Sonos Playbar Review and Specs

Sonos Playbar The low-profile design of the panel corresponds to the Sonos corporate identity; it is successfully designed in such a way that it can look relatively flat both when mounted on a wall and when installed under a TV. The Playbar is also one of the few sound panels that convincingly simulate surround sound - it creates the feeling that the room, as if, really has separate speakers. Let’s see all the Sonos Playbar specs in our Sonos Playbar review.

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The Playbar is also one of the few sound panels that convincingly simulate surround sound - it creates the feeling that the room, as if, really has separate speakers. Its output power is 200W. There are 3.0 built-in channels.

It is possible to wirelessly connect the Playbar with Sonos Sub and a pair of Play: 3 speakers to create a true 5.1 home system.

Design and build

The Playbar stands out with a rather low profile (8.4 cm) and therefore does not obscure the remote control sensor on the TV panel. But even if you have a TV with an unusually low sensor, the Playbar duplicates the remote control signals through the sensor on the back of the Playbar.

An internal sensor detects the position of the panel and automatically adjusts its performance (less wall-mounted bass is required for wall mounting).

Sonos Playbar

Connectivity

The rear panel has a minimum of connections: one optical audio input, a power connector and a pair of Ethernet connectors.

Only one audio input is intentional; this is not an omission. As with many other soundbars, the Playbar's sound sources are connected directly to the TV, after which the optical audio output of the TV will be connected directly to the panel.

Setup

Installation, for the most part, is very simple - step-by-step instructions are required through the Controller Sonos application. There is only one step that will require some technical knowledge - setting up your MacBook to access your digital music library. You will have to go through several system configuration steps to ensure client-server interaction for local area networks.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • I paired it with a Sonos subwoofer which I highly recommend and now there are nights where I never turn the TV on
  • After a no brainer install, I downloaded the Sonos app, which is intuitive, holds all my Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music songs, etc. which are easily accessed

Cons

  • Spoken dialogue is too quiet while action scenes are window-shaking loud

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Common features

Product

Sonos Playbar

Model

Playbar

Brand

Sonos

Reviews

1545

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

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

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
Sonos Playbar
Sonos Playbar

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