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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 5984 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: 1 out of 5 stars

    No DTS

    Posted
    Shopper
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I got a 5.1 set from Best buy and after setting up was blown away with the sound quality. It exceeded my expectations since the DEMO materials in BB store were not good. They didn't really demonstrate how good the sound actually was. Absolutely loved the SUB. Clear crisp sounds, deep bass, and overall easy to setup. I was happy, looked like I found the perfect solution... until I discovered that SONOS doesn't decode DTS! I couldn't believe any high end sound system that costs about $2K (with tax) wouldn't support DTS in year 2016. My 6 years old DENON does it.... I searched online and found a post from SONOS rep confirming that they will NOT add DTS because they consider it as irrelevant to most customers. Sadly I returned the setup to best buy...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but disappointed

    Posted
    RosaBella
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    I was very disappointed in the Sonos products. We bought it as a sound bar for our new 4K HDTV . It will not read DTS sound as we could not get the benefit Dolby sound with BluRay disc and Sonos.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds as good as it looks

    Posted
    Jhtech08
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    Choose this over the bose sound bar. Much deeper base and easy to set up. Doesn't support dts but still sounds amazing

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Nettiet68

    We bought this soundbar together with the play 1s at the weekend. Truly disappointed. It doesn't let us play any of our movies that are DTS. Unfortunately, even the sound is fabulous for music, it rendered the entire thing a waste of time for us, so we took it back, and we're going to look for something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate playbar

    Posted
    tanishq02
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Sonos playbar is very neat, stylish and minimalist with full, brilliant Sonos experience. Thoughtful little features...gives very wide, deep, detailed and dynamic soundstage. I upgraded it with a Sub and 2 Play1s to create a great surround experience with no clutter. Only cons, I can think of is Optical is only connection option and it cannot handle DTS soundtracks

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great and easy to use!

    Posted
    BBNickname
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    I looked at a few different soundbars before choosing the Sonos Playbar. The app and ease of set up were two reason for going with this unit. The sound is great, but it really comes alive with the addition of the Sub. I think it's necessary to buy them both. Cons- Does not decode DTS

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great...but no DTS??

    Posted
    socal16
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    These sound great with Dolby Digital movies. They also sound excellent with playing music through my iPhone (most soundbar struggle to produce good sounding music). Bass is somewhat lacking but that was to be expected without a sub. My biggest issue is no DTS. How can a $700 soundbar not play DTS?! I still like it and would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding movie and music soundbar

    Posted
    jasonkm1
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    I have this paired with the Sonos Subwoofer and two Play 1's as surrounds and it sounds great! Much better that the HTIB's from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic etc.. . I would say you have to the sub, which unfortunately is another $700. I also use it for music which is also very good. Only downside is it cannot decode DTS and there is only one digital audio input.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound

    Posted
    mark
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    I bought this primarily to be my surround sound system for my TV. It does have good sound but there is a serious limitation. It doesn't support DTS. Moreover the TV doesn't pass the Dolby signal out via the fiber optic cable from the Blu-Ray player. I really wish I had done more research first. Sounds great for a music system though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent performance

    Posted
    Doublestack1

    Replaced an amazing Martin Logan Motion Vision sound bar with the Sonos Playbar and Sub. Re-configured my ConnectAmp as surround speakers in order to utilize the full 5.1 experience. When compared to the single ML bar plus Polk sub, the Sonos 5.1 offers a true surround / 3-dimensional experience that rivals a legacy 5.1 system with six separate speakers. The Sonos Sub delivers tight lows while producing the appropriate amount of rumble when watching action movies with explosions, etc. Please note that you will need to configure your Blu Ray player to output Dolby 5.1 rather than DTS since the PlayBar cannot decode the DTS signal (yet). If you are one of the lucky ones with a LCD / LED that passes through 5.1 via optical port, you should be good to go; otherwise, a switch is necessary to experience true 5.1. My family loves the new setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great Sonos Product...

    Posted
    TBryan265
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    Overall, another excellent product from Sonos. I have used their audio system for years...moving from the first units that utilized powered or unpowered speakers, then moving to the Play:3 and Play:5 units. The sound from this unit's quite good, but really needs the sub to realize it's full potential. I ordered both at the same time and was glad that I did. The Play:1 speakers as rear surrounds add another dimension, but the lack of DTS decoding is a little bit of a disappointment. Overall? A solid purchase that you won't regret! But get the sub, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Soundbar and Easy to Connect

    Posted
    BC53
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    Extremely pleased with the sound bar so much that I have already added the subwoofer and two Play 1's to enjoy surround sound. The sound bar adds crystal clarity to the tv audio and has features that allow you to tweak the audio (I.e., nighttime mode). Sonos' support staff has been excellent in helping me understand how best to setup and configure the system. One downside to the Sonos is that when playing DVD's where the audio is in certain formats (I.e., DTS) Sonos cannot handle that signal type and therefore it must be converted to an alternate format. Most of the Samsung blu-ray players and a few Sony players will do this automatically after you setup the player initially. Sonos was extremely helpful in addressing this issue and showing me what to do! Another great feature of Sonos is the ease of controlling the system. I have both Apple and Android devices and Sonos plays well with both. Sonos uses your home wifi to stream music from various sources (I.e., Pandora, Spotify, etc.) and therefore I can have music playing anywhere where I have a Sonos speaker(s) with minimal effort. Just a really nice setup. One last comment, there is a definite difference is sound quality when comparing Sonos to the Bose Soundtouch 300.......I do not regret having gone with Sonos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    finally happy

    Posted
    stucker
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought a Klipsch and had to return it due to it cutting out during the NBA finals. Went back and got a DT w/ micro, installed it, and it sucked. Got a BOSE ST130, loved it, but then it cut out a few times. Finally got this....WOW. I was skeptical because it sounded just ok in the store. I did get the entire set up with sub and two play ones. I love this thing. Best buy did cut me off from returning things. I wont shop here anymore because they tell you 15 days and when your product fails too many times you will be stuck with what you have. I'd buy this again and I'd recommend to a friend.

    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