The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 4.5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, volume down, volume up, function, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the LG SL5Y 8 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.
Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the LG SL5Y. Only the SL5Y supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 6/10. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and LG SL5Y 4 out of 10.
The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Beam price