The SONOS Playbar is a popular and fantastic speaker ideal for TV and music lovers. It’s already been around for a little while, but it’s still proving to be a top seller given its great abilities and nice simple design. It’s ideal both for TV and music, and adds more depth to your favourite songs, albums, TV shows and movies.
Last year we reviewed the best soundbars from across the UK market to include those from some of the top sound manufactures not only including Sonos, but also Bose, Samsung and Panasonic. We loved the sonos and thought that it easily justified the price tag that it comes with.
If you’ve only ever used the speakers that come with your TV or music player, you’re in for a good surprise with the pure depth of sound that the sonos soundbar can achieve. It's likely to require a tiny bit of tweaking to get the settings just right, but this really does deliver very surprising sound quality for a one-device design.
It’s quite important to note that this does not offer entire surround sound in many cases due to the way the gadget connects to your media through your TV. The Playbar uses your TV as a hub through which to play media, which means that the surround sound setting is often unusable. That said, the sound in stereo is still very good.
The Playbar is pretty small and compact, and you can place it both horizontally and vertically, which makes it versatile, handy if you want to keep your home looking organised and tidy. It’s also really easy to set up the speaker using a single cable, and controlling it is done through your existing remote control. If you have more than one of the devices, you can control them all remotely, which allows you to have different things going on in different rooms!
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The gadget works with 8 speakers in one device, which delivers very good depth and a filled-out sound. It has an intelligent design to differentiate between different mediums and genres – so whether you’re watching sports, action flicks, dramas, live concerts or something else, you’ll get a unique and appropriate sound which makes it all pop.
It’s also really easy to stream your music from a number of devices and streaming systems – you can connect to iTunes, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Napster and more than 100,000 free radio stations, podcasts and shows. It is, however, important to note that you need a paying subscription to streaming systems such as Spotify and Napster in order to listen to them with the Playbar. The device connects up to many satellite boxes and consoles, which makes it really easy to link things up and get watching quickly and simply.
A really important, and unfortunate, consideration is that this doesn’t support DTS sound. So if you have a DTS TV or you intend to watch Blu-Rays, you’re looking in the wrong place. It’s a really strange oversight that DTS isn’t enabled on this, but that’s just unfortunately the way it is.
Overall there are some flaws here which may seriously put people off, and it is expensive, but the bottom line is that this is a really great piece of equipment. It really makes your audio pop and if this is your first external speaker, then you’re in for a treat with the excellent sound quality.