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@Ryan S, what are the chances of Sonos supporting other audio codecs namely DTS for Beam considering it has HDMI?
95% of my movies are all DTS... So more support would mean more compatibility and more people would like this.

I see Bose has Dolby and DTS on their soundbar.


Hi, Sonos Beam was designed to be used with the most popular streaming services, none of which support DTS. This is the same reason we do not support DTS on the Playbar or Playbase. If you want to watch DTS-encoded audio content with Sonos Beam, it's possible to transcode DTS to Dolby Digital using a variety of Blu-ray players or modern game consoles. Beam plays Dolby Digital 5.1, so if you're getting Dolby Atmos or other Dolby Digital compatible signals, your TV should automatically send Dolby Digital 5.1 to Beam as requested via an HDMI-ARC handshake.
Can you guys please stop with this rubbish? Sonos make fantastic products, but just admit the truth, You have left DTS out due to it being a cost issue. No-one would cripple a great product and cop so much backlash from people on this forum, not to mention it being mentioned in almost every review, if there wasn't a cost issue in doing it. There are workarounds sure, but they nearly all fly in the face of the simplicity buying sonos is meant to achieve. Ditto to the massive oversight on having no HDMI in on the Beam, meaning you lose a valuable HDMI Port on the TV to only audio.


It's not rubbish. If certain people are not the target audience for Beam then how is that the fault of Sonos? You can't make a product that's perfect for everyone. At the end of the day you're paying £400 for a TV soundbar, smart speaker and music streamer for almost every service imaginable.

It's not intended for people who want an absolute cutting edge home cinema experience. It's intended for people on a limited budget who want one great speaker that has them covered for all needs.
Hi all,

I feel the launch of the new Beam sparked quite some criticism with a certain group of people. I'm definitely one of the Sonos user's for which the Beam offering is perfect, and I'd like to share why. Hopefully this provides another angle to this thread.

My current setup
2x Play:5 for stereo music listening and a Beam to replace the poor excuse for speakers that they've put in my TV.

What I'm looking for in a sound system (and what not)
* I listen way more music than I watch TV. I also care more about music than movies and home cinema.
* I want outstanding sound quality. It doesn't need to be the best one can buy, but it needs to be high-end.
* I want a system that "just works". I happily give up some audio quality or €'s in favour of WiFi connected speakers, AirPlay 2, Alexa, etc.
* The system needs to look good and not draw too much visual attention. For me that means no tower speakers and simple designs (like the Play 5 or Beam, and unlike the Playbar).
* I'm not necessarily looking for "best value for money".

Why the Sonos Beam is a perfect offering for me:
* It's small in size. I don't want a huge TV screen and massive sound bar on my wall.
* It uses HDMI ARC: This checks the "it just works" checkbox. I also value Alexa. To me it's more than a gimmick.
* I don't care about Dolby Atmos, DTS, or 5.1 surround. I don't care enough about home cinema to litter my room with additional One's that need to be mounted on a certain hight. I also won't place my Play 5's in a surround setup, because that will take away the stereo effect for the rest of the room if I'm just listening to music.

Conclusion
I would've never bought the Playbar, Playbase, or Sub. They're too large, and I'm just less willing to spend money on home cinema than on music listening.


I realise a big group of home cinema fanatics is disappointed by the Beam. However, for people like me, the Beam's offering is near perfect.
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Hi all,

I feel the launch of the new Beam sparked quite some criticism with a certain group of people. I'm definitely one of the Sonos user's for which the Beam offering is perfect, and I'd like to share why. Hopefully this provides another angle to this thread.

My current setup
2x Play:5 for stereo music listening and a Beam to replace the poor excuse for speakers that they've put in my TV.

