Sonos Beam (gen 2) vs Bose Soundbar 700: Head to Heah Comparison


Choosing between the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and Bose Soundbar 700 can be tough. Both are excellent soundbars for their size, but they cater to different preferences and priorities. Here's a head-to-head comparison to help you decide.

Our Verdict:

Bose Soundbar 700:
  • Wider soundstage: Think "grand symphony." (Imagine a majestic concert hall.)
  • Deeper bass: Feel the rumble. (Think explosions that shake your sofa.)
  • Pricier: Save up some dough. (Think about the cost of a fancy dinner.)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2):

  • Dolby Atmos: Experience overhead sound. (Think helicopters buzzing right above you.)
  • Multi-room: Connect with other Sonos speakers. (Think whole-house audio bliss.)
  • Value pick: Get more bang for your buck. (Think finding a $20 bill on the sidewalk.)
Ultimately:
  • Immersion & bass: Bose 700.
  • Atmos & smarts: Sonos Beam (Gen 2).
Pros
  • Supports wireless multiroom
  • Sonos S2 app
  • Creates multi-dimensional sound
  • Speech enhancement option
  • Supports Airplay
Cons
  • No dedicated sub.
Pros
  • Expandable
  • Built-in voice assistants
  • Can connect headphones
  • Loud
  • Decent surrounds.
Cons
  • No Dolby Atmos
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Advance Comparison

Model

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) | Compact 5.0 ch Smart Soundbar

Bose Soundbar 700

Brand Name

Sonos

Bose

Rating
Mixed Usage
7.6
7.4
SOUND QUALITY
7.2
7.5
BASS ACCURACY :
7.3
7.5
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
8.9
9.1
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
6.2
4.6
BUILD QUALITY :
8.5
8.5
GENERAL
Number of Channel
5.0 Channel
3.0 Channel
Placement Type
Wall-mountable
Table-top , Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type
Both (Wired & Wireless)
Both (Wired & Wireless)
Subwoofer Feature
Separate Subwoofer
Without Subwoofer
Rear Speaker
N/A
N/A
Central Channel Speaker
Yes
Yes
Audio Enhancement Features
Yes
Yes
HDMI input/output
Yes
N/A
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
N/A
N/A
Loudness
Moderate ( ± 80db)
High Volume ( > 92db )
Warranty
12 months Months
12 months Months
Connectivity:
Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink )
Adapter into HDMI ARC
1 Optical Audio Input
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
None
None
Full HDMI In
3
None
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
None
None
RCA Ports
No
No
USB Port
None
None
Ethernet Jack
Yes
Yes
Audio Quality ( Tested )
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games)
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage)
soundstage has good focus overall but but some sound tracks seem to be bit more diffused and lack separation.
soundstage has good focus overall but but some sound tracks seem to be bit more diffused and lack separation.
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel )
It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel )
Dedicated Rear channel speaker produce discrete surround sound like tower speaker
No dedicated or alternative channel for surround content. So it downmixes surround content to stereo.
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ):
Dynamic Range Compression @ Standard Volume (80 dB) is more than standard deviation (<2 dB).
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit less than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is more then 92 dB SPL
Audio & Video Latency
Here no visible latency via ARC (20 ms) and Optical (39 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).
Audio Enhancement Features:
Digital Room Correction:
Yes
Yes
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode:
Yes
N/A
Equilizer Options:
None
None
Bass Adjustment ( Thump & Punch of sound)
Yes
Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio)
Yes
Yes
Surround Level Adjustment:
N/A
N/A
Virtual Surround Effect:
N/A
N/A
Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)
eARC Standard
Yes
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
N/A
Dolby Digital
Yes
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
N/A
DTS
Yes
Yes
DTS: X
N/A
N/A
Dolby True HD ( eARC only )
Yes
N/A
DTS- HD MA (eARC only)
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM ( eARC only )
Yes
Yes
Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):
Dolby Atmos :
N/A
N/A
DTS:X :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital Plus:
N/A
N/A
DTS :
N/A
N/A
Dolby TrueHD :
N/A
N/A
DTS-HD MA :
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM
N/A
N/A
Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):
Dolby Digital :
Yes
Yes
DTS :
Yes
Yes
Build Material
Enclosure
Passive Radiator
No Subwoofer
Finish
It's made mostly plastic. It's feel very solid and durable.
The soundbar is mostly made of plastic, with metal grille that wraps around the front and sides.
Color
Black
Black
Soundbar Width
25.6
38.4" (97.5 cm)
Soundbar Height
2.6
2.2" (5.7 cm)
Soundbar Depth
4.0
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Subwoofer Width
N/A
N/A
Subwoofer Depth
N/A
N/A
Drivers Specs
Tweeter Size and Type :
Dome tweeter (1)
None
Midrange Size & Types:
Full-range cones (4)
Not Given
Woofer Size & Type :
Passive Radiators (3)
None
Subwoofer Driver
None
None
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Comparatives Review


Audio Performance: Bose Smart 700 vs Sonos Beam Soundbar
  • Soundstage: The Bose 700 boasts a wider and more immersive soundstage, while the Beam focuses on clarity and definition.
  • Dolby Atmos: The Beam supports Dolby Atmos for virtualized overhead sound, while the 700 lacks this feature.
  • Dialogue: Both excel in vocal clarity, but the 700 might have a slight edge.
  • Bass: The 700 delivers deeper and punchier bass due to its larger size, while the Beam offers surprisingly strong bass for its compact design.
Features:
  • Smart assistants: Both support Google Assistant and Alexa, although the Beam adds AirPlay 2 compatibility for Apple users.
  • Multi-room audio: The Beam integrates seamlessly with Sonos' multi-room ecosystem, while the 700 lacks this functionality.
  • Connectivity: Both offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but the Beam adds an HDMI-eARC port for the latest audio formats and TV control.
  • Expandability: Both can be paired with rear speakers for surround sound, but the Beam offers wider compatibility with Sonos and non-Sonos speakers.
Design:
  • Size: The Beam is significantly smaller and sleeker, making it ideal for smaller spaces.
  • Materials: The 700 has a premium metal grille, while the Beam uses a more subtle plastic construction.
  • Aesthetics: Both are minimalist and stylish, but the Beam might blend in better with modern setups.

Price:

  • The Beam is significantly cheaper than the 700.

Verdict:

The best choice depends on your priorities:

  • For immersive soundstage and deep bass: Bose 700
  • For Dolby Atmos, multi-room audio, and value: Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Additional factors:

  • Existing ecosystem: If you have Sonos speakers, the Beam is a natural choice.
  • Voice assistant preference: Consider which assistants you use most.
  • Room size: Choose a soundbar that physically fits your space.

Ultimately, both the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and Bose Soundbar 700 are great options. Listen to both if possible and choose the one that sounds best to you and meets your needs.

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