Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar Review

Technological advances have affected virtually everything, including the world of electrical gadgets. These days, electrical gadgets are smaller and more powerful than before. And when you come to the world of soundbars, there are lots of gadgets to choose from. One of those gadgets is the Sonos Playbar TV soundbar.

If we use the word “premium” to describe this device, we won’t be far from the truth. Our focus here is on the features of the Sonos Playbar TV soundbar.

We are looking at the design, features, performance, and overall sound quality. We know it’s expensive, but let’s see whether its features are worth the price tag.

Easy Setup

As we all know about the Sonos product, setup is always a breeze. This soundbar is no different. If you already have the Sonos sound system, all you need to do is to connect the power cable, connect it to the TV, and add the playbar to the system with the controller.

Even if you’re installing everything for the first time, it won’t still take much of your time. With the availability of two 10/100Mbit/s ports at the rear side, it will be easy to connect the playbar to the router. You can add your TV to the second port. The instructional manual provided will guide you towards the setup process. It’s very easy, even to a new user.

Sound Quality

The most important element in any sound system is the audio output. The built, design, or aesthetics does not matter as long as it has superior sound output. But in the case of Sonos Playbar, it maintains that superior sound output and adds much more in terms of aesthetics and design. It has the most simple design you could see from a playbar TV, but, do not be deceived, it comes with a lovely sound.

When you have the speakers in the right orientation, you will love the sound output of this device. The speaker bar has a total of nine independently amplified speakers: three tweeters (one per channel) and six mid-woofers (two each for the right-center, and left channels).

The right and left tweeters have pointed design by the side of the playbar to add more dimension to the sound. This gives it a good balance and an excellent sound range.

Also, you will not get a coarse bass sound but a deep thump that will fill the ears better. If you are playing a song, you can hear all the subtle details in the song. This is because the soundbar has a good high-range.

There are clear dialogue and loud sound effects. This soundbar is extremely loud. But it doesn’t show any sign of distortion, which is one problem with the most powerful soundbars. That is what makes Sonos soundbar different and unique. The excellent build quality makes it possible.

Quality of surround sound

With this soundbar, you will not be limited to only 3.0 sounds. You can quickly adapt the 3.1 sound via the Sonos SUB. This may not be very important for some people, but it comes with a big benefit.  The SUB helps the soundbar produce even better sound quality with a perfect combination of the bass and subwoofer sounds.

With the help of the SUB, you can get a superior low thumping bass that makes you feel you are in a cinema. The SUB will not dominate the sound. It will allow you to hear even the slightest of conversations and the faintest of sounds from the soundbar. What it does is to balance the sound outputs to make soundtracks come to life.

With surround sound speakers, you can get a broader soundscape, which gives you a more enjoyable experience when watching movies. However, the only issue is the fact that the front sound is easier to pinpoint and a bit narrower.

Also, note that this Sonos soundtrack does not offer support for DTS. But it can decode all soundtracks in Dolby digital.

Well-Rounded Design

Admittedly, the Sonos Playbar is not the lightest soundbar you will see. At about 35.5 inches wide, it is relatively large. That is expected, considering the strength of power this thing carries. The design and the arrangement of speakers by the side is the main reason for its larger size. The speaker array takes a lot of space for this device. But there is a way you can arrange the playbar to minimize space and still get the best sound output out of it.  You can arrange it vertically, or you can place it flat on your entertainment center. It conceals enough space and fives it an elegant look.

While the playbar is built to sit above or under your wall-mounted TV, you can change these setups to suit your home. The main thing is to have a setup that keeps the entertainment set elegant and brings out the sound output of the device.

The Sonos Playbar weighs 11.9 lbs. Yes, it’s undoubtedly one of the heaviest around, and that’s because of the built quality. The design material is uniquely durable and can stand the test of time. If you are looking for a playbar that can shake off wear and tear, this built quality will be good for you. But if you’re not a fan of heavy stuff, it may be too heavy to mount on your wall.

Remember that the extra weight is the result of the sound quality, as it allows the playbar to house six speakers. Most general soundbars don’t have this number of speakers, so, understandably, the Sonos Playbar weighs as much as this.

Connectivity

The Sonos Playbar has two Ethernet ports, one IR receiver, but it doesn’t come with RCO or HDMI inputs. This may be something of a turn-off for some people, but the playbar has other connecting ports that make up for these absences. The bar has a straightforward design, although it’s a bit more traditional than the most recent Playbar models.

The top of the playbar accommodates the IR receiver, so you can choose to mount the speaker anyway you want. Also, the mute button and volume control buttons are arranged on the right side. It means that it’s possible to control the volume manually if your TV remote, tablet, or phone is not close to you.

Versatility

One exciting feature about the Sonos Playbar is the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone speaker or as a TV speaker. They are speakers that fit into all types of Sonos systems. So, the Playbar is very compatible. This means you can use the Playbar as a TV speaker as well as a regular Sonos speaker. You can use it to stream music from various streaming services such as Deezer, Apple Music, as well as Spotify.

It means that the Playbar has the same features as other types of Sonos speakers. It has voice control, which is excellent for users with Google Assistant-enabled devices or Alexa-enabled devices.

Final words

The Sonos Player is a premium quality soundbar with superior sound quality. We’ve seen the major features of this device, and there’s no doubt that it is well designed. Although it does come with some flaws, the overall good qualities surely outweigh the few weaknesses.

Those looking for premium quality with excellent sound output will know it is worth more than the price tag because you are assured of premium quality sound from a superior audio performance.

If you are looking for a reliable, durable, and top quality soundbar with superior sound output, we highly recommend the Sonos Playbar for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar:

Is the Sonos Playbar wireless

Yes, it comes with wireless connectivity where you can pair with a Sub. There is setup with right and left rears that provide genuine 5.1 surround sound.

Does Sonos Playbar offer support for Dolby Digital?

Yes, it currently supports both Dolby Digital and PCM stereo surround sound. This makes it a very versatile and compatible soundbar.

Is Sonos the best soundbar?

That will depend on a lot of factors. It may not be the cheapest, but it does have superior sound output. If you want a soundbar with a superior home theater experience, yes, the Sonos Soundbar is the best right now.

Which is better – Bose or Sonos?

Both options are great, but it seems the Sonos Playbar has an edge in terms of sound quality. However, if you’re looking for something cheaper and portable, with remote control options, you should settle for Bose.

Which is the best sounding soundbar?

There are some great options, but the top of the list include soundbars like Q Acoustics M4 Soundbar, Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar, and Sonos Playbar TV Soundbar.

Can I use the Sonos Playbar as a separate speaker and as a TV speaker?

Yes, that’s the benefit of having a versatile soundbar. You can use it separately with other Sonos systems or use it as a TV speaker.