Bose Solo 5 vs Sonos Beam[Gen 2]: In-depth Comparison


Bose Solo 5 soundbar is Just plug and play with optical audio or analog connection. Bose solo 5 is well enough for for TV shows and movies. While Sonos Beam (Gen 2) provides Wider soundstage, richer audio, and better bass compared to Solo 5. Moreover, Beam able to create immersive, virtual overhead sound and support latest audio formats and TV control with HDMI eARC.Choosing between the Bose Solo 5 and Sonos Beam soundbars requires considering your priorities and budget. Here's a head-to-head verdict to help you decide:

Our Verdict:

Bose Solo 5: Wins for simplicity, affordability, and clear dialogue in a compact package. Good for basic TV audio enhancement.
Sonos Beam (Gen 2): The clear winner for superior sound quality, features, and expandability. Ideal for movie lovers, music enthusiasts, and those seeking a future-proof soundbar.

 

However:

  • The Beam is significantly more expensive.
  • It requires HDMI or Wi-Fi connection, which Solo 5 doesn't.
  • You might not need the extra features of the Beam if you only watch TV occasionally.
Pros
  • Clear vocals
  • Ideal for small rooms
  • Easy setup
  • Well built
  • Compact size
Cons
  • No Dolby Atmos support
Pros
  • Supports wireless multiroom
  • Sonos S2 app
  • Creates multi-dimensional sound
  • Speech enhancement option
  • Supports Airplay
Cons
  • No dedicated sub.

Advance Comparison

Model

Bose Solo 5

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) | Compact 5.0 ch Smart Soundbar

Brand Name

Bose

Sonos

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.6
7.6
SOUND QUALITY
7.2
7.2
BASS ACCURACY :
7.3
7.3
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
8.8
8.9
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
2.1
6.2
BUILD QUALITY :
7.5
8.5
GENERAL
Number of Channel
2.0 Channel
5.0 Channel
Placement Type
Table-top , Wall-mountable
Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type
Both (Wired & Wireless)
Subwoofer Feature
Without Subwoofer
Separate Subwoofer
Rear Speaker
N/A
N/A
Central Channel Speaker
N/A
Yes
Audio Enhancement Features
Yes
Yes
HDMI input/output
N/A
Yes
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Yes
N/A
Loudness
Moderate ( ± 80db)
Moderate ( ± 80db)
Warranty
12 months Months
12 months Months
Connectivity:
Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink )
1 Optical Audio Input
Adapter into HDMI ARC
HDMI ARC
None
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
None
None
Full HDMI In
None
3
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
None
RCA Ports
No
No
USB Port
None
None
Ethernet Jack
No
Yes
Audio Quality ( Tested )
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games)
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage)
audio seems to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location
soundstage has good focus overall but but some sound tracks seem to be bit more diffused and lack separation.
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel )
No Dedicated Center Channel Speaker. So, it can not produce sound quite as clear as 3.0, 3.2 , 5.1 or 7.2 channels Soundbar. But It has decent center performance to produce accurate audio and dialogue.
It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel )
No dedicated or alternative channel for surround content. So it downmixes surround content to stereo.
Dedicated Rear channel speaker produce discrete surround sound like tower speaker
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ):
Dynamic Range Compression @ Standard Volume (80 dB) is less than standard deviation (<2 dB).
Dynamic Range Compression @ Standard Volume (80 dB) is more than standard deviation (<2 dB).
Audio & Video Latency
Here no visible latency via ARC (N/A) and Optical (-35 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).
Audio Enhancement Features:
Digital Room Correction:
N/A
Yes
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode:
N/A
Yes
Equilizer Options:
None
None
Bass Adjustment ( Thump & Punch of sound)
Yes
Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio)
N/A
Yes
Surround Level Adjustment:
N/A
N/A
Virtual Surround Effect:
N/A
N/A
Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)
eARC Standard
N/A
Yes
Dolby Atmos
N/A
Yes
Dolby Digital
N/A
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
N/A
Yes
DTS
N/A
Yes
DTS: X
N/A
N/A
Dolby True HD ( eARC only )
N/A
Yes
DTS- HD MA (eARC only)
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM ( eARC only )
N/A
Yes
Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):
Dolby Atmos :
N/A
N/A
DTS:X :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital :
N/A
N/A
Dolby Digital Plus:
N/A
N/A
DTS :
N/A
N/A
Dolby TrueHD :
N/A
N/A
DTS-HD MA :
N/A
N/A
5.1 PCM
N/A
N/A
Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):
Dolby Digital :
Yes
Yes
DTS :
N/A
Yes
Build Material
Enclosure
Bass Reflex
Passive Radiator
Finish
The Bose Solo 5 has a good build quality with solid plastic, the metal grille, surrounds the bar on the sides and at the front. The grille to protect the drivers.
It's made mostly plastic. It's feel very solid and durable.
Color
Black
Black
Soundbar Width
21.7" (55.0 cm)
25.6
Soundbar Height
2.6" (6.7 cm)
2.6
Soundbar Depth
3.2" (8.1 cm)
4.0
Subwoofer Width
N/A
N/A
Subwoofer Depth
N/A
N/A
Drivers Specs
Tweeter Size and Type :
None
Dome tweeter (1)
Midrange Size & Types:
2" Cone (2)
Full-range cones (4)
Woofer Size & Type :
None
Passive Radiators (3)
Subwoofer Driver
None
None

