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A Review By Comparison of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vs. Lg Sp11Ra Soundbar

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023   6 minute read
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LG SP11RA Soundbar

LG SP11RA Soundbar

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Reasons why you might like the LG SP11RA Soundbar

Overall Score 5.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1440 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc
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Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

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Reasons why you might like the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 651 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc

A summary of the review by feature comparison

Category Features LG SP11RA Soundbar Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
DESIGN width 1,440mm 651mm
height 63mm 69mm
weight 7,200g 2,880g
volume 13,272.71cm³ 4,491.9cm³
thickness 146mm 100mm
AUDIO number of channels of sound output 5only
audio output power 11x50w
has aac
CONNECTIVITY has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 3only 1only
has bluetooth
bluetooth version v5
supports wi-fi
hdmi version v2.1
rj45 ports 1only
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
has spotify connect
has dolby atmos
has dts:x
has chromecast built-in
has airplay
supports dolby digital plus
supports dolby digital
has a dedicated smartphone app
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A breakdown of the review per specifications

Design

Width

LG SP11RA Soundbar 1,440mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 651mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a width of 651mm. A soundbar's width represents the horizontal dimension of a device, soundbars are sometimes designed to match the width of television sets or get close.

LG SP11RA Soundbar, at 1,440mm is smaller in width than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by mm

Height

LG SP11RA Soundbar 63mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 69mm

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a height of 69mm. Height represents the vertical measurement of a soundbar, soundbars are usually designed as slim as it can be to beautifully complement a space.

LG SP11RA Soundbar, at 63mm is shorter than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference -6mm

Weight

LG SP11RA Soundbar 7,200g
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 2,880g

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) weighs 2,880g. We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter soundbars are easier to carry around the space. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes their movement easier, even say for many other kinds of products.

LG SP11RA Soundbar, at 7,200g weigh more than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference g. Most of the time a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you want to switch the position of the soundbar often, then you should aim to purchase a less heavy soundbar.

Volume

LG SP11RA Soundbar 13,272.71cm³
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 4,491.9cm³

The quantity of three-dimensional space occupied by the product's chassis or, to keep it simple, the space the product fills. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) takes up 4,491.9cm³, it is important to know the space that a soundbar takes up to ensure that it would fit with ease into the available space .

LG SP11RA Soundbar's volume is 13,272.71cm³ meaning it occupies lesser space than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by cm³

Thickness

LG SP11RA Soundbar 146mm
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 100mm

The thickness of Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is 100mm, to know the thickness of a device you divide its space occupied by the surface area(length by width)

LG SP11RA Soundbar has a thickness of 146mm, hence thicker than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference of 46mm

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Audio

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 5only

For surround sound channels, you'll come across numbers in such formats as X.X two-digit, or X.X.X three-digit the first number represents the total of main speakers, the second number defines the sum of subwoofers, and the third number if available denotes the total of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are usually placed on the ceiling of the space that has the soundbar, but they may as well be upward-firing speakers inside the soundbar.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) having a sound output value of 5 means that it has 5 main speakers

Audio Output Power

LG SP11RA Soundbar 11x50w
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

The LG SP11RA Soundbar has an audio output power of 11x50W, basing on the number of speakers and their power in watts. It is the power the LG SP11RA Soundbar speakers can be loaded with "comfortably".

To better understand how loud any speaker can get, there are other aspects to look at such as sensitivity, sound pressure, etc.

Has Aac

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

LG SP11RA Soundbar supports AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It transfers 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.

Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the LG SP11RA Soundbar will work fine with your MacBook. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well

Connectivity

Has An Hdmi Output

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has an HDMI output port, devices with an HDMI or mini HDMI port can connect high-definition audio.

LG SP11RA Soundbar too has a High-Definition Multimedia Interface port by which it outputs "signals" audio into the HDMI inputs of other digital devices, that can receive and process these signals.

Hdmi Ports

LG SP11RA Soundbar 3only
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 1only

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has 1 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports imply that you can connect at the same time numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

The LG SP11RA Soundbar has 3 HDMI ports, meaning it has 2 more ports than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Has Bluetooth

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

LG SP11RA Soundbar supports Bluetooth, a cable free technology that allows you to seamlessly transfer data between different devices.

Bluetooth Version

LG SP11RA Soundbar v5
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

LG SP11RA Soundbar has a Bluetooth version of 5

Supports Wi-Fi

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that allows devices such as computers, and mobile devices .i.e smartphones and wearables to connect and interact with other devices on the internet, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) can connect to Wi-Fi.

LG SP11RA Soundbar too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Hdmi Version

LG SP11RA Soundbar v2.1
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

LG SP11RA Soundbar has an HDMI version of 2.1, newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Rj45 Ports

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 1only

RJ-45 ports are used for Local Area Network (LAN) connections. With more ports, you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has only 1 ports

Has S/Pdif Out Port

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

The LG SP11RA Soundbar and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) have S/PDIF out ports

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Before you needed to connect an optical cable from your TV to the optical input of an audio device on top of the already connected HDMI cable to play all audio through a soundbar, now with ARC you can easily connect all these at a go from a compatible HDMI socket on your TV to an HDMI ARC socket on your soundbar.

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) carries audio over HDMI. ARC is only capable of carrying compressed 5.1 audio, but eARC has higher bandwidth and can carry uncompressed 7.1 audio, as well as formats such as DTS:X and full bitrate Dolby Atmos. It is available on the Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

LG SP11RA Soundbar has the HDMI ARC/EARC

Compatible With Google Assistant

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.

LG SP11RA Soundbar is compatible with Google Assistant.

Compatible With Alexa

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.

Has Spotify Connect

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Spotify Connect allows you to control the music playing on the soundbar from the Spotify app on another device when the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. LG SP11RA Soundbar has Spotify connect

Has Dolby Atmos

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.

LG SP11RA Soundbar has it too, Atmos theoretically means you'll be able to hear, say birds chipping from above or a plane moving from over your head into the distance like it would be in a natural environment.

Has Dts:x

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

DTS:X is an object-based surround sound technology that allows filmmakers to place and move individual sounds around your listening space, giving you a theater-like audio experience.

More like Dolby Atmos as it aims to create a multi-dimensional sound that "places you at the center of the action", it differs from Dolby Atmos by the required speaker configuration. LG SP11RA Soundbar has DTS:X

Has Chromecast Built-In

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Chromecast built-in is a technology that allows you to stream entertainment and apps from your phone, tablet, or laptop, straight to the Chromecast-enabled device.

Has Airplay

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

AirPlay allows wireless connection of Apple devices with external screens or speakers. You may stream computer screens, videos, and music from iOS devices, play games like on consoles, or present your slideshows easily on your device.

Both the LG SP11RA Soundbar and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) have airplay.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

If a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen (14) different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for much better sound quality. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) supports Dolby digital plus

LG SP11RA Soundbar supports Dolby digital plus as well.

Supports Dolby Digital

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.

LG SP11RA Soundbar too supports Dolby digital.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

LG SP11RA Soundbar
Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the Sonos Beam (Gen 2).

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