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Sonos Playbar

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4745 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 products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the sound and reliability. The size and design are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sonos Playbar is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (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 products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the reliability and size are overall positive. The design and usability also get good reviews. There are some less positive comments about the price.

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

May, 2020

Consumer review (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 products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and usability also get good views. There are some mixed views about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability

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

May, 2020

Consumer review (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 4.4/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The usability also gets good opinions, whereas there are some negative opinions about the price.

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

May, 2020

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 : 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 : 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....

SONOS BRINGS A BLEND OF QUALITY, DESIGN AND CONVENIENCE THAT IS VERY HIGH, UNIQUE

Dec, 2014

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 : 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 : Roger Fingas (appleinsider.com)

Sonos Playbar speaker does all-in-one TV & music for Apple device owners

 

Even with a few rough edges, the Sonos Playbar may be a handy way for Apple device owners to tackle all of their living room audio needs.

In one sense, the Playbar sits in an odd middleground. Its pricetag may be too high for some, while "serious" home theater fans may demand (slightly) better.

May, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (tomsguide.com)

Sonos Playbar: Premium Sound at a Premium Price

 

The Playbar lives up to the expectations of a Sonos speaker. It excels at audio for both movies and music. For a system with many content options, it's very easy to set up and use. However, Sonos locks you into its app for streaming sources because it...

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

Expensive ; No Bluetooth connectivity

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.

Sep, 2014

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