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An excellent (and expensive) home theater addition

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

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8.5
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    8.6
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9.0
6 reviews
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8.0
Engadget Mar 25, 2013

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

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8.0
Wired Mar 4, 2013

It’s a simple, versatile, top-quality sound bar that can vastly improve a home theater’s audio acumen.

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7.0
Gizmodo Mar 4, 2013

The Playbar does a lovely job, but you could get something that sounds just as good with more features for less money. That said, Sonos is a luxurious, simple, and satisfying way to listen to music. If you can afford it in the first place, you won't disappointed.

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7.0
CNET Mar 4, 2013

The Playbar has its charms. It's well-designed and innovative, with great virtual surround effects that you can't get elsewhere without spending more... But ultimately we can't love the Playbar because, well, we wouldn't want to listen to it everyday.

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The Guardian Mar 4, 2013

The Playbar is everything that Sonos promises: great sound, simple setup (although the vagaries of set-top boxes and games consoles mean you won't be free of the occasional scrabbling around on hands and knees). Combined with a Sub, it gives a huge sound.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 4, 2013

The Sonos PlayBar is a fantastic piece of kit that really delivers. While the price might seem high on the surface you are getting a speaker that replaces your AV receiver, a stack of speakers, and has the ability to be apart of a bigger streaming system as well.

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9.0
PC Advisor Mar 4, 2013

The Sonos Playbar is a superb soundbar. Not only is it sleek and well-built, but it also provides unparalleled sound with plenty of extra features which make it even more desirable. We can't fault the Playbar, but the high price will put it out of reach for some.

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9.0
PC World Australia Apr 8, 2013

Sonos’s PLAYBAR music system requires an accompanying smartphone or tablet and a little bit of practice, but as a way of bringing together all your music sources *and* replacing your TV’s speakers, it’s without equal. It’s not the best soundbar we’ve heard, but it’s close.

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8.0
SlashGear Mar 4, 2013

The audio performance for both music and movies is excellent, and even if you don’t pair it up with rear PLAY:3 speakers and a SUB ... you’re still getting excellent sound.

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10
What Hi-Fi Mar 4, 2013

If you’re looking for a simple device that will massively improve the sound from your TV and give you immediate access to more music than you could ever possibly hope to listen to, only the Sonos Playbar will do.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Apr 3, 2013

For everything but the most crashing of movie soundtracks the Sonos Playbar sounds great too, with excellent clarity and an expansive soundstage.

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8.0
T3 Mar 4, 2013

As a standalone unit, the PlayBar is a great bit of kit – injecting life into your TV (and source) audio, while delivering immersive musical streaming sonics. With its built-in Class-D amp and clever optical integration, it does away with the need for a dedicated AV receiver and individual...

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10
BGR Mar 4, 2013

What’s ... remarkable is that the Sonos living room delivers an even better experience, and with better sound than 99% of what you could recreate piece by piece, component by component.

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9.0
Techno Buffalo Mar 4, 2013

I don’t think I can go back to a PLAYBAR free world. Give it a try, once you get a sample of all it has to offer, you’ll be hooked yourself.

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9.0
IT Pro Portal Mar 4, 2013

As a standalone soundbar it’s an impressive piece of kit, but the PlayBar is so much more. If you already have a Sonos system, it will act as a new ZonePlayer for your living room – and if you’re used to listening to a Play:3 or Play:5 you’ll be very impressed by the sound from the PlayBar.

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8.0
FlatPanelsHD May 9, 2013

As a music player Sonos is leading the pack on functionality, but is being held back by its compact size and limited stereo perspective. As secondary source of sound in e.g. a study or a kitchen the sound is adequate, but as an all-round system in a living room it doesn’t quite deliver.

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Engadget Feb 12, 2013

Whether we were listening to Pink Floyd or watching a clip from Super 8, the Playbar delivered the high fidelity audio we've come to expect from Sonos. Speaking and singing voices are replicated faithfully, and the unit shines in the high and mid range.

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GigaOM Feb 12, 2013

A Sonos speaker – for your television: That’s the idea behind the Playbar, the company’s first soundbar. It’s a big step for a company like Sonos, which is about to get a whole lot more competition.

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SlashGear Feb 12, 2013

Promising the traditional Sonos ease of setup and use, but with a dual-personality catering both for TV and movie audio, and for music, the PLAYBAR hooks up as another zone in your home entertainment network.

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CNET UK Feb 12, 2013

Sonos' first home cinema system is a nine-speaker sound bar that can be controlled by your TV remote. It's loud, and music sounds great, but it lacks HDMI input and needs a separate, expensive sub to make the most of movies.

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Wired UK Feb 12, 2013

Performance as a soundbar is excellent, with a great deal of stereo separation between the left and right audio channels, and a good deal of clarity in the centre channel for movie dialogue.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 12, 2013

A quick listen and the system sounds good, although we weren't in the best environment because of a snafu on Sonos' part in booking a recording studio that killed the sound dead rather than allowing it to bounce off walls.

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TrustedReviews Feb 12, 2013

Overall we’re really impressed with the Sonos Playbar. Like most TV soundbars it provides a significant upgrade in audio performance for both music and movies, and is incredibly easy to setup and use. It is arguably a bit limiting with its lack of inputs, and isn’t exactly cheap.

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TechRadar Feb 12, 2013

We were impressed with the Sonos Playbar at first listen and we love the fact that its uses extend beyond simply watching films and TV.

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Expert Reviews Feb 12, 2013

Based on what we've seen, the Playbar could be exactly what Sonos owners need to upgrade their home cinema system. It's a capable sound bar in its own right, with integrated streaming being a real bonus, but it's when you pair it with other Sonos kit that it truly amazes.

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8.0
peter peter

The Playbar is a soundbar with Sonos built-into it and I believe is the first product from the company that's designed specifically for use with a television. To set it up you're supposed to connect your cable box, Blu-ray player, Xbox, etc directly to your TV and then use the optical out on your...

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8.0
Amlbeats Amlbeats

Very nice piece by the award winning brand Sonos. Believe it or not this one of the few sound bars thats "full range" no sub needed even though Sonos recommends it. With virtual surround sound processing you wont be disappointed watching the big game.

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