Sonos Playbar Review

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar and wireless speaker for streaming music
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • Features
    Editor: 91%
  • Performance
    Editor: 88%
  • Ease of Use
    Editor: 89%
  • Connectivity
    Editor: 83%
  • Installation
    Editor: 91%
  • Value for Money
    Editor: 87%

Review Summary:

As a standalone sound bar, the Sonos Playbar is one of the best out there. It has nine speakers that deliver great sound and a virtual surround that far exceeds many of the competitors. With the options for expandability and wireless streaming, it also makes for a system that has a lot of potential. The one drawback is that it does not have the connectivity options that many users will need to benefit from expanding this sound bar to a 5.1-channel system.

If you want to compliment the high-quality video from your HD TV with stunning sound quality, the Sonos Playbar is a product that can do it. This system delivers an audio experience that will far exceed the in-built speakers on your TV and it is one of the most adaptable and adjustable sound bars that you will find.

With the Playbar, you get a speaker enclosure that includes nine speakers. It is six mid-range speakers and three tweeters. With this setup, the user gets clear sound that is sure to impress. As it stands, the system offers 3-channel audio, but the sound bar is compatible with the wireless subwoofer and other speakers that come from Sonos. With the subwoofer, you can turn this into a 3.1-channel system or you could add the sub and the Play 1 speakers to turn it into a 5.1-channel surround system.

However, the connectivity options for this device do pose some problems for the 5.1-channel capabilities. The only connecting option for the TV is to use the optical out to connect to the sound bar and most TVs do not have 5.1-channel pass through. If your TV does, then this will be great for you, but they should have equipped this sound bar with multiple HDMI inputs to connect the components and then an HDMI output to connect to the TV. With that option, you would not lose the 5.1-channel audio as the sound passes through the TV. If you don’t plan to buy the rear speakers for the Playbar, then it won’t matter, but this seems to be something that they should have thought of when designing the system.

Click here to read what 164 buyers had to say about this soundbar…

For getting the system set up, it is very easy. All you have to do is connect the optical cable to the television and connect the power supply. However, as mentioned above, not a lot of connectivity options. If you choose to get the subwoofer, that connects wirelessly, so that is also a fairly simple procedure.

Additionally, you can also connect your mobile devices to wirelessly stream music to the system. This is a great sound bar for listening to music and with the Sonos app, you can use a range of different internet sources for listening to music.

For the expandability of this sound system, there is also the ability to create music zones throughout the house. You can place wireless speakers in other rooms to play music from the Playbar anywhere in the home. You can partition the different speaker sets and have options to play the same thing in every room, or each zone can have its own soundtrack.


Compare online prices for the Sonos Playbar below

(Prices updated daily)


• 3-channel sound bar
• Dolby Digital sound
• Compatible with Sonos wireless subwoofer and wireless speakers
• Wi-Fi connective
• Stream music with the Sonos app
• Simulated surround sound
• Dialogue enhancement
• Capable of transmitting music to the entire house


• A system like this should have more options for connecting

Share this post

Post Comment