Sonos Playbar vs Bose Soundbar 500

Sonos Playbar vs Bose Soundbar 500

Sonos Playbar review

Due to the unique design of the Playbar, the panel looks flat, both on a horizontal surface and on the wall. This is a tricky trick that allows the Playbar to maintain a slim profile in any configuration, while other soundbars are usually either too high on the surface or too protruding when mounted on the wall. An internal sensor detects the position of the panel and automatically adjusts its performance (less wall-mounted bass is required for wall mounting). There is even a second remote control sensor on the panel, the placement of which is optimized for a wall-mounted use case. Its output power is 200W. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Playbar

Bose Soundbar 500 review

This is a 3.0-channel unit. The Amazon Bose Soundbar 500 already has an Amazon Alexa voice assistant. With this service, directly through the soundbar, you can control playback, receive information, manage your schedule, etc. The Bose Soundbar 500 perfectly picks up sound around eight microphones, so your teams will be heard no matter how loud your music plays. A light indication will help you know when Alexa is listening, thinking or speaking. Featuring a metal grill, clean lines and sophisticated finishes, the Bose Soundbar 500 is as beautiful on the outside as on the inside. Bose Soundbar 500

Sonos Playbar pros & 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

Bose Soundbar 500 pros & cons

Pros

  • The installation process is just as simple as setting up some random online account
  • Bose quality is always great

Cons

  • Lacks HDMI inputs
  • I hoped the sound was more surrounded giving that it’s Bose

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.7
Bose Soundbar 500
7
2
8
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

Playbar
Soundbar 500

Brand

Sonos
Bose

Reviews

1715
307

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
microphone

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
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

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
0/0

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
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.1/7
Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500
Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 4.7
  • 7
  • 4.7Sonos Playbar
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison - check Bose Soundbar 500 price.