What I'm looking for in a sound system (and what not)
* I listen way more music than I watch TV. I also care more about music than movies and home cinema.
* I want outstanding sound quality. It doesn't need to be the best one can buy, but it needs to be high-end.
* I want a system that "just works". I happily give up some audio quality or €'s in favour of WiFi connected speakers, AirPlay 2, Alexa, etc.
* The system needs to look good and not draw too much visual attention. For me that means no tower speakers and simple designs (like the Play 5 or Beam, and unlike the Playbar).
* I'm not necessarily looking for "best value for money".

Why the Sonos Beam is a perfect offering for me:
* It's small in size. I don't want a huge TV screen and massive sound bar on my wall.
* It uses HDMI ARC: This checks the "it just works" checkbox. I also value Alexa. To me it's more than a gimmick.
* I don't care about Dolby Atmos, DTS, or 5.1 surround. I don't care enough about home cinema to litter my room with additional One's that need to be mounted on a certain hight. I also won't place my Play 5's in a surround setup, because that will take away the stereo effect for the rest of the room if I'm just listening to music.

Conclusion
I would've never bought the Playbar, Playbase, or Sub. They're too large, and I'm just less willing to spend money on home cinema than on music listening.


I realise a big group of home cinema fanatics is disappointed by the Beam. However, for people like me, the Beam's offering is near perfect.


Do you have the play 5 on either side of the TV/beam or in another room?
Almost perfect! Now you can have a Sonos speaker, smart speaker, and a TV speaker in one. No need for multiple speakers in rooms with a TV. They will sell many more of these than the big ones. I will buy at least one the second they add Google Assistant.
I have two Play: One’s at home and am thinking about getting a beam but my TV has no HDMI in port so won’t support Alexa/voice control. Is there any way around this?
I have two Play: One’s at home and am thinking about getting a beam but my TV has no HDMI in port so won’t support Alexa/voice control. Is there any way around this?
To voice control your TV, via the Sonos Beams' built-in Alexa, you could add a Logitech Harmony Hub, providing your TV model is supported. You can connect the TV to the Beam using the usual optical connection.

See link below to check compatibility with your TV:

https://support.myharmony.com/en-us/compatibility
Hi all,

I feel the launch of the new Beam sparked quite some criticism with a certain group of people. I'm definitely one of the Sonos user's for which the Beam offering is perfect, and I'd like to share why. Hopefully this provides another angle to this thread.

My current setup
2x Play:5 for stereo music listening and a Beam to replace the poor excuse for speakers that they've put in my TV.
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Do you have the play 5 on either side of the TV/beam or in another room?


No, I have the two Play:5's both at the right end of my seating area. So if I'm sitting in front of my TV, there's one on the right of the TV, and one on the right behind me. That's not ideal for the seating area, but for the rest of my open living room (dining area, kitchen) it's much better.
Was at the local Best Buy on Sunday. They had the Beam on display, but there was no way to listen to it, lol. I don’t know if B.B. or Sonos is responsible for the in store display, but someone needs to get their act together.
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Hey chicks, those displays are usually up to the store, but we have a team that helps out too. Mind sending me a PM with the store location and I'll pass it along to the team here so they can reach out?
Does it mention separate front speaker channels?:?
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Does it mention separate front speaker channels?:?

Not sure what 'it' is, but Sonos in a HT setup, the front channel speakers are all contained in the Beam (or playbar/playbase). Sonos doesn't have a way to have to have separate speaker devices for the front channels.
Hi Sonos,

Im from Singapore. am i abe to use alexa here for my sonos beam i just bought?

Im not sure how to do it. Do let me know!
Mine connects fine and sets up fine, just NO sound bloody comes out of the two LS + RS Sonos Play 1 Speakers. What the hell? Why won't my Sonos surround sound work?
They connect through a Sonos Boost and were originally on their own as speakers. I don't get it???
Mine connects fine and sets up fine, just NO sound bloody comes out of the two LS + RS Sonos Play 1 Speakers. What the hell? Why won't my Sonos surround sound work?
They connect through a Sonos Boost and were originally on their own as speakers. I don't get it???


