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Sonos PLAYBAR Soundbar and Wireless Speaker

by Sonos
212 customer reviews
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  • HiFi soundbar ideal for TV and music lovers
  • Delivers richly textured HiFi sound to whatever you watch on your TV
  • Wirelessly streams music
  • Simple to set up, control and expand. Syncs with other Sonos speakers wirelessly
  • 2-Year warranty included
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  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 90 x 8.5 cm ; 5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: PLAYBAR
  • ASIN: B00BD1I8P4
  • Date first available at 12 Feb. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,046 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

The 9-speaker design of the SONOS PLAYBAR wireless soundbar delivers room filling home theatre sound for your TV and wirelessly streams all the music on earth through one easy-to-use soundbar. <P> Sonos HiFi sound for your TV Flood any room with epic, full-theatre HiFi sound. The PLAYBAR adjusts automatically to the differences between shoot ‘em up action flicks, Shakespearean dramas, and live concerts to deliver the sound as it was intended. <P> Wirelessly stream all the music on earth Enjoy a universe of music in every room - your iTunes library, music services like Spotify and Napster, and more than 100,000 free Internet radio stations, podcasts and shows. <P> Easy to setup PLAYBAR connects to your TV using a single optical cable and plays everything that’s connected to the TV, including satellite boxes and game consoles. <P> Control your way Control PLAYBAR volume and mute using your existing TV, satellite or universal remote. And for streaming music you can download the free Sonos Controller Apps for your smartphone, tablet or computer. <P> Easy to expand wirelessly Expand your Sonos system throughout the entire house, and play your music wirelessly in other rooms. Just add another Sonos player wherever you need music, for the ultimate music system. <P>

Box Contains

Power Cord
Quick Start Guide
Flat Ethernet Cable
Toslink Optical Cable

From the Manufacturer

Usage Music Music Music TV, Movies and Music
Stereo from a single speaker
Line-in Audio Optical
Stereo pair
Home theatre rears
Multiple orientations

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Zubenubi on 24 Aug. 2012
Style Name: Subwoofer
Having gradually updated my HiFi which started with a Play 5 for the kitchen and then included the Sonos pre-amp to run my very large Tannoy D700's in the lounge. I then decided I wanted more sound in the kitchen and went for the Sonos amp to run B&W M1's plus a Cambridge Audio sub. I then got a call from my local HiFi shop to inform me that I should come and listen to the new Sonos Sub. Always bad news as it usually costs a lot of money!
So went and had a look and listen and was blown away. Needles to say I have now replaced the kitchen set-up with 2 x Play 3's and the Sub (which at the moment is sitting on the worktop (and looks great). This set-up is much, much, much better than the B&W/Sonos/Cambridge Audio as it is all designed to work together with less wires and more flexibility. The sound quality as superb playing anything at any level and can go very, very loud indeed. The sub does not distort, but everything in the kitchen rattles.
If comparing to my Tannoy D700's, the Sonos is nearly as good. The Tannoys deliver a warmer richer sound whilst the Sonos set-up is more crisp and clean. I am sorely tempted to now go for 2 x Play 5's and a Sonos Sub to replace the Tannoy set-up but it's a tough one.
Money wise, it will cost around £1,100 for the 2 x Play 3's and Sub. Expensive yes, but it is a full music centre and you can start with 1 x Play 3, add another when the budget is there (and make them into a stereo pair) and then finally add the Sub to give the extra oomph. Yes, it is little pricey at £600 but beautifully made/looks great and works really well. In addition, you can tune it to the environment in which you are sighting it and change the base level to suit your own taste. Lastly unlike some other subs, it isn't just boom, boom, boom. It does an excellent job of playing musically (if you know what I mean!)
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661 of 686 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Philbin on 28 Nov. 2013
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Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of Sonos, with several rooms in my house already equipped with Zoneplayers, as well as a Play:5. So, when I recently bought a new TV, adding a Playbar seemed like the logical thing to do to upgrade from the in-built speakers.
So, for me, I'm not overly interested in the Playbar's qualities as a wireless music player. After all, this is a soundbar, fitted under my TV, specifically designed to give a home cinema experience according to Sonos - just take a look at all their current advertising, encouraging you to buy a couple of Play:1s to hook up with it for that 5.1 experience. The problem is, the Playbar doesn't deliver on its promise.
How do Sonos advise you to connect the Playbar to your system? Well, the only method they recommend (or will support if you have an issue) is that you take an optical output from your TV. Not from an amp, BluRay player or cable TV box, just from your TV. The problem is, if you feed your TV with an HDMI signal, then you will struggle to find any TV that will pass a 5.1 signal through its optical port - you will only get stereo. This means you won't get 5.1 from your Playbar and you won't get a surround channel to any Play:1s you've bought and connected. (You will get a pretty dire pseudo-5.1 that the Playbar will create from the stereo source).
OK, let's go the unsupported route and give the Playbar a 5.1 feed direct from your source. The problem here is that the Playbar will only play Dolby Digital 5.1, not DTS. Go and have a look at your current BluRay collection and see how many have a DD soundtrack - about 15% if you're lucky. All you will get from your Playbar is silence.
If you want a soundbar which accepts both DD and DTS 5.
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Silvester TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2014
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I'm a massive Sonos fan. I'd been wanting to replace my bulky 5.1 speaker system with a Playbar since it was rumored. All their products have incredible sound quality so I was optimistic about this set up.

Set up is easy, sound quality is good for the unit. It's a nice product and looks great while being easy to operate.

After minimal tweaking I got the sound just right. Mids and highs are clean and crisp, voices are clear, and the Sub offers perfect deep/tight bass to Movies, Music and Games. This is an incredibly balanced combination that fills the room with accurate, high-quality sound. I honestly wasn't expecting to be this impresssed.

Here's the issue though: Sonos says they want you to use your TV as a hub, all the inputs going to the TV and then optical audio out from the TV to the Playbar. Great idea - but the problem is that most TV's won't pass Dolby Digital 5.1 surround from HDMI to the digital/optical audio. If it's from the TV itself (such as Netflix on a smart TV) it will pass 5.1 through the optical port but not from HDMI.

So if you have multiple sources (say an Xbox 360, Blu-Ray player, Apple TV, etc) there's no way for those sources to ever deliver 5.1 to the Playbar as Sonos intended (assuming you add a sub and some Play:3's to the mix). And you can't wire multiple inputs directly to the Playbar because they have a single input for the sake of simplicity. Normally I'm fine with this, but in light of the limitation with HDMI => optical pass through on TVs this became an oversight to me upon learning about the pass through issue. You can solve this by finding a TV or receiver that does pass through DD 5.1 through the optical audio, but you shouldn't have to.
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