Product Comparison: Bose Soundbar 500 vs Sonos Beam

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General Specifications
Soundbar 500
About the Product
Bose Sound bar 500 is meant to be heard, not seen. It fits discreetly under your TV screen, so you won’t even know it’s there—until you hear it. With Alexa built in, you can ask her to play all of your favourite music and have access to everything that she has to offer—without ever lifting a finger.
Put yourself at the centre of movies, shows, music and games with rich, detailed sound that fills the entire room.
Size & Weight
1.75 in.
2.7 in.
31.5 in.
25.63 in.
4 in.
3.94 in.
7.01 lbs.
6.2 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa Built In
  • This is brilliant! Light, slick and perfect link up!!
  • Overall this is a clean, classy soundbar that looks great and sounds perfect.
  • The on trend, sleek professional design of the black matte and striking, white LEDs that have been used with the curved edges of the technology, it’s easy to say that it stands out from the crowd in a good way.
  • I have been overwhelmed at the quality of the product and it looks the part in my living space, subtlety providing the service it brillianty delivers.
  • I wanted this to use as a home cinema system that would not take up huge amounts of space. It does this brilliantly.
Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar with Amazon Alexa Voice Control in Black
  • It was very easy to set up and is a very neat and good looking sound bar.
  • The speaker is very nicely packaged and is quite sturdy and attractive.
  • I have always been very impressed with the sound quality, ease of use and the simplistic look of the product.
  • It’s smaller size than the full size playbar also fits into the kitchen far better
  • The product itself is nice and weighty, feels solidly built, looks great and didn’t take very long to set up on the floor.
Installation Type
Stand-alone, Wall-mount
Number of Channels
Sound Enhancing System
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
QuietPort technology, Elegant lightbar, Amazon Alexa built in, ADAPTiQ audio room calibration
Voice Conrol with Alexa, Speech Enhancement, Apple AirPlay-compatible, Connects Sonos speakers in different rooms over WiFi, Five far-field microphones
What customers say about "Features"
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa Built In
  • We stream music a lot, so being able to connect my Amazon music account combined with the Alexa functions make this soundbar extremely easy to use
  • The Bose 500 Soundbar boasts of “Alexa” to allow your smart home be easy accessible through talking to this technology.
  • The Alexa connectivity and ability to voice command is a very nice feature
  • This device can work connected directly to a TV or using as a standalone device connected to your favourites apps like Spotify, Amazon Music etc.
  • The Adaptiq audio calibration helps the sound to be directional to any corner of the room it won’t matter which position you are the sound will come clear and crisp
Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar with Amazon Alexa Voice Control in Black
  • Speaking of soundstage... The soundstage is huge. I genuinely feel like there are two other speakers to my left and right. It sounds wider than it is, and this is their most compact offering.
  • The Beam has 7 far field microphones so you can use smart assistants. They call these far field mics, because it's supposed to help recognise your voice when music is playing very loudly.
  • It works on Sonos' modular idea being that you can start with one speaker and slowly add more to your home overtime.
  • Really simple setup using the Sonos app. Installed and using it within 15 minutes.
  • I already have two other Sonos speakers with the Alexa app on them and these can be used alongside the Beam very easily.
Equalizer Settings
Speech Enhancement, Night Sound
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
HDMI Output, eARC, CEC, Optical TOSLink, USB input
HDMI, Optical audio input, Ethernet
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa Built In
  • Slimline with bombastic bass! Setup was a breeze using HDMI (ARC).
  • We found Bluetooth connection to mobile phones incredibly easy.
  • I connected the soundbar to my tv using the optical cable, but the unit is also capable of using HDMI ARC.
  • The HDMI is an ARC lead which most TVs usually have. ARC is a setting which allows the soundbar to interface with any devices connected like a PlayStation, Xbox, Sky+
  • Rather than use the provided HDMI cable I used my original optical cable to connect the TV, the only other connection required being to the power supply.
Sonos Beam Compact Smart Soundbar with Amazon Alexa Voice Control in Black
  • It has HDMI ARC support. ARC stands for Audio Return Channel and is what will deliver digital TV audio to the speaker
  • Set-up was beautifully simple. The HDMI ARC is easy to use: you just plug the Beam into the HMDI marked "ARC" and the TV automatically recognises it and starts using it instead of the internal speakers.
  • The set up is very easy if you have an HDMI ARC socket on the TV and you have downloaded the Sonos app to smart phone or tablet.
  • I connected the Beam via HDMI ARC Port so the volume can be controlled using the TV remote which is great since it makes the entire setup simpler.
  • Plugged it in via the HDMI ARC port on my TV. Already had the app downloaded on my iphone ready to go.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
399.00 $

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