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Sonos - PLAYBAR Soundbar Wireless Speaker - Black/Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5981 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar but has limits

    Posted
    jcc3
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    No hdmi plugins and it limits to a 5.1 surround sound but that is in most forums/discussions.Also no multichannel stereo for all speakers. Otherwise it is awesome

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and also excellent Sonos support

    Posted
    W79x
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    Love the sound bar but it does not have HDMI and only a Toslink cable connection for TV. After buying the sound bar found out my Samsung television does not have 5.1 surround sound passthrough. To get the 5.1 had to buy a HD video switch with arc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    My review is based on Sonos 5.1 surround sound.

    Posted
    Podebrady
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    Be honest with you this is not what I expect with this price point. I paid a lot to get a true 5.1 surround sound. @@@@@@@@ Playbar-$699.99, Sub-$699.99, two Sonos one $399.98) So I paid a total of $1800 plus tax(108.00) = $1,908.00 I believe on "you get what you paid for." But with Sonos it's little bit different. A lot off people complained about not having Bluetooth, HDMI etc.. so I'm not going to repeat same word again. My complain is Most Tv output STEREO through Optical. So we paid to $$1,908.00 not to get a real 5.1 surround? Sonos should come with some other way to solve this problem. At least like a HUB that will solve most of the problem that people complaining about (Bluetooth, HDMI and also Stereo issues) I will absolutely change my rate and Buy it again Only if they solve this problem. For now it's time to repack and return to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    Romo
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    This is a great sound bar for the money. Easy to set up. One concern for some is that there is no option for HDMI cable. Only use optical. Not a problem for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Sound Bar

    Posted
    Bobby
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    Went in to buy a Sony 800 sound bar. Bought a Sonos sound bar, I returned the Sonos. @@@@@@@@ Great sound bar, but for my ear, too expensive). I really didn't appreciate it. Also 700 dollars for a wolfed Also, No HDMI connections.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound!

    Posted
    Rayne
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    I've been purchasing Sonos speakers for the last couple of years & placing them around the house. Decided to add this playbar & so glad I did! Great sound while watching TV & even better sound while listening to music! Easy to setup and add to my additional speakers. The only thing I didn't like is that there was no hdmi hookup (optical only) but got over that really quick. Definitely would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent But Drops Sound

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    NpBestBuyer5
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    Would give a 5 star but for the ongoing problem of sound cutting out or dropping on an intermittent basis. Sonos support sympathetic, that is about it. Check Sonos support forums to see this problem has been around for more then 2 years without any real solutions. Sonos position is the problem is with the TV, optical, HDMI, wireless interference, decoding issues, etc....never Sonos Playbar issue. The positive aspects of the Sonos Playbar are as noted in the previous reviews. The sound drops are really annoying and with no firm answer to the problem users, me are left with trial and error efforts to fix or manage the problem. If I had it to do over again I would wait to purchase Sonos Playbar until this rather annoying issue is resolved.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, lacks DTS and HDMI, pricey

    Posted
    DigitalSean
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    This sound bar has excellent sound, but lacks features that should be included at this price point. Since the unit does not include HDMI, it is limited in the surround modes that it supports. If you choose to add a pair of Sonos surround speakers, they cannot be used for Bluetooth music streaming without going through a time-consuming set-up process every time. It was rather difficult to set-up my Samsung television Smart remote to control the unit and many people online could not figure out the set-up process. After living with these limitations for a week, I decided to return the unit. The next revision of this product will likely address all these issues. Thanks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding sound for television or music

    Posted
    HawkeyeShadow
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    Incredibly easy to set up and control volume with remote. Adding Sub and Play 3 surrounds also easy. Entire system set up and linked to home wireless network within minutes. Extremely nice feature is ability to link to other Sonos components throughout house. That feature provides synced audio from television throughout house which is nice with sporting events. Music streamed from PC sounds great as well. Minor limitation may be the optical audio input for 5.1 as newer HDTVs are tending to HDMI and may not have an optical output.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible with Samsung televisions

    Posted
    XV1700PC

    I spent 5 hours trying to configure this, trying to accommodate the network requirements and remote app setup. I finally took a break and began digging for info on this. Lo and behold I began to see a string of forum posts and reviews with one thing in common: Samsung televisions. It isn't the fault of Sonos, but the lack of compatibility on Samsung's part. There is an issue with the audio signal transferring between the HDMI coming in to their TVs and the optical out. So, I didn't ever get this thing to work, as much as I wanted it to. I have no idea how it sounds. Buyer beware, if you have a SAMSUNG television, you will have to pass on this. Best Buy associates probably don't have any idea of this issue, and certainly didn't say anything about it to me. Returning this for a Harmon Kardon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price

    Posted
    Sandjam
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    I purchased this sound bar to go with all my other Sonos speakers (which I love) throughout the house. I wanted to use it in the bedroom for the TV and also use it in place of Play 1 speakers for music (kill 2 birds with one stone). For music it sounds as good if not better than my Play 1 speakers. But for TV, without a separate subwoofer, the bass comes directly at you from the bar and it just does not sound right. The bass should surround you and you shouldn't be able to tell where it is coming from. This cost 700.00 and then they want you to buy the separate subwoofer at another 700.00. It also only has an optical input, no HDMI, so there are limits on what it can process. Has same high quality as other Sonos products, but I exchanged it for a Sony sound bar with wireless subwoofer for 400.00 and it sounds so much better, has 4K pass though with 3 HDMI ports, different sound modes, adjustment to boost dialog, and many more features. 1400.00 compared to 400.00 and Sony sounds so much better and tons more features. Sonos should offer this bar with the wireless subwoofer at the same price (700.00) and it probably would be a winner. The other major miss is that you can't adjust the Bass and Treble separately based on whether the sound is from the TV (optical in) or from the network (playing music). So you have to keep adjusting it back and forth, big miss. Don't get me wrong its not like the sound is horrible, just not worth 700.00

