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Experts prefer Sonos Beam Gen 2 over Sonos Beam Gen 1

On 7 Feb 2024 (14 days ago) we went through 97 Sound Bar expert endorsements .

Currently, Sonos Beam Gen 2 received 8 endorsements from TechRadar (22 Jan 2024), SoundGuys (30 Aug 2023) WIRED (15 Dec 2023) and 5 others. Meanwhile, Sonos Beam Gen 1 did not receive any endorsements this month.

Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
SoundGuys
WIRED
World Wide Stereo
TechHive
What Hi-Fi
PCMag
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
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Sonos Beam Gen 2
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a compact and stylish soundbar that delivers excellent audio quality for both music and movies, with versatile connectivity options and compatibility with Dolby Atmos, making it a recommended choice for Sonos fans and those seeking high-quality audio enjoyment.
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N/A N/A $499
Sonos Beam Gen 1
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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 22 Jan 2024 TechRadar ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #7
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    #7 out of 8 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The perfect smaller soundbar for music
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  • On 30 Aug 2023 SoundGuys ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #2
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    #2 out of 5 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Smart Soundbar
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  • On 15 Dec 2023 WIRED ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #5
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    #5 out of 16 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Smartest Soundbar
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  • On 21 Dec 2023 World Wide Stereo ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #4
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    #4 out of 15 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Best Smart Sound Bar
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  • On 6 Oct 2023 TechHive ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #4
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    #4 out of 8 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best mid-range soundbar, runner-up
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  • On 22 Jan 2024 What Hi-Fi ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #3
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    #3 out of 7 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Awards 2023 winner. If space and budget are limited, there isn't a better virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar that we'd recommend
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  • On 4 Dec 2023 PCMag ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #8
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    #8 out of 10 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Midrange Sonos Soundbar
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  • On 2 Feb 2024 Rtings.com ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #6
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    #6 out of 7 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Small Soundbar
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Customers like Sonos Beam Gen 1 way 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.

Sonos Beam Gen 1
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 1, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Sonos Beam Gen 2.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling sound bar receives a consumer score of 7.9 (great). Sonos Beam Gen 1 ranks higher than that and Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks lower than that.

Sonos Beam Gen 1
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 1 ranks #1 out of 141. Very high levels of customer satisfaction.
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9.4
Amazing
Sonos Beam Gen 2
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #85 out of 141.
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7.7
Good
Median best-selling Sound Bar
In comparison:
ZVOX AccuVoice AV157 ranks #71 out of 141.
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7.9
Great





Sonos Beam Gen 1 is more popular than Sonos Beam Gen 2

It's fairly safe to say that Sonos Beam Gen 1 is a more popular sound bar than Sonos Beam Gen 2, based on its 4,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Sonos Beam Gen 1 and 2 often consider Polk Audio MagniFi Mini, a cheaper option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Sonos Beam Gen 1 and 2
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini $418
We don't yet have enough review information for Polk Audio MagniFi Mini
N/A
3 expert recommendations Cheaper
Sony HT-S2000 $498
We don't yet have enough review information for Sony HT-S2000
N/A
2 expert recommendations
Bose Smart Soundbar 600 $499
In comparison:
Bose Smart Soundbar 600 ranks #69 out of 141.
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7.9
Great
2 expert recommendations
Sonos Beam Gen 2 $495
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #85 out of 141.
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7.7
Good
8 expert recommendations
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Sonos Beam Gen 2 is mentioned by key experts in Feb 2024, while Sonos Beam Gen 1 is not.
Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
SoundGuys
WIRED
World Wide Stereo
TechHive
What Hi-Fi
PCMag
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
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Sonos Beam Gen 2
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a compact and stylish soundbar that delivers excellent audio quality for both music and movies, with versatile connectivity options and compatibility with Dolby Atmos, making it a recommended choice for Sonos fans and those seeking high-quality audio enjoyment.
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Samsung HW-Q990C
The Samsung HW-Q990C soundbar is highly praised for its exceptional sound quality, immersive experience, and extensive connectivity options, making it a top choice for enhancing TV audio and creating a cinematic home theater experience.
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Sonos Arc
The Sonos Arc is a high-end soundbar with impressive sound quality, expansive soundstage, and modern design, ideal for those seeking an immersive surround sound experience for movies and music.
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Vizio M-Series 5.1
The Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar is a versatile and affordable audio system that offers excellent sound quality, making it suitable for a variety of audio content, including music and movies, and is compatible with most TVs on the market.
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [27]

