam
KEF HTF7003
Sonos Beam
KEF HTF7003

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 5KEF HTF7003

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