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Sonos Playbar

TV sound bar/wireless music system

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Our take on the Sonos Playbar

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 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

Clearer TV sound
All by itself, the Playbar acts as your front left, center channel, and front right home theater speakers. Connect it to your TV with an included optical digital cable for clean, clear sound from TV shows and movies.

Add bass
Pair a Sonos Sub with the Playbar to add bass impact to your home theater system. The Sub pairs wirelessly with the Playbar at the touch of a button. It's a simple way to enjoy rich, full sound.

Get surrounded
Add two Sonos Play:1, Play:3, or Play:5 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.

Note: You can set up a home theater system with the Playbar , the Sub, and other Sonos speakers as surrounds, all without making a wired connection to your router. However, for challenging Wi-Fi® environments we recommend adding the optional Sonos Boost (not included) to make a stable wireless connection.

Sonos controllers

The Sonos app gives you easy wireless control

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

Spotify®, Apple Music™, SiriusXM, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including Pandora®, Spotify, Apple Music, Rhapsody®, TIDAL and more. You also have access to thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world through TuneIn Radio, and terrestrial radio stations through iHeartRadio. If you subscribe to SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can tune into all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • plays TV sound, music from the web, and digital audio files on your home network
  • built-in amplifiers and nine built-in speakers (three tweeters and six midrange drivers)
  • communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
  • control your Sonos system with your smartphone,or tablet (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
  • accepts Dolby Digital and 2-channel PCM audio signals
  • 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
  • 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

What's in the Box:

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

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replaced A polk sound bar w Bluetooth sub. I was never thrilled with it. Got this Sonos system and the difference is astounding. Crisp and clear voice/treble and great passive base. Nothing is muffled like the Polk system. I am EXTREMELY happy with this purchase.

Dan, New York


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 3 Dome tweeters
Midrange 6 Midrange drivers
Woofer None
Separate Subwoofer Optional
Subwoofer Driver None
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough Yes
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App Apple iOS, Android
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi Yes
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Optional
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
System Frequency Response Not Given
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Sound Bar (inches) 3-5/16H x 35-1/2W x 5-1/2D
Sound Bar Weight 11.9 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

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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 (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. Not compatible with Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD, or any other surround format (only supports Dolby Digital 2ch to 5.1ch).
  • 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. 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.

Note: Many newer TVs are coming with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be able to program the soundbar and TV remote to work together.

Wireless 5.1ch Speaker System: Add the Sonos Sub 1 Wireless Powered  Subwoofer and a pair of  Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, or Play:5 speakers for a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience (sub and speakers sold separately). 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, you can even use the Sonos Connect:Amp 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 (Boost, Connect:Amp, and speakers sold separately). 

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.

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:1 / PLAY:3 / PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos One voice-activated speaker, and the Sonos Connect:Amp / 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 TuneIn, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, TIDAL, Deezer, SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click here for the latest online music services (some online services require a paid subscription).
  • 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 (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) or the Sonos Controller software (for Windows PC (7-up) and Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. 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 or together.
  • 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 - including the Sonos One and Amazon Echo devices (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 complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos, click here.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 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.

