Playbarby Sonos

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Achieving surround sound effectively by itself, the Sonos Playbar can be loud without distortion and delivers smooth sound that is easy on the ears,
  • The attractive unit can be mounted on the wall or placed on a mantle or table under your TV.
  • The soundbar is easy to set up and can be expanded to 3.1 or 5.1 with existing Sonos speakers.

CONS

  • The heavy sound processing could offend audio purists, and optical input for TV limits its use.
  • It's pricey considering it does not come with a subwoofer or 5.1 speakers. By the time you add these, you have an $1800 system.
  • The Playbar requires a hardwired Ethernet connection to set up unless you already have a Sonos Bridge, and there isn't a hardware remote control..
The Sonos Playbar is a great addition for customers with an existing Sonos sound system, but not so much for newcomers. The Playbar is a stand-alone pseudo surround sound unit with nine internal speakers that can be expanded to a 3.1 system with a subwoofer, or 5.1 with additional speakers. The attractive cloth and aluminum construction can be wall mounted or placed on a table. Sound quality is good, though as volume increases, the processing might bother some audio purists. The Optical only input could limit the TV it can be used with, but Wi-Fi and streaming is supported for most music services. The Playbar needs a hardwired Ethernet connection for setup, which is inconvenient. Free apps are available for Android and iOS.
NamePlaybarYAS-203Boost TVS4251W-B4
ManufacturerSonosYamahaJBLVizio
Techwalla Score
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List Price$700$400$200$330
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We're pleased to say that the Playbar has the build quality we'd expect from a Sonos product and it looks absolutely stunning.

We're pleased to say that the Playbar has the build quality we'd expect from a Sonos product and it looks absolutely stunning.

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Dissatisfied with the sound from your TV? Don't want endless wires for a home theatre system? Sonos offers a soundbar that will carry out th…

Dissatisfied with the sound from your TV? Don't want endless wires for a home theatre system? Sonos offers a soundbar that will carry out that function. But is the price right for you?

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90%

So you stick some music on. And an hour later, once you look up again having sat mesmerised as you discover depth and delight in tracks you …

So you stick some music on. And an hour later, once you look up again having sat mesmerised as you discover depth and delight in tracks you thought you knew well, you'll know that that £599 was well spent.

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90%

...the Sonos Playbar is still a good-looking and fantastically well-made speaker. The parts of the bar that aren’t covered by the smooth, so…

...the Sonos Playbar is still a good-looking and fantastically well-made speaker. The parts of the bar that aren’t covered by the smooth, soft fabric grille are made of aluminium – whereas many lesser soundbars are constructed of plastic.

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84%

Sonos' Playbar makes an excellent addition to your living room, but only well-heeled music lovers can afford one

Sonos' Playbar makes an excellent addition to your living room, but only well-heeled music lovers can afford one

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80%

The Playbar needs to be connected to your network for setup; after that, it doesn't need to be connected to the network, but if you aren't c…

The Playbar needs to be connected to your network for setup; after that, it doesn't need to be connected to the network, but if you aren't connected you limit your control of the sound.

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80%

If you don’t need the extra inputs, and streaming music quality, ease of use, and class-leading design are high priorities, the Sonos Playba…

If you don’t need the extra inputs, and streaming music quality, ease of use, and class-leading design are high priorities, the Sonos Playbar earns a solidly enthusiastic recommendation.

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76%

... the Playbar has a lot to offer. No, you’re not pushing the limits with 6.1 or 7.1 here, but you are getting true 5.1 surround sound with…

... the Playbar has a lot to offer. No, you’re not pushing the limits with 6.1 or 7.1 here, but you are getting true 5.1 surround sound without the wires, which is welcome in any room.

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70%

For Sonos disciples who are looking for better sound from their TVs, without a lot of fuss, the Playbar is a nicely designed sound bar worth…

For Sonos disciples who are looking for better sound from their TVs, without a lot of fuss, the Playbar is a nicely designed sound bar worth its premium price

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... one of the best things about the Playbar is the accompanying free mobile app for iOS and Android.

... one of the best things about the Playbar is the accompanying free mobile app for iOS and Android.

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If you want to be able to stream music to your soundbar, the Playbar is a must-audition product. That said, if streaming is not a feature th…

If you want to be able to stream music to your soundbar, the Playbar is a must-audition product. That said, if streaming is not a feature that you will ever use, there are many competitive options.

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On its own, the Playbar is bright and almost tinny—even if everything sounds clear. Using the controller app, you can push up the bass equal…

On its own, the Playbar is bright and almost tinny—even if everything sounds clear. Using the controller app, you can push up the bass equalization, but if you push it too far, the lows sound muddy.

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I really like the idea that the Sonos PLAYBAR is a TV sound bar, and a wireless music streaming device at the same time.

I really like the idea that the Sonos PLAYBAR is a TV sound bar, and a wireless music streaming device at the same time.

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