Great sounding bar with excellent software
Always had been more of a HiFi person and the thought of a soundbar seemed just not right.
When I moved into my new house I created a secondary small living area and decided to put a Sonos in there as all it had to do would be better than the tv speakers (not hard)
Surprised myself at how good the sound is for tv viewing with decent bass and clear vocals.
Even better is the Music playback via the app which is easy to use and streams flawlessly
So impressed I bought a Sonos one
Purchased in March 2019.
The product does not work. Sonos has no customer care in Australia. You must call USA. We are returning ours after 2 days of frustration. The app does not work, period. Avoid this product.
Purchased in June 2020 at JB Hi-Fi for $799.00.
Love the sound, but not the way it has to be used.
I have a sound bar, sub woofer and two SONOS one's that I use as surround. It also wakes me up in the morning with either a radio station, music from my phone or a music App. However I find the system so frustrating when for some reason it looses connection to the modem if when everything else is connected. I just wish that I could just play music straight from my phone or iPod, when my internet is not working. Why,why why does everything need to have internet to work. If I knew this was going to be such an issue when I bought it I would have bought a BOSE instead.
Purchased in June 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores.
great quality sound without all the hassles of wires
Never have to listen to the tv speakers again..
this device is slim and space saving.. wife appeal is high as it replaces my existing floorstanding/central speakers..
produces great sound.. simple setup.. just plug n play (will need Ethernet connection to setup) but once setup can use wifi..
pair with play 1 and sonos sub to enhance the audio to a surround sound setup..
doesn't have the new craze of google assistant, alexa or the like.. so can't be controlled via voice yet :P
Frustrating. Never again
Regret buy a Sonos system. Considering going back to old style plug and play. Tired of having to do updates just when I want a quick flick for background music to clean up, do dishes etc. I have to log into the iTunes enter password etc, and wait for the updates. Plus the unreliability of our NBN connection means if no internet, no music. Which happens too often. Also, wanted to be able to stream whatever I am listening to on iPad, whether music or YouTube, whatever and the lack of this has always been disappointing.
Does not support Apple Airplay 2 - hardware limitation
Bought a Playbar less than a year ago - at the time I had a choice between the Playbar and the Playbase - chose the Playbar because of reduced real estate and at the time the two were represented to me (by the reseller, JB Hi-Fi) as 'technical equals' - unfortunately that doesn't turn out to be the case where support for Apple Airplay 2 is concerned - the Playbar does not support Airplay 2 (and seemingly never will, due to hardware limitations).
If you're looking at Sonos and need Airplay, avoid the Playbar (and no, even if you use the Playb...ar with Airplay-capable devices, like the Play One, in a 'surround sound' configuration, the collection of devices still won't support Airplay - that's exactly the setup I have - seems the Playbar acting as the 'controller' prevents the 'surround' Play Ones from providing the Airplay service and separating them and using grouping instead is impractical - I want to use the Play Ones as surround devices).
Sick of terms and conditions
Why do I need a sonos account to down load the app upgrade.
Every time I switch this machine on I have to down load an upgrade to make it work.
Very frustrating. I just want to listen to my music I shouldn't need an account to do this.
How can i bypass this tiresome process.
Cant even submit a question with out having to sign up to something
Amazing sound quality, app could use some improvements
So far Im really happy with my sonos system comprising of a playbar, sub and two small speakers.
Sound quality is just amazing even at high volume the sound is crystal clear.
The speakers themselves are sleek and
The app could definitely use some updates. I find it freezes and is a little slow.
other than that amazing speakers and i recommend them to all my friends.
Great product but could be better
Bought a Sonos playbar and liked the first one so much we went back for another one.
Things we liked:
1. Very easy to use and setup
2. Excellent sound. We have small rooms and haven't ever needed to turn the volume up to halfway
3. Night sounds and speech enhancement is a great function as it allows you to watch a movie and not disturb someone in the next room. It decreases loud noises and increases voice volume
Things to improve:
1. Having only one optical output is very limiting and may mean you have to change between streaming mediums. Why not a hdmi connection ?
2. App is good but integration with YouTube and Spotify could be setup.
Other than that, very happy with our purchases.
Great sound no aux in
The Sonos sound bar is great in terms of the quality of sound. Also, the improved integration with Spotify is great. I love that we can play music all through the house and connect more wireless speakers. The only thing I don't like is there's no aux in. Sometimes it's just faster to hook up a cable to play music off my phone.
Fantastically versatile but problematic to repair
What is lacks in true audio quality is compensated for by ease of use and general functionality. Have found it useful to have the soundbar connected to my tv and stream the tv sound to a pair of Play 5's in the open plan kitchen some 18 meters from the tv - I don't have to blast the soundbar to hear the tv in the kitchen. Generally agree with other reviews and I've been happy with my Sonos units to date, of which I have 13 in total. After 29 months however, my Sonos playbar died on me without warning. Simply does not turn on and is lost to my s...ystem. It could be an internal fuse or it could be a faulty component. Here's the problem - you cannot get it repaired. I asked JB HiFi and Harvey Norman where I could have the playbar repaired in Perth and both were unable to assist. I eventually contacted Sonos in Melbourne who advised that there are no repair agents anywhere in Australia for their products. They offered to exchange my faulty playbar a replacement "remanufactured" - not new - unit for $350 including freight. They've offered to collect my unit for inspection via a courier company, inspect it in Melbourne. and if acceptable, ship a suitable replacement back to me with a 90 day warranty. I'd like to know what's wrong with the unit. Is it a 50c fuse which needs replacing and which can be done in minutes or is it something more onerous? I'll be without the playbar for 10 odd days according to Sonos, unless they consider the unit has been tampered with or abused in some manner, in which case I have no idea how we will proceed. This also implies that they don't want me to have the unit looked at by a local electronics store as this will negate their offer. I am concerned with the uncertainty and the (assumed) one price fits all repair option. I installed my player on a wall under the tv originally and it has not moved since then. An apple tv unit and a Samsung TV share the powerpoint and have no damage, so a power surge is unlikely. Is a $350 repair justified and should my options be limited in this manner? Purely on this, I'm re-considering Sonos with my future music plans.
