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All new Sonos Beam Compact Smart TV Sound bar with Amazon Alexa voice control built in Wireless Sound System and Music Streaming for your home White

Last Updated: 30 Dec 2018 (Refresh Now)
7.6
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Sound Quality
 63
sonos, beam, sound bar, sonos one, surround
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Haven't noticed any lag between TV and sound.  ...  "
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" ...  It does do the audio, and the audio is an improvement. ... Much better sound than the TV's sound ... Can play music via Alexa and other sound services ... I can listen to music without having to turn TV on.  ...  "
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" ...  I was looking for an audio setup that I can build over time and decided on the Sonos system. ... I wish I could blast this thing but considering the neighbors, I keep it at 25% and it still sounds great. ... Enabling night mode makes night time listening enjoyable and living in the city with a lot of ambient noise makes certain dialogue sound muddled ... I wanted to hear the sound from my computer and there was no sound coming out of it and I assumed it's automatic if there is audio coming in from S/PDIF.  ...  "
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" ...  I spent a while looking for sound bars, and had two main criteria before I bought one: how good was the sound quality on a budget, and what is there a potential to expand it, if I wanted a bigger speakers setup. ... The sound quality, without a sub woofer mind you, is phenomenal.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this sound bar and paired it with some sonos play speakers to make a great surround sound system in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  I already had Sonos Play:1 speakers and a Play:3 and I wanted something to give my Family room a full and rich sound for both music and television. ... If you have a Play:3 speaker in the setup, you may not even need a subwoofer. ... Hence, I opted for ALL Sonos for ease of connection and great, synchronized sound.  ...  "
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" ...  the sound is much clearer but not a big difference unless you’re watching a movie with some big sound .  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is good (much better than my Samsung TV speakers alone). ... If you are looking for a more robust sound, I'd definitely invest in the sub and maybe some additional speakers.  ...  "
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Device Compatibility
 37
alexa, sonos, soundbar, echo, sonos one
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Previously I had the harman kardon soundsticks hooked up to my echo dot which was great for listening to music, but was no help for my tv audio. ... I wanted something that would offer comparable sound quality that would work with both Alexa and my tv, hence my excitement at the Sonos beam. ... Alexa performs well, the bar form factor works better against the wall where the dot would often false trigger or would get confused on the directionality of my voice.  ...  "
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" ...  Additionally I needed a in line adapter as some Samsung TVs won’t pass surround sound from other devices like XBOX or a fire stick, not a flaw with the speaker but seems like a company trying to work across a range of manufacturers would have accounted for this stuff for the price point, love it with the sub and play ones but just make sure it meets your needs as far as intergration.  ...  "
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" ...  This soundbar was very simple to set up and works seamlessly with my Samsung Smart TV (2016 model). ... A good entry point into the Sonos ecosystem if you are considering whole home audio in the future.  ...  "
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" ...  The Sonos setup via iPhone was a little clumsy, but once everything's configured it's really easy to use -- although, a lot of the really important TV sound controls are buried beneath several menu screens -- do a Google search for "Sonos tips and tricks" to learn all of the cool stuff this soundbar can do.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this bar and 2 of the old Sonos one's without the built in Alexa. ... I'm now going to get a few more sonos one's for the bedrooms with the alexa built in.  ...  "
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" ...  But I really had hoped for better Alexa control. ... Can play music via Alexa and other sound services ... One thing I like better about the Sonos over the Cube is if I ask it to have Alexa turn a light on or off, it doesn't pause playback like the Cube does. ... I can listen to music without having to turn TV on.  ...  "
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" ...  The application that Sonos uses works perfectly on our phones to manage what the speakers play and when.  ...  "
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" ...  It is now working as an Alexa device. ... I want to connect it to use with my projector as the main speaker, I guess my next project is to get a long Toslink from my Apple TV or Fire TV to the soundbar.  ...  "
Volume
 24
living room, room, sonos, surround sound, sound bar
+88%
-13%
