In San Francisco today, Sonos took to the stage to unveil a brand new speaker previously codenamed “S14”. Officially named Beam, the speaker is a small, smart soundbar that’s been designed specifically for smaller homes.
60% smaller than its Playbase older brother, the Beam still manages to pack a punch through its five speakers (the Playbase has 10) and despite lacking a sub-woofer. It’s smaller size also means it’s been priced a lot more competitively at just £399 and ($399 USD), while brand new features make it a lot more appealing to a tech-savvy younger crowd. As well as featuring HDMI ARC connectivity and ethernet, it will be completely compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2, allowing for multi-room, multi-device connectivity. It also has voice-control functionality through Alexa, which will (most likely) also be able to work through your existing smart TV controller.
“In a smart speaker category increasingly filled with tech clutter, poor audio quality and ulterior motives, Beam is the best example yet of what makes Sonos different,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “Our open approach, obsession with design, maniacal focus on quality and commitment to building a system that’s easy to use and gets better over time are at the heart of everything we do. We believe we’ve created the best, most versatile, smart speaker in the world.”
The Sonos Beam will be available in the UK from 17 July in both black and white. You can pre-order it now from the Sonos website.