You need a DD 5.1 signal or the surrounds won't be noticeable. To check your signal, got to Settings > About My Sonos System and look under the Beam entry. If you are not getting 5.1, you may need to set your TV/cable box to output "Bitstream" or "Dolby Digital".
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Mine connects fine and sets up fine, just NO sound bloody comes out of the two LS + RS Sonos Play 1 Speakers. What the hell? Why won't my Sonos surround sound work?
They connect through a Sonos Boost and were originally on their own as speakers. I don't get it???


Some people (like me) are asking an option for a "full channel stereo" option (like Denon and other HT equipment do and like Sonos do with music sources).
This will allow to use surround speakers also with a 2.0 stereo TV signal.
Hey thanks for the reply. It only works for music. Its really strange. Im watching breaking bad. All voice and normal sounds are the beam, the two play 1s only come on when loud music is playing. Whats the deal?
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I'm lovin' it - and just leaving this message here for the simpler souls who have no idea about home theater/surround sound like what I didn't :D:D:D. My only previous experience on improving the built in speakers of my TVs was linking JBL creatures out of the headphone socket (laugh all you like). Purchased Sonos Beam and a pair of Play1's with a view to being able to hear/understand dialogue and get a bit of oompf when spaceships fly by. Set it up to the TV (Hitachi 43HGT69U) HDMI/ARC port and got on with enjoying my home theater surround sound experience. Strapped for time it has taken me a month or so to get around to the idea that I wasn't experiencing what I was expecting. Feeling somewhat deflated I've been on a steep learning curve. The Beam seems to be registering input as stereo so I've assumed the TV isn't doing the Dolby 5.1 thing. Tried Youtube 5.1 tests to no avail. Swapped to the TVs optical output using Beam adapter. Changing settings on TV and cable box like it's going out of fashion.
After ordering a kwmobile EDID feeder a couple of nights ago I had a revelation (I think) - It's a basic principle (again, I think) that I was unaware of until 2 nights ago - The source data needs to be transmitted in 5.1!!!! (amazing, I know) - if it's transmitted in stereo then that's all the Beam has to handle, so that's what you get. Most TV programmes in the UK are stereo, so you won't suddenly get Corrie in amazing 5.1 surround!!.
Tested my theory by playing 5.1 Netflix movies - works a treat. Currently listening to KOYAANISQATSI (remastered 5.1 version) -superb!. Tried a bit of BBC1 HD last night while ChelseavManU was on (only a bit) and got that too.

So, for those having problems getting the 5.1 thing to work a couple of pointers I think....
1. Source material has to be 5.1
2. Haven't got any Dolby Digital option on the Hitachi - PCM option produces stereo regardless of source, Compressed will give 5.1 (also has Stereo/Dual I/Dual II so have gone with Dual II)
3. Sonos app option MORE/SETTINGS/ABOUT MY SONOS SYSTEM will show what audio in signal is being received by the Beam - Dolby Digital 5.1 is what you need for the full 5.1 experience. If this is displaying something else it doesn't necessarily mean your TV won't pass 5.1, just possibly that the source isn't 5.1
- (another useful value in here is the WM - this refers to which wireless mode is being used - 0=Sonosnet, 1= home wifi)
4. Sonos app option MORE/SETTINGS/ROOM SETTINGS/*name*(+LS+RS)/(Sound)ADVANCED AUDIO/SURROUND SETTINGS will give access to level settings for surround speakers - having a play with this will almost certainly help improve your experience. We were getting virtually nothing from them which wasn't helping then I found this setting - bingo!!

