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Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Powered sound bar/wireless music system with Dolby Atmos®, Apple AirPlay® 2, and built-in voice control (Black)

Item # 616BEAM2BK

The Beam lets you enjoy music and movies with big, detailed sound and gives you smart features like voice control.

The Beam lets you enjoy music and movies with big, detailed sound and gives you smart features like voice control.

Item # 616BEAM2BK

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C$649.00

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About the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Colin M.

Updated for 3D audio

Every time Sonos releases a new product, it makes quite the splash here at Crutchfield. Their sound bars have been a big hit with our customers, and now Sonos is updating their compact Beam with even more advanced sound processing.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) powered sound bar with Dolby Atmos and voice control

The Beam (Gen 2) delivers the convenient wireless music experience Sonos is famous for — plus an expansive soundstage for movie night.

Updated for 3D audio

Every time Sonos releases a new product, it makes quite the splash here at Crutchfield. Their sound bars have been a big hit with our customers, and now Sonos is updating their compact Beam with even more advanced sound processing.

This second-generation Beam keeps everything that made its predecessor so successful and adds support for uncompressed, high-quality surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos for an even deeper, wider soundstage. Movie night just got more exciting.

Faster processing, bigger sound

This sound bar's upgraded CPU is 40% faster than the original Beam's. This increased processing power enables two additional audio arrays for enhanced clarity and depth. It has the same number of speakers as the original Beam, but they can all act independently to create 3D sound effects.

The Beam (Gen 2) uses psychoacoustics — the way our brain processes sound in three-dimensional space — to map and project effects so they sound as if they're coming from above or behind you. Its five built-in speakers steer the sound effects for a greater sense of accuracy and immersion. Track sounds as they move in three dimensions, from a helicopter hovering overhead to bullets zipping from one side of the room to the other.

Connect with Sonos

The Beam (Gen 2) is a part of the Sonos wireless multi-room ecosystem, which means you can group it with other Sonos speakers to stream music throughout your home. The Sonos app has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to play whatever you want, wherever you want .

You can play the same song everywhere at once, or different music in each room. You're only ever a couple swipes on your phone away from a house filled with music. Start up the Moana soundtrack in the living room for the kids, and you can still jam to Soundgarden in your office after a long day at work.

Built-in voice control

Both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built-in, which lets you play your favourite tunes with just the sound of your voice. You can even use the sound bar's voice control to give commands to other Sonos equipment it's connected to. A far-field microphone with echo cancellation makes sure your instructions come through clearly. You can play more than music too. Both voice assistant platforms can snag recipes while you're cooking, give you weather updates, help you shop online, set alarms, or control other smart devices in your home.

Stream with AirPlay 2

Apple fans are in good hands. AirPlay 2 lets you stream from an iPhone® or iPad® and connect the sound bar to the AirPlay ecosystem. If you're a subscriber to Apple Music®, you can also use Siri to control and play that service with your voice too.

Wirelessly expand your home theatre

The Beam (Gen 2) provides a big upgrade to your TV's audio, but it also serves as a foundation for a wireless home theatre system. The cool thing about Sonos is that you can add on to your system as you go, expanding as you gain more room or your budget opens up.

You can pick up a Sonos Sub (Gen 3) if you're looking to add low-end impact to your listening. Or even two subs working in concert if you're all about that bass. Incorporating a couple Sonos One SL speakers also gives you wireless surrounds for wraparound effects. And it's all wireless too, so you only need to plug each speaker into AC power.

Match your sound to the room

If you have an iOS® device, you can calibrate the sound bar using Trueplay™. This lets you use your iPhone or iPad to match the bar's sound settings to the specific shape and acoustics of your room. This feature measures how sound reflects off your walls, ceiling, and furniture and optimizes it to fit the space.

Easy setup

It only takes a few minutes to get this sound bar up and running. Plug in a couple cables and press a button to connect the sound bar with your Sonos app. The two cables are an AC power cord and an HDMI cable between your TV and the sound bar. The HDMI connection in the back supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), which lets you pass an Atmos signal as long as your TV supports it too. If your TV doesn't have an HDMI port, you can use the included HDMI-to-optical adapter. It won't pass Atmos, but it'll still sound way better than your TV.

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Product highlights:

