The soundbar proposes the use of psychoacoustics techniques, rather up-firing drivers, to deliver immersive audio. New software to power these methods comes from a faster CPU that runs 40 per cent quicker than the original. Two front-firing speakers from the five-speaker array will reproduce overhead and surround sounds. This all translates to an immersive sound experience that should place you in the centre of the action.
Apart from Dolby Atmos immersive audio, the Beam Gen 2 will support Amazon Music’s Ultra High Definition audio, allowing listeners to hear tracks in lossless audio up to 24-bit / 48kHz. According to a statement, Sonos plans to add support for decoding DTS Digital Surround Sound later this year.
Users can fine tune Beam’s sound with Trueplay (only available on iOS devices), which detects and adapts the speaker’s sound for the unique acoustics of the room so your content sounds the way it should.
NFC capabilities have also been added to the Beam Gen 2 to simplify first-time setup via wifi. Simply open the Sonos app, follow a few prompts and tap your phone to the soundbar.
Additionally, the Beam Gen 2 offers voice assistant support (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant), touch controls, and improved sustainable packaging with no single-use foam.
While the design remains largely similar to its predecessor, the Beam Gen 2 sports a polycarbonate grille with precise perforations instead of the original fabric cover. It is available in black or white finish, with a colour-matched cable cove, power cable and HDMI cable.
The Beam 2 will be available from 5 October and is priced at £449 / $449 / €499, with pre-orders open now.
Learn more at Sonos.com