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" ...  We got this as part of a set that includes the sub and two PLAY:1 for a surround sound setup of the entertainment room.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice size speaker and good sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Here's some background: I have a fairly large living room in my new house and it is already hard wired for surround sound, so I was tempted to get a receiver and wired 5.1 setup (which sure sounds great), but I kept reading into wireless surround systems and every review I read or video I saw, SONOS stood out as one of the best with wireless sound. ... I don't need a HomePod in my living room at all and I don't need a separate sound bar either. ... The audio fills the entire space and even at half the volume, the music is incredibly good.  ...  "
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" ...  Powerful enough for movies and doesn’t take up a lot of room.  ...  "
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" ...  Great sound for a small room.  ...  "
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" ...  Fills the room with sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this sound bar and paired it with some sonos play speakers to make a great surround sound system in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  I love this sound bar so much, I've been using it for about 2 months and the room filling, deep and complex sound that this little thing pumps out is impressive!!  ...  "
Software Platform
 24
sonos, app, sonos app, alexa integration, tv
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Just download the Sonos app and you will be ready in a few minutes. ... It is now working as an Alexa device.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this bar and 2 of the old Sonos one's without the built in Alexa. ... I'm now going to get a few more sonos one's for the bedrooms with the alexa built in.  ...  "
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" ...  It understands Alexa commands as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Alexa, Airplay and upcoming Google Assistant integration all in one is a game changer. ... I'm an Apple Music subscriber, but just being able to use Alexa for turning the TV on or off and skip tracks or change volume is very convenient.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like the Alexa integration on the Beam.  ...  "
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" ...  In the past, I had shitty experiences with the Sonos apps and software, but I’ve been blown away at how easy the sound bar is been to set up a News. ... Spotify recognize it as a device almost automatically, and I can always default to airplay if I need it  ...  "
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" ...  This brings back memories of a few years ago when we were struggling to sync Z-Wave Vera devices with the Alexa Smart Home app.  ...  "
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" ...  Alexa integration and future support for other assistants is a nice perk if you don't want a secondary hub in the room.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 20
setup, set, sound, sonos, simple
+95%
-5%
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" ...  Setup and and alexa integration was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  The Sonos setup via iPhone was a little clumsy, but once everything's configured it's really easy to use -- although, a lot of the really important TV sound controls are buried beneath several menu screens -- do a Google search for "Sonos tips and tricks" to learn all of the cool stuff this soundbar can do.  ...  "
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" ...  Hooking it up was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up is a breeze!  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent sound bar and integration into my existing theater setup was superbly easy.  ...  "
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" ...  over all the sound is like not other and set up is simple.  ...  "
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" ...  After much research, I went with Sonos for it's ease of use and setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install, took minutes.  ...  "
Setup
 19
easy, sonos, simple, sound, minutes
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Installation was a little more involved than I imagined.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup and and alexa integration was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Hooking it up was easy.  ...  "
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" ...  The Sonos setup via iPhone was a little clumsy, but once everything's configured it's really easy to use -- although, a lot of the really important TV sound controls are buried beneath several menu screens -- do a Google search for "Sonos tips and tricks" to learn all of the cool stuff this soundbar can do.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was rather simple.  ...  "
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" ...  No printed instructions for basic setup and you have to dig through the app to figure out advanced settings ... I got this, a sub, and two Play:1 speakers and setup/tuning was a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  Mounting and setup from start to finish took 25 minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent sound bar and integration into my existing theater setup was superbly easy.  ...  "
Capacity
 17
sonos, family room, apartment, room, speaker
+100%
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" ...  I’ve found this to be very useful for football as I’m working around the house.  ...  "
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" ...  Plenty loud for my medium sized, open floor plan living room.  ...  "
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" ...  I already had Sonos Play:1 speakers and a Play:3 and I wanted something to give my Family room a full and rich sound for both music and television. ... My Family Room is not huge (20 ft. x 12 ft.) but this thing is more than loud enough with volume set at less than half.  ...  "
