Home Theater Features
Network Audio Features
Home Theater Features
Soundbar Speaker: Complement your 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 two cable connections -
a power cord & optical digital audio cable.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
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. Not compatible with Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS, DTS HD, or any other surround format (only supports Dolby Digital 2ch
- 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.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or
connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to
the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and
where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you
hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in
your Apple iOS 8.0+ device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings
and other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos PlayBar speaker to
make sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos PlayBar
speaker already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how
music should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3
minutes from start to finish.
Note: Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android.
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.
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.
Wireless 5.1ch Speaker System: Add the Sonos Wireless Subwoofer
sold separately) and a pair of Sonos Play:1
(616PlAY1B, sold separately), Sonos Play:3
sold separately), or Sonos Play:5 (616PLAY52B;
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.
In conjunction with the Sonos Boost (616BOOST,
sold separately), you can even use the Sonos Connect:Amp (616ZP120,
sold separately) as a rear amplifier with separate rear speakers; in this
configuration you will still need to run wire between the rear speakers and the Connect:Amp.
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
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.
Network Audio Features
Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The Playbar is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Playbar soundbar
speaker and add other Sonos products - including the Sonos
PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, and the Sonos
Connect zone players (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos
devices can be connected in one system.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding
music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through
SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its
own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides
superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music
playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range
of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your
home's layout. In addition to the Playbar, you will need a
Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via
a Ethernet cable.
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos 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 Sonos system's wireless
range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the
SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one.
Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over
WiFi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network 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 (you will
have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).
Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi,
the Sonos Playbar is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to
wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the
Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if
you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to
unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and
thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from
any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network
where you have shared music folders. Sonos 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. Sonos indexes your music folders
so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists,
albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos 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 wireless music system supports
the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account
(playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music
files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device
(4.0+) running the Sonos app.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio
setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app
iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.3+ devices, or the Sonos Controller software for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up computers. The new navigation bar (My Sonos, Rooms,
Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes finding what you're
looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than ever.
- My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab.
It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing
together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums,
podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art
and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're
listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews
and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band
for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your
library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in
different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music
throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for
music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually
- Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites,
internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your
music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search
across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find
the music you love instantly.
- More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your
Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and
loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update
you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device -
Echo Dot, Tap, and
Echo Show (all sold separately). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you
normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play
a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a
song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing
group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.
- Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and
SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing
Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your
default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service
in your voice instruction.
- For a list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos, click
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device
(weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa
app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same wireless network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by
Sonos in 2018 through an over-the-network firmware update.
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
- 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 wireless router in your
home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase
and install one before setting up your system.
- You will need the Sonos Controller application for Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.3+, or the Sonos Controller software program for Windows PC
7-up and Mac OS x 10.10-up.
- 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
- 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.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking
equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking
hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the
network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos;
be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking
equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.
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 through Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system