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Wireless Playbar

    Posted
    Cardsfan
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    In need of a wireless 5.1 setup because we're moving to a new home with a very open floor plan, I decided to get a replacement system now. So I sold my Bose Acoustimass 5, and researched to death what would be the best wireless speaker replacement. Although I wasn't very crazy about Sonos only having a Toslink audio cable connection vs. HDMI ARC, I went ahead with the Playbar purchase. Some reviewers have said they returned their Playbar because it didn't sound any different than their TV's speakers. Upon my initial connection, I also had this experience. I have a AT&T Uverse cable box. In Settings, the box offers Stereo and Surround Sound settings. The default Stereo setting gives very poor results while the Surround Sound setting gives awesome results. The Playbar projects the sound sideways/outwards giving it a very realistic 3.0 sound as though there was a center speaker and two surround side speakers. Other reviewers complained that Sonos didn't provide DTS for a true 5.1 sound effect. Perhaps I do not understand what 5.1 surround sound sounds like, but when I connected a left and a right Play1 speaker, I heard rear speakers with definite sound separation between the two. I watched Pearl Harbor, and Japanese Zeros coming in from behind from the right and from the left were heard that way. I haven't added the Sonos Sub as yet as I really haven't felt the need in my current setup. That may change when we move to the larger open floor plan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Impressive!

    Posted
    specv68
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    This was a Christmas gift to me from my Wife and kids. We had already purchased a Play 5 and a Play 1 for in the living room and the kitchen. They listened to the unit in store and thought I would enjoy this as an addition to my newly-purchased 4K Samsung TV. I must say, setup was easy and the sound pleasing. My only disappointment is that the only audio connection is toslink...no HDMI available. I played some music through it after it was hooked up and my Wife was impressed. It was lacking on the bottom end, so I mentioned that I was eventually going to have to purchase the Sonos sub to pair with this and that if I was doing that, I might as well add an additional Play 1 for the full surround effect and relocate the Play 1 from the kitchen to pair it with. I have since done both. When I first turned it on my Wife couldn't stop oohing and aahing about the surround sound coming out of the rear Play 1's. The Play 5 is now in the kitchen. Entrance into the Sonos ecosystem is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it's easy to hook up, has streaming music available and can also access the music on my Synology server. I also didn't need to worry about running wire all over the living room to the speakers. It sounds awesome to boot! @@@@@@@@ Of course it doesn't compare to the 7.1 Onkyo receiver/Klipsch Reference speakers paired to my home theater projector in the basement! @@@@@@@

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A music company's first foray into home theatre.

    Posted
    jonn4481
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    I've had the Sonos Playbar for about five days now. While that isn't a lot of time to generate a good option of the device it has allowed me to determine its pros and cons. A little background. The purchase of the Playbar accompanied the upgrade from a rear projection 46" Toshiba with built in speakers to a Samsung 60" ES8000. Suffice it to say this is a major upgrade from a 7 year old system. I had reservations going into the purchase of the Playbar after finding out that it does not support DTS out of the box. Sonos's forums state that they are considering an upgrade. However from a home theatre standpoint such an upgrade to supporting DTS is borderline pointless. The Playbar only has optical in for a connection type. Virtually no TV supports DTS output. To make matters worse, which I found out after the purchase, AV receivers with very few exceptions don't support optical output either. The end result being you have a heavily neutered system right out of the box. The deal killer for me, and what is prompting me to return the device, was connecting an external Display Port laptop to the TV. While I can covert Display Port to HDMI for video, this setup does not transmit audio across the connection. The TV does not support a standard 3.5mm audio jack. And the Playbar because of its nature does not have any type of input other than optical. I've had to connect external speakers to the PC to play content. This is unacceptable. This is Sonos's first foray into the home theatre market. Until now their bread and butter has been providing solutions for playing multiple audio sources in multiple rooms in a home, of which as far as I can tell they have excelled at. I can attest to the sound quality being fantastic. If this was another speaker sitting on a shelf for Spotify I would have no problems singing the praises of this soundbar. However the thinking in design from home audio to home theatre audio did not change. It's like fitting a square peg in a round hole. Home audio is an ease of use, and quality speakers driven field, IMHO. Home theatre includes this but also includes the need for flexibility since everyone's setup can be dramatically different, IMHO. You take a look at any high end soundbar on the market today and the list where it only includes optical is very short. I've read that Sonos's thinking was ease of use. This works for Apple. This does not work for the home theatre market beyond the handful of people who really don't care about anything other than enhancing the built in speakers included in the TV. Going into this purchase I made the conscious decision that I was buying a system that was to last me around another 7 years. This IMHO was not accomplished with the Playbar. The Playbar's chief Pro's is that it's simple to setup, the audio itself sounds good, it's pretty, and it integrates well with online audio services. The thing is I need more then that out of a component in a home theatre. I need the flexibility to be able to expand what is connected to my setup in the future. The Playbar does not accomplish this. I wish Sonos well. I think they have major potential in this product, but whenever v2 comes out they need to add DTS support and HDMI input with an HDMI ARC output.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend