Thanks for any help or insight provided!
Best answer by Chris
Playbase - released last year - 10 amplifiers (3 tweeters, 6 mid-range, 1 woofer). A little better low end then original playbar. It's also a Gen2 device so it will support Airplay2 direct connections to (a little more future proof). Toslink Digital input from TV.
Beam - just announced - 5 amplifiers (1 tweeter and 4 mid-range). A Gen2 device so will support Airplay2 direct connection. Also has microphone array and voice assistant built in (currently Alexa - adding Google Support later this year). Toslink Digital input from TV or HDMI ARC input from TV.
I would shy away from the gen1 playbar because of the lack of Airplay support and not as future proof. I do have one and love it though.
If the Playbase layout (for below TV) isn't exactly what your looking for I would lean toward the Beam. Actually I would pretty much lean toward the Beam for price and abilities. No it will not sound as good as the Playbase unless you do things like Add sub or surrounds. But I think it will be good enough for TV and some music.