An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 vs Sonos Beam comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has a total rating of 8 out of 10 versus 6 for Beam. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up and volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has 7.2.4 versus 3.0 for the Sonos Beam. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 got our rating of 9 out of 10, and the Sonos Beam 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Shockwafe Elite 7.2.
Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Sonos Beam. Only the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, 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.
Only the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the Shockwafe Elite 7.2. For multichannel surround Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 got a rating of 10, and Sonos Beam 4 out of 10.