Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sonos Beam review

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Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sonos Beam comparison chart

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Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
6
4
8

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sonos Beam review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
Sonos Beam

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Sonos Beam comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a total rating of 7.8 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.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 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 Pro 7.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sonos Beam 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Sonos Beam. Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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.

Multichannel surround

Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. For multichannel surround Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got a rating of 10, and Sonos Beam 4 out of 10.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Sonos Beam over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sonos Beam

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Beam

Brand

Nakamichi
Sonos

Reviews

1993
3034

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

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, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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 (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
2.8/6.2

Other

Release year

2017
2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sonos Beam
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sonos Beam

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 6
  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 6Sonos Beam

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 price

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 competitors

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