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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for music and TV but not home cinema, 21 April 2013
This review is from: Sonos PLAYBAR Soundbar and Wireless Speaker (Electronics)
I find the playbar works great for music and basic TV watching but if you are looking for a home cinema kit this system of the playbar sub and 2 x play 3 (rear surrounds) falls short and please note cannot handle DTS sound only 5.1
Not worth the money in my opinion.....
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2013 10:49:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2013 13:07:52 BDT
Ian Harding says:
There is a lot of debate about the Playbar being updated to support DTS. If (and hopefully when) it is updated I think it will be a great high end mass market product. Until then, I assume there will be a lot of puzzled people playing DTS sources and getting silence through the Playbar. There are a lot of people on the Sonos forum suggesting work arounds for this but they all require forking out more cash on top of the already high asking price.

I think the reality is this product is aimed at people who have just spent a couple of thousand on a high spec flat TV and want a simple solution to make it sound better. Those people who have existing AV kit that has already cost considerable amounts of money will be reluctant to make the switch.

Now if only Apple made a Soundbar with a nice Apple logo on it, that would be different because that would be a lifestyle choice! 600 would be a bargain and no one would even mention the price.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 14:20:14 GMT
When it get's an update, till then I won't be shelling out 600 no DTS no thanks. Stick with conventional systems
Like Denon.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 16:32:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2014 15:39:44 GMT
Ian Harding says:
This, to me is a great stance to take because the more people who refuse to buy a Playbar because it does not support DTS then the more likely it is that it will be included in the next software update. When any manufacturer starts losing sales because their product does not do something that is so fundamental to the market it is intended for then they either need to correct it or face the fact that less people will purchase. A home AV soundbar without DTS is such a basic omission. I appreciate that if you hook the thing up the way Sonos have designed it then DTS support is irrelevant. You cannot currently but many/any TV's that pass DTS through the optical but many people (including myself) do not set it up this way. What I expect is a soundbar that when connected to my Blu Ray player produces proper surround sound either DD5.1 or DTS.

Update January 2014
Sonos have announced that the Playbar will not get DTS support in the foreseeable future. It is now shown as not planned rather than under consideration on the ask.sonos forum.
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