Sonos has just revealed its all-new Sonos Beam sound bar at an event in San Francisco and it could be the device many audio fans have been waiting for.
This new speaker offers powerful sound in a compact design plus it also features Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in which allows you to control your TV via your voice.
Sonos says they have created the Beam to be an extremely versatile speaker.
At only 25.6 inches long, Sonos Beam won’t hang off furniture, block the TV or overwhelm your space.
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.
The audio company is boasting that the Beam is tuned by a team of world-class acoustic engineers collaborating with leading sound experts from the worlds of film, music and television.
With Alexa built in it should also be pretty smart with the voice assistant able to help you find content and even control your TV via simple commands.
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.
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.
“In a smart speaker category increasingly filled with tech clutter, poor audio quality and ulterior motives, Beam is the best example yet of what makes Sonos different,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence.
“Our open approach, obsession with design, maniacal focus on quality and commitment to building a system that’s easy to use and gets better over time are at the heart of everything we do. We believe we’ve created the best, most versatile, smart speaker in the world.”
Sonos Beam comes in Black and White and will cost £399.
It’s available now to pre-order with it shipping globally starting July 17.
As well as announcing the new Sonos Beam the US company has also revealed AirPlay 2 will be available on its products from July via a free software update.
With AirPlay 2, customers can play music and podcasts from their iOS devices directly on their Sonos speakers, including the new Sonos Beam, Sonos One, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5.
Customers enjoying AirPlay 2 on Sonos will also gain a new voice experience with the addition of Siri. Ask Siri to play any track, album, or playlist on Apple Music by using an iOS device to start playing on Sonos.
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