Sonos PLAYBAR

Sound bar for Sonos music systems

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The sound bar for music lovers

This is no ordinary sound bar. The Sonos PLAYBAR connects to your TV to play movies, TV shows, and sports with vibrant, room-filling sound. But, unlike other sound bars and like all Sonos speakers, it offers wireless access to a world full of music — Pandora®, Spotify®, Beats Music™, thousands of Internet radio stations, and more. Control the PLAYBAR using your TV's remote control and using the free Sonos app for smartphones and tablets to stream digital music.

The technology behind the Sonos PLAYBAR

The nine-speaker PLAYBAR features three tweeters and six midrange speakers for cinematic sound without loading your room up with speakers. Built-in amplification and processing can handle Dolby® Digital and lossless audio formats. And the PLAYBAR's automatic equalization self-adjusts to the program material to provide rich, seamless sound.

Three options for home theater sound

3.0 home theater
Connect PLAYBAR to your TV with an included optical digital cable for clean, clear sound from TV shows and movies.

3.1 home theater
Pair a Sonos SUB with PLAYBAR to add bass impact to your home theater system. The SUB pairs wirelessly with the PLAYBAR using proprietary Sonosnet™ technology, at the touch of a button.  It's a simple way to enjoy rich, full sound.

5.1 home theater
Add two Sonos PLAY:3 or PLAY:1 speakers to the PLAYBAR and SUB for a complete, wraparound movie theater experience in your living room. Like the SUB, the PLAY:3 speakers wirelessly connect to the PLAYBAR so you don't have to run speaker wire around your room.

Please note: The PLAYBAR must be connected to your broadband router for use in home theater setups with the Sonos SUB or other Sonos speakers as rear speakers. If your router is in a different room from the PLAYBAR, you can use the optional Sonos BRIDGE (not included) to make a stable wireless connection.


Sonos controllers

You probably already own a Sonos controller

Control PLAYBAR volume and mute functions using your existing TV, cable, or universal remote. The free Sonos Controller App lets you control PLAYBAR with your smartphone or tablet and allows you to stream music to the PLAYBAR even when your TV is off.


Rhapsody®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of Internet music services, including Rhapsody, Pandora, Napster®, and SiriusXM Internet Radio. Rhapsody offers instant access to millions of songs and ad-free radio stations. SiriusXM Internet Radio gives you access to over 80 channels of programming. Every Sonos system includes free 30-day trials of these two services, so you can start listening the moment you take it out of the box. Pandora creates customized Internet radio streams just for you — all you have to do is enter the name of your favorite song or artist. And because Sonos connects directly to the Internet for all of these music services, you don't even have to turn on your PC.

Play music stored on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®

Sonos now gives you convenient wireless access to music and podcasts stored in the Music app of iOS devices, for playback throughout your entire Sonos system. This feature works on devices running iOS6 or later (see below for full list of compatible Apple devices). The system even lets you connect multiple Apple players at once. For instance, you can queue up songs from your iPhone to play in the kitchen while you cook, and your spouse can stream a podcast in the den at the same time.


Expand your Sonos system

You can have up to 32 Sonos music players in your system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.

Product Highlights:

  • play music from your TV, Blu-ray player, cable box and satellite receiver, and wirelessly access music from Internet services and your computer
  • built-in amplifiers and nine built-in speakers (three tweeters and six midrange drivers)
  • requires a wired connection to your broadband router for use with the Sonos SUB or other Sonos speakers as rear speakers; either via the rear Ethernet jack or with the optional Sonos BRIDGE
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
  • control your Sonos system with your smartphone, tablet, or computer (via the free Sonos app)
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Ogg Vorbis files (firmware is upgradable to support future audio formats)
    • compatible with protected WMA files from Napster, Urge, AOL, and many other music download sites
    • not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes
  • play music and podcasts stored in the Music app of an iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (iPad 2 or later), and iPod touch (4th generation or later)
  • plays MP3 and WMA streaming Internet radio stations
  • plays songs from Rhapsody® digital music service — subscription required after free 30-day trial
  • plays songs from SIRIUS® Internet Radio — subscription required after free 30-day trial
  • plays personalized Internet radio stations from Pandora®
  • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each plays individually selected music)
  • connects to your TV, Blu-ray player or cable box via an included optical digital audio cable
  • built-in Dolby Digital decoding
  • use your TV or cable remote to adjust volume or mute the Sonos PLAYBAR
  • top-mounted controls for volume, muting, and play/pause
  • bass, treble, balance, and volume controls accessible via remote
  • 2-port Ethernet switch
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac® (OS X 10.4 or higher operating system)
  • AC adapter included
  • optional wall mount kit allows for easy placement near a wall-mounted HDTV
  • 35-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 3-5/16"D
  • weight: 11.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires high-speed Internet connection

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 5' Optical digital cable
  • 59" Ethernet cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Product Information Booklet

Product Research

Home Theater Features
Network Audio Features

Home Theater Features

Soundbar Speaker: Complement your HD flat-panel television with the Sonos PlayBar soundbar speaker for rich, room-filling HiFi sound. The Sonos PlayBar is simple to setup, control, and expand. It requires only three cable connections; a power cord, optical digital audio cable, and Ethernet cable (all included). The PlayBar supports playback of all sources connected to your TV; such as cable/satellite, Blu-ray/DVD player, video game system, etc. The Sonos PlayBar can also wirelessly stream music from your computer, as well as various online music services and Internet Radio. The PlayBar can even sync with other Sonos speakers wirelessly. The unit can be controlled from your TV's remote, or by your Apple iOS device or Android smartphone using the free Sonos App from iTunes or Google Play.

Note: The PlayBar works with all amplified and non-amplified Sonos products (sold separately).

Active 9-Speaker Design: The Sonos PlayBar soundbar speaker features a sophisticated 9-speaker design with six midrange drivers and three tweeters (the left & right tweeters are angled for a wider sound stage). Each speaker is driven by a perfectly matched Class D amplifier. The PlayBar acts as your front left, front right, and center-channel speaker.

Optical Digital Input (Dolby Digital/PCM): The Sonos PlayBar soundbar speaker connects to your television via its optical (toslink) digital input. The unit supports both Dolby Digital (5.1ch) and PCM (2ch) audio signals through its digital input. Make sure to turn your television's speakers off.

  • Dolby Digital: Your television's off-air and network movie apps can be delivered in Dolby Digital format to the PlayBar. The PlayBar will decode and utilize up to six discrete sound channels (five channels for center, right front, left front, right rear, and left rear; and 1 discrete Low-Frequency Effects (LFE) or subwoofer channel) available through the Dolby Digital format.
  • Stereo/PCM: AV sources connected to your TV (such as Blu-ray, cable/satellite, video game) are delivered in Stereo/PCM format to the PlayBar. The PLAYBAR will decode the Stereo/PCM format into a left front and right front channels directly from the 2 channel Stereo provided and will decode a matrixed center, right rear, left rear, and subwoofer channel from the audio signal.

Equalization (EQ): During the PlayBar setup process you will be guided through its audio calibration process. If desired, you can change the sound settings (bass, treble or loudness) for the Sonos PlayBar. Bass boosts lower frequencies, treble boosts higher frequencies, while loudness boosts both bass and treble to improve the sound at low volume.

Sound Options: The Sonos PlayBar offers various sound settings to customize your listening experience.

