Audiophiles looking for a compact soundbar with Dolby Atmos support and seamlessly smooth connectivity will love the fact that the Sonos is bringing in the updated successor to their original Beam sound bar. The new Sonos Beam Gen 2 is now on preorder in Malaysia from today priced at RM2,699.
What is the Sonos Beam Gen 2
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 retains a similar form factor as its predecessor that we reviewed a while back but ramps up its capabilities and performance along with the hardware under the hood by several orders of magnitude with the notable addition of Dolby Atmos support for rich three dimensional audio for movies and games that support the format, HDMI eARC and more.
Building on the lessons learned in crafting the polycarbonate chassis from the premium Sonos Arc, they’ve swapped out the old fabric coverings of the first generation Beam and incorporated a solid polycarbonate chassis with hundreds of precision drilled holes all around the front and sides to ensure optimum sound from the center tweeter and four elliptical mid woofers powered by Class-D amplifiers as well as three passive radiators. Combined, this allows the Sonos Beam Gen 2 cover the acoustic spectrum from rumbly low bass to crystal clear high-frequency response.
The Sonos Beam Gen 2 isn’t just about pure hardware alone; it also has an upgraded processor that is 40% faster, allowing it to pack a slew of powerful audio enhancements for superior sound and performance enhancements across the board. According to Scott Fink, a product manager from Sonos who was part of the new Beam development team,”the faster audio processor enables us to create much bigger and spacious sound that include Dolby Atmos support, and we’ve upgraded the speaker arrays from the 3 in the original Beam to 5 speaker arrays in the new Beam, which are separate software algorithms that direct sound into different areas of the room.”
Like other Sonos products, the Beam Gen 2 is exceptionally well connected with WiFi 802.11ac, a HDMI eARC and Apple AirPlay 2 support. It also has NFC to make setup even easier with a more effortless setup to your home WiFi network.
There’s also support with Alexa and Google Assistant though both aren’t officially in Malaysia as yet. It will also play nice with other Sonos gear such as the Sonos Sub and Sonos One to form more comprehensive room setups and it also has their TruePlay feature which uses an iOS device to calibrate acoustics to match the dimensions of a room.
When is the Sonos Beam Gen 2 coming to Malaysia
Preorders for the Sonos Beam Gen 2 are live now and the new soundbar is slated for arrival in Malaysia this coming 6th October 2021 in your choice of black or white including matching cables for RM2,699. To preorder, you can saunter on over to www.trysonos.my