In this article, we are comparing the Sonos Beam vs Bose Soundbar 500 vs Soundcore Infini Pro which is available at different price points on marketplaces.
The audio technology has been receiving the much-needed impetus in recent times. This is quite evident with the launch of soundbars from multiple brands that have made it both comfortable and an affordable choice for almost all our musical needs.
In a genre that was almost monopolized by the massive names such as Sonos and Bose, we have been able to witness the launch of several exceptional and budget soundbars from smaller brands as well. Anker may be a case in point here which has launched its own range of Budget soundbars with Soundcore Infini Pro.
Let us compare three of the popular options in the soundbar space- Bose Soundbar 500, Sonos Beam, and Soundcore Infini Pro in today’s post. All three of them have earned a name for themselves, and understanding them from close quarters should ideally be an exciting experience.
Sonos Beam – An Overview
A decent option for the mixed usage, the Sonos Beam is an excellent option even when you use it all by itself – without the subwoofers and satellite speakers. It does provide you with a decent sound profile and gives you access to an improved and enhanced audio reproduction.
The side-firing speakers are what would help it offer an enhanced soundstage. You can be assured of immersive listening pleasure. The audio reproduction provided by the soundbar is one of the options we found impressive on the device. It suits practically all audio needs – right from music to podcasts to audiobooks.
In terms of looks and appearance, it has a simple look with mesh-like fabric. You would perhaps need to take care as it can quickly get dirty. The top end has three buttons and made of solid plastic. The buttons are touch-sensitive.
The compact size is one of the enormous strengths of the soundbar. That would mean you would have no placement issues. It isn’t too tall either. That would mean unless you have a TV that is too low, you should have no problems placing it comfortably. And yes, the Sonos Beam also supports wall mounting.
When it comes to the sound profile, you will find a decent performance on the soundbar. The stereo frequency response is adequate. The sub-bass may be a concern for a few you, though. The low-frequency extension is a little troublesome with the soundbar failing to register effective punch or rumble of bass-heavy audio.
It is quite loud enough and can be used in large rooms without hiccups. The soundstage offered is wide enough.
You have access to several advanced features on the Sonos Beam soundbar. The Room Correction feature is one of the distinctive elements we found rather impressive on Sonos Beam. The Dialogue enhancement feature is yet another thoughtful addition.
- The best in class build quality
- A highly well-balanced sound profile
- Advanced features.
- Sub-bass not available
- No DTS or Dolby ATMOS support
Bose Soundbar 500 – A Concise review
This should be considered an okay option when looking for the best soundbars with a decent soundstage performance. The soundbar is neutral sounding and provides access to a well-balanced soundstage. The lack of sub-bass may be a concern if you are a discerning bass listener.
The top of the soundbar is made of solid plastic and comes with two touch-sensitive buttons. The front and sides have a grill made of metal. The overall feel offered by the soundbar is decent and good enough.
The stereo frequency offered by the soundbar is just okay and leaves a lot to be desired. The low-frequency extension is pretty high, though. You can have access to a deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy scenarios.
The additional sound enhancement features are impressive, though. The Bose room correction feature works at its best. You also have access to a dialogue enhancement feature that can be helpful and useful in watching movies. It enhances the clarity of the dialogues even at low volume.
- A very well-built design
- The sound profile is quite well balanced
- Additional features, such as dialogue enhancer and room correction.
- The soundbar isn’t much louder.
- Lack of sub-bass.
- No DTS or Dolby ATMOS support.
Anker Soundcore Infini Pro – A sneak peek
Anker has made a name for itself in recent years with its wide range of high-end accessories. Buoyed by the success of its wide range of accessories, the brand has now branched itself into the audio segment. The Soundcore sub-brand is dedicated to the audio equipment manufactured by Anker.
The Infini Pro is the most ambitious product from the stable of Anker Soundcore brand. In fact, the availability of features such as Dolby ATMOS in a budget soundbar is indeed the best that can happen to an audiophile. The soundbar has a built-in subwoofer making it a complete package for the small rooms.
The soundbar comes with a low-profile design and has a design that is quite unobtrusive. The front is covered with black fabric that should keep it safe from getting dirty. The compact form factor is one of the features that would make it a best-suited option for a better and comfortable placement. The top has a control panel with two buttons. You also have a remote or the Anker Soundcore app to control the soundbar.
The soundbar offers you three modes to choose from – movie, music, and voice. Each of them makes a few tweaks to the sound signature, thereby increasing the sound profile performance in each of those situations.
As for the Dolby ATMOS support on the soundbar, it does not offer you a fully immersive Dolby ATMOS experience. However, you can be assured of a decent surround sound experience with the Soundcore Infini Pro soundbar. For a full sound stage and a couple of best features on a budget, the soundbar should make it a good buy if you are looking for some affordably priced product.
- A minimalistic design that makes placement slightly easier
- A fascinating sound performance.
- A great bass response
- 4K pass-through and HDMI ARC
- Dolby ATMOS functionality is quite limited.
The Comparison between the three competing Soundbars: Sonos Beam vs Bose Soundbar 500 vs Soundcore Infini Pro
Having checked out the salient features offered by each of those three capable competitors, let us check and compare their features. That would provide you with a relatively better idea of what do these three products offer you.
|Features and particulars|
Bose Soundbar 500
Anker Soundcore Infini Pro
|Physical Dimensions||65 x 6.7 x 4.0 cm||80 x 4.3 x 4.0 cm||36.6 x 4.7 x 2.4 inches|
|Ports available||One optical add-in|
One HDMI ARC
|One optical add-in|
One HDMI ARC
|HDMI in, HDMI ARC out, USB 3.0, optical input, 3.5mm in, and Bluetooth 5.0|
|Dolby ATMOS||No||No||Yes, limited functionality|
|Mobile app support||Yes, Sonos Controller||Yes, Bose Music||Yes, Anker Soundcore|
|Speaker specs||Four full-range woofers, one tweeter, three passive radiators, five Class-D digital amplifiers||2 × 3″ Subwoofers, 2 × 2.5″ Mid-Range Drivers, 2 × 1″ Tweeters, 2 × Bass Ports|
|Power||100 to 240V||100 to 240V|
|Personal voice assistant||Alexa, Google Assistant (coming soon), Siri via AirPlay 2.0||Alexa, Google Assistant||NA|
|Supported streaming services||Google Play Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and 80 other streaming services||Spotify|
Which among them should you opt for?
Well, each of these three soundbars provides you access to almost similar features. Of course, Anker’s Soundcore Infini Pro is a budget variant and may be missing a few elements but does compare well enough with the other two strong players.
Soundcore Infini Pro excels with the Dolby ATMOs functionality that should put it ahead of the competition. Not that the Dolby experience is complete in any manner, but when you look at the other two variants which do not have any sound enhancement features. The availability of limited functionality of Dolby ATMOS on Infini Pro should ideally be a strong point in its favor.
In totality, however, all three of them provide a decent soundstage and features. Dolby ATMOS apart, the other options available on Bose and Sonos soundbars can make them a good option for the audiophiles. The choice should ultimately boil down to budget, and you can choose any of them for the ultimate audio experience.