Sonos Playbar vs Sonos Beam review

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Sonos Playbar
vs
Sonos Beam

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sonos Playbar vs Sonos Beam comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 5.6 for Beam. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 3.0. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Playbar got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Sonos Beam 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Each of rivals supports AirPlay 2. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Playbar.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Beam has Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) does not support any one of these models. The compared models do not have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 6/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Sonos Beam

Model

Playbar
Beam

Brand

Sonos
Sonos

Reviews

1323
1066

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
2.8/6.2
Sonos Playbar
Sonos Beam
Sonos Playbar
Sonos Beam

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 5.6
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 5.6Sonos Beam

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