Sonos debuts Beam soundbar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant integration

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It works as a soundbar and a smart speaker - now powered by Alexa, but Google is on the way - and it can even control your TV, which it does via an HDMI port. This cross-platform voice control promises to pertain to the Sonos Beam, as well, so anybody will be able to come into your home and control your music or TV using the voice assistant of their choice, either Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, which sounds pretty neat. With AirPlay 2, customers can play music and podcasts from their iOS devices directly on their Sonos speakers, including the new Sonos Beam, Sonos One, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5. It'll retail for $399 and be available on July 17, but pre-orders begin today.

The Beam will also include an HDMI port to easily connect the speaker with televisions. Like all Sonos speakers, Beam is part of the Sonos home sound system, meaning owners have options like adding two Sonos Ones for surround sound, a SUB for more bass, or integrating Beam into their existing Sonos multi-room set-ups.

Maybe biggest difference with the Sonos Beam compared to the Playbar and Playbase, other than voice control, is that it has an HDMI port rather than an optical port, which allows the Sonos Beam to better control your TV.

Sonos Beam Product Details: ● Low profile and compact size, Beam was created to fit on credenzas or under wall mounted TVs, providing versatility. On the other hand, I appreciate the simplicity behind the Beam, which could theoretically do away with the mess of cables behind your TV.

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Sonos VP of marketing Alan Mask demonstrated this virtual assistant cooperation by asking Siri to start playing a song on the Sonos Beam. and then asking Alexa to change the song.

Customers enjoying AirPlay 2 on Sonos will also gain a new voice experience with the addition of Siri.

We won't really know that until we get a unit later this year, set it up, and begin using our Alexa, Siri, and Assistant accounts with the device.