  • Speech Enhancements: The Speech Enhancement setting makes the TV dialog easier to hear.
  • Night Sound: The Night Sound setting adjusts the audio for night time viewing so you can reduce the volume and still experience proper balance and range. At lower volumes, quiet sounds are enhanced and the intensity of loud sounds is reduced.
  • Audio Delay (Lip Sync): You can increase or decrease the sound delay if the image on your TV and the sound from the PlayBar are not in sync.

TV Auto Play: When TV Auto Play is set to On, TV audio automatically plays through the PlayBar when you turn on your television. If music is playing when the TV is turned on, the music immediately stops and the PlayBar switches to TV audio.

IR Sensor/Repeater: The Sonos PlayBar speaker does not come with a remote, but does offer a built-in IR sensor and IR repeater. You can program your TV's remote control to operate volume up/down of the system. If the PlayBar blocks your TV's IR sensor, the unit's IR repeater allows the remote signal to pass through the PlayBar to your TV.

Mounting Options: The PlayBar can sit above or beneath your flat-panel TV on a shelf, or mounted on a wall using optional wall mount bracket (616PBWLMNT, sold separately). When mounting the speaker below a television, allow 1" of clearance between the PlayBar and the TV. When mounting the speaker above a television, allow 2" of clearance between the PlayBar and the TV. Do not place the PlayBar in a cabinet or on a walled shelf. Both ends of the soundbar speaker should be at least 1' from a wall or other obstruction.

Wireless 5.1ch Speaker System: Add the Sonos Wireless Subwoofer (616SUB, sold separately) and a pair of Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speakers (616ZPS3B, sold separately) or Sonos Play:1 (616ZPS1B, sold separately) for a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience. Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or rear speakers to enjoy true 5.1ch audio.

Note: You must setup your Sonos system via the SonosNet wireless mesh network in order to connect the Sonos Wireless Subwoofer and/or the Sonos Wireless Rear Speakers (not compatible with WiFi).

Network Audio Features

Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: The Sonos PlayBar offers wireless music streaming via SonoNet or WiFi, without a big wiring project.

  • SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: SonosNet, a proprietary wireless mesh network technology, provides superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensures synchronous music playback, and avoids sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the PlayBar's built-in wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. The PlayBar will need to be hardwired to your network router/modem via Ethernet or you will need the Sonos Boost (sold separately) to make the wired Ethernet connection to your network router/modem.
  • WiFi Wireless Network: The Sonos PlayBar can also operate over your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The PlayBar's range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. PlayBar speakers manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All PlayBar speakers manufactured prior to that date will require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware upgrade and  hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: You cannot connect the PlayBar via both SonoNet and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable. SonosNet will provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance. WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz and N routers; WiFi connectivity is also not compatible with the Sonos Wireless Sub and/or Sonos Wireless Rear Speakers (you will have to use SonosNet in this case).

Music Streaming: The Sonos PlayBar gives you access to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.

  • Pre-Loaded Internet Radio: The Sonos PlayBar includes TuneIn, an Internet Radio Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including archived shows and podcasts.
  • Online Music Services: The Sonos PlayBar works seamlessly with 7Digital, Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO!, DAR.fm, Hearts of Space, iHeartRadio, Murfie, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker Radio, Songza, Spotify, Stitcher, & Wolfgang's Vault, plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks (service availability varies by region). Check out the Sonos website for the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid subscription.)
  • Music Library: The PlayBar supports playback of music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network where you have shared music folders. The PlayBar can play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. The PlayBar indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). The PlayBar supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
  • iTunes Music: The Sonos PlayBar supports the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). The PlayBar can access your iTunes music files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the Sonos Controller app.
Note: One Sonos component must be connected to your broadband router. If the PlayBar will not be located near your router, you can connect a Sonos Boost (sold separately) to the router instead; the Sonos Boost will then wirelessly connect to the PlayBar.

Sonos Controller: The Sonos PlayBar soundbar speaker allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller software for Windows and Mac computers, or from the Sonos Controller app for Apple iOS and Android devices.

  • Sonos Controller for Windows/Mac: The Sonos Controller software allows you to control the Sonos PlayBar from your computer. Simply download the Sonos Controller software from the Sonos website onto your Windows PC or Mac computer. The Sonos Controller software is compatible with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Macintosh OS X (10.6 or higher) operating systems.
  • Sonos Controller for Apple iOS/Android: You can also wirelessly control the Sonos PlayBar from your Apple iOS device (4.0+) or Android smartphone/tablet (2.1+) running the Sonos Controller App from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.
Note: The Sonos PlayBar, computer, and Apple iOS/Android device must be connected to the same home network.

Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following requirements:

  • High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
  • If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install one before setting up your system.
  • If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you will need a wireless router in your home network.
  • Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly. Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire connection.
  • For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
Note: The PlayBar is compatible with Sonos software versions 4.0 and later. If you are adding the PlayBar to an existing Sonos system, be sure to check for software updates before adding the PlayBar to your Sonos system.

Automatic Updates: The Sonos PlayBar supports free automatic software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services to enjoy. Simply register the PlayBar and Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system updates itself.

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A great choice

Written By David, Huntington Beach, California on Monday, December 15, 2014

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A great choice for a soundbar, as it can be controlled via software on your smartphone using WIFI. Can add other speakers for other areas of house

Mark K.

Written By Mark, my ny on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Great product sounds very good

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: Price

Sonos Playbar review

Written By DKN, New York, NY on Friday, December 12, 2014

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Very solid product. High quality sound and the app is incredible.

Pros: Quality of sound and nice look as well.

Cons: Low volume even when turned all the way up.

Easy and awesome

Written By Ed, SC on Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Did a lot of research on wireless surround systems before I chose Sonos (over Denon, Definitive Tech, Polk). So glad that I did. Went the entire 5.1 setup with the Playbar, Sub, and two Play:1. Setup of each speaker was easy-peezy. Wish there were more controls to fine-tune the surround sound, but can't complain about the sound I'm getting. Everyone complains about the lack of inputs into the Playbar, but I bought a simple HDMI switch with optical audio out, and I connect that switch audio out to the playbar and the switch HDMI out to the TV. So whatever source I select on the switch, I get 5.1 Dolby Digital to the playbar. Can't believe how good it sounds, and I previously had a 7.1 system using Pioneer A/V receiver to Polk in-wall speakers. The room I've got it setup in is pretty big, 22'x25' with 12 ft ceilings, and the Sonos sytem still fills the entire room with sound. I have the Playbar hard-wired to my network, and I haven't had any wifi drops like others have reported. The controller app added my entire music library from my pc with no issue, and Pandora setup was simple. I like this system so much that I'm going to start purchasing other players for the other rooms.

Pros: Sound awesome, looks great, very easy setup

Cons: lack of controls to fine-tune the surround sound

Amazing Sound

Written By Tommy W., Baltimore, MD on Monday, November 17, 2014

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This is an amazing sound bar with impeccable clarity and sound. This addition to my bedroom made the difference in every way.

Pros: Sound Quality, Works with TV and audio zone. Easy to set up,

Cons: I dare you to find something wrong.

Excellent Product

Written By Jason, Minnesota on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Sound quality is excellent. If you want a clean setup (minimal wires, receivers, speakers, etc) this is a great option. I have a huge room and the single sound bar fills the entire room with sound. I have coupled the sound bar with a Sonos subwoofer and couldn't be happier. No messy wires - I can place the sub in an entirely other are of the room and don't need to be bothered with running speaker wires. The bass can be excessive at times so I actually have to turn down the EQ to avoid bothering my neighbors. Being an audio geek I was skeptical that a single sound bar and sub could sound as good as people described. I'm so happy with the products I'm going to order a set of Play:3 speakers to make a 5.1 surround.

