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Sonos Playbar revealed as wireless soundbar

Sam Loveridge


Sonos Playbar
Sonos Playbar

Sonos has announced the Sonos Playbar, a wireless Hi-Fi system and TV soundbar to upgrade the home cinema experience.

Nine amplified speakers and the capability to stream music from a myriad of sources, the Sonos Playbar doubles as a Hi-Fi system, whilst enhancing the sounds of movies and games played on the connected TV.

“Sonos has transformed the way people listen to music throughout the home and now we’re bringing our wireless Hi-Fi approach to home theatre,” Sonos CEO John MacFarlane said. “Playbar will change everything about the sound experience in your living room, bringing together amazing Hi-Fi sound for your TV and wireless access to the world’s music in a radically simple way.”

Sonos Playbar Features

The Sonos Playbar features nine amplified speakers within its sleek design of exposed aluminium and high grade speaker fabric. Three tweeters provide clear high-frequency details and six mid-woofers supply deep and rich low-frequency sound quality, combining to flood the room with realistic audio for movies and game playing.

Connecting via a single optical cable, the Sonos Playbar is easily set up to play anything the TV is connected to, including Blu-Ray players, Freesat or Sky boxes and game consoles. Wirelessly connecting to other devices on the home network, the Sonos Playbar can double up as a Sonos All-In-One player to stream iTunes libraries or other music services when users don’t fancy turning on the TV.

A subwoofer, like the Sonos SUB, is not required for the Sonos Playbar, so the soundbar should fit seamlessly into any room. Users can fit the low-profile Sonos Playbar above or below a wall mounted TV or rotate it to lay it flat on a TV stand. Built-in sensors allow the Sonos Playbar to adjust EQ and channel orientation automatically, meaning sound quality won’t be affected whenever the users choses to place it.

Controlled by the Sonos remote or a regular TV remote for volume control, users can also download the free Sonos Controller apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC.

The Sonos Playbar will also connect wirelessly to any other Sonos wireless audio devices such as the Sonos Play:3, allowing users to upgrade their Sonos Playbar to a 5.1 Home Cinema System with additional speakers for a completely immersive sound experience.

Sonos Playbar Price and Release Date

Although a Sonos Playbar release date has yet to be announced, the audio specialst has confirmed that the Sonos Playbar price will see wannabe owners forking out £599. It will be available from Sonos.com and other UK retailers.

Will you be buying the Sonos Playbar? What's your experience with other Sonos products been like? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook pages or the comment boxes below.

Scott McKenzie

February 12, 2013, 3:16 pm

Could this be connected to home cinema receiver or is it TV only??? Currently have an Onkyo Receiver which is connected to the Q Accoustics Q-AV system. But looking for something even more minimalistic!

Chris Neville

February 12, 2013, 3:18 pm

It connects via optical audio cable, so i guess it will connect to anything that supports the output :)

Mike Prendergast

February 12, 2013, 4:35 pm

it's the optical interface that is most interesting. i don't believe sonos has done that before, also the DD support. Be nice to have a little adapter that adds that to existing sonos systems


February 12, 2013, 4:39 pm

I connects to your TV via optical and your Sonos system via wifi. So it will play anything from either.

Dave Bullock

February 12, 2013, 7:20 pm

The input choice is weird - TOSLink only? Now I understand the idea of using the TV as a switcher and passing the audio from the TV to the unit - but the thing that concerns me is last time I bought a TV (admittedly a few years ago) the TOSLink output was 2.0 only for any audio sources passed to the TV.

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