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 updates itself.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Easy to use with existing remote and the owner knows how to use it. [ A  Sep 17, 2018 ]
I love Sonos and I am adding this to my existing system [ Marc  Jul 07, 2018 ]
It was part of the 5.1 package and they sound amazing. [ Bryan  Jun 13, 2018 ]
I have 2 other playbars and am very satisfied. [ JEFFREY  Apr 03, 2018 ]
owned previously [ JOHN  Apr 02, 2018 ]
reviews and demonstration [ Diane  Mar 28, 2018 ]
Already have one and works great [ Stephen  Mar 18, 2018 ]
Best one for the money and size. [ robert  Mar 18, 2018 ]
I have some Play:3 speakers and I would like to complete my 5.1 setup. [ Clint M.  Mar 13, 2018 ]
Goes great with the Sonos WiFi speakers. [ Greg  Mar 10, 2018 ]
It's Sonos [ JEFF  Mar 01, 2018 ]
To integrate with the rest of my Sonos speakers. [ Daphne  Jan 30, 2018 ]
Outstanding product. I have one, and this is a gift for son. [ Michael  Jan 21, 2018 ]
its a gift [ lori  Jan 10, 2018 ]
Best product on the market in this price range. Very high customer satisfaction rating and easily expandable system. [ J  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Recommended by my son. [ Andrew  Dec 14, 2017 ]
Right size and highly rated sound quality. [ David  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Good performance and sound quality [ Raj  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Same price as in stores (didn't need it immediately), no sales tax (saved $40) and the promise of hassle-free returns. Plus, I've always kept an eye on Crutchfield, looking for the opportunity to buy from them! [ Roderick  Nov 27, 2017 ]
great reviews and good sound [ Rod  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Spoke to Dino, and was told that the reviews and sound are somehat better than the PLAYBASE. [ Harry  Nov 27, 2017 ]
To upgrade my TV sound [ ROBERT E  Nov 26, 2017 ]
SONOS is the best! [ Art  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Wife wants less wires. [ Sacha  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Was looking for something to compliment the epic picture of my OLED tv with similarly epic sound. With this, I can also enjoy the Sonos features. [ Chris  Nov 26, 2017 ]
I have had sonos equipment for 14 years and it has always been great! [ MARK C  Nov 25, 2017 ]
I already have Sonos speakers in my home. [ THOMAS L  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Addition to existing Sonos system. Intent is to improve TV sound and add another room for music. [ ROBERT J  Nov 24, 2017 ]
I heard it was a good speaker [ Jeffrey  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Building 5.1 system for Theater Room [ Andy  Nov 23, 2017 ]
Family members have this sound bar in their houses and I love the way it sounds! [ Anthony  Nov 23, 2017 ]
living room entertainment [ Dmitri  Nov 23, 2017 ]
I have other Sonos components and have had my eye on the Sonos Playbar for sometime. Knowing this was the time a year to get it on sale, I "pulled the plug". [ SUSAN  Nov 23, 2017 ]
Sale price [ Dong  Nov 23, 2017 ]
already have [ B  Nov 02, 2017 ]
Heard the playbar at a retail store as well [ Ron  Nov 01, 2017 ]
Adding my 5th piece to my sonos collection. Whole Home is where it is at. [ Doug  Oct 27, 2017 ]
Have other SONOS items [ Jonathan  Oct 18, 2017 ]
heard it was high quality and easy setup. also easy integration of additional items like speakers in the future. [ Jeff  Oct 12, 2017 ]
Top rated [ Robert  Oct 05, 2017 ]
Needed better sound than my tv speakers can produce. [ TODD  Sep 23, 2017 ]
Best product for ease and great sound. [ ADDISON  Sep 19, 2017 ]
The playbar and subwoofer have great sound and allows me to eliminate stereos speakers. [ Paul  Sep 11, 2017 ]
Ease of installation and great sound. Really improved the TV and can play music as well. [ Donald  Sep 05, 2017 ]
From what I have read this is the best sound bar you can get and I like that I can expand to a 5.1 surround system wirelessly. [ WILLIAM  Aug 30, 2017 ]
Because it is awesome! [ Mike  Aug 29, 2017 ]
Awesome reviews [ Timothy  Aug 18, 2017 ]
Reputation [ Charles M.  Aug 01, 2017 ]
Great reviews and ease of setup !!!!!!!! [ LEON  Jul 26, 2017 ]
I am connecting the in-wall speakers of my new house to 4 Connect:Amps. The PLAYBAR will be a great addition to the in-wall speakers! [ Steven  Jul 14, 2017 ]
Because I'm tired of all the wires and cables and cords involved with traditional HT A/V Receivers and speakers. [ Darryl  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Reviews and ease of set up. [ Gerhard  Jun 18, 2017 ]
New TV location that does not fit with conventional surround sound system and adds to existing Sonos products [ William  Jun 16, 2017 ]
Versatility and quality based on reviews. [ Teryl  Jun 09, 2017 ]
Easily integrated into existing system [ DAVID  Jun 08, 2017 ]
Listen to TV and stream music [ Scott  May 29, 2017 ]
Love sonos [ Robert  May 12, 2017 ]
I enjoy good sound, I've researched this soundbar and read nothing but good things said about the Sonos. I look forward to hearing it first hand. [ Alan  May 09, 2017 ]
Love Sonos. [ J  Apr 28, 2017 ]
Did not want to buy receiver and separate speaker system and deal with running wires through the ceilings/wall. Sonos rep is very good and wireless is the way to go. [ LOUIS  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Adding to my amazing Sonos system. [ Wayne  Apr 01, 2017 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Phillip  Mar 27, 2017 ]
Desire a soundbar that will provide the sound quality I'm looking for. Already own one of the small speakers - sound is great. [ Daniel  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Love our other Sonos speakers... [ jrdinct  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Best reviews for a Soundbars plus the wireless functionality. [ Kelly  Mar 13, 2017 ]
Love the simplicity of the Sonos system. [ J  Feb 16, 2017 ]
