I am a quite happy owner of 2 Sonos One and I recently decided to replace my Yamaha YAS-207 for a Sonos Beam because I wanted to use the Ones as surround.
Alright let's get this out of the way, the Beam sounds really really good, the Yamaha has a sub so it sounds a bit deeper in the low frequencies but the Beam is impressive and it destroys the Yamaha in the mids and high, I could not believe how far back the sound felt with the Yamaha until I listen to the Beam, the sound is warm and feels more filling, amazing job for that.
NOW, this is not all roses and this all comes down to connections.
I wanna have surround sound, my 4K TV does not pass 5.1 with ARC and only has a digital coaxial as output, so here I am spending hours on google and I end up buying an adapter (coaxial to toslink) which now works with Apple TV and PS4, obviously all the benefits of having ARC are now gone...
I have a Nintendo Switch, hmmm, no surround sound coming...hmmm why!? Here I go, google again, ok Nintendo does not pass DD5.1 and Sonos does not accept LPCM 5.1, I am now an expert in all those terms, to be honest I did not want to.
In my humble opinion, most of those issues come down to the fact that SONOS DOES NOT HAVE AN HDMI INPUT in its sound bar, yep, by making things sooo simple, it actually made them very complicated, there is tons of thread, some listing TVs passing 5.1 in HDMI ARC or TV switchers and all those stuffs when this could have been solved by adding an HDMI INPUT like everyone else on the market does, some even have 3!!
The issue with the Switch has to deal with the fact that Sonos does not allow LPCM to go through, now who is to blame, Nintendo, Sonos? Damn who cares...
I like Sonos sound and multi-room experience but please you have to think about US consumers, no one forced me to buy Sonos but unfortunately I found out about all this after the fact like a lot of us I am sure.
I am also sure that some people does not even realise that they are getting stereo because Sonos is supposed to be a plug and play experience right?
Maybe the average consumer does not plan on getting surround sound so why bother, pretty sure the costs of having an HDMI input in 2018 would not break your wallet nor the design.
Whatever it is, I am more than hoping that the Playbar replacement will have all this, I would really take offence if it did not...
Thank you for listening, in the end this is all to make things better for everyone.