Sonos Beam vs Yamaha ATS-1070

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Rating 5 5

Beam vs ATS-1070 comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Beam
6
Yamaha ATS-1070
6,6
8
5
Multichannel surround
4
6

Sonos Beam vs Yamaha ATS-1070 review

Sonos Beam
vs
Yamaha ATS-1070

Let's take a look at the comparison between Sonos Beam and Yamaha ATS-1070. It will become clear that among these two devices, the ATS-1070 is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, Beam received 6 points out of 10 possible, and ATS-1070 was rated 6,6 points.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Yamaha ATS-1070

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Yamaha ATS-1070 over Sonos Beam

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • HDMI ARC supports

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 6 points for the audio features.

Beam
6
ATS-1070
6

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Beam and the ATS-1070.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Beam has 3.0 channels, while the ATS-1070 has 2.0 channels.

Beam ATS-1070
Built-in channels3.02.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A120
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the ATS-1070. Both are not equipped with an external subwoofer.

Beam ATS-1070
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The Beam received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the ATS-1070, in the same category, earned 6 out of 10 points.

Beam
4
ATS-1070
6

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. If we look at the models in terms of Dolby Atmos support, then none of these soundbars can work with this technology.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is not implemented in any of the soundbars in this comparison.

Beam ATS-1070
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS:X
DTS (other)has notDTS Digital Surround

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the Beam received 6 points, and the ATS-1070 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

Beam
6
ATS-1070
10

The Beam is featured with AirPlay 2, but in the ATS-1070 have support for AirPlay. The popular Spotify service is available on the ATS-1070.

Beam ATS-1070
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, ChromecastPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. Connectivity of competitors was rated 6 out of 10.

Beam
6
ATS-1070
6

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Beam.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The competitors in this comparison has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is a feature unique to Yamaha ATS-1070. Unable to connect external devices via USB on both models.

Beam ATS-1070
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)10
NFC
HDMI input/output1/01/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output01

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The ability to control the soundbar using the application is implemented in each of the competitors. Only Sonos Beam has a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Beam ATS-1070
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Beam ATS-1070
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.988.9 x 5.1 x 12.7/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
Weight, kg/pounds2.8/6.23.1/7.5
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