Pricey, but I have 6 SONOS CONNECT:AMPs, so it will allow me and my family to listen to TV Packers (and Orioles) games anywhere in the house or on our property! Can't wait! [ Scott  Feb 13, 2017 ]
I have sonos throughout my house and wanted both a surround sound and sonos system in my new tv room. The sonos playbar and subwoofer was the perfect combo. [ Ryan  Feb 10, 2017 ]
for 5.1 theatre quality sound [ Marc  Jan 28, 2017 ]
Recommended by by a friend and did not disappoint. Great sound! [ Rich  Jan 22, 2017 ]
It's the best and i want nothing but the best [ Michael  Jan 11, 2017 ]
I heard a friend's PLAYBAR and absolutely fell in love with the sound [ Jeremy  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Integrates with Sonos system. [ Juan  Jan 01, 2017 ]
I have one already it is awesome [ Paul  Dec 31, 2016 ]
Sonos Play3 speakers and the Sonos PlayBar set up effortlessly, quickly and provide superb sound quality. Syncing the PlayBar and the individual speakers to create 5.1 Surround Sound with the TV's is why I have Sonos in two rooms. [ LEE  Dec 31, 2016 ]
poitive reviews [ Jeanne  Dec 30, 2016 ]
Have Sonos products and love them. Adding to the collection. [ Diego  Dec 30, 2016 ]
Another family member has this item and recommended it. I also like the sonos line and their ease of operation [ Steven  Dec 30, 2016 ]
for my 45" Samsung in, my the bedroom [ S  Dec 29, 2016 ]
To complete my sonos [ LISE A  Dec 29, 2016 ]
I have other Sonos products [ MANDEEP  Dec 29, 2016 ]
goes with Play ones purchased last year. As you know, it creates a 5.0 surround system. [ RONALD K  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Sonos reputation, reviews posted, and the service I have had with Crutchfield. [ Tom  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Had good reviews [ John A.  Dec 26, 2016 ]
I was looking for a really good center sound bar and couldn't ignore the hundreds of fantastic reviews that where out there, plus watched several videos of this sound bar which helped me make my decision. [ ken  Dec 24, 2016 ]
I Wanted a Multiroom system. Sonos worked the best for what I was looking for. Along with the user friendly App by sonos, the Playbar is a good balance between sound for on screen entertainment and music listening. [ Shin  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Consumer Guide recommendation. [ Lonny  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I love Sonos and was in the market for a soundbar. [ Bryan  Dec 21, 2016 ]
Needed new sound bar to replace my 10 year old Sony sound bar because recent home remodel did not accommodate the limited location of the Sony bass speaker. Sonos Playbar has received thousands of excellent reviews. Very happy with my decision. [ THOMAS  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Reputation and recommendations from others [ STEPHEN P  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Sonos sub and playbar are an awesome compliment to TV [ David  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Sound quality, supports apple music and google music natively, expandable system can grow and service multi rooms. [ Sean  Dec 16, 2016 ]
This is my second one. Once you enter the world of Sonos, you will only want more speakers to fill your home. [ D  Dec 15, 2016 ]
sonos is the best available speaker system bar none! [ kolton  Dec 14, 2016 ]
Could not be happier with the Sonos Playbar it ihas met my expectations and we as a family are quite pleased. Used with TV and various music sources. [ James  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Love my sonos! Great sound, easy to use! [ David  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Flexibility of Sonos system [ Jack  Dec 09, 2016 ]
new sound system for 65" tv [ Donald  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Loved the look of it and needed it for my room size. I love the product. The first one failed within the warrantee period and the manufacturer made good and replaced it with minimal effort on my part. [ Robert  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Connect to TV [ VINCENT J  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Adding to my Sonos system! [ STEPHEN  Dec 03, 2016 ]
slick design and sound quality [ gurinderpaul  Dec 01, 2016 ]
I have one already. Best sound quality. LOVE the Sonos app and the ability to stream Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music to the entire Sonos system. [ MICHAEL  Nov 30, 2016 ]
good reviews and can be added onto. [ Martin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
We have enjoyed other Sonos products and think it makes sense to continue to expand our Sonos system with a playbar. We have listened to both music and tv on the sound bar accompanied with two Play 1s and thinks it's a wonderful product. [ Paul  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Identical price but for the money, I chose the Sonos [ Miguel  Nov 29, 2016 ]
It was between Sonos and Bose, and I chose Sonos because it had it's own wi-fi network and easier access to music without having to go through the app. I also have a couple friends that rave about it! [ Jennifer  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Revolutionary . .. pricey but does it all with ease of use and grat sound. [ Jim  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Best in class audio component with superior sound, ease of use, and versatility [ Bernie  Nov 19, 2016 ]
complete my sonos system. [ Franklin  Nov 15, 2016 ]
Sound quality, convenience and ease of integration with existing Sonos system [ Rob  Nov 14, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ WILLIAM  Nov 12, 2016 ]
I have experience with Play1 and expect the same quality for my home theater [ David  Nov 12, 2016 ]
I have heard nothing but good things about sonos . This will be my first sonos purchase looking forward to adding others [ Lorie  Oct 30, 2016 ]
to pair with a previous sonos play 1........ simply fantastic product! [ jack  Oct 28, 2016 ]
part of home entertainment center [ J  Sep 23, 2016 ]