I am now running the Beam + 2 Play1's via the HDMI/ARC port and getting the 5.1 experience (soooo much better than the JBL Creatures) and I think the main thing to help the newbie with "a little knowledge being a dangerous thing" was the fact that the source needs to be in 5.1 (or Sonos compatible??). - Didn't need the EDID feeder after all- can go in the draw with the rest of the tech stuff I've bought but didn't end up needing

Wishlist:-
1 - (or maybe 2 - got a pair of Play1's doing stereo in another room) x Sub - really wanna feel them spaceships
2 - Having sold my soul to Google (no, really) just sitting here, twiddling my thumbs (in 5.1) awaiting Google Assistant..... tum-te-tum-te-tum

Hope this helps some of the less technically knowledgeable folks out there who are finding the whole thing somewhat daunting...... and expecting feedback from those who do know the subject, pointing out where I've gone wrong with my statements above.
Cheers,
Dave.
Dave,

Enjoyed reading your post above and can definitely relate to it, as I have a similar 5.0 working Beam surround setup here too. I love it and continue to recommend it to others, but I truly hope I’m never forced to watch Coronation Street in 5.1 surround sound.:D it’s bad enough being made to watch it, with the wife, in PCM stereo, particularly when the Man U v Chelsea game is showing live on BBC1.

I really need to buy another Beam for the TV and Play:1’s that I have in the bedroom, I think.?
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Hi Ken, thanks. Must admit went straight over and ordered a refurb'd sub - can't wait. Will try it in the other room first with the stereo play1s set up to try before sticking it in the lounge for the 5.1. This modular concept is a brilliant marketing ploy ??
Dave,

I would be really interested to see what you think of adding the SUB to your surround setup and if it's worth considering. The wife and I thought that it might disturb our neighbours, so I have put that purchase aside, at the moment, for that reason. I am quite happy with the surround sound as it stands now, truth be told.

I have a Sony 5.1 DTS/Dolby system in another room, with a combined receiver/sub and find I leave that often in 'night mode' so not to disturb folk, but it does get some infrequent use, when there’s occasionally no one home next door. They have young children too, who are off to bed around 7pm, so I tend to lower volume after that time.

So I’m currently sat on the fence when it comes to adding the Sub to my setup. If you do (kindly) get a chance though, I would love to hear your thoughts at some later stage, of what you think of it.

Thanks ?.
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Ken, no problem, will do. I'm lucky as we're detached but wife not a big fan of "real loud" so .... I have read that it is all or nothing with these but then also that you can have them quite low and they fill the bass level that would otherwise be missing without shaking the street. I will see and feedback. As I"m a techno- head who loves big underground club sound systems I shall push it a bit, just to check like ???
Ken, no problem, will do. I'm lucky as we're detached but wife not a big fan of "real loud" so .... I have read that it is all or nothing with these but then also that you can have them quite low and they fill the bass level that would otherwise be missing without shaking the street. I will see and feedback. As I"m a techno- head who loves big underground club sound systems I shall push it a bit, just to check like ???ha ha ..Cheers Dave, look forward to your 'hands on' review.. that’s very kind. Thanks very much!
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Dave,

I would be really interested to see what you think of adding the SUB to your surround setup and if it's worth considering.



I added a sub to a similar setup about a month ago. The Beam and Play:1s already make a capable 5.0 setup, and for the likes of basic cable TV I’d probably advise against adding a sub period. However, music and 5.1 sources do sound really well when the sub is added to the mix, especially when tuned wth Trueplay or manuall controls.
The base sounds great, obviously, but it also changes the characteristics of the Beam and Play:1 surrounds. They sound cleaner and more open, and the four units work well together to elevate fidelity to a higher level. Sonos deserve credit for this – every component you add genuinely lifts the whole setup. It’s quite subtle, but if you switch the sub on and off while playing audio, it’s there to hear.

I had been concerned that it might be a bit much for the neighbours, but the sub can be easily tamed with night mode or a bit of tuning. I’ve left mine at Trueplay settings.

