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. That said, if streaming is not a feature that you will ever use, there are many competitive options.
Conclusion: The Sonos Playbar is truly a gorgeous piece of equipment with exceptional audio quality when compared to other soundbars on the market. But its lack of alternate inputs and high price tag means that you’ll need to really think carefully before investing in it. However as a standard replacement for your TV speakers, nothing currently out there can even come close.
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. Soundbars are a type of speaker that emerged with the proliferation of the flatscreen TV.
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
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. Sonos’ take on proper sound for your TV is exciting for several reasons.
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 benefits of room, source, and track selection to intuitive touchscreen apps that run on smartphones and tablets.
Excerpt: The Sonos multi-room audio system had been limited to audio until now. You could play music from your NAS, computer, radio and online streaming services. The user-friendly nature and the good sound quality have made Sonos a popular brand, and with the introduction of the Playbar Sonos is now entering the home cinema market.