Sonos Beam vs LG SN5Y review

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Sonos Beam vs LG SN5Y review

Sonos Beam
vs
LG SN5Y

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 LG SN5Y comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. Both soundbars received a score of 6 in our ranking. 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, function for the SN5Y.

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 SN5Y has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 1/1 HDMIs in the LG SN5Y. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SN5Y. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the SN5Y was rated 8/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are 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 SN5Y. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Beam was rated 4/10, while the SN5Y received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sonos Beam over LG SN5Y

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages LG SN5Y over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
LG SN5Y

Model

Beam
SN5Y

Brand

Sonos
LG

Reviews

3034
141

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
power, volume down, volume up, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
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, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround, 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 5 x 7.6/35 x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.2/5.2

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
LG SN5Y
Sonos Beam
LG SN5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 6LG SN5Y

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

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