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on 9 May 2013
Some questions. First, do you love buttons, cables and don't mind complexity? If yes, you might do better for the money with a good surround sound amp, speakers and some careful setup. Secondly, can your TV push a Dolby Digital signal through its optical digital output? If no, and particularly if it doesn't have an optical output, look elsewhere. Thirdly, if movies are much more important to you than music and you want surround sound without 5 or more speakers in your lounge, look at the Yamaha YSP2200. Finally, can you afford the Sonos Sub as well? Because the Playbar works so much better with it.

In design and build quality terms, this is Apple standard. Pull it out of the box, inspect the materials and how Sonos put it together. You'll see what I mean. Setup is straightforward for anyone that can cope with ripping a CD and storing music on a PC, Mac or a NAS. Functionality is top class. Want Deezer, Spotify, internet radio or your own music library? You've got them all. And then there's the sound quality. A Playbar properly mounted to a solid wall sounds wonderfully entertaining, precise and surprisingly powerful but, in my view, it comes into its own when paired with the Sub. It has power, range and musicality in abundance. Okay, so it might not offer the last word in stereo separation (but it is very, very good) and the most hardened audiophiles might notice just a little too much evidence of digital sound processing from time to time. For everyone else, this thing is truly awesome for music and movies. Buy one. It may make you poor but I suspect you'll be very happy.
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