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Sonos Playbar

"The Sonos Playbar delivers great sound, super easy setup and it is excellent as both a TV speaker and a standalone Sonos speaker, offering all the features that come with the Sonos system, including brilliant app control, voice control via an Alexa-enabled or Google Assistant-enabled device and fantastic multi-room capabilities, as well as the additional TV functions. "
As posted by pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Solid well-built design
  • Fantastic design and build quality
  • High-detail, wide and engaging sound
  • Sonos app platform remains one of the best out there
  • Surprisingly effective low-end response given the lack of a subwoofer

Cons

  • No HDMI connection
  • No DTS support

Product Details

Date First Available:
November 11, 2018

Overall Rating

88.7%
The overall rating was calculated based on 8658 customer and expert reviews from 17 review sites and 2 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Soundbars:
  • 95.7%
    Design
  • 95.2%
    Sound Quality
  • 93.6%
    Build Quality
  • 88.7%
    Features
  • 80.8%
    Connectivity

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Expert Reviews

The Playbar is Sonos in a soundbar – with a couple of little caveats, that’s as good a proposition as it seems

Read more on whathifi.com

Pros

  • The full, brilliant Sonos experience
  • Wide, deep, detailed and dynamic soundstage
  • Upgradeable with a Sub and/or Play3s

Cons

  • Doesn’t push sound into the room as much as it could
  • No HDMI connection
  • No DTS support

The Sonos Playbar is alright for mixed use. Its sound is suitable for most audio content, like vocal-centric genres like podcasts or TV shows. However, it lacks sub-bass and won't be ideal for bass-heavy music or action movies. It also has poor surround performance and it doesn't support height channels or Atmos. Still, it has a wide soundstage which can help immerse you in your movies or music. The bar gets loud but at max volume, you can hear noticeable compression artifacts, especially in the bass range.

Read more on rtings.com

Pros

  • Solid well-built design.
  • Fairly balanced sound profile.
  • Great center channel performance for dialogue in movies.
  • Easily upgradable setup.

Cons

  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • No DTS support.
  • No Full HDMI In ports.

The first Sonos soundbar has aggressive designs on your living room - but can a soundbar for music lovers satisfy a cinephile?

Read more on techradar.com

Pros

  • Beautiful sound
  • Integrates well into Sonos system
  • Can wirelessly add sub and satellites
  • Clever audio modes
  • Rich, broadly-compatible apps

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Requires particular TVs
  • No remote in the box
  • Only one input

The Sonos Playbar is a one-stop solution for upgrading your TV audio and tapping into the wireless audio world that Sonos offers

Read more on trustedreviews.com

Pros

  • Fantastic design and build quality
  • High-detail, wide and engaging sound
  • Easy streaming from Spotify and suchlike
  • No HDMI

Cons

  • Creating a 5.1 system is expensive

The Sonos Playbar delivers great sound, super easy setup and it is excellent as both a TV speaker and a standalone Sonos speaker, offering all the features that come with the Sonos system, including brilliant app control, voice control via an Alexa-enabled or Google Assistant-enabled device and fantastic multi-room capabilities, as well as the additional TV functions.Read full verdict

Read more on pocket-lint.com

Pros

  • Great sound
  • Easy setup
  • Voice control via an Alexa-enabled or Google Assistant-enabled device
  • Ample bass without sub
  • Sonos app platform remains one of the best out there
  • Seamless multi-room integration with Sonos system

Cons

  • No HDMI
  • No 7.1 support
  • Very expensive
  • No DTS Surround support

The Sonos Playbar delivers impressive volume levels and its companion mobile app is very well designed, but this slick soundbar comes with some compromises.

Read more on pcmag.com

Pros

  • Smooth overall sound quality.
  • Surprisingly effective low-end response given the lack of a subwoofer.
  • Flexible wireless streaming.
  • Doesn't distort on deep bass at high volumes.

Cons

  • Requires wired Ethernet unless you already have a Sonos Bridge.
  • No hardware remote control.
  • Highly processed sound isn't for purists.

Sonos Playbar: Expensive, but looks gorgeous and can be extended into a 5.1 system and can join your existing Sonos multi-room system

Read more on expertreviews.co.uk

Pros

  • Sound quality
  • Streaming capabilities
  • Design and build quality

Cons

  • Post-Brexit price

It's universally acknowledged that TV speakers suck. And it's widely known that Sonos makes awesome wireless speakers. Light bulb!

Read more on wired.com

The Sono Playbar soundbar fills your room with rich sound, whether from movies or music--if you're willing to pay a premium for the experience.

Read more on tomsguide.com

Pros

  • Full sound without a subwoofer
  • Excellent for music
  • Support for most streaming music services

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

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