Hi everyone, hope I’m posting in the right place.
I have a Beam in my living room, I use it as a regular playbar for TV, shows, movies and so on, but also for listening to the music.
In this latter task, it’s not bad for its size and features, but it is not satisfactory for me, especially in the bass realm.
I know the simplest thing woud be to add a Sub, but I’m not that enthusiastic. The room is not very big, I care about my relationship with neighbours and… well, it does cost a lot. I can’t but think “Is it worth it?” (please note: for me… personal thoughts and tastes!)
So I visited the shop where I purchased the Beam, and the owner kindly allowed me to make some tests:
- Single Sonos One
- Couple Ones
- Beam + Couple Ones
- Options #2, #3, #4 with Sub
- Play 5
My original idea was to get 2x Ones (SL) and group them with the Beam, hoping they would provide more depth and improve the situation. I think a couple Ones is actually better for music than the Beam, but I wouldn’t call this a game changer. I’m ranking #2-3-4 from “worst” to “best” (actually, 3 and 4 sounded approx the same to me), but they are in the same region. Or, I think I would be spending 400 bucks to just get an improvement, not solving the matter at hand.
A single Play:5 was in a different league.
Actually, I liked a lot the way the 5 plays, even better than #5 (Ones/Beam + Sub)
So, question is: for music, would it be better Beam+Sub, a couple Ones+Sub, or Play:5(s)?
Please note that, if I’m going for a 5 (or a couple 5s) I won’t be considering adding a Sub anymore.
I’m already spending way more than originally planned
Sorry for the long post!