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" ...  We have Sono's throughout our home .  ...  "
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" ...  If you are talking about a roomful of sound, the Sonos soundbar can be heard (multiple rooms) through my entire living room, dining room and kitchen. ... My house is open in the second floor and has hardly any wall, but I am talking about a huge area and you can almost hear in every corner so uniformly. ... I know the speaker is located in one part of the living room, but even when I am in the dining room, it sounds like the speaker is next to me.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  Besides, when u live in a condo u must be considerate of others.  ...  "
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" ...  I live in a 500 sq ft apartment and the sound it emits fills the entire place at 50%-60% volume.  ...  "
Ports
 17
hdmi, optical, hdmi arc, beam, port
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Very easy to setup when using HDMI-ARC.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't have a TV, I mainly use this to output sound from my PC connected through the S/PDIF optical port. ... if your Beam is placed farther than this, you may want to consider buying a longer HDMI.  ...  "
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" ...  no remote but if you have the hdmi arc port on you tv the tv/cable remote works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  It's also nice they use the HDMI cable instead of the optical to connect to the TV.  ...  "
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" ...  The HDMI ARC connectivity just works.  ...  "
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" ...  HDMI ARC control of TV  ...  "
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" ...  Since the Beam uses HDMI for its audio your TV likely has a free optical out port. ... I used this one here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS0973G All you need to do is connect your RCA cable to subwoofer connection on the box and you have bass for under $50!  ...  "
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" ...  TONS of equipment, clutter, cables, and my Sonos Connect all by getting this magic little powerhouse of a soundbar!  ...  "
Apps
 14
alexa, app, streaming, sonos, beam
+64%
-36%
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" ...  In the past, I had shitty experiences with the Sonos apps and software, but I’ve been blown away at how easy the sound bar is been to set up a News.  ...  "
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" ...  Just download the Sonos app and you will be ready in a few minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  Alexa is missing some features  ...  "
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" ...  Searching google, I found out you have to do this manually by commanding, "Alexa, Switch to TV" or through the app under the "Browse" tab then pick the "TV" option.  ...  "
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" ...  The native Apple Airplay streaming without the need for the Sonos app (it allows streaming collectively to the Play:1s also) is a great bonus also.  ...  "
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" ...  The other big benefit is that has Alexa built-in and I love using Alexa for Spotify music streaming. ... The Sonos app walks you through the entire process and it took just a few minutes before it was connected and working.  ...  "
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" ...  Alexa, Airplay and upcoming Google Assistant integration all in one is a game changer. ... I'm an Apple Music subscriber, but just being able to use Alexa for turning the TV on or off and skip tracks or change volume is very convenient.  ...  "
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" ...  Just go into the Sonos app settings, click the room you have the Beam in, and sync with the remote.  ...  "
Bass
 11
room, sub woofer, subwoofer, sub, soundbar
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Sound is clear and fills the room but absolutely zero bass.  ...  "
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" ...  The bass is good for the size and price however it does need a boost .  ...  "
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" ...  Did not expect such bass from the little thing but it's good enough to make me debate about buying a $700 sub.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality, without a sub woofer mind you, is phenomenal. ... Bass is rumbly and big, the soundstages wide, and voices sound like they’re practically in my living room.  ...  "
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" ...  The sub-woofer would perfect the sound, but that too is still at a silly price tag.  ...  "
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" ...  No, the bass isn't as full as it was on my huge Velodyne 12" subwoofer, but it's certainly good enough for my room.  ...  "
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" ...  I am not a fan of the huge bass sound that youngsters love.  ...  "
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" ...  It had great sound and bass was excellent because it had a wireless and separate sub-woofer module.  ...  "
Price
 8
sound, sonos, buy, worth the money, worth
+88%
-13%
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" ...  Great quality for the size and price.  ...  "
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" ...  A few more bucks but worth it.  ...  "
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" ...  Great sound for the price  ...  "
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" ...  worth the money!  ...  "
