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: 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
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.
Conclusion: Judging the PlayBar is a bit tricky. As a pure sound bar, it's a nice sounding simple solution that can plug and play with your existing TV and remote. But again, as a pure sound bar, it's a bit pricey and doesn't offer the low bass extension of many less expensive soundbar/subwoofer combos. But unlike most sound bars, the PlayBar is upgradeable. If you get it home and find the bass a bit lacking, you can add the sub on later.
Pros: Very good sound overall, considering size, Simple connection and set-up, Nice looking and nice personality, Flexible installation, SONOS app puts the world of music at your fingertips.
Cons: Needs mo bass, Gets a bit congested at high volumes, Could use a second fiberoptic input and DTS support, Limited by TV's ability to pass through 5.1 surround, A little pricey
Conclusion: The Sonos Playbar’s impressive movie sound, good looks, ease of use, and smooth, fatigue-free musicality is, in our experience, an uncommonly rare mix of attributes among sound bars. That it’s also wireless-streaming capable is a major bonus for folks looking for an easily-integrated and reliable networking solution.
Pros: Large, expansive sound field effectively wraps sound around you, Awesome loudness capability, yet low on distortion, Warm, easy-on-the-ears sound makes long-term listening a breeze, Best aesthetic design we’ve seen yet for a soundbar
Cons: Pricier than the competition – even pricier with a subwoofer, Single input woefully limits flexibility