Sonos Beam vs ZVOX SB380 review

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Sonos Beam
vs
ZVOX SB380

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Sonos Beam vs ZVOX SB380 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the ZVOX SB380 has a rating 4. 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, input for the SB380.

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 SB380 has 3.1. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. 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 SB380 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 SB380 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 SB380. 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 same score of 2/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
ZVOX SB380

Model

Beam
SB380

Brand

Sonos
ZVOX

Reviews

1786
311

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
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45

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
2/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

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
88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
4/9.8
Sonos Beam
ZVOX SB380
Sonos Beam
ZVOX SB380

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 4
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 4ZVOX SB380

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