The Sonos android/iPhone apps work very well. One issue with the application is you can only associate a single music service account with your Sonos system. For example, my wife and I both have Spotify accounts and we can only use one of them. So we've just resorted to using my Pandora, Spotify, etc accounts. I've been told future software updates will accommodate multiple accounts.

If you're considering Sonos, you'll be very pleased with the ease of use and quality of sound. If you already own Sonos stuff, then you know how good it is.

Pros: Sound quality Ease of setup Simple/clean wiring

Sonos Playbar

Written By WhootyWho, Palestine, Texas on Monday, October 13, 2014

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Sounds great and easy to connect to my TV - would give it a 5 star rating but the instruction manual is a little shy on operating instructions.

Pros: Ease of connection

Cons: Limited operating instructions in manual

New Sonos customer - very satisfied

Written By Timbo813, Tampa, Fl on Monday, October 06, 2014

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I'm a first time Sonos user. I was a little skeptical because I had a Marantz surround sound system prior to Sonos. But I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the sound.

Pros: I love the ability to control the volume on each of your Sonos speakers from your phone.

Cons: Little pricey, but worth it.

simply amazing

Written By morris t., Brooklyn, NY on Friday, October 03, 2014

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I'm new to sonos, and in love with it. This soundbar is simply amazing. Before buying it, i tried a cheap samsung, and realized that i got what i paid for. The sonos, while being much larger, sounds amazing, and integrates with my sonos setup. highly recommended. Make sure to buy the wall mount bracket if you plan on mounting it. Also, if you'll be mounting it above your TV (as i did), you may want to get longer power/optical cables.

Pros: Sound quality is great. Setup is a breeze. wife-proof.

Cons: a bit larger than your normal sound bar, so make sure it will fit nicely. included cables are only 6' which wasn't long enough for me. i bought a 10' fiber cable, and had to cut the jacketing off to get it to bend tight enough as to not show once the speaker was mounted. also bought a 10' power cable, and while it should have fit in the sonos, i had to notch out the plug a bit and gettig it to fit snugly was a challenge, as sonos' connector is slightly non-standard.

Incredible product and easy set up

Written By BT, Westchester, NY on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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I was looking at adding an out of the box home theater surround system because I didn't feel a large speakers in wall system was warranted. I had been looking at the Bose sound bar but when my TV/Home Theater installer told me about the Sonos being a cheaper (to start) alternative I decided to research the products and the company. Everything I read was exactly what I was looking for, wireless for mobile devices, sleek look, powerful sounds (eventually will add recommended Sonos subwoofer for added bass). I am very happy with both the looks and more importantly the functionality of the Playbar. The best option is to be able add wireless surround sound speakers to further enhance the listening experience. With the Sonos Bridge you create a HiFi system which allows you to take the wireless speakers to other rooms if you want to listen to music from your mobile device on a speaker. The mobile app to set up the system is so simple and has you up and running within minutes. If you have a Samsung Smart TV and are getting a message on the screen about wireless speakers google how to remove the message and on Sonos website it has each cable company listed and what you have to do using your cable remote to remove the message from ever popping up again. When I called and asked Crutchfield tech support they were unaware of how to fix it, when I discovered it on Sonos website I called Crutchfield back to give them the web address for the fix. Great purchase, highly recommend

Pros: Good sound, easy set up, overall functionality when it comes to being to add additional Sonos speakers. Good company that was founded by smart technical folks.

Cons: Subwoofer is needed to add more depth/bass to the sound. Over time after adding additional speakers it comes out to being more expensive than most other systems but that is because of the quality and wireless functionality.

Exceeded expectations

Written By Mike, Tulsa, OK on Monday, September 22, 2014

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New house wasn't practical for my 5.1. Was skeptical. Sound quality exceeded my expectation. I have bought from crutchfield four time over the last decade and will buy from again. Playbar is not as loud or clear as a nice Polk, Paradigm, or def tec system, but it wasn't meant to be. I may even say there is a diminishing return that you get by spending more. I did buy the sonos sub which was a just for me cause I like some bass. Love the sonos app to control. Very user friendly.

Pros: User friendly. Good clarity and semi loud volume. Lots of control from the sonos app.

Cons: Wish it had Bluetooth, but since it has the full control app, I'm ok without it. On the pricey side for a bar and sub. I think it should be $200 less, but truth be told l, I'd actually pay 200 more.

This system ROCKS !

Written By Gulf Coast Imagery, Ft. Myers, FL on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Bought the Sonos PlayBar and the wireless subwoofer plus two Sonos 1 units to augment my Samsung 65" LED TV based on the positive reviews, although I was skeptical of the price - at first. My Crutchfield advisor steered me toward this unit after I explained my needs and wants, and his advice was spot on.

All was well packed, and arrived in short order at my new home. Once my wi-fi was installed, setting up the system was a breeze. Using the Sonos desktop application on my iMac, I was guided through the set-up one step at a time, while the system's internal wi-fi network did a "handshake" with my home's wi-fi system. It even helped me set up the Sonos bridge to my modem - a seamless proposition. Once each step in the process is complete, the software guides you to the next.....and so on. Couldn't be much easier or idiot-proof. Even if you are challenged by technology, you should have no problem with this system. Install the app, follow the prompts, and you'll be enjoying music and movies in short order.

You probably want to know how it sounds, too, right ? Well, all I can say is this is - hands down - the best I've ever heard. The Sonos One surround speakers and the wireless subwoofer compliment the play-bar nicely, and can be tweaked in any number of different ways according to your preferences. the SONOS team delivered a home run with this system. Just buy it - Crutchfield makes it easy.

Pros: One optical audio connection to my TV, plug-n-play simplicity. Wireless capability is a big plus, as is streaming music from my Apple desktop via iHeart radio, iTunes, Pandora, etc.....it's all good. My pool parties will never be same again. Can add speakers to other rooms for multi-room jams - TV in one room, music in another part of the home. It's just awesome.

Cons: Just wish SONOS would come out with an all-weather unit so I could stream music out to my pool & patio area !

Sonos PLAYBAR

Written By Anonymous, Walla Walla, WA on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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Outstanding sound from a fairly small unit. This unit replaced a high-end center channel and bookshelf speakers and delivers better, clearer sound with virtually no wires. It is also very easy for family members to control since it syncs to the TV volume control. I struggled with the decision of the Bose SL1 unit vs. the Sonos playbar, but I am pleased with my decision.

Pros: Simple, virtually no wires, easy set-up, great sound.

Cons: Don't let the price scare you away.

SONOS PLAYBAR

Written By WillB, Memphis,TN on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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I have tried out many sound bars and not been satisfied with any of them and was just about to give up on sound bars until I came across this one. This is a truly amazing sound bar not enough can be said VERY easy to setup and the sound quality is incredible. I was a little hesitant about the price but anything worth having comes at price. 100% worth the money!!! Would recommend this product to anyone!!

Pros: Easy to setup and sounds amazing!