Comparatives Review


Built Quality: Bose Solo 5 vs Sonos Beam

Both soundbars offer solid build quality, but each leans towards a different approach:

Bose Solo 5:

  • Durable, compact design: Weighs just 2.3 pounds and uses a matte rubberized plastic exterior for scratch resistance.
  • Simple construction: Feels less premium compared to the Beam, with exposed cables and a basic remote.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2):

  • Sleek and stylish: Features a minimalist aesthetic with a seamless perforated metal grille and premium plastic construction.
  • Sturdy and well-crafted: Solid feel with hidden cables and a sleek remote with textured buttons.

Overall:

  • Durability: Both are built to last, but the Beam feels slightly more robust.
  • Aesthetics: Beam wins with its modern and premium look.
  • Materials: The Beam's metal grille feels more luxurious, while the Solo 5's rubberized plastic prioritizes practicality.

Additional factors:

  • Size: Choose the Solo 5 if space is tight.
  • Remote: Consider which remote design you prefer.

Connectivity : Bose Solo 5 vs Sonos Beam

When it comes to connectivity, the Bose Solo 5 and Sonos Beam are worlds apart. Here's a breakdown:

Bose Solo 5:

  • Basic connections: Offers optical audio and analog (3.5mm) input for connecting to TVs and other devices.
  • Limited expandability: No HDMI, Wi-Fi, or multi-room options, making it a standalone soundbar.
  • Simple setup: Plug and play with minimal configuration required.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2):

  • Richly connected: Features HDMI eARC for latest audio formats and TV control, optical audio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
  • Multi-room magic: Integrates seamlessly with other Sonos speakers for whole-home audio.
  • Voice assistant friendly: Built-in Google Assistant and Alexa for hands-free control.
  • More complex setup: Requires Wi-Fi configuration and potential app use for advanced features.

Verdict:

  • Simple setup and basic needs: Bose Solo 5 wins for easy plug-and-play with optical or analog connections.
  • Modern features and expandability: Sonos Beam takes the crown with HDMI, Wi-Fi, multi-room, and voice assistant capabilities.

Additional points:

  • HDMI eARC advantage: Beam supports latest audio formats and TV control over HDMI, which Solo 5 lacks.
  • Future-proof considerations: Beam offers more connection options for future audio advancements.
  • Budget factor: Solo 5's basic connections reflect its lower price point.

Audio Quality Showdown: Bose Solo 5 vs Sonos Beam

Overall Sound Profile:

  • Bose Solo 5: Leans towards a neutral sound profile with slightly boosted bass and treble. This emphasizes vocals and clarity but can lack some low-end punch and soundstage width.
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 2): Delivers a more balanced and engaging sound with good clarity, decent bass response, and a wider soundstage for a more immersive experience.

Frequency Response:

  • Bass: The Beam delivers deeper and more impactful bass, especially noticeable in movies and music with heavy bass lines.
  • Midrange: Both perform well in the midrange, accurately reproducing vocals and instruments.
  • Treble: The Solo 5 has slightly brighter treble, potentially causing sibilance (harshness) with some sources. The Beam's treble is smoother and more balanced.

Soundstage:

  • Bose Solo 5: Creates a narrow soundstage, limiting the sense of space and immersion.
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 2): Offers a wider and more expansive soundstage, particularly noticeable in Atmos content, making it feel like sound is coming from different directions.

Surround Sound:

  • Bose Solo 5: Lacks dedicated surround channels, so surround sound is simulated and not very convincing.
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 2): Features virtual surround speakers that create a more immersive surround sound experience, although not comparable to a true 5.1 setup.

Dolby Atmos:

  • Bose Solo 5: Doesn't support Dolby Atmos.
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 2): Supports Dolby Atmos for virtualized overhead sound, adding another layer of immersion for compatible content.

Verdict:

  • Bose Solo 5: Wins for a neutral sound profile with clear vocals, ideal for basic TV watching and dialogue-heavy content. However, lacks bass, soundstage, and advanced features.
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 2): Takes the crown for a more balanced and engaging sound with better bass, wider soundstage, and Dolby Atmos support. Ideal for movies, music, and those seeking a more immersive experience.

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