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Sonos debuts Beam soundbar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant integration

Sonos debuts Beam soundbar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant integration

At the Sonos media event today, the company announced AirPlay 2 would be coming in July for its newer speakers such as Sonos One, but also unveiled a brand new product called Beam.

And, I'd imagine that those actual audiophiles who are looking to get the best quality product out there would splurge on the higher-end Sonos PlayBar or PlayBase, which are pricier, but also offer more bass and slightly higher overall quality of sound than the Beam. Sonos seems to have finally listened and has equipped the Beam with HDMI.

The Sonos Beam is a smaller smart speaker for TV watching.

Sonos says the Beam will support Alexa in the UK, US, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and soon in France. Support for AirPlay 2 will be added in an update next month, and that will allow iPhone users to control Apple Music on the device using Siri. At only 25.6 inches long, Sonos Beam won't hang off furniture, block the TV or overwhelm your space.

Other extras on the Beam include a night mode, which boosts the audio without waking up the entire house, and there's also the ability to instantly pair the speaker with your remote.

And don't think small means it's not powerful as with four custom-built elliptical full-range woofers, three passive radiators and a single tweeter it should sound pretty good.

Of course, this is a Sonos device which means it will link up with any other Sonos speakers you have for an instant surround sound experience.

While Amazon, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Apple typically highlight their music and voice-activation services on the companies' individual smart speakers, Sonos uniquely lets users connect to multiple voice assistants and stream music via other companies' services.

While most of the audio demos we heard were very convincing of the speaker's quality, one demo that totally failed to impress was a scene from Westworld in which the speaker introduced a fair bit of delay into the system.

In July, iOS devices will be able to use Siri and AirPlay 2 to control Sonos speakers such as the Beam, Play 5, Playbase soundbar, and One, the first Sonos speaker with Alexa voice control.

On stage, Sonos demonstrated using Siri to prompt the sound system to play a song, and then later it was possible to ask Alexa what song was playing.

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