Cons: NONE

Sonos Playbar

Written By MikeS, Houston, TX on Sunday, August 10, 2014

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I have gone through several sounbars in the past year and have not been satisfied with any of them. I listened to the Sonos at a local electronics store and decided to order from Crutcfield and give it a try. I have to admit that if you didnt see the soundbar you would think you were listening to a full surround system; it sounds that good! It would be nice to have a few choices to connect to the tv but the wireless connection worked flawlessly. I would recommend adding the sub as I did to bring that added punch when you need it. Overall. it is a bit pricey when you add the sub but well worth it. I also tried the Bose soundbar which you cannot connect to your network, and the Sonos definitely out performed it in sound quality and features.

Pros: Easy set-up and unbelievable sound from a soundbar. Wide range of wireless configurations.

Cons: Limited wired connections.

Simple and Effective

Written By Reviewer, Lake Worth, FL on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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I purchased the Sonos Playbar for many reasons and have not yet been let down by any of them. I replaced a 5.1 surround system with this one device and barring a few intense movie action scenes, where a subwoofer and surround speakers really shine, I have had a much better TV watching experience. Because I do not have an Ethernet connection run to my living room, I also purchased the Sonos Bridge which made connecting the Playbar to my wireless network a breeze.

Pros: Amazing sound Simple step by step setup Upgradeability Plethora of features

Cons: A bit heavy on the wallet.

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Written By Tim T., Ithaca, NY on Friday, August 01, 2014

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I'm in the process of moving into a house from a downtown apartment. I have a decent surround sound system with a NAD T748 receiver with a complete Bose speaker layout. Since moving into the house I didn't want to have the mess of tangled wires all over the living room and putting them into the walls wasn't a option (plaster walls). So I decided after some research to give the Sonos speakers a try. I first purchased the playbar and 2 Play 1's. It took all of 15 minutes to have them out of the box and playing. They sounded great but they were missing the bass that I was accustom to from my previous set up. I decided to order the Sonos sub, added it to the system made a few adjustments and Wow ! Totally blown away by what this system. I have been a loyal fan of Bose sound systems for a long time ( my younger brother was a engineer for the company) and the Sonos components are top notch as far as quality and sound. Even though you are paying a premium price for each piece I'll tell you now that you will not be disappointed with the quality of sound or the fact that they just look so beautiful. A+++ to Sonos and a wonderful product.

Pros: Easy and fast setup Amazing sound Quality sound and looks

Sonos rock

Written By APM, LA on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Easy to set up. Excellent sound

Sonos Playbar w/ Play1 Surrounds

Written By Jose C, Kansas City, MO on Monday, June 30, 2014

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I was skeptical at first, but after going through the setup I was impressed, the system looks and sounds great and the system software was really easy to work with. Sonos did a great job with the user interface - it actually took longer for me to extract my old receiver and speaker wires out than to put the Sonos system in. Once that was done, I was able to point it to my Seagate UPNP back up drive which is where I back up my iTunes library and the Sonos was able to use that as a music source. Impressive...

Pros: Easy to set up, sounds great - it's wonderful having a home theater system without having to string wires everywhere...

Cons: Pricey... But after struggling thorough other home theater system setups, this was a breeze and worth it.

Nice Unit!

Written By Terry, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Sonos Playbar was easy to set up and has great sound with movies, tv and music. Really happy with this product. Price is a little high but the bottom line is you get what you pay for.

Pros: Easy set up, listening to music from my computer.

Cons: I did not know that once you set this up the Playbar has to be played all the time, even when watching Sprout with my grandsons!

Playbar

Written By strobeld, Virginia beach, va on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Sound bar sounds great looks good on wall wish it had more connectivity like bluetooth having just the wifi is a limitation.

Pros: sounds good easy setup

Cons: limited integration

Sonos Sound Bar

Written By Irving, Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's a good looking, clean installation and performs well. It needs a sub-woofer to fill in the lower registers that it's not really designed to provide but all in all a good choice.

Sonos Sound Bar

Written By Ed S., Westminster, Ca. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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After two tries at trying to make a Polk sound bar, and woofer work, I gave up and asked Chance at Crutchfield what system he might recommend. He called back and advised me to look at a Sonos sound bar, which had 45 very high ratings by satisfied customers. It was just the sound bar, no woofer, but cost $200 more. I thought "Wow. I'm getting less equipment, but it cost more," and now I know why, The Sonos sound bar BY ITSELF (no woofer) is far better sound! If later I want to add a woofer, or a Sonos Play 3, I'm sure it will enhance the sound. But time will tell. Right now I am delighted with our Sonos sound bar by itself! No Polk woofer vibrations that rattle the room and distort the sound, but still ample bass, and I can hear every word said by announcers doing sports without saying to my wife, "back it up, I didn't get what he just said." You get what you pay for!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Excellent Choice

Written By Roger P, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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I have been using a Surround Sound System that runs through a Receiver. Hands down this offers more options, better sound and easiest set up. While a little on the pricy side - it is worth every penny!

Pros:  10X less Wires than a standard system  Links to my internal Sonos System so I can now play my TV sound in any room I have a speaker Might not sound like much but if you are having a Super Bowl Party - it is nice to have the sound on the patio as well  Easy set up - Plug it in the wall. Plug the cable in your TV and the other end into the playbar. Push the button to link to your Sonos System.

Cons: Have not found any yet

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Written By TomA, Tega Cay on Saturday, June 07, 2014

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Very easy set up and awesome sound. Also very easy and intuitive to use

Pros: Easy set up and use.

Cons: Can't think of any

Excellent Sound

Written By Todd, PA on Monday, May 19, 2014

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I have been very pleased with this speaker so far. I've used it to play tv sound and to play music, and the sound is excellent. It was easy to set up and to use the app to control things.

Pros: Sound quality, ease of use

Cons: Price, not easy to access computer's music library without manually changing firewall settings

WOW Love it

Written By Steve C, Long Valley NJ on Friday, May 09, 2014

This is terrific sound without the aggravation of setting up surround sound. Even better, since I generally want to "shoot the television" this is a critical part of our SONOS music system. On the other hand, I can also play the TV sound anywhere else around my home, which is great for things like GIANTS or YANKEES games.

Great product

Written By JT, US on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Love the speaker! Sound quality is very good. The volume capacity is not the best, but it's more than good enough for any living room.

Pros: Easy setup. Wireless remote with phone. Pandora and Spotify integration.

Cons: Volume capacity.

Excellent Sound

Written By Joe, Atlanta, GA on Friday, April 04, 2014

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This sound bar is really as easy to set up as everyone says. It literally walks you through the process. I have been using Sonos products for several years now but this is my first experience with the Play system. Considering that sound is transmitted wirelessly (at least for music), the sound quality is amazing. I don't think I could distinguish it from a wired speaker, and I am a trained singer. Even without the sub woofer (which I fully intend to purchase once they are in stock again) tones are rich and full. And I love being able to control my music from my phone or tablet. Yes, the price is on the higher side for its category, but I think what you get for the money makes it a great value.

Pros: Easy set up, incredible sound quality, virtually wireless, flexible controls

Cons: A bit pricey (but competitive)

Expensive, but worth it.

Written By BillD, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, March 28, 2014

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The Playbar is more expensive than a lot of other soundbars out there, but it's well worth the extra money. As with other Sonos components, the sound quality is quite good. And I really like the ability to stream music, in addition to doing TV sound. We liked our first Playbar so much that we bought a second one.

