The Sonos Playbar connects to the network through an Ethernet cable to stream music from a networked hard drive or computer. The Sonos system can also stream services like Spotify and Wimp (Wimp HiFi).
Everything is controlled elegantly from the Sonos Controller app for Android and iOS. Even more fun is that you can make playlists that download songs from various sources - choose one from your computer, add the next from Spotify and the third from Wimp, and so on. Everything works seamlessly.
The TV is connected via optical cable. Playbar does not support Dolby Digital or DTS, so the TV must be set to "PCM" instead of "bitstream" in the menu system.
The sound is very good. The dialogue in ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness‘ is mellow and resolved. This is the most natural sound of all the sound bars we´ve tested and Playbar has a richer bass than the others, even without a subwoofer. You´ll get even heavier bass if you connect the subwoofer Sonos SUB. You can even get true surround sound if you supplement with two Sonos Play:1 rear speakers. The possibilities are great. But Sonos Playbar works fine on its own too.
Playbar does not have the same dynamics in the midrange as the Yamaha YSP-1400, but on the other hand sounds more resolved and well balanced. Though personally I prefer the Yamaha when I watch movies.
Music is something else entirely. Sonos Playbar is clearly at its best when playing music. This is a very well-built sound bar, which, with its 35 inches width fits TVs from 40 inches and up.
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- Complements HD television screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound.
- Uses your WiFi, easy to set up and expand your system over time.
- Requires just two cords: one power cord, one optical cord (both included).
- Understands and speaks most IR remote’s language and can be controlled by free apps for your Android®, iPhone® or iPad®.
- Plays all sources plugged in to your HDTV: cable/SAT boxes, Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles. If it’s connected to your HDTV, PLAYBAR will play it.
Nine Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture.
Not louder. Clearer. With nine amplified speaker drivers, six midrange and three tweeters, PLAYBAR replaces the steady drip of your TV's built-in speakers with deep booms, crystal-clear whispers, and huge waves of live concert sound. And with automatic equalization, the system self-adjusts for rich, seamless performance.
3.0 Home Theater
PLAYBAR’s nine-speaker driver soundbar design plunges you into the cinematic action, with huge waves of sound that raise goose bumps while capturing every whisper and footfall. The player connects to your TV with a single cable and plays all sources, including satellite boxes and game consoles.
3.1 Home Theater
Pair the PLAYBAR soundbar with the SUB subwoofer, and with the push of a button you can add spine-curling bass to your cinematic experience—wirelessly.
5.1 Home Theater
Add PLAY:1 speakers to your PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience that plunges you deeply into the cinematic and gaming action on your screen. Sleek and understated with wireless control, this deeply immersive home theater experience wraps you in crystal-clear, state-of-the-art Sonos sound.
TV with optical audio output. Broadband Internet. Sonos Controller App.
Audio formats supported
Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files. Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.
Note: Apple "Fairplay", WMA DRM and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may be upgraded.
Music services supported
Sonos works seamlessly with most music services, including Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud.
Operating systems (for stored files)
Windows® XP SP3 and higher; Mac running OS X 10.7 or greater; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS
Internet radio supported
Streaming MP3, WMA
Album art supported
JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player
Crossfade, shuffle, repeat
Works on your home WiFi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router.
Also works on SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce WiFi interference
Functions to extend and enhance the power of SonosNet 2.0.
A single Ethernet port can connect PLAYBAR to a wired home network. A second Ethernet port can be used to share the network connection with other devices in your network.
11.9 lbs. (5.4kg)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 in. (85 x 900 x 140 mm)
AC 100-240V, 50-60 Hz
4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)
32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Side panel button
Volume up, volume down and mute
Side panel LEDs
Indicate PLAYBAR status
Sonos System Software supports : Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese.
PLAYBAR, AC power cord, flat Ethernet cable, optical audio cable, warranty and regulatory booklet, and Quickstart Guide