The Sonos Beam is a $399 soundbar with Alexa (and Google, someday)

The Sonos Beam is a $399 soundbar with Alexa (and Google, someday)

The Sonos Beam is a $399 soundbar with Alexa (and Google, someday)

Like all Sonos speakers, Beam is part of the Sonos home sound system, meaning owners have options like adding two Sonos Ones for surround sound, a SUB for more bass, or integrating Beam into their existing Sonos multi-room set-ups. At only 25.6 inches long, Sonos Beam won't hang off furniture, block the TV or overwhelm your space.

The speaker is 60 percent smaller than the existing Sonos Bar, which retails for $699, and meant to sit on an entertainment system, under a television.

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JBL also recently announced its own smart sound bar called the Link Bar, but that device features Android TV as well as Google Assistant, making for a more complete package.

Better yet and the company says the Sonos One, Playbase, and second gen Play:5 will gain support for AirPlay 2 in July as well. That said, if your TV doesn't support HDMI ARC, Sonos includes an adapter so you can use optical audio instead. The Beam is smaller than both the Sonos Playbase and Sonos Playbar, helping it squeeze into places that other soundbars and soundbases can't. It also states that support for Google Assistant is coming later this year. What's more, Sonos demonstrated how Siri and Amazon Alexa can happily play nicely with each other across the same products. This cross-platform voice control promises to pertain to the Sonos Beam, as well, so anybody will be able to come into your home and control your music or TV using the voice assistant of their choice, either Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, which sounds pretty neat.

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The thing to remember is that the Sonos Beam's voice controls are still contingent on your smart devices and what services you subscribe to.

Sonos Beam is available for pre-order today in black or white at $499 in Canada and delivers by July 17, 2018. And, emulating the One, thanks to a built-in five far-field microphone array, the Beam can be used to access the Alexa digital assistant for the usual queries and instructions, as well as Alexa-enabled video streaming devices such as Fire TV.

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