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Sonos Beam vs. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) + 8

Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam

Full Star 1Full Star 2Full Star 3Half Star 4Empty Star 5
3.5

£329.00

Free delivery
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

£429.00

Free delivery
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc

£799.00

Free delivery
Samsung HW-Q950A

Samsung HW-Q950A

Full Star 1Full Star 2Empty Star 3Empty Star 4Empty Star 5
1.8

£1,199.00

Free delivery
Sony HT-X8500

Sony HT-X8500

£286.48

£289.00 Incl. delivery
Samsung HW-Q700A

Samsung HW-Q700A

£389.99

£479.90 Incl. delivery
Sony HT-G700

Sony HT-G700

£299.00

£302.99 Incl. delivery
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Bose Smart Soundbar 300

£359.99

Free delivery
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

£599.00

£639.00 Incl. delivery
Samsung HW-Q800A

Samsung HW-Q800A

£599.00

Free delivery
Subwoofer
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Dimensions sub (WxHxD)
Depth sub
403 mm
Height sub
403 mm
Width sub
210 mm
Bass elements, size (sub)
Capacity sub (RMS)
100 W
Type of enclosure (sub)
Bass reflex (Ported)
Bass reflex (Ported)
Bass reflex (Ported)
Weight (subwoofer)
9.8 kg
7.5 kg
Wireless
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Center speaker
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Capacity center (RMS)
Weight (center)
4.76 kg
Frequency range (max)
Frequency range (min)
50 Hz
24 Hz
Front speaker / speaker unit
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Power per channel (RMS)
Surround speakers
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Capacity surround (RMS)
Weight (surround)
1.8 kg
Weight (front / speaker unit)
2.8 kg
6.25 kg
7.1 kg
Bluetooth
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth codec
SBC
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth profile
A2DP, AVRCP
A2DP
Bluetooth version
4.2
5.0
4.2
5.0
4.2
4.2
Ethernet connection
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
3D support (3D-Ready)
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
Radio receiver
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Type (radio)
AM
Streaming standards
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Tidal, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, Tidal, Deezer, TuneIn, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2
AirPlay
Spotify Connect
AirPlay, Deezer, TuneIn, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, TuneIn, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2
Analogue 3.5mm input (Aux)
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Analogue RCA stereo inputs
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF)
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Digital optical input (S/PDIF)
0 ​
1 ​
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
Front/side connections
USB
HDMI
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HDCP-version
2.3
2.2
HDMI version
2.0b
Number of HDMI inputs
1 ​
2 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Number of HDMI outputs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Supported standards
eARC
eARC
eARC
eARC
eARC
eARC
eARC
Other connectors
Digital optical output (S/PDIF)
Separate DVD / Blu-ray player
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
USB
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audio format
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS 2.0, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
DTS 5.1, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Supported audio files
MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV (PCM), AAC, AIFF, AAC+, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
WAV (PCM)
MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM), AIFF, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV (PCM), AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
AAC
MP3, FLAC, AAC, AIFF
MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV (PCM), AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
Supported image files
JPEG/JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF
JPEG/JPG
JPEG/JPG
Supported video files
MPEG2
Available colours
Black, White
Black, White
Black, White, Silver
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black, White
Black, White, Silver, Grey
Black
Dimensions front/speaker unit (WxHxD)
Depth front/speaker unit
100 mm
115.7 mm
138 mm
96 mm
103 mm
108 mm
Height front/speaker unit
6.85 mm
87 mm
69.5 mm
64 mm
56 mm
57.2 mm
Width front/speaker unit
651 mm
1141.7 mm
1232 mm
890 mm
695 mm
978 mm
Built-in internet services
Features
Support for internet radio, Designed for wall mounting, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos, Support for multiroom
Designed for wall mounting, Supports NFC, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos, Support for multiroom
Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround, Supports NFC, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos, Support for multiroom
Support for internet radio, Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
DLNA, Designed for wall mounting, Supports NFC, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Designed for wall mounting, Mobile app for controlling features
Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Voice assistant compatible
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Wireless rear speakers
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Wireless speakers included
No
No
Yes
No
Automatic calibration with measurement microphone
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
Number of speakers
5.1
5.0
11.1.4
2.1
3.1
3.1
7.0
3.1
Number of speaker drivers
5 ​
11 ​
22 ​
4 ​
7 ​
Soundbase (suitable for TV placement)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Video formats supported
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
1080p (Full HD), 2160p (4K Ultra HD)
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No