  • powered sound bar with built-in voice control and support for Dolby Atmos
  • plays TV sound, streaming music, and digital audio files from your home network
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated SonosNet wireless network
  • stream sound from TV shows and movies to other Sonos speakers
  • 5 built-in speakers, each with a matching Class D digital amplifier
    • 4 full-range woofers for warm, accurate mids and lows
    • 1 tweeter for crisp highs
    • 3 passive radiators for powerful bass
  • Speech Enhancement option helps clarify dialogue
  • built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa let you control the sound bar with your voice
  • advanced far-field microphone delivers responsive voice control
    • mic can be muted with a tap, and LED indicator lets you know when the mic is off
  • Apple AirPlay® 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
Voice control features:
  • Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant selectable as default voice control for speaker
  • Amazon Alexa app or Google Home app control
    • free downloads from Apple App Store® and Google Play
  • select which Sonos speakers to play, and control volume, pause, skip and repeat functions
  • set alarms, start timers, check the news, get weather reports, and more
  • control compatible smart home products
  • select streaming music services like Spotify, Qobuz, Pandora, TIDAL, and Deezer (subscriptions required for some services)
  • select radio stations through iHeartRadio or TuneIn Radio
Sonos control app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • compatible with Apple® and Android™ devices
  • play the same song on multiple Sonos speakers, or have different music playing on each one
  • Trueplay automatically adjusts Sonos speakers to your room for optimum performance
    • Trueplay currently works with iOS® devices only
  • plays MP3 and WMA streaming internet radio stations
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files
  • plays personalized internet radio stations from Pandora
  • stream music from online services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody, TIDAL, Qobuz and more (subscription required for some services)
  • access 60,000+ live radio stations from around the world with Sonos Radio
Connections, accessories, and general info:
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 port (cable included)
    • supports Audio Return Channel (ARC) and enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
    • supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital
  • optical digital audio adapter included as a secondary connection option (does not support Dolby Atmos)
  • Ethernet port for a wired internet connection
  • pair with a Sonos Sub and two Sonos One SL speakers to create a complete wireless 5.1 home theater surround sound system
  • wall-mountable
  • requires AC power (cable included)
  • dimensions (measured by Crutchfield): 25-5/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 4"D
  • weight: 6.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # BEAM2US1BLK

No A/V receiver required.

What's in the box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 5' HDMI cable
  • 4.5" HDMI-to-optical adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Product Information

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More details on the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Stacey B.

Features & specs

General
Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer Optional
Wireless Surrounds Optional
Number Of Channels 3.0
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
DTS Yes
Dolby Atmos Yes
DTS:X No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
Night Mode Yes
Virtual Surround Surround mode
Room Correction Yes
Audio Connections
Optical Digital Inputs None
Coaxial Digital Inputs None
HDMI ARC Input Yes
HDMI eARC Input Yes
3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs None
RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
USB Type-A Input No
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Audio Specs
Tweeter Dome tweeter (1)
Midrange Full-range cones (4)
Woofer Passive Radiators (3)
Subwoofer Driver None
Enclosure Passive Radiator
System Frequency Response Not Given
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs 1
Video Specs
HDMI Version N/A
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution N/A
HDR Video Compatible No
Control
Includes Remote ---
Voice Control Alexa & Google Assistant built-in
Control by App iOS,Android,Fire,Win,Mac
HDMI CEC Yes
Remote IR Passthrough No
Learns TV Remote Yes
Audio Streaming
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Bluetooth Audio Playback No
Bluetooth Transmitter Mode No
Online Music Sources via Sonos app
Apple AirPlay AirPlay 2
Chromecast built-in No
Amazon Music Amazon Music HD
Apple Music Yes
Pandora Yes
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Yes
TIDAL Yes
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music Yes
Files on Your Network No
Wi-Fi Networking
Built-in Wi-Fi Version 802.11ac
Bands 2.4, 5.0 GHz
Other Info
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Optional
Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-3/4H x 25-5/8W x 4D
Sound Bar Weight 6.2 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) replaces these items:

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Home Theater Section

Multi-Speaker Array: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) utilizes a multi-speaker array to harmonize low and high frequencies. The Beam (Gen 2) houses a single tweeter for crisp and clear dialog, four elliptical mid-woofers for faithful midrange and rich midbass, plus three passive radiators for well-balanced and powerful bass sound.

Class-D Amplification: Five Class-D digital amplifiers are perfectly tuned to match the Beam (Gen 2)'s single tweeter, four full-range range woofers, and the acoustic architecture of the passive radiator enclosure. Thanks to discrete Class-D amplifier technology, you get clear and dynamic sound at any volume level without distortion.

Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format for surround sound that designates different sounds to specific places in the room rather than channels, creating a more realistic 3D (three-dimensional) experience. The processing power in the Beam (Gen 2) renders two additional audio channels through its five speaker array and uses psychoacoustic HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function) technology to give the impression of overhead "height" channels for a 3.0.2ch Dolby Atmos experience.

  • Getting Dolby Atmos sound is dependent on the source material, as well as the TV passing an Dolby Atmos signal through the HDMI ARC jack. If the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is recieving a Dolby Atmos signal, it will display an icon within the Sonos S2 App on both the "Now Playing" screen, as well as within the settings portion of the app.
  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is also compatible with DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD.
  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does not support DTS-HD or DTS:X.

Note: The Beam (Gen 2) does not have dedicated up-firing drivers for the overhead "height" channels. Instead, it uses psychoacoustic HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function) technology to render virtual overhead sound effects from its front-firing multi-speaker array.

TV Connectivity: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can connect to your TV with HDMI eARC, HDMI ARC, or via the included HDMI-to-Optical adapter. For greatest performance, use the HDMI eARC connection. eARC stands for enhanced Audio Return Channel and allows full-resolution sound signals, including Dolby Atmos, to be passed from your TV to the soundbar.

