The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

You'll be able to adjust the volume using your TV's remote and the Sonos Beam won't get confused, either.

The compact soundbar is something of an emerging trend; while larger bars are moving towards offering Dolby Atmos like the LG SJ9 - or carry an integrated subwoofer like the Samsung MS650 - some companies like Sony have been looking at boosting TV sound without taking over the whole room.

An attempt at ordering a pizza through one smart speaker turns off the lights.

That's becoming more hard as some of the tech giants such as Amazon, Apple and Google start creating their own hardware, complete with voice assistants offering "smart" capabilities beyond what Sonos - first and foremost an audio specialist - can manage. Of course, there is Sonos sound - but you've also got support for over 80 music services, Amazon Alexa - at launch - and even more assistants planned in the future.

The Sonos Beam measures 65cm wide x 10cm deep x 6.85cm high, and weighs just 2.8kg. It did tease that Google Assistant would be coming to the Beam and the One later this year.

Sonos took to the stage in an invite-only webcast where they unveiled their latest soundbar, the Sonos Beam.

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Sonos have previously pledged to bring Google Assistant to the Sonos One sometime in 2018. In fact, the Sonos Playbar and Playbase are both great, simple home entertainment systems that can be controlled via Alexa, although both speakers lack the Alexa assistant directly on-board. As the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio in 2002, Sonos innovation helps the world listen better by giving people access to the content they love and allowing them to control it however they choose.

The Sonos Beam also offers a handful of very intuitive features aimed at TV and movie watchers.

Before you ever connect it to your TV, the Beam works exactly like other Sonos speakers. Likewise, the unit comes with an Optical Audio Adapter for displays that don't support HDMI-ARC.

There's a catch, though, because while Sonos can make its speakers constantly compatible with a growing list of services, AirPlay 2 doesn't quite play as nicely as you might expect. AirPlay 2 will be rolling out via a software update in July so keep your eyes peeled.

Until now, Sonos has mostly been focusing on its range of audio products like the Play 1, Play 3, Play 5 and the Sonos One. Sonos Beam(Black and white color) will go on sale on July 17th and will be priced at $399. It's already available for pre-order on the company's website.

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