Sonos Playbar vs Bose Solo 5

Sonos Playbar vs Bose Solo 5

Sonos Playbar review

An expensive soundbar with a number of unusual features - first of all, it supports the Sonos system, the ability to easily connect additional modules (subwoofer, speakers), use both a full-fledged music home system and a soundbar for a TV. When playing sound from your TV, PLAYBAR becomes the basis for a unique type of home theater - completely wireless, freely expandable and independent of external factors. Sonos PLAYBAR - soundbar with nine speakers. Specifically - six mid-frequency and three “tweeters” for high frequencies, two of which are directed on the sides to achieve the maximum surround sound effect. Each speaker is assigned its own Class D amplifier. Its output power is 200W. There are 3.0 built-in channels. All these is enclosed in a metal and plastic case with a minimalist design. Two inputs for Ethernet cable, one optical input.

Sonos Playbar

Bose Solo 5 review

A small inexpensive soundbar with many functions - Bose Solo 5 very pleased me with the excellent sound quality in films and games, there is Bluetooth, a universal remote control and much more. Single soundbar provides better sound quality compared to your TV alone. It has dialogue mode to make every word and detail stand out. There are 2.0 built-in channels. To add, this playbar has the power output of 100W. It also features Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly stream music from any of your devices, one cable for connecting to a TV and a universal remote control to control your TV.

Bose Solo

Sonos Playbar pros & cons

Pros

  • Since the update allowing integration with Alexa, I use the speaker for just about everything
  • Good sound quality in various usage scenarios

Cons

  • The crux of the issue is volume imbalance in films

Bose Solo 5 pros & cons

Pros

  • The music and sound effects of a movie do not cover over voice dialog
  • Convenient universal remote control that allows you to control other home appliances

Cons

  • Not too suitable for music

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Rating 5 5

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Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.7
Bose Solo 5
4
2
6
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Bose Solo 5

Model

Playbar
Solo 5

Brand

Sonos
Bose

Reviews

1715
9494

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
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
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
21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
1.7/3.7
Sonos Playbar
Bose Solo 5
Sonos Playbar
Bose Solo 5

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 4.7
  • 4
  • 4.7Sonos Playbar
  • 4Bose Solo 5

The Sonos Playbar is better soundbar in this comparison - check Sonos Playbar price.