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A Review By Comparison of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vs. Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

Last updated on Apr 17, 2023   4 minute read
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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
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Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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Reasons why you might like the Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

Overall Score 2.8 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 736 mm
  • Has An Aux Input

A summary of the review by feature comparison

Category Features Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar
DESIGN width 651mm 736mm
height 69mm 76mm
weight 2,880g 2,040g
volume 4,491.9cm³ 4,251.14cm³
thickness 100mm 76mm
AUDIO number of channels of sound output 5only 2only
CONNECTIVITY has an aux input
has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 1only
has bluetooth
supports wi-fi
rj45 ports 1only
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
has dolby atmos
has dts:x
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

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 651mm
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 736mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a width of 651mm. The width indicates the horizontal dimension of a soundbar, soundbars are sometimes designed to fit the width of TVs or slightly close.

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar, at 736mm is wider than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by 85mm

Height

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 69mm
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 76mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has a height of 69mm. Height represents the vertical measurement of a device, they are mostly designed to be as thin as possible to beautifully complement a space.

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar, at 76mm rises higher than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by 7mm

Weight

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 2,880g
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 2,040g

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) weighs 2,880g. We consider a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are easier to carry around the space. Lighter home appliances are advantageous, as it makes transportation easier, even say for many other types of products.

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar, at 2,040g is lighter than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) with a difference g. Often a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you will need to change the position of the soundbar after some time, then you should try to purchase a lighter soundbar.

Volume

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 4,491.9cm³
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 4,251.14cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space taken up by the soundbar or, to keep it simple, the space the soundbar fills. Sonos Beam (Gen 2) occupies 4,491.9cm³, it is important to know the space that a soundbar occupies to ensure that it would fit with ease into the space available .

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar's volume is 4,251.14cm³ meaning it occupies lesser space than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by cm³

Thickness

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 100mm
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 76mm

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

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar has a thickness of 76mm, meaning that it is less thicker than the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) by -24mm

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
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Audio

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 5only
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar 2only

For surround sound channels, you’re going to run across numbers in such formats as X.X two-digit, or X.X.X three-digit the first number defines the sum of main speakers, the second number defines the sum of subwoofers, and the third number if available shows the sum of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are usually placed on the ceiling of the room containing the soundbar, but they may as well be upward-firing speakers within the soundbar.

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

And the Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar having 2 implies that it has 2 main speakers

Connectivity

Has An Aux Input

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar has an auxiliary input, this allows you play from external audio sources by channeling them through a simple audio connection say a 3.5mm jack.

Has An Hdmi Output

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) has an HDMI output port, soundbars with an HDMI or mini HDMI port can connect HD audio.

Hdmi Ports

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 1only
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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

Has Bluetooth

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar supports Bluetooth, a cable free technology which enables you to seamlessly transfer data between different devices.

Supports Wi-Fi

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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.

Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Rj45 Ports

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) 1only
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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

The Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar and the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) have S/PDIF out ports

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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)

Compatible With Google Assistant

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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.

Compatible With Alexa

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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 Dolby Atmos

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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.

Has Dts:x

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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. Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar has DTS:X

Has Airplay

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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

Supports Dolby Digital

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

Sonos Beam (Gen 2)
Vizio 2.0 Sound Bar

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

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