Sonos Playbar sound bar
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
My SONOS set up is the playbar, sub, and 2 play 1 surrounds. My review is biased toward what the system is advertised to be which seems mostly accurate. It is a playbar designed for home theater that is a huge improvement on TV audio and also does pretty well with music. Is it better sound quality than you would get with a similar priced standard wired set up ? - no. More on that later. Is it extremely convenient and an easy way to add audio to rooms in spaces that are not wired for sound?- yes. It is a trade of sound quality for convenience and visual aesthetics. It is very strong at the high and low end with sub. It is noticeably weak in the mid range which also makes for an awkward accentuation of the strengths with certain types of music and certain instruments. As always it is a matter of listening preference and the types of music you love the most. Anything can do relatively well at rock and roll and SONOS is no exception. Other areas are not so great. Acoustic guitar sounds airy. Certain piano sounds flat ( and not because flat notes are being played). Drums have accentuated cymbals and bass and miss on the tom toms. Horns actually sound quite good. What is my basis of comparison?: A different series that Crutchfield doesn't sell, with a MARANTZ receiver- no comparison. A 16 speaker stock Lexus sound system- no comparison. Why did I make the trade? I live in a small condo and since I moved in I have not been able to properly set up my wired
Pros: Convenience Visual Aesthetics Space No wires
Cons: Not for audiophile music listeners.