Sonos Beam vs Yamaha YAS-108 review

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Sonos Beam
vs
Yamaha YAS-108

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs Yamaha YAS-108 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 5.8 for YAS-108. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-108. Only the Yamaha YAS-108 has a built-in subwoofer. The Beam has a wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the YAS-108 - wired and wireless. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Yamaha YAS-108 7 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the YAS-108.

Connectivity

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 Yamaha YAS-108. Only the YAS-108 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. 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. The YAS-108 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and Yamaha YAS-108 5 out of 10.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Yamaha YAS-108

Model

Beam
YAS-108

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

1066
619

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
input, mute, volume down, volume up, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

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

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
3.1/7.1
Sonos Beam
Yamaha YAS-108
Sonos Beam
Yamaha YAS-108

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  • 5.6
  • 5.8
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108

The Yamaha YAS-108 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-108 price