The Sonos sub is an outrageously expensive component. A big part of recommendation comes down to how you can swallow the cost, how enthusiastic you are about your music or home cinema, and how many Sonos components you already have. To anyone considering owning a 5.1 Sonos setup, I’d say if you have good WiFi and deep pockets, if you need a tidy wireless solution for TV and music with access to all the streaming features, and your other TV equipment plays nice with Dolby signalling and DTS transcoding, than Sonos is a very good shout. Otherwise you might be better advised putting your money into traditional separates or a good wired package.
Dave,

I would be really interested to see what you think of adding the SUB to your surround setup and if it's worth considering.



I added a sub to a similar setup about a month ago. The Beam and Play:1s already make a capable 5.0 setup, and for the likes of basic cable TV I’d probably advise against adding a sub period. However, music and 5.1 sources do sound really well when the sub is added to the mix, especially when tuned wth Trueplay or manuall controls.
The base sounds great, obviously, but it also changes the characteristics of the Beam and Play:1 surrounds. They sound cleaner and more open, and the four units work well together to elevate fidelity to a higher level. Sonos deserve credit for this – every component you add genuinely lifts the whole setup. It’s quite subtle, but if you switch the sub on and off while playing audio, it’s there to hear.

I had been concerned that it might be a bit much for the neighbours, but the sub can be easily tamed with night mode or a bit of tuning. I’ve left mine at Trueplay settings.

The Sonos sub is an outrageously expensive component. A big part of recommendation comes down to how you can swallow the cost, how enthusiastic you are about your music or home cinema, and how many Sonos components you already have. To anyone considering owning a 5.1 Sonos setup, I’d say if you have good WiFi and deep pockets, if you need a tidy wireless solution for TV and music with access to all the streaming features, and your other TV equipment plays nice with Dolby signalling and DTS transcoding, than Sonos is a very good shout. Otherwise you might be better advised putting your money into traditional separates or a good wired package.
McMurdeR,

Thanks for taking the time to write that interesting and helpful review about the sub.

I do already have a DTS/Dolby 5.1 Sony HT system in the main living room area, but tend to set it to 'night mode' mostly, particularly after 7pm in the evening, as mentioned earlier.

Adjusting the Sony sound mode is a manual operation (side menu on TV or via Receiver/TV/Harmony remote) and more often than not, I find that I end up forgetting and leaving it in night mode, with little, or virtually no significant bass, but in fairness I play far less music through the Sony setup, than I do via the 4 Sonos Speakers that we presently have in that same room.

Most TV (cable/freeview) channels that we watch, obviously use PCM stereo audio and so I don’t miss the HT bass in most cases when simply watching general TV... it’s only when watching Netflix/Prime Movies, or playing music via Apple TV, that I immediately notice the difference and realise the setup has been left in 'night mode'.

I’m still in two minds to add the Sonos sub however to our Beam 5.0 setup, which is located on the same floor in the main dining room. It’s not our main 'listening' area, although from time to time, my wife and I may go in there to watch a good film, whilst having dinner, or I may listen to some music by myself, or use when we have family, or friends, around for a meal.

Even when family/friends come round for dinner, we tend to keep the volume down low, so that we can chat etc. So I’m not so sure my purchase of a sub would be entirely justified for those occasions. It would mostly be used for playing music whenever I go into that room to listen on my own, about once or twice a week for a few hours. Hence I have hesitated over this decision for a while.

I’m looking forward next to see what DavePM has to say about the sub, just to see how that compares to your review.

Thanks again for your thoughts. I’m still sat on the fence about the sub at the moment, but every opinion really does help.?
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OMG as the kids say, YES, YES and more YES!!! - So far just tested it with the techno with a pair of play1's in the conservatory and with the Beam/Play1's 5.0 in the lounge :D:D:D: - Surgeon / Luminosity Device / all of it / but track 2 onwards if you want to hear how techno bass should be..... Now to test with a bit of DD 5.1 ..... BRB - waiting for the 40th anniversary of the Nostromo passing by later ??

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