Sonos Announces New Beam Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

Posted on September 14, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Sonos with 4 Comments

Today, Sonos announced a second-generation version of its Beam soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and Ultra HD audio.

“We often talk about ‘Hollywood at Home’ being a real catalyst for our business, and Beam has played a huge part in this as one of the top-selling soundbars in its category,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said. “Taking what we’ve learned over the years about great listening and home theater, we’ve found a way to bring new features and significantly better sound to Beam, all in the same compact size that has proven extremely popular with customers.”

For those unfamiliar, Beam is the smaller and more affordable of Sonos’ soundbar products; Sonos also sells a larger and more expensive Arc soundbar as well. I own a first-generation Sonos Beam and like it quite a bit, but it appears that Beam (Gen 2) delivers the features I’m missing: Dolby Atmos sound, which is critical for movies and, increasingly, some high-definition music formats, and HDMI eARC, which enables the use of other high-definition audio formats.

And on that note, Sonos has revealed that the Beam (and presumably the Arc) will both Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos Music later this year via Amazon Music. I assume other music subscription services will soon add support for immersive and high-definition audio as well.

The Beam (Gen 2) costs $449 and will be available on October 5 in white or black.

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4 responses to “Sonos Announces New Beam Soundbar with Dolby Atmos”

  1. will

    I own the Arc and it is an amazing sound bar. It does a great job of filling the room, great lows even without the sub add on.

    Hopefully Spotify will announce their HiFi audio news soon and it will be supported with Sonos.

  2. waethorn

    Is the Dolby Atmos stuff just "supported" for passthrough, or is this some kind of 3D soundbar that reproduces the 7.1.2 sound field from Dolby Atmos through HRTF? Dolby needs to fix this marketing. People are buying TV's and such believing that the built-in speakers will actually give you a full Dolby Atmos surround sound experience just because it carries the logo.

  3. buzzmodo

    I have a V1 Beam, great device, "worked" with Alexa, but doesn't now, and the Sonos software that's presently shipping doesn't work with latest version of iOS 15. So, if you think that you are getting a solution that today works right with newest Apple software, wait! Sonos tells me they are working on it. Also, if you think that you are going to be able to add the Beam to Alexa "everywhere" networks, that doesn't work either. Sonos blames Amazon, Amazon blames Sonos. Again, "lame"...

    • wright_is

      iOS 15 hasn't been officially launched yet, so I'd expect the new version of the app to be released on the same days as iOS 15.

      It is called beta testing for a reason.