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Topic # 240105 21-Aug-2018 11:07
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Hi

 

 

 

Has anyone purchased the newly released Sonos Beam?

 

 

 

Thoughts on it? – Is Sonos worth the extra money?

 

 

 

Does Alexa work with NZ Radio Stations? “Alexa Play Radio Sport” etc.

 

 

 

Any feedback appreciated.

 

 

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 2076656 21-Aug-2018 11:39
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Can't help with the Sonos side, but you can download the Amazon Alexa app for both iOS and Android which operates just like Alexa on an appliance.  From there you can see what does/doesn't work and add your own skills to see if the appliance is worthwhile for you.


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  Reply # 2076674 21-Aug-2018 11:53
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I have a Sonos play and love it.

 

 

 

Considering a Beam as I am in the market for a Sound bar. 


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  Reply # 2076675 21-Aug-2018 11:53
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We have a Beam.

In one of our TV rooms (where we do the most watching) until recently we had a 40” Samsung Smart TV supported by a Sonos PlayBar, two Play 3 surrounds and a Sub (with a single Play 5 at the other end of the room).

Now we have an LG C8 55” OLED TV and the Playbar didn’t really fit in (bit too big and ugly) - so we replaced it with a white Beam and still have the other Sonos gear in place. I’m selling the PlayBar on TM.

The TV is wall-mounted so I also bought the Beam wall-mount bracket and the Beam is mounted below the TV.

I’m a bit of a gadgeteer but not a true audiophile and I know a few guys here on GZ ridicule the idea of Sonos for HT - but I just love this set-up. The Beam sounds brilliant - as stated in countless online reviews - and works great with the existing speakers. The Sonos TruePlay auto-tune/balance set-up is fantastic.

Have set-up Alexa and it works for TV on/off/volume etc but haven’t tested its full functionality because TBH I’m not particularly interested in that.

We use the Sonos gear for 5.1 TV audio and for streaming music from Spotify and Pandora. Good thing is that the Sonos app knows when the TV turns on and if you’re listening to music, it will switch to TV sound - and vice versa.

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  Reply # 2076677 21-Aug-2018 11:54
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Sounddude:

I have a Sonos play and love it.


 


Considering a Beam as I am in the market for a Sound bar. 



@Sounddude I have a Sonos PlayBar currently on Trademe.

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  Reply # 2077073 21-Aug-2018 20:13
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With the sub it sounds good, without the sub it's weak and easily eclipsed by other products on the market.

 

The problem is, the sub costs close to twice as much as the soundbar itself... whether it's value for money is up to you.

 

There's a rumor Sonos is working on a cheaper sub...


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  Reply # 2077537 22-Aug-2018 15:54
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Dunnersfella:

 

With the sub it sounds good, without the sub it's weak and easily eclipsed by other products on the market.

 

 

 

 

we just got one for the master bedroom - no tv in there, we just wanted it for music (had originally thought a pair of Sonos ONEs - but the Beam works out the same price and is less visually intrusive). Sub for music is ok given it's size. Would I like it for watching movies though - no!

 

Alexa with spotify works well - radio seems hit or miss, I can see the available radio stations in the alexa app - asking for them generally seems to result in 'sorry can't find that radio station' (I would sit down and try and suss why but since I never listen to the radio I'm not motivated). Bigger issue the 'briefings' (as it would be quite nice to get RNZ/BBC world news on demand) - there's a long standing and still unresolved bug where the first request gets you nothing but silence - ask for it a 2nd time and you get the actual audio.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2077575 22-Aug-2018 17:01
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Now we have an LG C8 55” OLED TV and the Playbar didn’t really fit in (bit too big and ugly) - so we replaced it with a white Beam and still have the other Sonos gear in place. I’m selling the PlayBar on TM.

 

Are you using ARC with the LG and Beam and if you are do they play nicely over ARC?

 

I never had a bad experience with ARC but I know it can cause premature baldness.





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  Reply # 2077577 22-Aug-2018 17:05
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MikeAqua:

eracode:


Now we have an LG C8 55” OLED TV and the Playbar didn’t really fit in (bit too big and ugly) - so we replaced it with a white Beam and still have the other Sonos gear in place. I’m selling the PlayBar on TM.


Are you using ARC with the LG and Beam and if you are do they play nicely over ARC?


I never had a bad experience with ARC but I know it can cause premature baldness.



Yep - ARC and it works fine. The HDMI cable comes with it. You can also run it using optical and there’s an adapter in the box for that - HDMI > Toslink - for TVs that don’t support ARC.

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