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Sonos Playbar

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4591 reviews of Sonos Playbar. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The design and usability also get good opinions, whereas there are some critical comments about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Sonos Playbar is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sonos Playbar

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Sonos Playbar from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sonos PLAYBAR Soundbar and Wireless SpeakerSonos PLAYBAR Soundbar and Wireless Speaker

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sonos Playbar

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 user reviews of Sonos Playbar from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.com. People really like the reliability and size. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONOS PLAYBAR TV Soundbar and Wireless Speaker for Streaming MusicSONOS PLAYBAR TV Soundbar and Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sonos Playbar

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sonos Playbar from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the reliability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the price.

usability, reliability

price

93% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONOS Playbar TV Soundbar/Wireless Streaming Music SpeakerSONOS Playbar TV Soundbar/Wireless Streaming Music Speaker

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Sonos PLAYBAR Review

 

With the prices of large-screen TVs plummeting, there has been a spike in flat TV purchases, and data show that televisions are getting ever bigger. However, many new HDTV owners realize that the s...

At $699, the Sonos PLAYBAR is a very good, somewhat expensive, sound bar. If the price was lower, it would certainly be a very easy recommendation (“no brainer” would comer to mind). But since it’s not, I would urge you to look at your actual needs.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sonos Playbar review: an excellent (and expensive) home theater addition

 

Sonos' Playbar makes an excellent addition to your living room, but only well-heeled music lovers can afford one.

Simple set up ; Great, room-filling sound for a soundbar ; Top-notch build quality

Expensive ; Mobile app needs a better UI

Sonos' Playbar is an expertly constructed, excellent-sounding soundbar, but at $700 it poses a significant challenge; it's hardly an impulse buy. Pair it with a Sub for a truly great home theater audio experience, and that tally rises to $1,300 or...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Sonos Playbar

 

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

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.

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

Performance and Conclusions The Playbar packs nine Class-D amplifiers to power six midrange drivers and three tweeters. Sonos also sells the Sub ($599 direct), which is designed to pair seamlessly with the Playbar, as well as individual Play:3 ($299...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Thomas Houston (theverge.com)

Sonos Playbar review: wireless audio invades your living room

 

The simple home stereo is struggling in the digital world. Little black boxes and audio sources are proliferating under the TV, remotes litter the coffee table, and docks clutter the bedroom and...

Ease of setup and use ; Offers true wireless 5.1 ; Fantastic sound for movies and TV

No 3.5mm input ; Apps feel clunky ; Over-reliant on optical audio ; Not ideal for music listening

The Playbar may be the Trojan horse Sonos has needed all along

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Michael Brown (techhive.com)

Review: Sonos's Playbar is a great soundbar for its price

 

The Playbar is one of the best soundbars in its price range, but it can't compete with a midrange AV receiver and a 5.1-channel speaker configuration.

Can be integrated into a Sonos whole-home audio system ; Very good sound with both movies and music ; Versatile setup options ; Just two wires: TOSlink and power

Not a surround-sound system ; Lacks in-your-face bass response ; Doesn't support Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio

If you already have a traditional home theater audio system with an AV receiver, three or more speakers up front, a subwoofer, and two discrete surround channels, there’s no reason to switch to the Playbar; you’ll be disappointed if you do. If you’re...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Rick Broida (wired.com)

Review: Sonos Playbar

 

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

Elegant, décor-friendly design. Sounds heavenly. Plays music, too, from all your favorite sources. Optional wireless surround-sound courtesy of Sonos Play:3 speakers

Lacks a dedicated remote. Like all Sonos gear, it’s priced to make you cry. Not much bass, unless you add the company’s 0 subwoofer (more tears). Requires an Ethernet connection or Sonos Bridge

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Sonos Playbar review

 

Sonos perfected multiroom digital music for the home. It wasn't the first company to take on the task, but Sonos' system is so easy to use and undeniably superior that it's easy to recommend, even at a premium price.

The Sonos Playbar integrates the company's best-in-class digital music software into a thoughtfully designed sound bar. It's dead simple to set up and works seamlessly with other Sonos products, and can even be expanded to a true wireless 5.1 system by...

The Playbar's heavily processed sound won't please purists. It's also expensive and there are considerably better-sounding alternatives in its price range. Many buyers would be fine with cheaper AirPlay or Bluetooth alternatives.

The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Sonos PLAYBAR Review

 

Movie and TV audio for music lovers: that's how Sonos describes its new PLAYBAR, the first product from the whole-home audio company to tackle sound that comes with moving pictures, rather than audio for its own sake. Speaker-bars aren't a new concept,...

Sonos took its time creating the PLAYBAR, and that consideration shows both in how it sounds and how easy it is to setup and use. Certainly, at $699/£599/€699 it’s expensive when compared to a regular speaker-bar. You can find those for a couple of...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (audioholics.com)

Sonos Wireless PlayBar Soundbar Preview

 

In typical Sonos fashion, the PlayBar situates itself well into their eco-system and presents itself as one of the more capable, practical and fashionable sound bar solutions we've yet seen.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Billy Bommer (toptenreviews.com)

Sonos PlayBar Review

 

Sound quality is not the problem with the Sonos PLAYBAR. In fact, its sound quality rivals that of the best sound bars available. Instead, it's held back by its lack of connectivity options and how difficult it is to set up. You shouldn't purchase this...

Its sound quality is superb.

It is difficult to set up and lacks many connection ports.

If you don’t mind the hassle of setting up this sound bar, it’s a major upgrade from your television speakers.

Oct, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio decoders:Dolby Digital
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other Features

Soundbar dimensions (WxDxH):35.4 x 5.51 x 3.35

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Digital audio optical in:1
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240

Subwoofer

Subwoofer included: No

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AIFF, MP3, WAV, WMA
Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Handheld remote control: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, GIF, PNG
Internet radio: Yes
Number of products included:1
Wall mountable: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Soundbar weight:11.9