Sonos Playbar vs Denon HEOS BAR

Sonos Playbar vs Denon HEOS BAR

Sonos Playbar review

Its output power is 200W. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Playbar is a carefully designed soundbar with best-in-class music software. The panel is easy to install and easily compatible with other Sonos products, and can also be used as part of a full-fledged 5.1 wireless audio system if you add a Sonos Sub subwoofer and two Play:3 speakers. But the Playbar itself creates an excellent virtual surround effect - you can imagine that the room has more speakers than it actually is. Sonos Playbar

Denon HEOS BAR review

The 3.0-channel Denon HEOS Bar is ready to work with new AV-technology and is equipped with four HDMI-inputs standard 2.0 (compatible with 4K UHD) and support for HDCP 2.2. Thus, the use of the soundbar will significantly expand the switching capabilities of the existing TV, providing the connection of a larger number of sources of 4K-signal. For accurate multi-channel audio processing, the Denon HEOS Bar is equipped with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders. You can use Ethernet or Wi-Fi to connect to a HEOS network, and the soundbar also has a Bluetooth receiver on board. To connect analog signal sources, a linear input is provided on the mini-jack connector. Denon HEOS BAR

Sonos Playbar pros & cons

Pros

  • It sounds like true 5.1 system, but adding two more speakers can't hurt
  • I had no problem setting up the Playbar to the Alexa/echo system
  • Good sound quality in various usage scenarios

Cons

  • The Playbar only has optical audio in, so it gets complicated when you have more than one device that you want to use with this speaker

Denon HEOS BAR pros & cons

Pros

  • Amazing treble and base. You have the ability to adjust both independently on all speakers
  • The app also allows you to save presets for volume and equalizer settings

Cons

  • It was dropping off my network. It also was losing wireless connection with the sub and rear channels

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.7
Denon HEOS BAR
6.8
2
10
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Denon HEOS BAR

Model

Playbar
HEOS BAR

Brand

Sonos
Denon

Reviews

1492
19

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
volume down, volume up, sound off

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
4/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
4.8/10.5
Sonos Playbar
Denon HEOS BAR
Sonos Playbar
Denon HEOS BAR

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.7
  • 6.8
  • 4.7Sonos Playbar
  • 6.8Denon HEOS BAR

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