  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel): If you connect to a TV with eARC, the Dolby audio formats supported include Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, and DTS
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel): If you connect to a TV using ARC, the Dolby audio formats supported are dependent on your TV model and manufacturer. The TV may be capable of sending Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, and DTS. An ARC connection cannot support Dolby TrueHD.
  • Optical Audio Adapter: If you connect to a TV using the HDMI-to-Optical adapter, the multichannel audio formats are limited to Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM only. The HDMI-to-Optical adapter connection cannot support Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, or Dolby Digital Plus.

Notes:

  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does not support DTS-HD or DTS:X multichannel audio formats.
  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does not offer any analog audio inputs connection to your television.

Sytem Configurations: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can be used as a stand-alone soundbar speaker or it can paired with an optional Sonos wireless powered sub and/or optional Sonos wireless rear surround speakers (sold separately).

  • Soundbar Only: As a stand-alone active soundbar speaker, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can deliver 3.0.2ch Dolby Atmos surround sound thanks to its dedicated front, center, and height channels.
  • Soundbar + Optional Wireless Sub: Add a Sonos Sub for 3.1.2ch Dolby Atmos surround with a dedicated LFE subwoofer channel for bigger, deep, and more impactful bass response. And because its a wireless connection between the soundbar and sub, there is no subwoofer cable to run.
  • Soundbar + Optional Wireless Surrounds: Add a pair of Sonos speakers (like the Sonos ERA 100 or 300) for 5.0.2ch Dolby Atmos surround with dedicated rear surround channels for more enveloping surround sound without running speaker wire. You can even use the Sonos Amp as a rear amplifier with separate rear loudspeakers; in this configuration you will still need to run wire between the rear speakers and the Sonos Amp.
  • Soundbar + Optional Wireless Sub & Surrounds: Add a Sonos Sub and a pair of Sonos speakers (like the Sonos ERA 100 or 300) for a 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos surround with a dedicated LFE subwoofer channel for bigger bass response and dedicated rear surround channels for more immersive surround sound - all without having to run a subwoofer cable or speaker wire. You can also use the Sonos Amp as a rear amplifier with separate rear loudspeakers; in this configuration you will still need to run wire between the rear speakers and the Sonos Amp.

Note:

  • Because the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) only supports the new Sonos S2 operating system (OS) and app, the Sonos Sub and Sonos speakers will all need to be utilizing the new Sonos S2 operating system and app when in a wireless multichannel audio configuration.
  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does not support the older S1 "legacy" operating system and app from Sonos.
  • The Sonos Amp's subwoofer ouput and analog line inputs are disabled when used as a surround amplifier for the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS only): Trueplay tuning technology optimizes the sound for the unique acoustics of the room where the Beam (Gen 2) soundbar is placed, calibrating the front, center, and height channels for precise localization. The layout of a room, and where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in your Apple iOS 11.0+ device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings and other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar speaker to make sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar speaker already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how music should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3 minutes from start to finish.

  • You will need to retune the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) using TruePlay, if you reposition the soundbar speaker or change the configuration of the speaker setup (such as adding a wireless powered sub or pair of wireless surround speakers).
  • Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android devices.

Audio Adjustments: The Sonos S2 Controller app lets you make audio adjustments from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Equalizer: Adjustable EQ settings can be found in the Sonos S2 app. From the app you can adjust Bass, Treble, and Loudness.
  • Speech Enhancement: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) was carefully tuned by oscar-winning sound engineers to emphasize the human voice so you never miss a word. Turn on Speech Enhancement in the app to clarify dialogue when characters talk quietly or action intensifies.
  • Night Sound: Night Sound reduces the intensity of loud sound effects. Night Sound allows you to enjoy late night TV without waking the whole house by balancing the sound output of loud and soft passages.

Note: These audio adjustments can only be done from the Sonos S2 Controller app and not from the top-panel controls on the soundbar.

Mounting Options: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2)'s compact and versatile design make it great for small to medium size rooms where space is at a premium. You can place the Beam soundbar on your TV stand or purchase the custom designed wall mount (sold separately) to easily and securely hang it on your wall.

Detachabled AC Power Cord: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord that will plug into the back of the soundbar speaker and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately).

Network & Multiroom Audio

Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio Eco-System: The Beam (Gen 2) is part of the Sonos wireless multiroom audio eco-system consisting of a family of wireless network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with a single Sonos product and add more Sonos products over time. With multiple zones, you can play the same or different songs in different rooms of your home. Compatible distributed audio sources include internet radio, online music services, local network music libraries, as well as hardwired inputs. Up to 32 Sonos devices and 16 groups can be connected in one system. The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with the new Sonos S2 operating system (OS) and does not support the older Sonos S1 operating system (OS).

