Comparing Denon Home 550 and Sonos Beam Gen 2

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Denon Home 550 ranks #114 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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7.7
Good
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #50 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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8.5
Great
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Experts recommend Sonos Beam Gen 2 more than Denon Home 550

As of 6 Sep 2022, experts prefer Sonos Beam Gen 2 over Denon Home 550, but both Sound Bars have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Sonos Beam Gen 2 received 9 recommendations: from Tom's Guide (23 Aug 2022), World Wide Stereo (29 Aug 2022) TechRadar (19 Aug 2022) and 6 others. By contrast, Denon Home 550 received only 2 recommendations from World Wide Stereo (29 Aug 2022) and TechRadar (19 Aug 2022).

Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
World Wide Stereo
TechRadar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
SoundGuys
CNN Underscored
PCMag
TechHive
WIRED
1
- $480
Sonos Beam Gen 2
10
5
7
6
2
2
-
8
4
4
22
-1 $645
Denon Home 550
-
4
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 29 Aug 2022 World Wide Stereo ranked Denon Home 550 as #4 and Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #5
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #4 out of 19 Denon Home 550
    The Best Wireless Soundbar
    #5 out of 19 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Best Smart Sound Bar
    ... ... ...
  • On 19 Aug 2022 TechRadar ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #7 and Denon Home 550 as #12
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #7 out of 13 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The best small soundbar – great Dolby Atmos for 32 inches and up
    ... ... ...
    #12 out of 13 Denon Home 550
    The best smaller soundbar for bigger, bolder sound
    ... ... ...
  • On 23 Aug 2022 Tom's Guide ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #10
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #10 out of 12 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The best-sounding soundbar for small TVs
    ... ... ...
  • On 18 Aug 2022 Rtings.com ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #6
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #6 out of 7 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Small Soundbar
    ... ... ...
  • On 26 Aug 2022 What Hi-Fi ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #2
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #2 out of 20 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    If space and budget are limited there isn't a better virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar that we'd recommend
    ... ... ...
  • On 5 Jul 2022 SoundGuys ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #2
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #2 out of 5 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Smart Soundbar
    ... ... ...
  • On 1 Jun 2022 PCMag ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #8
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #8 out of 10 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    A More Affordable Sonos Soundbar
    ... ... ...
  • On 31 Aug 2022 TechHive ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #4
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #4 out of 6 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best mid-range soundbar, runner-up
    ... ... ...
  • On 9 Apr 2022 WIRED ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #4
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #4 out of 13 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Smartest Soundbar
    ... ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 119 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Sonos Beam Gen 2 outranks Denon Home 550. This is not to say that Denon Home 550 is a bad option. Like Sonos Beam Gen 2, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Sonos Beam Gen 2 noticeably more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Denon Home 550
Sonos Beam Gen 2
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Sonos Beam Gen 2, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Denon Home 550.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling sound bar receives a consumer score of 7.8 (good). Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks higher than that and Denon Home 550 ranks lower than that.

Denon Home 550
In comparison:
Denon Home 550 ranks #114 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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7.7
Good
Sonos Beam Gen 2
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #50 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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8.5
Great
Median best-selling Sound Bar
In comparison:
Vizio V21 ranks #103 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good





Denon Home 550 is more popular than Sonos Beam Gen 2

It's fairly safe to say that Denon Home 550 is a more popular sound bar than Sonos Beam Gen 2, based on its 400+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Denon Home 550 and Sonos Beam Gen 2 often consider Sony HT-G700, a more popular, pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Denon Home 550 and Sonos Beam Gen 2
Sony HT-G700 $598
In comparison:
Sony HT-G700 ranks #93 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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7.9
Great
3 expert recommendations More Popular
Klipsch Cinema 600 $449
In comparison:
Klipsch Cinema 600 ranks #61 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
2 expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
Sonos Beam Gen 2 $480
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #50 out of 205. It is in the top 20%.
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8.5
Great
9 expert recommendations
Samsung HW-Q800A $494
In comparison:
Samsung HW-Q800A ranks #17 out of 205. It is in the top 10%.
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8.8
Great
2 expert recommendations More Popular Better Reviews
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Sonos Beam Gen 2 outranks Denon Home 550 by 21 positions. This indicates that, as of 6 Sep 2022, Sonos Beam Gen 2 is more critically acclaimed than Denon Home 550.
Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
World Wide Stereo
TechRadar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
SoundGuys
CNN Underscored
PCMag
TechHive
WIRED
1
- $480
Sonos Beam Gen 2
10
5
7
6
2
2
-
8
4
4
2
- $938
Sonos Arc
3
3
3
-
3
-
2
3
-
-
3
- $279
Sonos Ray
7
1
4
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
4
- $2500
Sennheiser Ambeo 3D
-
8
-
-
4
1
-
-
-
11
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [16]

85
Total expert reviews: 16
  • with a score: 12
  • without a score: 4
Highest score by Sound and Vision
100
Average score based on 16 reviews
85
Lowest score by Rtings.com
70

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [23]

84
Total expert reviews: 23
  • with a score: 16
  • without a score: 7
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 23 reviews
84
Lowest score by Rtings.com
74

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
Denon Home 550: Buy | Customer Reviews
Sonos Beam Gen 2: Buy | Customer Reviews
From Seller:
  • POWERFUL AUDIO FROM A COMPACT SOUND BAR - Upgrade your movie & music experience with the 4.0 driver configuration in its slim 26" design that saves space and delivers balanced sound everywhere
  • IMPACTFUL 3D SURROUND SOUND - With the combined effect of premium .75" soft dome tweeters, 2.15" full-range drivers, and 2.15" x 3.5" passive radiators, the sound bar delivers immersive 3D surround sound in hi-res audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
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From Seller:
  • Enrich your entertainment experience with vibrant bass, crystal clear dialogue, and a panoramic soundstage.
  • Experience a 3D surround sound effect with Dolby Atmos.
  • Stream music, radio, podcasts, and audiobooks over WiFi when the TV is off.
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0883795005470
UPC Numbers: 883795005470
Model Numbers: DENONHOMESB550
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Denon Home 550 is a popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling sound bars and has a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Samsung Q800T or JBL Bar 5.1 .

Denon Home 550 is $395.96 more expensive than an average sound bar ($249).

Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a well-known option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling sound bars and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Bose SoundTouch 300 or Samsung HW-Q800A .

Sonos Beam Gen 2 is $230.95 more expensive than the average sound bar ($249).

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