Overall, the Sonos Beam is more versatile, and while it's expensive, more people will get use out of it. Apple's HomePod is more for music listeners because of the high fidelity audio quality, but it's a good home theater speaker system only if you're totally invested in the Apple ecosystem with Apple TV.
If you're looking for a speaker that will work with your existing TV without any extra equipment, then the Sonos Beam is one of the best options you can buy.
|Sonos Beam||Apple HomePod|
|Works with existing TV||Yes||No|
|Requires additional equipment||No||Yes|
|Siri through AirPlay 2||Yes||Yes|
|Full Siri integration||No||Yes|
|Support for third-party streaming services||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Apple TV||Yes (through HDMI and HDMI-ARC)||Yes (through AirPlay 2)|
|Surround sound||Yes (multiple speakers required)||Yes (multiple HomePods required)|
While both are great, we definitely recommend a Sonos Beam over HomePod. That's because there is so much more versatility and flexibility with the Beam as compared to the HomePod.
With Sonos Beam, you can create a complete home theater sound system since it plugs directly into your TV's HDMI-ARC port, and that's all with one device. Additionally, multiple Sonos speakers can be grouped together to create a multi-room experience or you can go for surround sound. The sound quality may not be as rich as HomePod, but it's still powerful. It also works with multiple video streaming devices, comes with Alexa and Siri integration, and Speech Enhancement means you'll never be asking, "what did they just say?" again. It makes dialogue crisper, so even if the sound isn't as strong as the HomePod, it has features that make the listening experience worth it.
However, if you care more about listening to Apple Music and using Siri commands for a hands-free approach to simplifying life and HomeKit control, then the HomePod is the way to go. If you have an Apple TV, it's especially worth it, since the HomePod will only stream music through AirPlay. Plus, the high fidelity audio makes it worth the super high price tag if that's an important factor for you.
Compact soundbar that packs a loud punch
Sonos Beam is an excellent option if you're looking for an upgrade for your home entertainment system. It plugs directly into your existing TV through HDMI-ARC, utilizes powerful woofers and tweeters to fill small- to medium-sized rooms with premium sound, and has Alexa and Siri integration for audio playback. Unfortunately, Siri voice commands are limited to audio and playback only.
Great for those invested in the Apple ecosystem
If you prefer to use Siri or use Apple Music, then HomePod is the way to go. It fills the room with rich, high fidelity sound and allows you to use Siri for audio playback, voice commands for things like messages, calls, timers, and more. Plus, you can control HomeKit through HomePod as well. It just won't work with existing TVs without an Apple TV.
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