  • Sonos S2 OS Compatible Products: The Sonos Five, One SL, Roam, ARC, Beam (Gen 2), Sub (Gen 3), and any Sonos products released after May 2020 will only be compatible with Sonos S2.
  • Sonos S2 and S1 OS Compatible Products: The Sonos Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 (Gen 2), Playbase, Playbar, Connect (Gen 2), Connect:Amp (Gen 2), One (Gen 1/2), Beam, Amp, Port, Boost, Move, and Sub (Gen 1/2) support both Sonos S2 and S1 operating systems.
  • Sonos S1 OS Compatible Products: The Sonos CR200 Controller, Zone Player, Bridge, Connect (Gen 1), Connect: Amp (Gen 1), and Play: 5 (Gen 1) will only support the older S1 operating system.

Notes:

  • If you have both, older "legacy" Sonos products and newer Sonos products in your system, you have the option to create two separate eco-systems - one that will be controlled with the older Sonos S1 controller app and the other that will be controlled by the newer Sonos S2 controller app.
  • Click here for more information regarding Sonos "Legacy" S1 versus the new Sonos S2 Operating System and App.

Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: In order to enjoy internet radio, online music services, your local network music libraries and Apple AirPlay 2, you'll need to connect the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) to your home's wireless network router and ISP (internet service provider). Sonos brings your great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through WiFi or its SonosNet mesh network.

  • WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g/n/ac; 2.4+5 GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products manufactured prior to that date will require a wired connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
  • SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In addition to the Sonos Beam, you will need a Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a Ethernet cable.
Notes:
  • You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable.
  • The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
  • WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices on your network.

Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to its built-in SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network and WiFi, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is also equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.

Internet Radio Stations: Sonos offers a wide variety of Internet Radio stations and services. Some Internet Radio Services require a paid subscription and fees. Click here for all available Internet Radio Services.

  • Sonos Radio: Sonos Radio is a free service that brings the best of Sonos and partner services into one place, making it even easier to listen to radio and discover new music on your system. Sonos Radio features thousands of live radio stations to choose from; lisen to music news, sports, and more from over 60,000 local and global stations. You even get a special selection of genre stations with music expertly curated by Sonos.
  • iHeartRadio: iHeartRadio delivers all your favorite music and radio in one free service. Thousands of the best live Radio stations from across the country. Custom Stations created from 20 million songs and over 800,000 artists. You tell us an artist you like and iHeart Radio will build a playlist you love. iHeartRadio is free to listen with no capped hours or monthly subscription fees.
  • Pandora: Pandora gives you personalized radio that plays what you love and continually evolves with your tastes. Start with the name of an artist, song, genre, or comedian, and create a station. If you are not sure what to listen to, you can browse through our hundreds of curated genre station to find the perfect match for your mood. You can choose between Pandora's free ad-supported account or a Pandora Plus ad-free account with higher 192kbps bit-rate.
  • TuneIn: TuneIn gives you access to the world's radio stations, shows and podcasts, all for free. Over 100,000 channels from every corner of the earth, plus live and on-demand radio shows from around the world.
  • SiriusXM: With SiriusXM, you can stream up to 155 channels of commercial-free music, play-by-play and sports talk, world class news, comedy, exclusive entertainment, and more. Search to easily find channels, shows, episodes and more. You'll need a SiriusXM subscription that also offers internet streaming.

Online Music Services: Sonos offers a wide variety of online music services. Some online music services require a paid subscription and fees. Click here for all available online music services.

  • Apple Music: Apple Music is a subscription-paid streaming service with over 60 million songs ad-free. Easily find your favorite artists, discover new music, listen to curated playlists, and get exclusive artist content and interviews. Follow lyrics while you listen, tap ahead, or sing along with lyrics view. Enjoy at home, in the car, and across all your devices.
  • Amazon Music: here are three tiers of access to Amazon Music on Sonos. Amazon Music Unlimited customers can stream tens of millions of songs and listen to curated playlists, stations, and weekly new releases, available to Prime Members for only $7.99/month (non-Prime price: $9.99/month). Amazon Music HD is a new tier of premium quality music with more than 50 million songs in High Definition (HD). At just $12.99/month for Prime members or $14.99/month for Amazon customers, Amazon Music HD makes high quality, lossless audio accessible to all music fans. Existing Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers (Individual or Family Plan) can upgrade to Amazon Music HD for an additional $5/month. Prime Music is a curated, on-demand, ad-free music streaming benefit featuring a growing selection of two million songs, and personalized recommendations at no additional cost with your Amazon Prime Membership.
  • Deezer: Deezer is a subscription-paid online music service that offers you over 43 million songs at your fingertips. Stream almost any song you can think of or kick back with an endless selection of playlists, mixes, albums. You'll need a Deezer Premium+ or Deezer HiFi account to use Deezer with Sonos.
  • Napster: Napster is a paid online music service that provides you with a music collection complete with millions of songs, entire albums and artist hits spanning the decades. Enjoy more than 30 million tracks at 320kbps AAC.
  • Qobuz: Qobuz is a paid streaming service that gives you access to more than 40 million tracks. Discover new artists and albums with selections and playlists from musical experts. On Sonos you can stream 320kbps MP3 streams through the Qobuz Premium Subscription or experience high-quality FLAC (16-bit /44.1kHz) streaming using the Qobuz Hi-Fi Subscription.
  • Spotify: Spotify is an online music service giving users the ability to stream music on demand to Sonos using Spotify's unique technology. Spotify and Sonos will allow access to all of your existing Spotify playlists and their entire catalog. Sonos supports Spotify Free and Spotify Premium accounts. A Spotify Free account allows you to search for Spotify artists, albums, and playlists in the Sonos app. When listening to music with a Spotify Free account, you’re limited to six song skips per hour.
  • Tidal: Tidal streams music in lossless, high fidelity audio quality, ensuring the best sound experience possible. Discover new and old favorites with news, recommendations, curated playlists, moods and genres. All with High Fidelity Streaming. Create and edit your own playlists with more than 25 million tracks available. Tidal offers two paid streaming platforms - Tidal HiFi (Lossless Flac 16-bit/44.1kHz) or Tidal Premium (AAC 320kbps).
  • YouTube Music: YouTube Music is a subscription-paid online music service allows you to easily find what you're looking for and discover new music. Get playlists and recommendations served to you based on your context, tastes, and what's trending around you.