Pros: Sound quality Build quality Ability to stream music from my network and/or from internet music services Ease of setup

Cons: Price

Sonos playbar

Written By Jim D, Mesquite nv on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Sonos playbar is a simple set up 1 power cord and a optical cable and your on to great sound ,clean highs , smooth mids and tight bass and if you have other sonos players it will all work together

Pros: Easy install ,great sound! Works with my tv remote

Cons: None

Sonos Playbar

Written By msilk, Amesbury, MA on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Love the soudn and very easy to setup. I was not aware that the optical cable would not work on TVs from 2007 or prior, so I am only using this for music at the moment. The issue with older TVs has to do with an HDMI port being used at the ssame time at the digital optical cable. Anything newer than 2007 apparently works fine - from what I have read.

I will be upgrading the TV and building onto my Sonos system.

Pros: easy set up

Cons: Does not work on 2006 TV.

Playbar sounds great with tv and music

Written By FromAZ, West Coast on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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I believe the playbar was well worth the price. the sound I get from the television and while playing music through the sonos app have been great. The sounds is crisp and clear. I replaced a Bose Cinemate series II 2.1 system, and the playbar definitely sounds better than the two stand alone Bose speakers.

Pros: crisp sound, easily pairs with other Sonos speakers..

Cons: bass is ok...definitely need to upgrade to the sub to get the full experience.

Impressive

Written By Mark_Denver, Denver, CO on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Easy set up and incredible sound it doesn't get much better then this. What would make it better? It is a bit pricey, no DTS support, adding more then ONE optical connection, make sure your television will support full 5.1 or you'll need a optical spliter (more $$) or HDMI connections.

Pros: Easy Set UP Great Sound WIRELESS Expandablility of the system

Cons: $$$ May need optical spliter depending on your Television

Excellent sound bar

Written By Angela, Queens , ny on Monday, February 24, 2014

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The sound bar has made an excellent edition to our entertainment.

Pros: I love that it's wireless. I have hooked up extra pieces and can hear my music no matter where I am in the house.

Cons: I was watching net flix and the soundbar didn't pick it up. I had to use the remote from my tv.

Sonos Playbar

Written By Michael, Houston, TX on Monday, February 24, 2014

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A little expensive, but great improvement to sound quality - very easy to set up - had it up and running in 5 minutes.

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Written By sue h, watsonville ca on Monday, February 24, 2014

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outstanding system

Pros: ez setup

Sonos Playbar

Written By JG, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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The Sonos Playbar integrates well with other Sonos components in the house once you set it up. Otherwise, for the price, I would have bought something less expensive with better sound.

Pros: Esthetically pleasing. Easy to mount. Multiple orientation possibilities. Integrates well with other Sonos components.

Cons: I cannot turn off the speakers on my 2013 Panasonic Smart TV (not too smart). Therefore, I cannot use my TV remote to control the Playbar. Having to use another remote device negates the "plus" of not having an additional remote. The setup process was not easy because I couldn't turn off the internal TV speakers and I fell outside of the setup procedures. Eventually, I figured out that I had to "lie" to progress through the set-up screens. Setup procedures need to be more robust. Expensive.

Playbar

Written By jneg, Huntington, NY on Monday, February 10, 2014

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I was a little hesitant buying a system that required the use of the Internet. No problem at all. Setup was a breeze. I replaced a new polk 9000 soundbar. I was not that I didn't like it but I had issues. the range of the remote (either the supplied one or my cable box) was terrible. My TV is about 18' from my beds headboard. I always had to lean forward to have it operate properly. Crutchfield exchanged it even after I had the polk for almost 3 months. These guys are great! I love the Sonos. It sounds great (better then the polk) and the matching sub I also purchased was good enough. Great product. I will most likely add some speakers a little later on for other rooms.

Pros: Great sound, Easy to setup.

Cons: none

Playbar is great, with...

Written By DC, Norfolk, VA on Sunday, February 09, 2014

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Great enhancement to the TV, particularly when watching a movie at a higher volume. However, I've also added a SUB to the PLAYBAR and the difference is quite marked. The PLAYBAR is very good but the SUB adds another level.

Pros: Takes minutes to set up (physically with cable; software with Droid) and I don't have to crawl around and into a cabinet for speaker cable connections.

Cons: Cost.

Sonos play bar

Written By Billjacks, Pittsburgh on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This is Sonos best product. The sound is remarkable. It's not just in your face sound it almost appears to redirect the sound in the room. A great solution and easy to install and set up. Absolutely no issues after after 6 months

Pros: Excellent sound, easy install and set up. You get your money's worth

Cons: You will become a sonos addict. I started with the sound bar now I have a play 3 a 5 a connect bridge. Looking to get a couple of play 1s and a sub next. Selling my Bose lifestyle and hundreds of feet of cable

like it so much purchased a second one

Written By R-9, Vail. Co on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Downsized our residence and wanted upgrade our A/V needs to 21 century with better sound and WIFI content. purchased Playbar for Samsung 48 and 2 Play 3s for background. Set up was easy and I learned how to navigate the web music to provide sound though-out the house. When we furnished a lower level Family room with a 55 inch Samsung we purchased another Playbar. We like the system and would recommend Sonos.

Pros: Upgraded sound from TV and great room to room use

Cons: Some Problems with controlling volume with TV remote

Sonos PLAYBAR

Written By Anonymous, Charlottesville on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An excellent product, extremely easy to install and wonderful performance - would recommend it in an instant!

Sonos PLAYBAR

Written By Jim B., Fairfax, VA on Thursday, January 09, 2014

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Excellent product design, packaging design and amazing sound. Couldn't be happier with the Sonos Playbar. Sound quality is amazing. Super simple to set up and the optical audio line is a great feature. Sonos is the next audio revolution!

Pros: Overall Excellent Product

Cons: None whatsoever!

Great sound

Written By Jerry, Moneta, Va on Monday, December 30, 2013

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We love the quality of sound that comes out of this unit. One of us has a hearing problem, and this playbar coupled with two Play One speakers fills in any void. The playbar was so well packaged. We are thoroughly impressed with the quality of our Sonos system.

Sonos PLAYBAR

Written By Anonymous, tampa,fl on Saturday, December 21, 2013

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excellent sound and flexibility

Playbar

Written By Mike, Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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It does what it claims paired it with 2 play ones

really enjoy it as stero A me tv surround

Pros: Ease of set up and use

Cons: Play ones have a better sound when used alone

Thumbs Up

Written By Craig, Oakland, MD on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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I purchased a play bar for the purpose of having a replacement sound system for my TV with a second [movable] speaker. I am pleased with the product for this purpose. it is a bonus that the system will also stream music from a devise that is connected to it by WiFi.

Pros: Reasonably good sound, multiple uses.

Cons: None

Sonos PLAYBAR

Written By JeffH, oregon on Saturday, November 09, 2013

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easy to set up and gives out great sound for the samsung

Pros: easy to setup doesn't take up to much space and looks good

Cons: none

Great addition

Written By BBC, Richmond, VA on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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We are no strangers to SONOS. We own several PLAY:5 speakers, a PLAY:3, PLAY:1, the SUB, and a CONNECT:AMP. This was a great addition to our whole-home sound system! I love that when you turn on our satellite receiver, it automatically can switch on the PLAYBAR. Or, if you choose, you can watch the picture and play music. Perfect for watching sports while entertaining. Paired with the SUB it sounds fantastic. We do not currently have any speakers used to complete the surround setup. We'd like to add two PLAY:1 speakers down the road. Over all, another fantastic, easy to use, wonderfully addictive product by SONOS!

