Is Sony HT-S2000 a Better Version of Sonos Beam?

Sony HT-S2000

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Sony has just announced its latest soundbar – Sony HT-S2000 and the unit is a small and compact soundbar and is Sony’s first Home Entertainment Connect app-compatible unit. Now, what is so great about this launch? 

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Get the full effect of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine and S-Force PRO Front Surround

In short, the new soundbar with the latest app will make the setup process a piece of cake. The app guides the user through all the initial setup steps. 

And the great part is that you can also control the soundbar with the app. The controls include selecting sound modes, setting the volume, and many others. 

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However, the app is not the only thing that makes the Sony HT-S2000 stand out from the crowd. The soundbar comes with the latest and greatest audio tech. 

That means it is taking on some of the best soundbars the market currently offers. Among all, there is Dolby Atmos

And that makes the Sony HT-S2000 compete directly with the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). But can the Sony soundbar beat it? 

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To get to that, you will need to look under the hood. So, the Sony HT-S2000 is a 3.1 model, which means it comes with the center, left, and right channels along with built-in subwoofers. 

A five-channel amplifier makes the soundbar offer 250 watts of total power output. However, the magic happens with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Yes, the Sony HT-S2000 comes with DTS:X, which is not present in the Sonos Beam (Gen 2). And that is one of the features that is making the HT-S2000 take the lead.

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Nonetheless, you have S-Force Pro Front Surround Virtual processing and Sony’s Vertical Surround Engine alongside those. These two make the 3.1-channel bar offer immersive audio.

You will also find a sound upmixer in the HT-S2000. That enables the soundbar to offer 3D surround from regular stereo and 5.1-channel content. But how good is the upmixer?

According to Sony, the upmixing is done through an algorithm that will extract “individual sound objects depending on their localization and reallocates them, resulting in three-dimensional surround sound.”

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In terms of connectivity, the HT-S2000 is limited to only one HDMI eARC port. But that does not make the HT-S2000 fall behind. The Sonos Beam also has the same story in terms of connectivity.

However, you can also rely on the USB port to plug external storage devices into the Sony HT-S2000. Also, there is Bluetooth, allowing you to stream music wirelessly on the soundbar.

Finally, like the Sonos Beam, you can create a full surround system with the Sony HT-S2000. You just have to add a wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speakers.

Sony HT-S2000 Compact 3.1 Ch Dolby Atmos Sound Bar.
Sony HT-S2000

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This post was last updated on 2024-05-26 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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