AirPlay 2 with Siri: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any audio from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on select Sonos components and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You'll be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music content on the Sonos unit. You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Sonos product.

  • Compatible AirPlay 2 Devices From Sonos: Sonos Beam (Gen 2), One (Gen 1/Gen 2), One SL, Five, Play:5 (Gen 2), Amp, Port, Playbase, and Beam/Beam (Gen 2) all support AirPlay 2.
  • Non-Compatible AirPlay 2 Devices from Sonos: Even though the Sonos Play:1, Play: 5 (Gen 1), Play:3, Playbar, Connect, Connect:Amp, and ZonePlayer are not AirPlay 2 compatible, you can still group these Sonos devices with an AirPlay 2 compatible Sonos product (listed above) to unlock AirPlay for your entire system.

Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. Sonos can play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. Sonos indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks).

  • File Formats: Sonos supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
  • Sampling Frequencies: Supported sampling rates include 16kHz, 22.5kHz, 24.0kHz, 32.0kHz, 44.1kHz, and 48kHz.
Intuitive Control

Sonos S2 App: Sonos S2 is a new app (for Apple iOS 14.0+ / Android OS 8.0+ / Fire OS 7.0+ / Mac OSX 10.11+ / Windows 8+) that powers the next generation of Sonos products. The Sonos S2 app offers new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward. The updated app makes it even simpler for you to search for content, control the sound, and personalize your listening experience. Use the Sonos S2 app to setup your Sonos speaker system, control your Sonos speaker system, stream your favorite internet radio stations and online music services, access local network music libraries, and personalize your speaker system.

  • Setup: A compatible Apple iOS or Android device running the Sonos Controller app is required to set up a new Sonos system or add new products. Sonos also supports macOS and Windows versions of the Sonos Controller App, but certain system management features such as setting up a new Sonos system or adding new products, are not available.
  • Control: With the Sonos S2 app, you can control all your Sonos speakers, soundbars, and components. Adjust volume levels, group products to play in sync, or play something different in every room.
  • Music & Radio: The Sonos S2 app brings together hundreds of internet radio stations and online music services.You also get access to local network music libraries on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Use the app to browse all your music, podcasts, radio, and audiobooks all in one place.
  • Personalized Settings: Save favorites and room groups to My Sonos to get to the music faster, create alarms so you can wake up to a favorite radio station or playlist, filter out explicit content, and more.
  • Security: Enhanced protocols, including support for elliptic curve cipher suites in SSL/TLS, keep your system safer and your data more secure.

Notes:

  • The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is not compatible with the older Sonos S1 Controller app and requires the new Sonos S2 Controller app.
  • Some older Sonos products ("legacy" products) will not support the advances of the S2 app due to their memory and processing power. If you own any of these products, you can continue to use your system as you do today. See System Requirements for more details.

Built-in Microphone Array: Five far-field microphones with advanced beamforming and multichannel echo-cancellation are built in to Sonos Beam (Gen 2) to detect your voice from any direction, anywhere in the room. The Beam (Gen 2) supports Sonos, Alexa, and Google voice control. When the microphone LED is on, Alexa or Google Assistant is ready for a voice command (these microphone can be turned off). You can speak at natural volume to activate Sonos, Alexa or Google supported voice commands. Based on your preference, you can choose to have voice feedback turned on or off.

Sonos Voice Control: Sonos Voice Control was created purely for listening on Sonos and delivers fast, accurate hands-free control of your music and your Sonos system with privacy. With Sonos Voice Control, you can use voice requests to control the Beam (Gen 2) and other Sonos products in your system. You can even ask Sonos Voice for multiple things on multiple Sonos products at once. Sonos Voice Control finds the music you want to listen to by processing requests entirely on the device for faster response times and effortless follow-ups. All you need is one "Hey Sonos" and you can follow up without the need for additional wake-words. Just like the Sonos app, you can control music and speakers in any room, easily play music around the home, save and like your favorite songs to your personal music library, and more.

