Home Theater Section
Network & Multiroom Audio
Remote & Voice Control
Home Theater Section
Multi-Speaker Array: The Sonos Beam houses utilizes a multi-speaker
array to harmonize low and high frequencies. The Beam houses one tweeter for
crisp and clear dialog, four full-range woofers for faithful midrange and rich
midbass, plus three passive radiators for deep and accurate bass.
Class-D Amplification: Five Class-D digital amplifiers are perfectly
tuned to match the Beam's single tweeter, four full-range range woofers, and the acoustic architecture of the
enclosure. Thanks to discrete Class-D amplifier technology, you get clear and
dynamic sound at any volume level without distortion.
HDMI ARC: The Sonos Beam is equipped one HDMI ARC
output to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The Beam's HDMI ARC
output allows audio from your TV to be sent through the soundbar speaker system.
The HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch) and 2ch PCM. Some
televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the ARC-enabled HDMI input from
devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, and will only pass Dolby Digital
via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps, or USB.
- If your TV does not have a HDMI ARC input, but does have an optical
(toslink) digital output, an HDMI-to-optical digital adapter is included
(supports 5.1ch Dolby Digital and 2ch PCM). The HDMI-to-optical digital
adapter features a female HDMI connector on one end to slip on to a HDMI
cable's male connector and a male optical (toslink) connector on the
other end to plug into your TV optical digital input (you cannot use a
dedicated optical digital cable with the Sonos Beam).
- The Sonos Beam does not offer an analog input connectivity for your TV.
Sound Adjustments: The Sonos Beam offers adjustable Bass & Treble, as
well as a Dialog Clarity mode and Night mode. Turn on Dialog Clarity to enhance
speech and vocals, so you never miss a word. Night mode allows you to enjoy late
night TV without waking the whole house by balancing the sound output of loud
and soft passages.
Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and
where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you
hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in
your Apple iOS 8.0+ device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings
and other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos Beam soundbar
speaker to make sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos
Beam speaker already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to
how music should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes
approximately 3 minutes from start to finish.
Note: Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android
Wireless 5.1ch Speaker System: Add the
Sub 1 Wireless Powered Subwoofer and a pair of
Play:5 speakers for a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience (sub and
speakers sold separately). Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or
rear speakers to enjoy true 5.1ch audio. In conjunction with the
Sonos Boost, you can even use the Sonos
Connect:Amp as a rear amplifier with separate rear speakers; in this
configuration you will still need to run wire between the rear speakers and the
Connect:Amp (Boost, Connect:Amp, and speakers sold separately).
Mounting Options: The Sonos Beam's compact and versatile
design make it great for small to medium size rooms where space is at a premium.
You can place the Beam soundbar on your TV stand or purchase the custom designed
mount (sold separately) to easily and securely hang it on
Network & Multiroom Audio
Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Beam is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Beam soundbar
speaker and add other Sonos products - including the Sonos
Play:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, and the Sonos
Connect zone players (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be
connected in one system.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding
music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through
SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its
own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides
superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music
playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range
of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your
home's layout. In addition to the Beam, you will need a
Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via
a Ethernet cable.
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your
home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are
connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need
to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless
range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the
SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one.
Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over
WiFi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more
secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
- WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices
on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz (you will
have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).
Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi,
the Sonos Beam is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to
wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the
Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if
you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to
unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and
thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
the latest online music services (some online services require a paid
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from
any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network
where you have shared music folders. Sonos can play music stored on up to 16
PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network,
supporting the most popular audio formats. Sonos indexes your music folders
so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists,
albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos supports the following audio
file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg
Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV
(uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
- iTunes Music: The Sonos wireless music system supports
the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account
(playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music
files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device
(4.0+) running the Sonos app.
AirPlay 2 (Firmware Update Available):
AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for
iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any
sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer
(running OS X 10.13.2) on the Sonos One, Play:5, Beam speakers, and other
compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask
Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control
playback of your Apple Music on compatible Sonos speakers. You can even watch
videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device
or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on a Sonos One, Play:5, or Beam
speaker. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in
grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room.
