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The Sonos Playbar is a fantastic piece of kit that really delivers on its promise of simplicity, and quality. It isn’t cheap, but it does add to your Sonos network and make for an even more flexible system.
Great sound and easy setup
Voice control via an Alexa-enabled device
Ample bass without sub
Sonos app platform remains one of the best out there
Seamless multi-room integration with Sonos system

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Sonos Playbar – Sound Bar for TV to Wirelessly Stream from your TV or smart device. Works with Alexa.

 

One of the best-selling points of Sonos Playbar is its multi-room capabilities. What is multi-room you ask? It means that once you have one Sonos component, you can add more speakers to other rooms, as part of the same ecosystem. This technology is not new to Sonos. They have been working on this concept since 2002, so they are experts in it, and the Sonos app is always being refined.

Start with the Playbar, add more speakers to other rooms over time, at your pace. We believe a home full of music is a happy home and when it is all centrally controlled, it adds to the overall seamless listening experience. You could be playing your favourite album on all of your speakers in a matter of seconds!

The Playbar is multi-purpose in the sense that it can make your TV shows and films sound incredible, but second to that; you can stream your favourite music to it when the TV is not on. Easily add your music streaming service subscriptions, iTunes playlists or stream free radio to it. You no longer need a separate HiFi system for your music and TV audio. That’s why we are confident that the Sonos Playbar will beat your expectations.

With ten dedicated amplifiers packed inside with the end two facing outward, the Playbar delivers highly rich and detailed sound with a soundstage that massively outperforms its physical form. And the exceptional sound is just the beginning of what Sonos can offer.

The Playbar is still the best-selling soundbar on the market and is reviewed very highly by its large community of users. The Playbar provides the foundation for a home cinema in your own living room. Over time, you could add the soul-shaking Sub to dramatically improve overall bass output and a pair of PLAY speakers to complete the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound set up.

You may not have expected a soundbar to use anything other than Bluetooth. However, the Sonos Playbar connects directly to your home WiFi wirelessly which carries many benefits. No drop-outs, no push notifications and no connecting to Bluetooth every time.

 

The sound bar has other hidden features which are really useful, like TV autoplay. This is a great function that will switch your Playbar input to the TV input when it senses audio from your TV. How would this work? If you decide to listen to the radio on your Playbar and then leave the house, the Playbar will then be set to radio as an input. With Autoplay switched on, as soon as the TV is powered up, the Sonos system will switch automatically to TV mode in the background. This allows for seamless day to day use.

Night Mode is another great feature. If you’ve got kids, neighbours or people who are asleep, you’ll probably agree loud noise is not ideal especially at night. Usually, it’s the louder, more sudden noises that would wake a child or person so when Night mode is enabled; it suppresses these sudden loud noises, so you don’t have to worry when you’re watching Indiana Jones late at night!

Speech Enhancement goes hand-in-hand with Night mode above, but this mode makes the vocals sound much more clear so subtitles may not be necessary. How? PLAYBAR uses custom drivers to deliver crisp, clear dialogue to the centre channel where your ears can distinguish it best.

With traditional speaker systems, every speaker will sound different in each room as the resulting sound largely depends on your room’s acoustics, layout and how the sound bounces off each surface to your ears.

Sono’s TruePlay is a feature that regulates this process and acoustically adapts the speaker to each room. With Playbar, Sonos will ask you to define where your viewing position is, so it knows how to adjust the sound according to the layout of your room. This feature is available with any Apple device and can be done as part of the initial set up. We would highly recommend completing the setup of TruePlay to ensure you’re getting the very best from your speaker.

As the Playbar has an IR sensor, it can receive an IR signal from your existing remote you use every day. Pair your current remote control with the Playbar in the initial set up for easy, seamless volume control of your TV audio.

The Playbar brings all of your TV and music content to life such as TV shows, films, games, audiobooks and music. With its nine dedicated amplifiers, the sound is dispersed fantastically well and will continue to do so for many years to come.

With the addition of all of its useful features paired with its award-winning sound quality and usability we are confident, there is no better soundbar on the market to offer as much fluidity or versatility to the listening experience.

  • Build Quality
  • Performance
  • Connectivity
  • Sound Quality
4.6

Summary

If you’re looking for a simple device that will massively improve the sound from your TV (as opposed to a bona fide surround sound set-up) and give you immediate access to more music than you could ever possibly hope to listen to, the Sonos Playbar is an excellent option. The Sonos Playbar may not be cheap but feels worth every penny. There’s enough rumble in the bass to give action movies an appropriate sense of drama, but the mid-range and high-frequency audio are also sweet and clean.

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At a glance

  • Complements HD television screens with crisp and powerful sound from nine Amplified speaker drivers. Wirelessly streams all your favourite music services too.
  • Connect your Playbar to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love.
  • Syncs wirelessly with other Sonos speakers so you can listen to TV or music in perfect sync, throughout your home.
  • Pair with two Ones and a Sub for a 5.1 surround system, the ultimate home theatre experience.
  • Simple two-cord setup. One for power and one for the TV. Control from your existing TV remote, or wirelessly Connect on the Sonos app from your smart device.

 

  • Build Quality
  • Performance
  • Connectivity
  • Sound Quality
4.6

Summary

If you’re looking for a simple device that will massively improve the sound from your TV (as opposed to a bona fide surround sound set-up) and give you immediate access to more music than you could ever possibly hope to listen to, the Sonos Playbar is an excellent option. The Sonos Playbar may not be cheap but feels worth every penny. There’s enough rumble in the bass to give action movies an appropriate sense of drama, but the mid-range and high-frequency audio are also sweet and clean.

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