Sonos Beam vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

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Sonos Beam vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

Sonos Beam
vs
Yamaha SR-B20A

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 Yamaha SR-B20A comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sonos Beam was rated 6, while the Yamaha SR-B20A has a rating 5.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and volume down, volume up, power, source for the SR-B20A.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-B20A. An external subwoofer connects to the Beam via wireless, but SR-B20A has wired connection type. 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 0/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha SR-B20A. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SR-B20A. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the SR-B20A was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the 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 SR-B20A. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Beam was rated 4/10, while the SR-B20A received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over Sonos Beam

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Yamaha SR-B20A

Model

Beam
SR-B20A

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

3280
34

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
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired

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
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

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
1

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 Pro Logic II

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
94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
3.1/7.1

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
Yamaha SR-B20A
Sonos Beam
Yamaha SR-B20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.4
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A

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