Note: Even though the Play:1, Play:3, Playbar, and other
Sonos products are not AirPlay 2 compatible, you can still group these Sonos
speakers with an AirPlay 2 compatible player (like the Sonos One, Play:5, or
Beam) to unlock AirPlay for your entire system.
Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music
services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or
Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following
- High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection
for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet
service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience
playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
- If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take
advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an
Internet-based music service, you must install a wireless router in your
home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase
and install one before setting up your system.
- The Sonos Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) is required for system setup. Initial setup is not
possible through the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up).
- Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using
an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly.
Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire
- For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that
contains your personal music library collection to your home network router
using an Ethernet cable.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking
equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking
hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the
network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
Automatic Updates: The Sonos Beam supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the Beam and Sonos will automatically notify you
when software updates are available through Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system
Remote & Voice Control
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control playback
functions, search features, and multiroom audio distribution through the Sonos
Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) or the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from
your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. The new navigation bar
(My Sonos, Rooms, Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes
finding what you're looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than
- My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab.
It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing
together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums,
podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art
and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're
listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews
and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band
for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your
library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in
different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music
throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for
music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually
- Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites,
internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your
music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search
across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find
the music you love instantly.
- More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your
Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and
loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
Built-in Microphones with Alexa Skills: The Sonos Beam blends great sound and
multiroom audio with Amazon Alexa for voice-activated, hands-free control of
your music and more. Five far-field microphones with advanced beamforming and
multichannel echo-cancellation are built in to Sonos Beam to detect your voice
from any direction, anywhere in the room. When the microphone LED is on, Alexa
is ready for a voice command (these microphone can be turned off). You can speak
at natural volume to activate Alexa-supported voice commands. Based on your
preference, you can choose to have voice feedback turned on or off. You'll be
able to control music and multiroom playback with just your voice. You can also use the Sonos Beam like any other Alexa Echo device and ask Alexa non-music related commands (like information
about the weather, traffic, news, sports, etc) or have Alexa control your smart
home devices. For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with
- Music Control: Use your voice to play music, group rooms, and turn up the
volume. You can ask Alexa to play music from these featured music services
(Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, & Spotify). You can
pause, resume, and skip songs, as well as change the volume with all Sonos
compatible online music services.
- TV Control: For compatible TVs, Sonos Beam introduces commands
specific to TV use, including "Turn on the TV" and "Turn off the TV". Sonos
Beam also follows commands such as "Turn it up" and "Mute", applying them to
the TV volume. Sonos Beam must be connected to your TV's HDMI-ARC input and
your TV needs to support CEC features. Amazon Alexa voice control for your
TV will not work if the Sonos Beam is connected via the included optical
- Fire TV Control: The Sonos Beam can also be linked to Alexa-enabled
video streaming devices such as Fire TV (sold separately). Once linked, you
can control these services with the Sonos Beam by switching to specific
network or tuning to a certain channel - all with just your voice. If you've
logged into Netflix or added HBO shows onto your Fire TV, you'll even be
able to select shows by their title using only your voice.
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa
app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same wireless network.
- Sonos and Alexa work together using a single Amazon account. If you
have a second Sonos system in another location, you'll need to use a
second Amazon account if you'd like to use Alexa. An Amazon account can
only be in use on one Sonos system at a time.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by
Sonos in 2018 through an over-the-network firmware update.
HDMI CEC: The Sonos Beam soundbar speaker does not come
with a remote, but does offer HDMI CEC compatibility so you can control basic
functions of the soundbar from your HDMI connected TV's remote. Basic functions
include Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, and Mute. HDMI CEC will not work if the
Sonos Beam is connected via the included optical adapter.
Note: The Sonos Beam does not support IR, RF, or Bluetooth commands.