88
Total expert reviews: 27
  • with a score: 18
  • without a score: 9
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 27 reviews
88
Lowest score by Rtings.com
79

Score distribution:

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

Expert reviews [38]

111
Total expert reviews: 38
  • with a score: 20
  • without a score: 18
Highest score by BGR
600
Average score based on 38 reviews
111
Lowest score by Rtings.com
74

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
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From Seller:
  • Beam - The smart, compact soundbar for TV, music, and more.
  • High definition sound - Experience rich, detailed sound for your TV that fills the entire room.
  • TV, music and more - Play music, TV, movies, podcasts, radio, audiobooks and video games.
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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.
  • Read more
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
Sonos Beam Review
Review by Engadget
Very popular! 387K views!
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SONOS Beam Soundbar Review
Review by RTINGS com
Very popular! 200K views!
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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Review: What Have They Done?! 🤯
Very popular! 164K views!
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SONOS Beam Gen 2 Review Malaysia: Dolby Atmos is the name of the game
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0780537830157, 0878269004264, 0878269004271, 8717755773913, 8717755773920, 8717755773937, 8717755773944
UPC Numbers: 780537830157, 878269004264, 878269004271
Model Numbers: BEAM1EU1, BEAM1EU1BLK, BEAM1UK1, BEAM1UK1BLK, BEAM1US1, BEAM1US1BLK
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Weight

6.2 lbs
 
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Speaker composition What is the cabinet of the speaker made out of?
PVC
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Speaker Design Number of drivers in the speaker
Two-Way
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Number of tweeters How many tweeters does the speaker have?
1 tweeters
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Number of Subwoofers How many subwoofers does the speaker have?
4 woofers
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Separate subwoofer included Does the soundbar comes with a separate subwoofer?
No
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Bluetooth Capability Does the speaker support wireless connection?
No
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Supported connections What type of connections does the speaker support?
HDMI input, digital audio input (optical)
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Hi-resolution audio Does the speaker support hi-resolution audio playback?
Yes
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Rechargeable battery Does the speaker have a built in rechargeable battery?
No
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FM Radio capability Does the speaker have an FM radio?
No
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Built-in microphone Does the speaker have a built-in microphone?
No
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Wi-fi enabled Is the speaker capable of connecting to wi-fi?
No
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App/Smartphone controlled Is the speaker can be controlled by an app or a smartphone?
No
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ENERGY STAR certified Is the speaker energy star certified?
No
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Chromecast built-in Does the speaker have a built-in Chromecast playback?
No
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Airplay capability Does the speaker support Airplay technology?
No
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IR Remote Learning Can the speaker be controlled with an external (universal) remote?
No
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Included Accessories What are the accessories included with the speaker?
Optical audio adapter
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Sonos Beam Gen 1 is a very popular 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 JBL Bar 5.1 or Yamaha True X Bar 50A .

Sonos Beam Gen 1 was released in 2018. There are a couple newer sound bars on the market. Show newer Sound Bars

Sonos Beam Gen 1 is $228.46 more expensive than the average sound bar ($300.04).

Sonos Beam Gen 2 is a popular 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 Soundbar 700 or Samsung HW-Q800A .

Sonos Beam Gen 2 is $194.84 more expensive than the average sound bar ($300.04).

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