Recommendation from family [ THOMAS A  Sep 11, 2016 ]
To use with a tv [ Kazimiesz  Aug 29, 2016 ]
I have poor high frequency hearing. This unit is the best for TV or music streaming. [ PHILIP  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews of sound quality and ease of use from other customers, as well as advice from the customer service rep. [ Reenie  Jul 16, 2016 ]
setting up and outdoor tv and I wanted the soundbar to double as a speaker for outdoor music. [ John  Jul 06, 2016 ]
Living room TV [ Karl  Jun 27, 2016 ]
After looking at other products this one provided me with the best overall options and sound quality. [ Richard  Jun 25, 2016 ]
Best product [ CHRISTINE  Jun 14, 2016 ]
Incredible sound. Easy set up. A must for any music lover. Not to mention to improve poor flatscreen tv audio. [ John  Jun 13, 2016 ]
My son purchased the 5.1 system through the Navy Exchange and they sounded awesome, so I had to get a set. [ Jose  Jun 12, 2016 ]
Ratings and adviser recommendation. [ LARRY  Jun 07, 2016 ]
Good reviews. Good functionality. [ Raymond  Jun 03, 2016 ]
Outstanding reviews from owners, and the desire to have great sound for my new big screen, as well as be able to play music. [ Jeff  May 31, 2016 ]
I was looking for outstanding sound and it delivered. [ Clifford  May 27, 2016 ]
The Best! [ David  May 24, 2016 ]
high ratings, compact size, ability to play music from non TV sources [ william  May 18, 2016 ]
Great surround sound System [ VIJAY  May 13, 2016 ]
Perfect match with Vizio wall mount and a pair of Play 1s. [ Mark  May 01, 2016 ]
Great sound...great style...easy to install...overall, a great product [ MARK T  Apr 28, 2016 ]
This was the one soundbar I tried where everything sounded good. The other ones I tried all could sound good, if I changed the sound mode for a movie, then again for sports, then again for acoustic music, then maybe another time for more bass-y music. The Sonos bar played them all and played them well. [ ANDY  Apr 21, 2016 ]
Tested the product and it was instantly liked. [ Anthony  Apr 20, 2016 ]
heard one in a big box store...sounded great...want to see if it sounds same at home....know Crutchfield has excellent customer service [ Alan  Apr 09, 2016 ]
I decided that I needed a sound-bar for my Blu-Ray player and ConsumersReport highly recomends this Sonos PlayBar. [ Barry  Apr 08, 2016 ]
Love Sonos! [ Vladimir  Apr 04, 2016 ]
The best sounding soundbar I've heard with the flexibility to stream music from IOS devices and easily add additional speakers to speakers. [ Mace  Mar 24, 2016 ]
Sound quality is try and feature set [ Nicholas  Mar 18, 2016 ]
Practically zero negative reviews. Sound quality is excellent! [ Robert  Mar 12, 2016 ]
Dual function sound bar and speaker [ Oreste  Mar 09, 2016 ]
Because they are awesome! [ JAMES B  Feb 26, 2016 ]
Excellent ratings and I wanted a better sound system. [ John  Feb 17, 2016 ]
I choose because we can more speakers to it. [ MELISSA  Feb 14, 2016 ]
Previous experience with product [ Barry  Feb 10, 2016 ]
Highly rated by tv and audio blogs [ Greg  Feb 04, 2016 ]
sound quality [ kerry  Feb 01, 2016 ]
Needed better sound for our TV, esp to better hear dialog. Son-in-law brought his Sonos Playbar over, hooked up to our TV and it was MUCH better than the existing Yamaha receiver/book shelf speakers. I was instantly sold! Also, he installs Sonos for his clients and always gets rave reviews. [ Phillip  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Current TV has lousy sound and I like to stream music when I am home [ Martin  Jan 20, 2016 ]
Great product that I never see on sale anywhere. Using this sound bar with other Sonos products around my home I can put the game on and broadcast audio around the house without having the volume so HIGH at the source or missing any of the call. [ Charlie  Jan 16, 2016 ]
Base on the good reviews. [ LUAN  Jan 16, 2016 ]
AWESOME ! [ SAMUEL A  Jan 13, 2016 ]
Looks cool, versatile, can add speakers. [ T  Jan 06, 2016 ]
Will fit in space under existing wall mounted flat screen inside cabinetry constraints. [ Stephen  Jan 05, 2016 ]
this is one of the top rated soundbars [ FRANK  Jan 04, 2016 ]
We have existing Sonos equipment and want more of it. [ Jacob  Jan 03, 2016 ]
Happy with our Sonos speakers and their app / system [ CEDRIC B  Dec 31, 2015 ]
needed surround sound [ Elizabeth  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Great reviews from many audiophile sites. Easy enough for both me (techie) and my wife (luddite). [ Aneesh  Dec 25, 2015 ]
Great reviews. Needed wireless music streaming and to radically improve TV sound. [ John  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Wireless surround sound system. Great sound quality. [ Sandeep  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Another home run for sonos. the play bar actually has good base as well. [ RC  Dec 18, 2015 ]
gift [ Pia  Dec 17, 2015 ]
We needed to have a product that connect to our surround system for the tv but we also wanted have the ability to drive our other music through it when we were entertaining [ Patrick  Dec 17, 2015 ]
If you have committed to the SONOS ecosystem, there is nothing like the PlayBar. And while it has some limitations by itself, paired with a SONOS Sub and 2 Play:1s you have an outstanding home theater system that has extensive streaming music capability. A bit expensive, yes. But the quality and support are there. And ease of installation is unmatched. Highly Recommended [ LeighAnn  Dec 14, 2015 ]
Added to current Sonos system. [ DAVID W  Dec 09, 2015 ]
Sonos Playbar sets the standard for television audio plus it gives you access to the world of Sonos, an audio cornocopia [ Sanford  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Highly rated. [ Jeff  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Sounds great for both home theater and music. Easy set up. The only catch is my tv does not output 5.1 on the optical for external sources, but an hdmi switch with arc and optical/coax audio out solved that. [ Aaron  Dec 04, 2015 ]

