Comparing Sonos Beam Gen 1 and Sonos Beam Gen 2

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 1 ranks #1 out of 139. It is in the top 10%.
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9.4
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #11 out of 139. It is in the top 10%.
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9.0
Great
Sonos Beam Gen 1: Buy | Customer Reviews
Sonos Beam Gen 2: Buy | Customer Reviews

Experts prefer Sonos Beam Gen 2 over Sonos Beam Gen 1

On 4 Jan 2023 (25 days ago) we went through 120 Sound Bar expert endorsements .

Currently, Sonos Beam Gen 2 received 9 endorsements from Rtings.com (9 Dec 2022), What Hi-Fi (26 Nov 2022) World Wide Stereo (3 Jan 2023) and 6 others. Meanwhile, Sonos Beam Gen 1 did not receive any endorsements this month.

Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
World Wide Stereo
SoundGuys
WIRED
Digital Trends
TechHive
PCMag
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
1
- $445
Sonos Beam Gen 2
6
2
5
2
4
-
4
8
10
8
N/A N/A $400
Sonos Beam Gen 1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 9 Dec 2022 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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  • On 26 Nov 2022 What Hi-Fi ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #2
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    #2 out of 22 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    If space and budget are limited there isn't a better virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar that we'd recommend
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  • On 3 Jan 2023 World Wide Stereo ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #5
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    #5 out of 20 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Best Smart Sound Bar
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  • On 5 Jul 2022 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 24 Nov 2022 WIRED ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #4
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    #4 out of 13 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The Smartest Soundbar
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  • On 28 Nov 2022 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 21 Dec 2022 PCMag ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #8
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    #8 out of 9 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    Best Affordable Sonos Soundbar
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  • On 22 Dec 2022 Tom's Guide ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #10
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    #10 out of 12 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The best-sounding soundbar for small TVs
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  • On 6 Dec 2022 TechRadar ranked Sonos Beam Gen 2 as #8
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    #8 out of 15 Sonos Beam Gen 2
    The best small soundbar with Dolby Atmos for compact rooms
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Customers like Sonos Beam Gen 1 somewhat 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 cheaper 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 7.8 (good). Both Sonos Beam Gen 1 and Sonos Beam Gen 2 receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Sonos Beam Gen 1
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 1 ranks #1 out of 139. It is in the top 10%.
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9.4
Amazing
Sonos Beam Gen 2
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #11 out of 139. It is in the top 10%.
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9.0
Great
Median best-selling Sound Bar
In comparison:
Bestisan S9920 ranks #70 out of 139. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good





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 Klipsch Cinema 600, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Sonos Beam Gen 1 and 2
Klipsch Cinema 600 $449
In comparison:
Klipsch Cinema 600 ranks #60 out of 139. It is in the top 20%.
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8.1
Great
2 expert recommendations
Denon Home 550 $499
In comparison:
Denon Home 550 ranks #76 out of 139. It is in the top 20%.
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7.7
Good
2 expert recommendations
Sonos Beam Gen 2 $445
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #11 out of 139. It is in the top 10%.
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9.0
Great
9 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 Jan 2023, while Sonos Beam Gen 1 is not.
Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
World Wide Stereo
SoundGuys
WIRED
Digital Trends
TechHive
PCMag
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
1
- $445
Sonos Beam Gen 2
6
2
5
2
4
-
4
8
10
8
2
+1 $1598
Samsung HW-Q990B
1
-
6
-
3
7
7
7
-
6
3
-1 $899
Sonos Arc
-
3
3
-
-
1
-
3
3
3
4
- $295
Vizio M-Series 5.1
4
-
-
-
2
8
3
4
-
-
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [28]

88
Total expert reviews: 28
  • with a score: 18
  • without a score: 10
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 28 reviews
88
Lowest score by Rtings.com
79

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
Sonos Beam Gen 1: Buy | Customer Reviews
Sonos Beam Gen 2: Buy | Customer Reviews
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
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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 Denon Home 550 or LG SP8YA .

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 $220 more expensive than the average sound bar ($279).

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 Klipsch Reference RSB-6 or Klipsch Cinema 600 .

Sonos Beam Gen 2 is $166 more expensive than the average sound bar ($279).

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