  • Music Control: Use Sonos Voice Control to play songs, artists, albums, playlists, genres, and more from select music services (including Sonos Radio, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and Pandora). More services may be available in the future (not ETA). Click here for a complete list of the latest compatible music services. You can also use Sonos Voice to adjust the volume level, pause your music, skip tracks, and more. You can even ask Sonos Voice to "Like" or "Unlike" a song, as well as get information on what song is playing. In addition, you'll be able to group/ungroup rooms, plus move your music from one room to another.
  • Home Theater Control: Sonos Voice can also be used to turn the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar and your HDMI-ARC connected TV on or off, as well as switch between Night and Speech enhancement modes.
  • Total Privacy: Designed with privacy at its core, Sonos Voice Control processes requests entirely on the device. No audio or transcript is sent to the cloud, stored, listened to, or read by other parties.

Notes:

  • Sonos Voice Control works on every voice-capable Sonos speaker
  • Click here for a more comprehensive list of Sonos Voice controls.
  • Make sure your Sonos device has the latest firmware/software update installed.

Works With Alexa & Google Assistant: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) blends great sound and multiroom audio with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice-activated, hands-free control of your music and more. You'll be able to control music and multiroom playback with just your voice. You can also use the Sonos Beamlike any other Alexa Echo or Google Home device and ask non-music related commands (like information about the weather, traffic, news, sports, etc) or have Alexa control your smart home devices. Specific control functions will vary by digital voice assistant.

  • Amazon Alexa: Voice control functions supported by Amazon Alexa - Click here for more information regarding Amazon Alexa on Sonos.
    • Music:You can ask Alexa to play music on a specific Sonos device in an specific room of your home from these featured music services (Apple Music, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, & Spotify). Using the Alexa app, you can group your Sonos products and your Alexa-enabled devices together. This makes it easier for Alexa to control your Sonos products based on which room or area they are in. You can pause, resume, and skip songs, as well as change the volume with all Sonos compatible online music services.
    • TV: For compatible TVs, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) introduces commands specific to TV use, including "Turn on the TV" and "Turn off the TV". Sonos Beam (Gen 2) also follows commands such as "Turn it up" and "Mute", applying them to the TV volume. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) must be connected to your TV's HDMI-ARC input and your TV needs to support CEC features. Amazon Alexa voice control for your TV will not work if the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is connected via the included optical adapter.
    • Fire TV: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can also be linked to Alexa-enabled video streaming devices such as Fire TV (sold separately). Once linked, you can control these services with the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by switching to specific network or tuning to a certain channel - all with just your voice. If you've logged into Netflix or added HBO shows onto your Fire TV, you'll even be able to select shows by their title using only your voice.
  • Google Assistant: Voice control functions supported by Google Assistant - Click here for more information regarding Google Assistant on Sonos.
    • Music:You can ask Google to play music on a specific Sonos device in an specific room of your home from these featured music services (Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio). You can pause, resume, and skip songs, as well as change the volume with all Sonos compatible online music services.
    • TV: For compatible TVs, Sonos Beam (Gen 2) introduces commands specific to TV use, including "Turn on the TV" and "Turn off the TV". Google voice control for your TV will not work if the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is connected via the included optical adapter.
    • Google Broadcast: Broadcast a message to everyone in your home over your Sonos One, Beam, or other Google Assistant-enabled devices. Include your message after the command.
Notes:
  • You can only configure your Sonos system to work with one digital voice assisant; choose either Alexa or Google Assistant (you cannot use both). You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa or Google Home app on your mobile device or computer. Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same wireless network.
  • Sonos and Alexa or Google Assistant work together using a single Amazon or Google account. If you have a second Sonos system in another location, you'll need to use a second Amazon or Google account if you'd like to use Alexa. An Amazon or Google account can only be in use on one Sonos system at a time.

HDMI CEC: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) soundbar speaker does not come with a remote, but does offer HDMI CEC compatibility so you can control basic functions of the soundbar from your HDMI connected TV's remote. Basic functions include Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, and Mute. HDMI CEC will not work if the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is connected via the included optical adapter.

IR Commands: Even though the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) does not come with a remote control, it does feature a front-panel IR receiver that can receive commands from a TV remote control. Your TV's remote control will need to be programmed to operate the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). Control functions only include Volume Up and Down. Click this link for instructions on how to program your TV's remote to operate the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

Top-Panel Controls: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has touch-sensitive top-panel controls for basic functions such as Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, and Previou/Next Track. There is also a button to turn the soundbar's built-in microphone on or off.

Automatic Updates: The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) supports free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the One and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available through the Sonos S2 Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself. The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) must be connected to your home network and the internet for automatic software updates.

