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(616ZPS1B; 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 more over time, or add other Sonos products. 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. Sonos products
manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready
to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products 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.
- 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).
- The Sonos PlayBar is also equipped with an Ethernet port for a
hardwire connection to your home network.
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.
- Internet Radio: Sonos includesTuneIn, 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: Sonos works seamlessly withSpotify,
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Clickhere for
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Library: 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
App Store or
Google Play Store) for Apple iOS (8.0+) and Android (OS 2.3+) devices, or
the Sonos Controller software for
Windows PC (XP SP3 and higher) or
Mac computer (OS X 10.6 and higher). You'll have access to thousands of
pre-loaded internet radio stations, a variety of online music services, your
iTunes music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your
smartphone/tablet or laptop/computer. The app is divided into 5 screens.
- Main Menu: The main menu is the gateway to your world
of Sonos music. Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio,
personal music library and playlists. You can also find settings to easily
add new Sonos components.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art,
basic controls, and easy access to all of your music on the Sonos network.
From the Now Playing screen you can also access the main menu, control songs
and volume by room, access more options from the Info View, and add songs to
- Room Modes: 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
- Info View: 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.
- Queue: The Queue screen gives you ultimate control in
listening to whatever you want, whenever you want. Choose any song from your
Sonos library and add it to your queue on the fly or create your favorite
playlists in a few seconds. From this screen you can also easily edit and
save playlists, shuffle and repeat music tracks, and access additional
controls like Play Now, Play Next, Add to Queue, & Replace Queue.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same home network.
Multi-Zone Compatibility: The Sonos Wireless Music System
can accept up to 32 Sonos devices. With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms. The Playbar can be combined with other Sonos
components; including the
PLAY:5 amplified wireless music speakers, the
Connect:Amp zone player (ZP120), and the
Connect zone player (ZP90); all sold separately.
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 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
- 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 installed.
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