Pros: Easy to set up, integrates seamlessly with other SONOS products, great depth of sound

Cons: Expensive

Yes, Yes, Yes

Written By Lee, Norman, Ok on Friday, October 25, 2013

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I did a complete remodel of our living room, new floor, new furniture and of course new A/V system. Our old system was a combination of airplay speakers and speakers running off AirPort Express. I've always loved the easy use of airplay but we had constant problems with the signal falling out. I wanted to go to a bigger system but did not want to go to wired speakers and receiver. I thought I would test out the Sonos with just the play bar to see how I liked it and could add the sub later. It turns out the sub has been sold out for quite a while but I don't think we even need it. The play bar alone is more than enough for our setup. I did however add two play one speakers for surround sound and couldn't be happier.

Pros: Incredible sound quality Heavy good quality not cheap plastic Sonos iPad and iPhone apps are sweet Supports lots of music services. We use iTunes, spotify, slacker and xm

Cons: Expensive but a great value for what it does

Super easy

Written By CTM, NYC on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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So far so good. Super easy set up, great sound and looks great.

Pros: Ease

Cons: Price

Great sound bar

Written By JB, San Diego on Friday, September 13, 2013

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I was hesitant to buy the SonosPlaybar because of the price. After reading the reviews I went for it. Easy setup, sounds great and added 2 play3s to make a full surroundsound system. It's an awesome system.

Pros: Easy setup Work with my other Sonos components Sounds awesome

Cons: Price

Better than competitors!

Written By Ggodyaj, Palmdale, ca on Sunday, September 01, 2013

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I am extremely pleased with this product! I end up pairing it with a sonos sub to extend the low range but it sounds really good, even without the sonos sub. Not a huge fan of the single digital input via optical connection beings that my tv doesn't pass Dolby digital from hdmi inputs to its optical output. It jus means I had to incorporate a optical switch into my setup to obtain Dolby from my sources. I do love to sound of the bar though. Music sounds good. The sonos app is a really nice tool to bring all sorts of music to the play bar.

Pros: Sound, size, look. Sonos app!

Cons: Single optical input.

Sonos Playbar

Written By John B, Rochester, NY on Monday, August 26, 2013

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The Sonos Playbar is absolutely AWESOME! If you already own Sonos components, it's a no brainer to add the Playbar. If you don't own any Sonos components, buy the Playbar! Once you hear the quality and experience how easy it is to use a Sonos component, get ready to start buying all the other Sonos products. I will be buying the Sonos Sub as well to compliment the Playbar.

From music to movies, the Playbar has not disappointed!

Pros: Sound quality Fit & Finish Ease of use Integration with other Sonos products

Cons: NONE!

Excellent

Written By julianM, Louisiana on Monday, August 12, 2013

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Recently removed my home theater consisting of Definitive Technology speakers and an Epik Empire Subwoofer. Decided to go the Sonos route. Purchased a Sonos Amp and Play 5, was extremely happy, so I purchased the Playbar and Sub. I tried different positions and ended up placing the sub under my chair, with no noticeable sound difference. I'm blown away by the sound quality of the playbar and sub. This was just what I needed. The playbar is very clear and I really like the voice enhancement and night modes.

WOW

Written By Fringe99, Chelsea,AL on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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I read all the reviews and the simplicity of the wireless system all seemed too good to be true. NOT in the least. Very easy to connect. Sound without the sub is amazing. I came so close to buying the B&W play bar which is great but this is a better value for your money. I use MOG mainly along with iTunes and some radio. All sound great, especially MOG. Since this purchase with the bridge I have ordered the sub and another play bar. Also plan to add a couple of play 3's.

Pros: Simple, quality, options, ZZ Ward and Jessie J never sounded better.

Cons: My Internet never a goes out and that would be the only negative I can think of.

Sleek design and powerful sound

Written By Sam, Syosset, NY on Monday, July 22, 2013

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Installed very easy below tv. No problems. Looks awesome amd sounds great!

Pros: Amazing sound, easy to install.

Cons: None that I am aware of at this time.

Sonos Playbar

Written By Alex S, Orange County, CA on Friday, July 12, 2013

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Once you have a sonos instrument, you cannot help having another one, two or even more....I had a Play5 before I purchased this Playbar and I like the convenience of the controlling the music by using either my phone or my mac. This Playbar tough, is amazing! It sounds really great and it enhances the movie experience from my TV! I recommended to buy the Sonos SUB as well if you are getting this since there is no subwoofer from this bar. Good buy

Pros: Good look, easy installation, sounds crisp and clear.

Cons: EXPENSIVE

The Playbar sounds Great!

Written By Andy, Harvest, AL on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Just recently started to refit the house with new theater equipment and the Playbar was the first purchase out of many. I also bought a Sonos Bridge for the wireless functionality. Attached the Playbar directly to my new Sharp 60" using the included fiber cable and the sound is outstanding! I do plan purchasing other Sonos component such as the sub woofer and two sets of Sonos speakers.

Pros: It sounds great! Can use the TV remote to control the volume; easy set up with included instructions.

Cons: Limited connections on the back panel.

Excellent Product

Written By Pawan, San Francisco on Monday, April 29, 2013

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One of the best Soundbar around in the market. The ease of setup is amazing.

Pros: Great Sound Easy Setup

Cons: None.

Sonos Playbar

Written By DougS, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, April 22, 2013

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Purchased the Playbar because I didn't care to have a bunch of wires to deal with so glad I went this route. With my purchase of the SUB, I have movie theatre like sound that doesn't take up a lot of space.

Pros: Theatre like sound with very little space required.

Cons: Pricey but "you get what you pay for!"

Playbar up and running in seconds!

Written By Brian, Tulsa, OK on Friday, April 12, 2013

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It took less than 30 minutes to unpack and hook up the playbar to my TV. The installation was seamless. After hooking the playbar to the TV and power, I simply connected it to my Sonos network like any other Sonos device. It was quickly discovered by my controller and then the controller walked me through the installation. The volume is controlled by my TV remote, so using the playbar with the TV requires no extra steps. My playbar also works with an Xbox and Bluray player that I have plugged into the TV via HDMI. I highly recommend this product, especially if you already have a Sonos network at your house.

Pros: Easy to install and set up. Does not require another remote. Controlled with your TV remote.

Cons: Not really a con, but I think the playbar is long.

Breath taking sounds!!!!!

Written By doxie lover, Yaphank, NY on Friday, April 12, 2013

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Let's put it this way....our doxie never barked before when we had the 55" tv on, but now she thinks she is THERE with the real life sounds coming from our Sonos player. She runs & hides when a movie with booms, earthquakes, etc. is on. While we LOVE our Sonos, our doxie feels "not so much" love.......it is very realistic sounding acoustics......

Another excellent SONOS product

Written By Dr. G, San Diego on Monday, March 11, 2013

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Once again, SONOS knocks it out of the park. Together with my Play 5, my whole downstairs is "unwired" for sound.

Sonos Playbar

Written By Philip, Coral Gables, FL on Monday, March 11, 2013

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I have been without a soundbar for a year and had not found an adequate replacement. When I saw the visually appealing Sonos PLAYBAR I decided take the plunge, as I already own a wireless Sonos whole house audio system. It was incredibly easy to set up and the 9-speaker sound is terrific. Just ordered a Sonos SUB to augment the system.

Pros: Great sound. Attractive, yet subdued. Smart, easy setup for a wireless system.

Cons: A little pricey, but great Sonos quality.

Simply awesome!