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" ...  The sub-woofer would perfect the sound, but that too is still at a silly price tag. ... Worth the price .  ...  "
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" ...  It's incredible for music as all Sonos products are and the sound is magnificent for the price point.  ...  "
Cables
 6
speaker, cables, wires, subwoofer, sonos
+67%
-33%
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" ...  It eliminated a lot of the wire clutter I had with a standard receiver setup.  ...  "
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" ...  I used this one here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS0973G All you need to do is connect your RCA cable to subwoofer connection on the box and you have bass for under $50!  ...  "
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" ...  TONS of equipment, clutter, cables, and my Sonos Connect all by getting this magic little powerhouse of a soundbar!  ...  "
Size
 6
sound, small, size, good, compact
+100%
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" ...  Nice size speaker and good sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Small form factor  ...  "
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" ...  I like the compact size of the speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  I LOVE how little space they take but how BIG and full the sound is.  ...  "
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" ...  This speaker is a beauty, small and sleek.  ...  "
Design
 5
sleek, modern, speaker, small, looks
+100%
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" ...  It sounds and looks good!  ...  "
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" ...  Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful looking product!  ...  "
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" ...  And the design is modern and fits well with my decor.  ...  "
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" ...  I needed something that sounds great, sleek, modern, and interoperability with multiple devices.  ...  "
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" ...  This speaker is a beauty, small and sleek.  ...  "
Remote
 4
tv, beam, volume, sonos, alexa
+100%
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" ...  It's also super cool to be able to ask Alexa to turn the television on and off without even having to locate a remote, haha.  ...  "
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" ...  It works with your tv remote.  ...  "
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" ...  no remote but if you have the hdmi arc port on you tv the tv/cable remote works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  If you get the beam, note that you need to pair your TV remote with the beam afterwards. ... Just go into the Sonos app settings, click the room you have the Beam in, and sync with the remote.  ...  "
Returns
 4
would
-100%
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" ...  I'm returning it.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately, I’m past the Amazon 30 day return window as I purchased this prior to moving into my home, and the move-in date slipped out a couple of months.  ...  "
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" ...  would like to return it.  ...  "
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" ...  However, I had to return it shortly after trying it out.  ...  "
Network
 4
house, wifi, network
+100%
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" ...  #2 drop in: this was also a feature I used daily to communicate around the house.  ...  "
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" ...  My house is open in the second floor and has hardly any wall, but I am talking about a huge area and you can almost hear in every corner so uniformly.  ...  "
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" ...  They are WiFi, using either your router or their own mesh network for connectivity.  ...  "
Controls
 3
sonos, skip, music, control, via
+33%
-67%
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" ...  The volume control from the remotes was just broken.  ...  "
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" ...  One last little side note, when trying to play music from your phone via the sonos app it will constantly skip to the next song in random intervals for no reason.  ...  "
Marketplace
 3
+100%
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" ...  I got my Beam from Amazon and it was a warehouse deal .  ...  "
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" ...  I'm using it with an LG oled55b7p (shown in my photo).  ...  "
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" ...  So I got rid of (see pic!!)  ...  "
Features
 3
alexa, features, button
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Alexa is missing some features  ...  "
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" ...  Like the night mode  ...  "
Call quality
 3
hear, dialogue, tv, music, built in alexa
+100%
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" ...  Enhanced voice mode (makes dialogue easier to hear)  ...  "
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" ...  Voice enhancement really works - no more backing up to try and find out what was said.  ...  "
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" ...  We can finally hear the dialogue through the music.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
ears, sound, sounding, pretty
+67%
-33%
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" ...  When not directly comparing I guess the sound is pretty good but for those with discerning ears you will definitely be missing something.  ...  "
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" ...  I just like sounds to sound good to my ears.  ...  "

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