Sonos Playbar For TV – Wireless Soundbar Speakers Review
Just released this year is the new Sonos Playbar Wireless Sound bar (PBAR1US1BLK) which features a 9-speaker designed with angled left and right tweeters. The Sonos Playbar supports wireless connectivity and a Ethernet jack for wired connection. The new Sonos Playbar for TV integrates the Sonos digital music software into the sound bar.
The Sonos Playbar comes with wireless technology with the ability to stream music from almost any source. It’s simple to setup so it appeals to the average consumer. The Sonos Playbar is priced at $699, but can cost more if you wish to expand it by adding other Sonos products.
Sonos Playbar Features
- Easy to setup and control.
- Just requires two cords: the power cord and the optical cord which are both included
- Syncs with other Sonos speakers wirelessly which makes it easy to expand. Just add 2 Sonos Play:3 and Sonos Sub for a 5.1 home theater system.
- Can wirelessly streams all music
- Makes your TV come alive with it’s richly textured HiFi sounds
- You can control it with your it via your Android devices, iPhone, iPad or Sonos Control.
- Plays all sources plugged in to your HD TV: SAT/Cable boxes, blue-ray, and video game consoles. As long as it’s connected to your TV, Sonos Playbar will play it.
The Sonos Playbar commercial (1 min and 32 seconds long) explains the main features:
You will find that setting up the Sonos Playbar is simple, but some work will be involved. You will find that there is more work involved than your average sound bar.
You will need to install the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet to pass through the setup wizard to setup your Playbar. The reason why you need to download the app is because Sonos wants you to replace your TV’s remote with the Sonos app. Once you set everything up, you will be able to control your Sonos Playbar using your smartphone or tablet.
You will love the Sonos app as it works great with music services and TV audio.
The virtual surround sounds generates a sound field that stretched to the whole room and was able to create the illusion that the sound was coming from both sides which I thought was cool. It’s definitely sounds good if you compare it with other soundbars.
The Sonos Playbar shines when you are watching a movie or TV as it provides good simulated surround. It’s a upgrade over your TV speakers and serves as a stereo substitute.
You will notice that the sound on the Sonos Playbar is crisp and detailed that’s common in aluminium-bodied speakers. I found the bass performance impressive as it can pump-out mid-bass tones with authority.
The Sonos Playbar looks beautiful in black and will match with most furniture and TVs. The measurements are listed at 3.35” (H) x 5.51” (D) x 35.43” (W),85mm (H) x 140mm (D) x 900mm (W) so you will have no problem fitting it under your flat-screen TV. I’ve tried it on my 42″ flat screen and it looks awesome.
All of the Sonos recent speakers are designed to be used exclusively within the walled garden of the Sonos wireless system which will give you the access to music libraries on your computer and other streaming services.
The Sonos Playbar is a great looking and well made speaker. There are parts on the Playbar that aren’t covered by the soft fabric grille. The parts that aren’t covered are made of aluminium.
The Playbar has limited connections as there are only two Ethernet ports, power socket, and optical input. It’s important to make sure your TV has an optical output if you plan on purchasing the Sonos Playbar.
- Easy to setup
- Great design and quality
- Detailed wide and engaging sound
- Can be expanded easily by adding other Sonos products
- The sound bar does an excellent job with the surround effects
- It’s expensive (MSRP: $699)
- Creating a Sonos 5.1 system will cost you even more
Inside The Box
Your Sonos Playbar comes with:
- Sonos Playbar
- AC Power cord
- Optical Audio cable
- Ethernet Cable
- Warranty and regulatory booklet
- Sonos quick start guide
I exclusively use this sound bar for my gaming room and it’s amazing. I have an Xbox 360 and PS3 hooked up to my TV and the Sonos Playbar completes this room. Setting up the playbar was easy and anyone can do it. I also added the SONOS subs and SONOS Play:3 to make it a 5.1 theater system. The whole process took me about 40 minutes to complete. If you can afford this, I would recommend it.