Beam (Gen 2)

The compact smart soundbar for TV, music and more—

Controls and lights

Swipe, touch, tap, or ask—with Sonos Beam you’ve got choices on how to control sound.

 

 

 

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Volume control

Touch for small adjustments or hold to quickly adjust the volume:

  • Volume up (right)

  • Volume down (left)

Note:You can also use the Sonos app, voice control, or your TV remote.

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Play/Pause

  • Touch to play or pause. Hold to group with other rooms and products in your Sonos system.

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Next/Previous

(Music only)

  • Swipe right across the touch controls to skip to the next song.

  • Swipe left to play the previous song.

Note:You can’t skip forward or go back when listening to a radio station.

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Microphone indicator light

Tap the microphone light to turn the microphone on or off. The light is hardwired to the microphones for privacy control.

  • When the light is on, voice control is on and you can use voice commands.

  • When the light is off, voice control is off.

Note:If the light is off, you can press and hold the Microphone indicator to talk to your voice service. Release the button to turn voice control off again.

Status light

 

Indicates the status. Learn more

 

 

Note:If you want to disable Beam’s touch controls so playback and volume can’t be controlled from the speaker, go to Settings > System in the Sonos app and choose Beam.

Connector panel

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AC power (mains) input

Use only the supplied power cord (using a third-party power cord will void your warranty).

Note:Insert the power cord firmly until it is flush with the soundbar.

Join button

Press to connect during setup.

Ethernet port

Use an Ethernet cable if you want to connect Beam to your Local Area Network (LAN).

HDMI port

Use to connect the soundbar to your TV.

 

Select a location

You can wall mount Beam above or below your TV or place it on a credenza.

Place on a credenza

Wall mount

You can secure the soundbar to a wall with a compatible wall mount. We recommend the custom-designed Sonos Beam Wall Mount. See Wall mount for more information.

Connect the cables

Before you start

  1. Disconnect existing home theater or surround sound equipment from your TV.

  2. Connect any external devices, like a cable box or DVD player, directly to your TV.

  3. Turn your TV on.

Connect the power cord

  1. Insert the power cord firmly into Beam’s power port until it is fully connected.

  2. Plug the other end into a power outlet.

Caution:Use only the supplied power cord (using a third-party power cord will void your warranty).

Connect Beam to your TV

Use the HDMI cable to connect the soundbar to your TV. If your TV doesn’t have an ARC or eARC port, you’ll need to use the optical adapter too (the app guides you through it during setup).

  1. Fully insert the HDMI cable into Beam’s HDMI port.

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  2. Connect the HDMI cable to your TV:

HDMI ARC or eARC

HDMI ARC is a special port that looks like a standard HDMI port—it may be on the back or side of your TV. The ports look similar, but the ARC port will be labeled ARC, eARC, or ARC/eARC. If you connect Sonos Beam to a standard HDMI port instead, you won’t hear any sound.

Note:For TVs that don’t have an ARC port, use the Sonos Optical Audio Adapter (included) to connect Beam to your TV’s Digital audio out.

Digital audio out

If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI ARC or eARC port, you’ll use the Sonos Optical Audio Adapter (included) to connect to your TV’s digital audio out port.

  1. Remove the protective cap from the adapter.

  2. Attach the optical adapter to the HDMI cable.

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  3. Connect the optical adapter to the TV’s optical digital OUT port.

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Note:The optical adapter’s port is “D-shaped”—make sure the connector aligns correctly into the port. Inserting the adapter incorrectly may damage the cable.

If you don’t have the free Sonos app, download it from the app store. You’ll use it to set up and control your Sonos system. See Getting started.

Microphone on/off

Touch ALL_mic00062.png on your Beam to turn the microphone on and off. (If you don’t have a voice service installed, the microphone is inactive.)

When the microphone light is on, voice control is on and your voice assistant is ready to respond. When the microphone light is off, voice control is off.

Note:If you’ve installed a voice service and the microphone is off, you can still use voice commands. Just press and hold ALL_mic00063.png—no need to start with a wake word. When you release the microphone button, voice control turns off again.