System Requirements

Internet Service Provider: You'll need a high-speed, wired internet service provider connection such as cable, fiber, or DSL. Wireless internet connections such as satellite, mobile hotspots, or 4G LTE routers can experience delays between the internet connection and Sonos and are not supported. Using these types of connections can cause music to not play, skip, or cut out completely.

Network Requirements: Sonos can be configured in either a wireless or wired network setup. This article will cover the differences between the two setups and provide recommendations for which setup best suits your system and home network.

  • Wired Setup: A Sonos system operating in a wired setup will require one of your Sonos products to remain connected to the router via Ethernet cable at all times. If your Sonos system is in a wired setup and you use a WiFi mesh router with multiple wireless nodes, we recommend wiring your Sonos product directly to the primary wired mesh node. Avoid wiring any Sonos products to the wireless mesh nodes. If you are on a corporate or advanced network, it must not block Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
  • WiFi Setup: All Sonos products can connect to wireless routers or access points that support 802.11b/g WiFi over 2.4GHz. Additionally, all Sonos products can connect to WiFi networks that use WPA1 and WPA2 Personal security standards, as well as unsecured WiFi networks. When running S2 software, many newer Sonos products support faster WiFi modes (including 802.11ac) and will connect to them when possible. You can learn more about which Sonos products support which WiFi modes, standards, and protocols in this article.

Notes: Unsupported network setups and devices include -

  • Wireless internet connections such as satellite, mobile hotspots, or LTE routers
  • Guest networks or networks that use a portal login page
  • Networks using wireless range extenders2
  • Ethernet over Power (EOP) devices
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise

 

Sonos S2 Controller App: Sonos offers a Sonos Controller app for for Apple iOS 14.0+, Android OS 8.0+, Fire 7.0+Mac OSX 10.11+, and Windows 8+. The Sonos S2 is a new app and operating system (OS) that powers the next generation of products and experiences. In addition to new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward, Sonos S2 enables higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater.

  • Sonos Controller App Requirements: A compatible Apple iOS or Android device running the Sonos Controller app is required to set up a new Sonos system or add new products. Sonos also supports macOS and Windows versions of the Sonos Controller App, but certain system management features such as setting up a new Sonos system or adding new products, are not available. See this article for more details.
  • Sonos Product Compatibility: Most Sonos products are compatible with S2. Some older Sonos "legacy" products will not support the advances of S2 due to their memory and processing power. The older Sonos "legacy" app is referred to as the Sonos S1 app. This article will break down which Sonos products are compatible with Sonos S2 vs S1.
  • Split Sonos System: If you have both, older "legacy" Sonos products and newer Sonos products, you have the option to create two separate eco-systems - one that will be controlled with the older Sonos S1 controller app and the other that will be controlled by the newer Sonos S2 controller app. Read this article for more details.

Supported Audio Formats: Sonos supports a variety of audio formats for its 2ch stereo products and multichannel home theater speakers.

  • Music Libraries: Sonos supports the playback of your own music library stored on a NAS drive or personal computer. Sonos supports compressed & uncompressed audio formats when streaming from your local music library. Sonos systems support mono (1-channel) or stereo (2-channel) audio files with sample rates up to 48kHz. Sonos music libraries are limited to 65,000 tracks. The memory limit can be reached prior to 65,000 tracks if there is a large amount of metadata. For example, classical music tracks tend to have a large amount of metadata and can use up the available memory before the 65,000 track limit is reached. If you have more than 65,000 tracks, you can use Plex with Sonos as an alternative.
  • Home Theater: Sonos home theater speakers are compatible with a wide range of television and movie soundtrack audio formats. Compatible audio formats will vary by Sonos home theater speakers and by connection method to your TV. While most TVs are compatible with Sonos home theater speakers, some may need additional configuration or may not work with Sonos. This article will describe some basic requirements when using Sonos speakers with your TV.