I had a new Sonos soundbar and surround system installed into my new house. The quality is awesome. Highly recommend them. I have it wired up to my 55" screen and my outdoor audio system. We can split the music from room to room. LOVE IT.
I was not paid for this review.
Sonos Play Bar underwhelming
The Sonos Sound Bar provided an improvement on the speakers in my new Hisense TV but did not really meet expectations in excellent sound quality - especially for the price of $950. Perhaps it would be better had I bought the sub to go with it for another $950 making it a very expensive purchase. With hindsight, it may be better to spend $950 on a sound bar that comes with a sub. On the plus side, the volume on both the sub and the TV can be adjusted together with the TV remote.
Great Soundbar, Great Speaker System - But $$$
Bottom Line: If you have the cash (or can justify it haha) get one, I love mine (4/5 for price, nothing's perfect)
I managed to pick one of these up on Gumtree for $800 nearly brand new and that was still pretty expensive in my books. That said, it's a great speaker, has excellent sound for both watching TV and movies as well as acting as a stand-alone stereo speaker. I was initially put off by the size and look fearing that it would obscure the bottom of my TV (Sony Bravia KD55-x8500c) but I barely notice it in front of the 55" screen an...d actually find that I really like the look of it. IR repeater works perfectly so even though the bottom of the screen is blocked (~1cm) the remote still works perfectly. The Sonos system is very well organised with good user interface and a huge range of music services to choose from (I use mainly Spotify and my own music, Telstra gave me a 12-month subscription to apple music so I'm playing with that too but you certainly don't need to pay for anything to use it). The ability to add a full 5.1 surround system is nice (but again very expensive) and the Sub which costs as much as the Playbar gets a minimum of 9/10 on every review I've yet to come across. We have a small 2 bedroom apartment and the TV is up against the same wall as our bedroom, the night and speech enhancement modes are great for taking the bass out while still being able to clearly hear what's being said (no complaints from the girlfriend).
Clean, SImple, Quality Product
I started out with a Play 3 in the kitchen and was blown away by the tight and full sound given the box size, but more so how quickly music was brought back into the house from any sources that I could think of.
Moved onto the play 5 for the TV, and thought that was pretty good, but wanted more than stereo for the TV down the track. I had to wait a little but then the Play bar was born, and I had bought into the Sonos universe so wasn't ready to mix brands.
Turns out when I got the Play bar I no longer needed the surround, nor the sub as th...e sound was tight, full and powerful for the space I had setup. It would end up just upsetting the neigbours. Features: - The key features as with all of the Sonos systems is the ability to play directly from web sources, local nework sources including samba (window shares), iTunes and like - To me this box clearly features good sound engineering - Good WiFi connectivity and simple setup (also well engineered) - Optical Input (the only input for direct connection to other non-Sonos devices)
Questions & Answers
Currently I have 5.1 running in the lounge. It’s big and bulky. I have no doubt the quality for theatre will be good. Music wise, I use a Bose sound dock in the loungeroom, which I would like to get rid of. How’s the sound quality on this? I won’t be heading out to buy the sub super quickly due to initial costs. Many thanks!
The sound from the sonos system is awesome we have the sound bar in front of the TV a sub woofer and two surrounds. The sound bar connects to the TV with a optic cable and the whole sydney runs on WiFi and you can add lots of apps like Spotify, iTunes and your favourite radio stations from any where in the world. I do however get very frustrated with the system when the Internet goes out as you can't do anything with it then other than user it with the TV
Great. Thanks for the info
I have the sound bar downstairs with a mini speaker at opposite end of room, sound is great very full. The speaker upstairs in bedroom sounds like 1/2 of a stereo system...getting predominatley background music and faint lyrics. Will adding another mini speaker in the bedroom give me fuller sound? At times I cannot even hear he lyrics....
I suspect there is interference between the mini speaker and the music source. Wiring or insulation material perhaps? Have you tried moving the equipment around? SONOS are very supportive so you could call them for advice.
You are comparing a commodore Hsv SSV supercharged to a base model 6 cylinder in this case.
The playbar has more speakers,lower Hz and better response rate plus you have another speaker for the rear.
So of course you will think the speaker sound in the bedroom is less than it should,because it is!
You are best to tune the smaller speaker to your room.
Or a stereo pair of play1 will most probably suit your needs in the bedroom.
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|Connectivity Options||Ethernet, Optical Port and Wi-Fi|
|Soundbar Dimensions||140 x 900 x 85 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Black|
|Release date||May 2013|
- GTIN14: 00180501002847
- GTIN13: 8717755771674
- MPN: PBAR1AU1BLK and S-PBARSB
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