Written By Drew, Bethesda, MD on Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sonos PlayBar is one of the easiest things to set up.

Pros: Sounds is much better than most TVs and the set up is straightforward, fast, and easy.

Cons: None

Playbar is fantastic!

Written By Johnd, Charlotte, nc on Friday, March 01, 2013

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What a well considered device. Easy to install with your TV, provided you have optical outputs. Guides you through the remote setup, has IR receiver and transmitters. Oh, and the sound is great with good source material. I had it attached to my network and TV in about 5 minutes, up and running with Pandora in about 6.

Pros: Quick installation, great sound for my TV, easy optical connection, remote still works. Very pleased.

Cons: Not a lot I can see.

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12 questions already asked

Hi Jim, You can place the sound bar an which way and get amazing sound. I have mine laying flat in front of my flat screen. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Keith [ KEITH J  Dec 16, 2014 ]
I have mine positioned in front of my TV, laying flat as you describe. The sound is still great. The bar has an IR sensor on the right side and a repeater in the rear that allows it to repeat commands from my remote to the TV's IR sensor. If they did not have this, I'm sure the TV's IR sensor would be blocked by the speaker. This setup is not perfect, though because I think it forces me to repeat a button press on the remote, occasionally. Still, it is not a deal breaker and I still love the speaker. [ Christopher  Dec 16, 2014 ]
If your screen is on any stand whatsoever, you should have plenty of clearance. I have an lg 46' and my playbar sits at least three inches below the bottom of the TV screen.i lay mine as shown here. [ JOHN  Dec 15, 2014 ]
Our playbar looks like it was built to lay flat with the wide side up as it appears in the picture. [ CRAIG  Dec 15, 2014 ]
thats how i use mine flat in front just like the picture its a little higher than 3an1/4 " have it paired up with two play ones sounds great to us never really used it with out the play ones as a stero im maybe getting the sub woofer to finish it off hope it helps u [ SUSAN B  Dec 15, 2014 ]
Hi Dave I consider the Sonos soundbar to be great for music output. I have 4 Sonos Amps, the soundbar, and 2 play threes. I am pretty picky and I have never considered needing any enhanced sound in the room where the TV is. Two other thoughts... -buy the soundbar through Crutchfield and if you don't agree, Crutchfield's no-quibble return policy is there for you. -maybe silly, but with the soundbar you can play the TV sound through any other Sonos component. This is useful when there's sports events, etc and you can play teh sound throughout other rooms or outside. [ STEPHEN  Dec 16, 2014 ]
I just use it for my big screen tv so I can't answer your question about music fidelity...sorry! [ CAROL L  Dec 13, 2014 ]
Yes, the player sounds just as good if not better than a play 5. Now, 2 Play 5's in stereo pair will blow the playbar out of the water! But then again, 2 playbars in stereo pair will blow 2 Play 5's out of the water. [ VINCENT J  Dec 11, 2014 ]
Hi, I have both the Sonos Playbar and the Play 5 and I have to confess that I very rarely use the Play 5. The Playbar is at least on par with the Play 5 so if you want just one unit, my suggestion is to go with the Playbar. If you can find the resources for the subwoofer I would strongly recommend that also - I makes a big difference. [ JAN S  Dec 11, 2014 ]
Hi Dave. I have enjoyed my sound bar and play 5 for about a year now. I truly love both. I have the advantage of the sub woofer, and highly recommend that you purchase it with the sound bar. Both the play 5 and sound bar are fantastic, but as an audiophile (or at least I like to think I am) I found the addition of the sub unit essential. I had severe buyers remorse about the whole system until I opened the box and let the system fill my home with music. Though expensive, it is worth every penny. I have sold and installed High End home automation and music systems like Nuvo in many homes, I was stunned when one of my good customers showed me what he had put in his beach house and was more amazed when I found out what it cost vs. the 30 to 50k of other systems. I highly recommend Sonos for its seamless set up and expandability, but mostly the excellent customer service and top notch sound quality. Hope this helps, Happy Holidays! [ ANTHONY D  Dec 11, 2014 ]
The Playbar can fill most rooms with quality sound. It has a very diffuse sound field. The Play5 has great sound but lacks any appreciable stereo separation. I would consider buying two PLAY3 for good stereo sound. Any Sonos option would be augmented with the addition of the Sub. [ MICHAEL  Dec 11, 2014 ]
I have a sound bar connected to a TV and use it that way the majority of the time. However, I have used it for music and the fidelity of the sound bar is very good. The room that I have it in is around 700 sq ft. I do not have any other speakers connected to the system and the sound bar is very loud and clear. I have other Sonos components in other rooms of the house and the components are played through Bose speakers. The sound bar music quality is as good as these other players. I do not have a Play 5. I do have the smaller Sonos speaker (a Play 1?). The sound bar produces a much better sound than the all in one sonos speaker. [ BRIAN  Dec 11, 2014 ]
I own both the play 5 and sound bar. I have not compared them head to head but am very impressed with the fidelity of the sound bar. The sound bar and sub is a combination that can not be beat and leads to great video concerts. Sonos has recently upgraded the software for the sound bar leading even better tunes. [ KEITH  Dec 11, 2014 ]
You can connect to an AV receiver using the fiber connection but I haven't tried it myself. As for the HDMI, it also sounds workable but again I have mine connected directly to the TV. [ ANDREW  Dec 03, 2014 ]
My sound bar is connected directly to the LG flat panel LED TV with an optical cable and it works well. The cable box (Comcast) remote controls the TV and the Sound bar volume. I like simple systems so I have not added any other components to that particular setup. [ DAVID W  Dec 03, 2014 ]
The Playbar connects to your TV's optical audio-out. If whatever you connect to your TV feeds sound to the audio-out will play on the Playbar. So it is more a question about the capability of your TV then the Playbar [ Frank  Dec 03, 2014 ]
Unfortunately I have the routine setup connected directly to the TV [ GEORGE  Dec 03, 2014 ]
There is an optical audio cable that needs to run from the play bar to the tv. So any audio you feed to the tv will play through the play bar. [ ILENE  Dec 03, 2014 ]
You just want to make sure that the front area that says Sonos faces you. I don't really anticipate the sound being off if you had it flipped around. The location of your power outlet and how the cord runs from the bar to the outlet could be an aesthetic issue I guess. [ Jason S  Oct 13, 2014 ]
We bought one for our summer house in Maine and it's worked well for almost 2 years now. I'm fairly certain you could mount this any way you want and it would still function properly. It's really just a big speaker that's solidly built, so it could be wall mounted, ceiling mounted, hung vertically, hung horizontally etc. The input/output jack connection area is at one end on the back side. [ ANDREW  Oct 13, 2014 ]
Also, have you tried disconnecting your Playbar to see if the video quality returns to HD? Just trying to rule out whether this is some strange coincidence or not. Like Luis said, an optical connection from your TV to the Playbar shouldn't result in any signal loss from the cable box to TV. [ Jason S  Jun 17, 2014 ]
Could you elaborate on your connections? I assume you have cable box to TV via HDMI and then TV to Playbar via HDMI or Optical? In this configuration, I don't think the signal from cable box to TV should be affected by the connection from TV to Playbar. [ LUIS  Jun 17, 2014 ]
I did not have that experience. My HD quality is great.Maybe you need a better quality HDMI cable.I purchase all my cables Online at Cablemart-high quality at a very reasonable price.Good luck. [ GEORGE  Jun 16, 2014 ]