28 questions already asked

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. So, no there is no "stereo mode" for playing music. [ Ryan  Feb 22, 2018 ]  Staff
I don't know as I bought it for a gift and don't have access to it any longer [ GLENNON J  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  Jul 13, 2017 ]  Staff
I've heard that as well... I have a Vizio set and it was able to pass through the 5.1 audio signal. I chanced it and bought the playbar anyway without knowing because I really liked how it sounded. If you're really considering it, you might want to look up hdmi arc pass through boxes with optical out as a contingency in case it is not working the way you want. [ Reuben  Jul 11, 2017 ]
Hi Darryl. I had the same concern when I bought my Sonos Playbar. Some TV do not send a digital Dolby 5.1 signal through digital optical out. I recommend that you check you TV specs. It should be clearly listed. I also recommend you check with Sonos. I have Sony and Samsung TV and it works perfect with Playbar. The LG OLED should support Digital Dolby out. However it's always good to verify it. Also, sometimes the set top box provided by the cable provider has stereo output as default that needs to be changed as well. Good Luck. [ Purvang  Jul 11, 2017 ]
I have a 2015 LG that works great with the playbar, (2) play 3, and sub setup via an optical output. [ Josh  Jul 11, 2017 ]
Yes, it will work with your wifi. I would recommend the sub with the playbar. [ Thinh  Jul 12, 2017 ]
It will work on WiFi just fine, no needed hardwired connection. I use the PLAYBAR, SUB, and 2 PLAY 1s in my setup with no Ethernet hard wire connection, all WiFi. [ Ryan  Jul 11, 2017 ]
It must be connected to the WiFi modem. Additional Sonos components connect wirelessly to the playbar. [ Lori  Jul 11, 2017 ]
That is to connect a record player directly to the sound bar [ BETTY  Jul 21, 2017 ]
The only direct connection between your TV or DVD player (or other device that supports optical connection) is an optical toslink connection. To stream music, you must have a Sonos network in your home. The network will support all their other products - Play 1,3,5 etc. Then get the Sonos app and you can play music anywhere those speakers are located, directly from your mobile devices. Hope this helps - [ Richard  Jul 12, 2017 ]
The optical cable is the most efficient means to transmit audio from the TV. You want the fastest connection to avoid audio lag when watching TV; you don't want every show looking as if it was dubbed. [ Ryan  Jul 11, 2017 ]
I use mine in a media center cabinet and the sound improves when I pull it forward as far as possible to get the sides of the soundbar away from the enclosure. I am toying with the idea of extending the shelf for more separation. [ Vern  Jul 11, 2017 ]
Yes there is. You are looking for speech enhancement. It is in a sub menu [ DAVID  May 15, 2017 ]
Yes there is, in the Sonos app (at least on Android, don't know about iOS). [ Clayton  May 15, 2017 ]
Location of the bridge only matters if it causes you to lose connection. Test it in the basement and if it works there you are golden [ harold g  Apr 29, 2017 ]
It can be located anywhere. It needs to plugged into your router and as long as your within reasonable Wi-Fi range it will be fine. Sonos no longer needs a bridge by the way. I still use mine because that is how it was originally set up. Good luck. [ Peter  Apr 29, 2017 ]
No, I don't believe so. My bridge is on the other side of the house from my sound bar. It is next to my router. [ Paul  Apr 29, 2017 ]
I have mine next to the router, ticket away out of sight. One floor and several rooms away from bar and sub. Never had a problem. [ brian  Apr 29, 2017 ]
The play bar works really well. I like the fact that with sonos you can build your system and add on at any time. First I purchased the play bar then added the sub then the two rear surround speakers. The play bar works as three speakers ( center channel, front right and front left) when complete with the 5.1 system. [ LINDSAY  Feb 28, 2017 ]
This is not really a replacement for a center channel. It can replace a center channel and a left and right front speaker. It also can NOT be combined with the rest of our system. This is a powered sound bar that works and sounds amazing. I CAN, however, be used in a 5.1 set up but ONLY using other SONOS products for the subwoofer and the real channel speakers. Amazing system if used to its full capabilities. [ Walter  Feb 28, 2017 ]
I don't think it is a 1:1 replacement of a center channel. It is more suitable for someone like me who had a high powered surround sound that was never turned up and wanted a simple system that worked with my other Sonos speakers. It will not compete with a 7.1 or high end 5.2 system [ Benjamin  Feb 28, 2017 ]
As long as you have a broadband internet connection, it will support any configuration of Sonos speaker(s). You will need a Sonos Bridge, which acts as the Sonos speakers' connection to your router either wirelessly or through an ethernet connection. [ Robert  Dec 01, 2016 ]
HI. I am a Sonos user and love the product. As far as I know there is not any restrictions. You just need to purchase the sonos wireless box that hooks directly to your router and all your sonos products work wirelessly [ Ronald  Nov 30, 2016 ]
