Sonos BeamCool factor 5/5Usability 5/5Value for money 5/5 There was a time when multiroom music required you to install speakers in your roof and run cables to an expensive amplifier. Then Sonos arrived and became the gold standard of streaming. It’s a staple in global markets and is finding traction at last in SA. A new distributor is making this excellent gadget readily available, including through Hirsch’s stores. The Beam (R12,500) is an all-in-one unit that is mounted under your TV and gives a luxurious sound to your HD television. Like it or not, to make a slim TV means a compromise on sound quality — because speakers need airspace to produce good sound — hence the rise of this soundbar category. Most TV manufacturers have been making soundbars to complement their sets for years, as well as multiroom streaming speakers. But Sonos has always been the best. The Beam is an upgrade to the existing Playbar, and is 60% smaller at just 65cm long, 7cm high and 10cm deep. But it still ...

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