Sonos Beam (2021) review: Compact yet highly capable

The second-generation Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar that offers Virtual Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound support -- and it sounds excellent. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There's an updated speaker grille design on the second-generation model, which now plastic instead of material -- and a lot easier to keep dust-free and clean. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The 2021 Sonos Beam has a hidden enclave at the back, hiding the ports, which include HDMI (eARC), Ethernet, optical, and the power port. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Capacitive controls sit on top of the Sonos Beam, with a play/pause button, and volume and microphone on/off controls. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The Sonos Beam is an excellent, compact soundbar with a great soundstage. It does a great job of upgrading not only TV sound -- but your music too. (image credit: Pocket-lint)

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