I recommend using the Sonos mount for the playbar because the Sonos stuff comes in some unique shakes/sizes relative to other speakers. The manufacturer could probably tell you though [ Christopher  Feb 26, 2016 ]
I have never tried to play via Bluetooth on SONOS, since I never knew it supported Bluetooth, but if you used Bluetooth, the item connected is normally just functioning as a speaker, not a player, [ Zzyzx Oh  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Yes, but youll have to put the playbar in front of the tv stand, and depending on the height of the stand, the playbar may block the bottom of the TV picture. I have a book under my TV Stand to raise the screen up enough to clear the playbar [ BRIAN G  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Yes [ DANIEL  Jan 29, 2016 ]
see no reason why it can't. [ Gary  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Yes, they can both sit on a cabinet. Depending on the depth of the TV base the cabinet should probably be at least 2 feet deep. [ Michael  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Depends how bit your TV and your cabinet are, but provided they are sufficiently sized, there is no reason they can't. The sound bar does not have to be mounted, and indeed mine is not. [ PETER  Jan 29, 2016 ]
I have a Samsung tv and the sonos sound bar. They both fit on my tv stand fine. I changed my setup now and mounted the tv on the wall and have the sound bar on the tv stand by itself. It's up to you. [ ALAN  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Yes [ GEORGE  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Yes, that is exactly how mine is set up. [ MARK  Jan 29, 2016 ]
Essentially, you pair them in the Sonos software. If you purchased from us, I recommend giving our technical support a call as they can help you through this setup. If it was purchased elsewhere, you can still get our support on setup through one of our paid support packages. [ Paul  Jan 02, 2016 ]  Staff
I bought the Sonos bass module and love it. Great system addition. Not sure about adding another type of sub; you would probably need to power it with a separate receiver, and you would need the Sonos Connect to integrate all the pieces. [ JAMES A  Aug 17, 2015 ]
I am not able to answer this question. [ CRAIG  Aug 17, 2015 ]
I'm planning to split the fiber optic audio signal from TV to a sound bar with Play 5's in the rear and component system with 6.1. The end result is a casual theatre sound for everyday and 6.1 for the big action movies. Either setup probably allows internet radio to flow through the soundbar and rear channel speakers when TV is off. [ Charlie  Mar 14, 2015 ]
Thank you for your response George. I definitely don't want wired speakers. Looking at other question/answers and product information it seems that everyone is connecting the Playbar to the TV but I was wondering if it is possible to connect it to my AV receiver. [ Chinmay  Mar 13, 2015 ]
You don't need wired speakers with the playbar.I use the playbar as my main source of audio and have other Sonos wireless speakers as my secondary audio. [ GEORGE  Mar 13, 2015 ]
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 ]
It depends on how the output for your TV is configured. Generally most modern TVs are capable of providing full Dolby 5.1 via the optical cable, however your TV may be configured to output PCM (2 channel) by default. In this case you will need to go into TV settings and update the audio output format. You can then go into the settings section of the Sonos app and see what type of input is being provided. [ PETER  Jan 29, 2016 ]
I have this setup with sonos sub. Love it! Wife loves it, no wires! Also great set up for music ! Love Sonos! [ GARY J  Nov 26, 2015 ]
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, which serves only as an Internet connection unit, for about $50. Once the bridge is plugged in to your router, all of your Sonos units, including the Playbar, will have wireless access to the Internet through the bridge. Once the Sonos system is up and going you can use your iPad wirelessly as a controller, but Sonos cannot access the Internet directly through your iPad. [ AtlantaJim  Dec 17, 2013 ]
You need an internet connection if you wish to have an internet radio source like, Pandora or Spotify. Place and pug-in the sound bar. Then, connect the Sonos bridge to your wireless router via the provided ethernet cable, and then use the the controller app to find the sound bar. It's a quick, easy snap. It's very intuitive. The sound bar can be connected to your router directly, via an ethernet wire, but since they are including the Sonos bridge for free, you don't need it. Or, as stated, you sync it with your router wirelessly. The controller (there is no remote control) is accessed via an app on your computer, laptop, smart phone, or iPad. I have the controller loaded on all of them, so I can access the controller screen wherever I am or whatever I'm nearest to. By the way -- it sounds terrific! I have the sound bar linked with two Sonos 5s for surround sound, a Sonos 3 in the bedroom, and a Sonos 1 in the kitchen, too. It was EASY to install and link. Music and TV in less than 30 minutes from boxes to SOUND. [ CRAIG  Dec 16, 2013 ]
