Summary: At $699, the Sonos PLAYBAR is a very good, somewhat expensive, sound bar. If the price was lower, it would certainly be a very easy recommendation (“no brainer” would comer to mind). But since it’s not, I would urge you to look at your actual needs.
Summary: Put simply, the Sonos Playbar is the best soundbar we’ve ever tested. Deep, rich sound combined with incredibly well thought out design and Sonos’ flawless multi-room audio system put this box on another level to all of its rivals. It’s just a shame it costs so much. Better start saving.
Conclusion: The Sonos Playbar has a lot going for it, which makes it an easy recommendation. The combination of solid sonic performance and easy-to-use streaming capabilities makes it a winner for just about anyone. If you want to be able to stream music to your soundbar, the Playbar is a must-audition product.
Conclusion: The Sonos Playbar offers solid performance, ease of use and premium features such as Sonos's signature digital music software. Movies and music sound great, and bass is fairly deep even though the Sonos Playbar lacks a discrete subwoofer.
Pros: Excellent simulated surround sound, Robust wireless digital music software, Effective bass
Cons: Highly processed sound, Wireless capabilities require additional expenses, Not the best value
Excerpt: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Sonos. And while I’ll gladly welcome any new product from the wireless speaker company, I have to be honest and convey my skepticism when they revealed that they had in fact been working on a soundbar for a few years.
Pros: Easy as pie setup, its own music server, integrates with Sonos environment, controllable via smartphone
Cons: Only compatible with Dolby Digital (not DTS, etc), pricey ($699), not ideal for audiophiles
Summary: The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.
Pros: The Sonos Playbar integrates the company's best-in-class digital music software into a thoughtfully designed sound bar. It's dead simple to set up and works seamlessly with other Sonos products, and can even be expanded to a true wireless 5.1 system by adding the Sonos Sub and two Play:3 speakers...
Cons: The Playbar's heavily processed sound won't please purists. It's also expensive and there are considerably better-sounding alternatives in its price range. Many buyers would be fine with cheaper AirPlay or Bluetooth alternatives.
Conclusion: Soundbars are hotter than ever due to the thin flat panel TVs we drag home. And the market for soundbars is more exciting now than it has ever been as the makers of soundbars are coming from very different parts of the electronics industry - with very different features as a result.
Pros: Easy setup, IR-repeater, The Sonos-universe is included, Good sound quality for TV and movies, Wireless streaming, Possibility for “surround”, Price
Cons: Only SPDIF input, No DTS support, Sound is lacking a bit for music listening, Cannot connect additional front speakers
Summary: The Sonos Playbar delivers excellent sound to your home theater system compared to your TV’s built-in speakers. However, the best sound bars on the market have a better price point. The Playbar has a nice design that connects with virtually any media device in your house wirelessly.
Pros: This sound bar can connect to multiple devices wirelessly, giving your system a clutter-free look.
Cons: To control the Playbar, you will need a mobile app or an adapted theater remote.
Excerpt: Since its launch in 2005, the Sonos wireless music system has won accolades and an extensive fan base thanks to an early focus on tapping into the digital music libraries that consumers built after the iPod’s launch in 2001, and an evolving graphic interface that, in today’s version, brings the...