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17 questions already asked

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Is the quality of music streaming better when the Sonos Beam Gen2 is connected to the Wi-Fi modem/router through the Ethernet cable connection or connecting through Wi-Fi?
anthony  Nov 13, 2022
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Generally speaking, connection with an Ethernet cable will be the most reliable. However, if your home Wi-Fi system is reliable, there should be no difference in terms of performance with the Beam.
zachary  Nov 13, 2022 (Staff)
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I currently have an Alexa Echo and a Bose sound bar attached to my television thru which I also play Amazon streaming music in my Living Room. I would like to extend/sync my Amazon streaming music to a Sunroom located about 36 feet from my Alexa Echo. Is this item compatible with my set up and does it have the range? Please advise. Thanks
james  Nov 07, 2022
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Greetings James, and thank you for your question. Alexa uses your home Wifi network, so does your Bose bar, and so will this Sonos Beam. Most Wifi ranges are 100 feet and beyond today. If you can take your laptop, or tablet, or the phone to the sunroom and get the Internet on it, you will have no issues with a Wifi speaker in the sunroom either. One thing though is if you want the same music to play on both bars at the same time, there will be a delay.
hogan  Nov 07, 2022 (Staff)
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Can this be used as a wireless rear center channel? I already have a HDMI ARC connected front beam and 2 rear One SLs but would like a rear center too.
carrie  Oct 20, 2022
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Greetings Carrie, and thank you for your question. Sonos does not offer a rear center channel configuration. Just the 5.1. Only way to do another beam in the rear is to group all the speakers in that room, and lose surround sound.
hogan  Oct 20, 2022 (Staff)
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Can I use the sonos in place of my center speaker? In other words, I want to use it to enhance my TV audio but then use as a center speaker for my sound system.
mark  Sep 20, 2022
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You would not be able to use the Sonos Beam as your center channel and still integrate it with a traditional home theater system with a receiver and speakers. The Beam would replace the entire sound system unless you added other Sonos speakers or used the Sonos amp to connected some passive speakers for wireless surrounds.
arielle  Sep 21, 2022 (Staff)
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Does open box come with the full 1 year warranty?
michael  Sep 02, 2022
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That's 100 percent affirmative Michael! Any of our outlet stock items whether they are from the Open Box section or the Scratch and Dent section are still guaranteed performers. They are also still covered under the same factory warranty AND 60 day satisfaction guarantee as any new in box products! No worries here Michael, you're totally covered.
bo  Sep 02, 2022 (Staff)
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Can this sound bar be mounted above the tv?
stephen  Aug 09, 2022
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Wall-Mounting a soundbar above a TV is not "ideal" but it can be done with good results!
thomas  Aug 09, 2022 (Staff)
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Does the Sonos generation one have Alexa built-in?
anita  Jul 03, 2022
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The Generation 1 Sonos Beam does have Alexa built in, but because it is a gen 1 unit you may see features, or app support limited on the older model. If you are having voice control or app control issues, we do recommend upgrading to the Gen 2 and the newer app. Either gen 1 or 2 these bars sound amazing Anita!
bo  Jul 03, 2022 (Staff)
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how do I turn on and off sonos ?
chuck  Jun 23, 2022
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If you are asking how to turn the microphone off, you can press the microphone button on top or disable it from the Sonos Controller App.
thomas  Jun 23, 2022 (Staff)
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Dialogue on bar?
carl  Apr 18, 2022
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if you are asking if "dialogue" is clear and understandable, the answer is definitely yes. Dialogue is not muddled with heavy bass or background noise. Very clear and distinct.
robert  Apr 18, 2022
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What is the voltage requirement? Is this autovolt? Will it work with 220v overseas?
irben  Jan 13, 2022
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It is auto switching and can be used with 100-240 volt AC supplies.
thomas  Jan 19, 2022 (Staff)
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Can the Sonos beam work as a stereo speaker when connected with another Sonos one speaker?
anthony  Dec 21, 2021
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Absolutely..I use my beam as an additional speaker with my other Sonos speakers. I have 3 Sonos 1 speakers, and a Move speaker ..the beam works great with all of them..whether you're watching tv, or just listening to music.
stan  Dec 21, 2021
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Why No Bluetooth?
frank  Dec 10, 2021
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I've found that Apple airplay 2 works much better.
shawn  Dec 12, 2021
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The quality is best w wifi But I missed Bluetooth.
dr lila  Dec 10, 2021
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Bluetooth is simply not included in it's design. Having said that, it is a excellent soundbar, especially with Dolby Atmos formatted movies.
robert  Dec 10, 2021
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I am undecided whether to go with a Sonos Beam (Gen 2) or Klipsch Cinema 600 sound bar. I am more interested in clear sound while watching movies and TV not so much music. I have a 17' x 15' living room with Ceramic floors and a small rug. How would you compare two?
rick  Nov 23, 2021
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
kenneth  Nov 24, 2021 (Staff)
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Will I need anything else to hook the Sonos Beam to my TV?
patricia  Nov 16, 2021
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Sonos includes everything you need for set up (HDMI and power cable).
nathan craig  Nov 18, 2021
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Just hdmi cable sonos into arc port on tv.
kenneth  Nov 16, 2021
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Call the Tech Department!!!
alberto santa  Nov 16, 2021
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if you have a HDMI ARC on your TV then no.... if you're hooking up to the optics you will need an optic cable
adam  Nov 16, 2021
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can you use a non sonos sub ?
joe  Nov 06, 2021
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No. As the entire "set-up" of the sonos system is through the app that you download, it only works with Sonos products.
robert  Nov 06, 2021
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And those who want to deploy two Subs in the same system must have a Sonos Arc, Beam, or Playbar soundbar; a Playbase sound base; or a Sonos Amp. One of the Subs must be a Gen 3 model, which has increased processing power, and you'll need to have the latest version of the Sonos S2 app, which is rolling out today
brett  Nov 06, 2021
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Is the Sonos Beam gen 2 compatible with the Sonos S1 system?
joe  Sep 08, 2022
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The Beam (Gen 2) does not support the S1 operating system or app.
zachary  Sep 08, 2022 (Staff)
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