My experience is that you need the bridge. You hook the bridge up to your internet router (wherever that may be in your house) and then the playbar communicates through that. When I tried it without the bridge it didn't work. You can also probably call the company to make sure there is no other way, but I don't think there is. [ JENNIFER  Dec 16, 2013 ]
It will work from your i pad or i phone with an internet connection. It runs off the main Sonos system. I used an optical cord to connect with my TV. [ MICHAEL  Dec 16, 2013 ]
i use my ipad as the controller for all rooms (i have sonos speakers in different rooms through the house) i can control rooms form ipads or iphones. highly recommend. [ SAM  Dec 16, 2013 ]
I returned the sonosplay bar asI felt the sound was average for the cost. I believe you can use it the way you want and it will become part of your sonos system. [ CE  Dec 16, 2013 ]
You can listen to the tv with the sound bar and still use other sonos speakers on the network. When the tv is not on, it is another sonos speaker. If you are listening to the tv and decide to turn on music through the soundbar, the tv sound shuts off for the music. Sound is great. Has nice 'nighttime' volume feature on control and another to bring out voices. [ ED L  Dec 16, 2013 ]
Hi Gary. I have a Sonos playbar and I have an answer to your question. You can use the Sonos playbar as an extra music component to your entire Sonos system to play your music. If you turn your TV on, your Sonos playbar will stop playing music automatically and converts to a TV sound bar, and the rest of your sonos speakers will continue to play music until you shut them off. However when you use the playbar as a TV sound bar, and shut the TV off, you have to "group" the playbar back in to play your music again (it doesnt do it automatically). Hope that helps Vinnie [ VINCENT J  Dec 15, 2013 ]
I also have a complete Sonos system, with a playbar. The answer to both your questions is yes. You just go to the "group" option in Sonos and select which componets you want to connect together and which you want to use independently at anyone time, like the TV. Hope this answers your question. JN BTW, after going through two other playbars for my TV, Sonos is the best, plus it can be part of house-wide audio system. [ J N  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes to both questions. If your Sonos system is set up to identify each room separately you can listen to music in other rooms while watching TV and listening via the soundbar. The soundbar should be connected to the optical audio out connection on your TV to get the TV audio but the soundbar just like the Connect 5, etc will pickup Pandora etc via the Sonos bridge linked to your computer. I have my apartment set up for Sonos network in every room including the soundbar and TV in the living room and it works great. [ PETER M  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes but hook it to your tv of choice through its optical vice the add sonos component thru sonos setting Tv can be streamed while playing music because renenber it's has potentially 32 channels to work with. Lastly if the TV is not on the playbAr can be used as an additional sound component for your music Hope this helps and if you don't have the sonos sub I would recommend it to get the full understanding of what your equipment is capable of (1 playbAr 1 sub & 2 play 1 = 5.1 sound) ! Either way enjoy the wonderful world of sonos [ EMEKA O  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Gary, Yes the playbar will become the speaker for the TV. In the setup you will infact keep the tv muted always. The other sonos components in your home can play other Music, while you watch tv. The playbar is just another sonos speaker when you are not using your tv and can stream music. Works really well and sounds great! [ SUNIL  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes and yes to your first two questions. And, when your TV is on and linked to your soundbar, you can extend TV sound to other selected units if you wish. [ PETER  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Gary, I use the playbar exactly as you outlined in your question. Once the playbar is hooked up to your TV and network you can do any of the following: - listen to TV on the playbar and simultaneously listen to music on other sonos components - listen to TV on any sonos component on the network - listen to music on the playbar Mike [ MICHAEL  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes, the Soundbar and its associated surround speakers can be used as your TV speakers or as a regular Sonos player. The Soundbar can be used for TV when the other players are streaming music. When the TV is on, the Playbar will automatically choose that as the source first but it can be changed to other sources. [ MICHAEL  Dec 15, 2013 ]
The Playbar senses when audio is present from the TV and plays that source. If the TV is off then the Playbar acts as an additional Sonos component. If both are on then the TV has priority. [ DENNIS J  Dec 15, 2013 ]
