sonos beam
Kim Bubello for TIME

A Speaker That Could Replace Your TV Remote

Sonos Beam

The struggle of home-theater geeks everywhere has long been the seemingly endless proliferation of remotes, as almost every new gadget comes with its own controller. The Sonos Beam soundbar ($399) aims to replace them all with a simpler solution: your voice. Instead of pushing a button to raise the volume or shut off a TV, users can simply ask their Beam—which works with a multitude of TVs, as well as smart-home platforms like Alexa and Siri—to make it happen. And like most Sonos products, the Beam also delivers superior sound quality, with full-range woofers, tweeters and a “speech enhancement” mode that helps clarify dialogue. “We wanted to bring premium sound to the room where families spend the majority of their time: the living room,” says Sonos product manager Scott Fink. —Alex Fitzpatrick

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