Yes you can. The playbar recognized my cable remote and tv remote immediately upon setup. I have used both to control the volume on the playbar. [ Michele  Feb 16, 2014 ]
Yes, works best is you are able to turn your TV's speakers off [ Paul  Feb 15, 2014 ]
Yes you can when installing the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet there is a step to sync your cable remote [ FRANK J  Feb 13, 2014 ]
You can control the sound bar volume with your cable remote. It is a grand playbar. We are very pleased. I bought two wireless speakers for surround sound effect. If you adjust the sound of the speakers, it will also change the sound on the playbar. [ JERRY A  Feb 13, 2014 ]
Yes. We use Comcast and we can use the Comcast remote to adjust the Sonos Playbar volume. [ Jason  Feb 13, 2014 ]
Absolutely, the Sonos Ap will walk you through it in a few simple steps. You can use your Iphone, Ipad, or Android phone. [ RONALD J  Feb 13, 2014 ]
Yes, you can control the Sonos so umbra volume with any remote that is capable of changing the volume on your TV. [ Christopher  Feb 13, 2014 ]
Hi Kevin, I was able to with my cable remote, but I have a samsung tv and had to switch the speaker source on the tv to external speaker. The remote works the same with either source. I hope this helps. Bob [ ROBERT  Feb 13, 2014 ]
The answer is yes, you should be able to. Make sure your TV has digital optical output to connect it and then setup is pretty easy. Ideally you want to be able to then turn your TV speakers OFF and have the SONOS be the TV speaker when TV is on. I wasn't able to do that with my Samsung TV. Not a huge deal, but there are times when you're turning the volume up or down and your TV might say one level of volume but the SONOS is above or below that. Like I said, not a huge deal but fyi. Long answer for yes, you can control SONOS with your cable remote as the SONOS is technically your TV speaker and the cable remote is controlling the TV. [ Robert  Feb 13, 2014 ]
Hi Daniel. I purchased the play bar and one of the speakers last year. The play bar itself will work with a compatible tv. However, it would not really be beneficial for you to purchase the speakers if you do not have music you want to play from a phone or tablet. If you just want better sound from a tv, then just get the play bar. [ JACQUELINE M  Feb 05, 2014 ]
The Sonos system can be used with your PC or Mac. They have software for both. Additionally, once the Playbar is set up with your TV there is no need for the software unless making changes or adjustments, or if you plan to play music with it. Hope this helps. [ William  Feb 04, 2014 ]
Just a few comments from a Sonos newbie - - If you plan to add Play:1's or 3's to complete your system then I believe that you need to set it up through the Bridge component which means you need the iOS/Android. I assume that you have a wireless network. - If you only are using a Playbar then you may be able to set it up just using your television. Others would have to answer that issue. - Have you considered getting an inexpensive, perhaps used, iOS or Android device? I have the Playbar and two Play:3's and love the sound. I also have a Play:5 and Play:1 in other rooms. The ability to stream play lists and radio stations to any of the setups is great. [ DOUGLAS  Feb 04, 2014 ]
Sonos products are controlled by Apple or Android devices. If you don't have a device that will control your system, yes it would be useless to you. Sonos products do not come with their own remote. [ RICHARD  Feb 04, 2014 ]
No, computers do it. [ SCOTT  Feb 04, 2014 ]
You can still control it with a windows PC or laptop [ ROGER  Feb 04, 2014 ]
The sound bar is still amazing without mobile devices. As long as you have wifi, sonos is a great product. One thing they don't mention is that you can link multiple speakers automatically to the sound bar to get surround sound. You still can control the speakers from any computer that is connected to the wifi and has the Sonos software. I have the soundbar and two Play 1's and am looking to get a Play 3. [ Aaron  Feb 04, 2014 ]
I'm a big fan of Sonos products; they can handle many functions. My primary use of my PLAYBAR is simply as a soundbar for my Samsung LED TV, connected to each other via an optical cable. It can also be used it as a speaker for streaming content with an Apple or Android product, but when used simply as a standalone soundbar (for your television), I think it's great. [ JAMES A  Feb 04, 2014 ]
With the wireless setup and multi-room capability there is still a lot of benefit to the Sonos Platform. Assuming you have a PC, you can still control the system with out an apple or android mobile device. However, the convenience and capability of being able to control the system from from a mobile device is definitely a big part of the overall experience. [ Brian  Feb 04, 2014 ]
Hello again. SONOS replied... Hello Steve, All Sonos components (excl. the CONNECT:AMP, which features a hard-button to switch voltage) feature a power-supply which automatically switches to the correct voltage. 110-240v indeed means that you can use Sonos devices in Europe without any problem. Kind regards, Bjorn L (Employee) about 3 hours ago . [ STEPHEN  Feb 07, 2014 ]
HI Tex 1st, Thanks for your service in the US military. My Playbar plug input is labeled "100v - 240v". However I don't see any place where you would tell it which voltage you are connecting to. I see no mention in the owner guide either. I forwarded the question to the SONOS support site. [ STEPHEN  Feb 03, 2014 ]
I don't believe they come with 110/220 supply. How about one of those international power converter plugs? [ GEORGE  Feb 03, 2014 ]
Uncertain, I already returned my Playbar because it was incompatible with iPhone 5. [ GARY  Feb 03, 2014 ]
We checked on the back of our Sonos. Looks like it just allows for 110. Call or email Sonos to see if you can get the other voltage supply. [ CAROL L  Feb 03, 2014 ]
Sorry I do not know the answer! [ STEPHANIE  Feb 03, 2014 ]
Looking at the specs the Playbar is equipped with a universal power supply that can accept 100-240 V at 50-60 Hz. You might need an adapter to handle any differences between US and Italy with blade arrangement. [ DENNIS J  Feb 03, 2014 ]
I have not heard of this issue but I can say the sound is tremendous.When I watch a movie it's like I'm in the movie theater with surround sound. Well worth the investment.Hope this helps. [ GEORGE  Jan 19, 2014 ]
I would definitely be getting the sub with the bar and two play 3s for the rear speakers. I'll probably stay away from the front speaks for the moment due to $. I read on another site that an optical switch can be used to obtain the true 5.1, has anyone tried it yet? [ Dan  Jan 17, 2014 ]
The Sonos Playbar was my third attempt at purchasing this type of speaker for the TV (and the radio value as well.) I have never measure the output from the Samsung TV, so I can't specifically address your question. However, the Sonos system with the subwofer sounds great in my 20' x 20' living room. [ J N  Jan 17, 2014 ]
Hey Dan B, I have purchased many speakers in my day and I am very impressed with the output and sound from this product. But remember this is still a center speaker...I would recommend the left and right channel speakers as well as the rear left and right wireless. If you like more bass of course get the sub..I'm telling you the sound is better than going to a theater! Coolest thing about this product is you can control it from your IPad like i do...I think it is worth the extra money...Purchase it from Crutchfield..NO shipping or tax and if you don't like it you can always send it back w in 30 days...That is as good as it gets! RL [ ROBERT  Jan 17, 2014 ]
no you need wifi and its cordless from iPad [ ROBERT  Dec 17, 2013 ]
The Sonos Playbar is similar to all Sonos units. Software updates and Internet based music must have a hard-wired internet connection somewhere in the Sonos system in order for those signals to get to the Playbar. If you don't already have a Sonos system and have only the Playbar, then the Playbar itself has to have a wired connection to your router. You can also buy a Sonos bridge, whic