[SOLVED] Does the Sonos beam work with my motherboard?

gijsbartman

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Hello,

I want to buy the Sonos beam soundbar for my computer but I was wondering if I would be able to use it. The motherboard I'm using is the MSI Tomahawk B450 MAX (https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450-TOMAHAWK-MAX/Specification)
I've read something about needing an optical output but I don't really get what it is and how it works so I hope someone can help. If it isn't directly possible is there a way to do it with external hardware?

And I like the idea of having the option to add more speakers to my Sonos system in the future but is having a Sonos soundbar even a good speaker to have for pc gaming (I'll also be using it to watch movies)? Or should I look further (let me know if you have other good soundbars)?

Thanks in advance
 

hang-the-9

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Yes the Sonos Beam needs an optical input, it actually comes with an adapter to use with it. You can get an internal soundcard like this SB one https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Audigy-Performance-Headphone/dp/B00EO6X7PG?ref_=ast_sto_dp or an external one, this is OK for the price https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Headphone-Amplifier-Digital-Coaxial/dp/B07XJ89KV6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FPNT4NXGH5IP&dchild=1&keywords=syba+sonic&qid=1606772115&s=electronics&sprefix=syba,electronics,155&sr=1-1 This toppnig is good but does not have a headphone out https://www.amazon.com/TOPPING-ES9038Q2M-DSD256-Desktop-Decoder/dp/B08CV1DSX4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=topping+dac&qid=1606772281&s=electronics&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSVZVR1pZMlcxRUxSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDYwNzE5MVNTN0VFU0VRSVY0NyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTQxMjA0UDhaODJJV1o1MEVBJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== This ifi is good for the price but over $100 https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Bluetooth-Receiver-Desktop-Adapter/dp/B07W5RB5GN/ref=pd_di_sccai_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07W5RB5GN&pd_rd_r=d7339042-0213-4862-a2db-601b42316d3a&pd_rd_w=zHBhS&pd_rd_wg=UwgeP&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=7CN5B8HBJX4T2FQ2RNJZ&psc=1&refRID=7CN5B8HBJX4T2FQ2RNJZ

The question of that is a good thing to even get for computer audio, I would not. Why a soundbar and not speakers? What are you using now? Are you setting up the system as a home theater setup with a larger screen and multiple speakers?
For the $300 the Sonos soundbar costs there are quite a few simpler and good sounding options for 1/3 the price even. Even more so that you need another soundcard to run it with.
 
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hang-the-9

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Yes the Sonos Beam needs an optical input, it actually comes with an adapter to use with it. You can get an internal soundcard like this SB one https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Audigy-Performance-Headphone/dp/B00EO6X7PG?ref_=ast_sto_dp or an external one, this is OK for the price https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Headphone-Amplifier-Digital-Coaxial/dp/B07XJ89KV6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=FPNT4NXGH5IP&dchild=1&keywords=syba+sonic&qid=1606772115&s=electronics&sprefix=syba,electronics,155&sr=1-1 This toppnig is good but does not have a headphone out https://www.amazon.com/TOPPING-ES9038Q2M-DSD256-Desktop-Decoder/dp/B08CV1DSX4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=topping+dac&qid=1606772281&s=electronics&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSVZVR1pZMlcxRUxSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDYwNzE5MVNTN0VFU0VRSVY0NyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTQxMjA0UDhaODJJV1o1MEVBJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== This ifi is good for the price but over $100 https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Bluetooth-Receiver-Desktop-Adapter/dp/B07W5RB5GN/ref=pd_di_sccai_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07W5RB5GN&pd_rd_r=d7339042-0213-4862-a2db-601b42316d3a&pd_rd_w=zHBhS&pd_rd_wg=UwgeP&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=7CN5B8HBJX4T2FQ2RNJZ&psc=1&refRID=7CN5B8HBJX4T2FQ2RNJZ

The question of that is a good thing to even get for computer audio, I would not. Why a soundbar and not speakers? What are you using now? Are you setting up the system as a home theater setup with a larger screen and multiple speakers?
For the $300 the Sonos soundbar costs there are quite a few simpler and good sounding options for 1/3 the price even. Even more so that you need another soundcard to run it with.
 
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