I've had the playbar for a few months. It works as an independent Sonos component. Play TV on it, and different sources on other speakers. The playbar will play any source you put it on, whether the TV is on or off. [ JULIAN  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes and yes. The sound bar is versatile. It can serve as a music speaker for your pandora, spotify, itunes, etc, or as a speaker for your TV. You can even blast your TV audio across the house if you were so inclined. [ ILENE  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Sorry, we don't know the answer to your question. Have you tried contacting Sonos directly? [ CAROL L  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes to the TV - it is a separate "room" the PlayBar and works great - both as the TV speakers and when I use it to play music...obviously, it cannot do it at the same time - play music AND be the TV sound. EnjoY! [ ROY  Dec 15, 2013 ]
Yes, you can have the TV delivering TV audio independent of your other Sonos devices, and then stream music through it when you want just music. The sound from it is amazing! [ JAMES F  Dec 15, 2013 ]
I have an Energy Power Bar Elite as well as the Sonos Sound Bar. Both are quite good as soundbars but I selected the Sonos bar for a larger room (20 x 25ft) that functions as a personal gym where I wanted flexibility to play the TV, some work-out music, or internet radio. The Sonos unit sounds great in the large room and has sufficient base response on its own so I have not added the subwoofer at this time, but I may do so later. In short, the flexibility of the Sonos unit to play multiple sources of music in a larger room without having to add extra electronics or run extra wires was a perfect solution for me and it works quite well. [ DAVID W  Nov 29, 2013 ]
Get it....won't be sorry. Purchase the sub the sound and the versatility. Stunning and rich sound! [ ANDREW  Nov 26, 2013 ]
I have Bose system and I don't notice any difference. I love how easy they integrate to existing systems and ease of use. Highly recommended [ DAVID E  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I bought another Bluetooth soundbar before I decided to purchase sonos and the main reason for that is because of the wireless connection without Bluetooth. If you use your phone to control Bluetooth sound bar then if you get a call or step out if the range, the music will stop. Sonos doesn't have that issue. Quality is great especially if you get the subwoofer as well. I know the price is steep but if you plan to expand your stereo system at your house with Sonos for all rooms, there is nothing better in the market than Sonos. [ ALEX  Nov 25, 2013 ]
The sonos soundbar is great. It's the access to 100s of thousands of radio stations that you are paying for. The whole system is great! I highly recommend sonos playbar!! [ VICTORIA M  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I have been a loyal customer with Crutchfield for over 15years because of their exceptional product line and outstanding customer service. Their 60 day guarantee is amazing and crucial when deciding to purchase a major piece of electronics. I have 3 SONOS sound bars in my home and I can honestly say that the sound quality is amazing. Great for movie and music playback. I would recommend this product and Crutchfield to any and everyone looking for a great piece of electronics. Plus their free delivery makes it all that easy to keep coming back. [ VERDONE  Nov 25, 2013 ]
We have had the Sonos soundbar for 4 months now and it has exceeded my expectations. The sound is crisp and clear and I highly recommend also purchasing the Sonos sub as this will compliment the soundbar. I've had energy speakers and sub before but this system is far better in my opinion. Read the ratings online and most people are very content with their Sonos system. I can almost guarantee that you will add more Sonos systems to your collection because they are that good and Easy to set up. [ JANET  Nov 25, 2013 ]
You have to remember that this is more than just a soundbar. It's also a wireless music streaming device and integrates nicely with other Sonos gear. The Sonos Playbar is the only soundbar I own so I have nothing to compare it to but I have nothing to complain about. It sounds great playing music and "voice" when watching TV. [ Frank  Nov 25, 2013 ]
Actually the price is very reasonable for the high quality sound you receive.Coupled with the great number of music options you won't find better value anywhere else. One of the best products I have ever purchased. [ GEORGE  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I've had my sonos sound bar since this spring and couldn't be happier with it. It may be pricier but I already have a sonos system in my house so to have it integrate seamlessly into my existing system. Even if you don't already have a sonos system the quality of sound and all the other things you can do with a sonos system makes it more than worth it in my mind. [ BENJAMIN J  Nov 25, 2013 ]
The sound quality and ease of setup and use I think are worth the cost. I did the setup in my 2 nd home loved it and then added it to my home. In fact I swapped out Airplay for Sonos wireless. Much more reliable and higher quality. Also bought the sub woofer which is a very good addition. [ JAMES  Nov 25, 2013 ]