Sonos Playbar Wireless Audio Speaker

We’ve known and we’ve learned to love Sonos for all of the company’s offerings of sound equipment that are not only wireless but also are lovely to listen to. On the other hand, we’ve learned to hate it or put away our attention to because of the relatively high price despite the fact that good-sounding equipment at lower prices can be bought from the competition. Nevertheless, Sonos must have always wanted to keep it that way to preserve their luxurious identity, and this in fact, is made evident again with their new Playbar.

The Sonos Playbar, easily, is a bar that plays your music. In putting the Playbar to an easy-to-understand context, what I can tell you is that the Playbar can sit below your TV without intervening its IR line, can be mounted on a wall with an optional wall bracket, can be played with only one connection and that’s to your HDTV (and of course, the power), can be setup wirelessly with other Sonos devices, and can be enhanced with a free app. All in all, what you get is a premium music bar, and being premium, it is priced as high as anticipated at $700… and that’s just the Playbar itself.

I must have left you a lot hanging in those excerpts, but allow me to amplify. First of all, the Playbar is so easy to carry, so easy to setup, and it’s even easier to the eyes as well. Bodied in a classy plastic body with a woven fabric to cover the drivers and tweeters, the Playbar measures 3.35×35.43×5.51 inches, and that weighs for only 11.9 lbs., not something you’d commonly see on speaker systems offering virtual surround sound. The Playbar boasts of its 9-speaker system, which is a composite of six mid-range drivers and three tweeters, all class D. The two tweeters to both far ends of the Sonos Playbar are angled to give the said surround you’d fake as another set of speakers somewhere else around.

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Setting up is relatively easy, and at least for me, it can be referred to the physical connections because you only need the power cord and the optical cable on. Wirelessly, it would be a pain for you if you’d learn that you need Sonos’ Bridge to make your Playbar truly wireless in experience, and that means an extra bucks if you don’t have any other options like an Ethernet cable (thankfully, there are two RJ-45s at the back to stream data from a router or direct line and to your HDTV, for example). Another option actually is to be lucky having other Sonos products connected to a wireless network, and in that way you can play all Sonos devices from a single source or from separate sources playing different music or movie.

Thankfully there’s the accompanying mobile app that is available for smartphones and other smart devices from Apple or Android. The app at least aids in the wireless setup as long as you have the right connections already set up, and with a guided interface plus a few buttons to press, you’re on and you’re ready to go. The app also looked very premium like it’s worth a few hundred bucks, making your premium purchase a bit more justified. I said this because in the same app you can access to your personal collection of music from a long range of cloud music players on the web including Spotify and Amazon Cloud Music.

The Sonos Playbar at least exceeded my expectations at my first try of the device, and sitting a few feet away from my HDTV, I am totally awed to how the Playbar faked a real surround; I actually even fooled myself by looking at the right corner of the room because the sound sounded like it came from that area. The Playbar also worked well with movies, and the details are clearly spaced and amplified (and it is said that it will work well also with other inputs like game consoles as long as they’re connected to the TV). The bass and the low frequencies are at least punchy enough, though they mute a little when you increase the volume to a higher level. You’d surely love to try adding Sonos Bass Woofer for an added dimension, and if you’ve got the chance, take time to try a real munchy surround with the company’s Play:3. The only thing I don’t like with the Playbar so far, honestly, is that the audio quality seemed overly processed if not compressed, making the sound more for SciFi movies than for music with natural sounds.

The Sonos Playbar delivers a highly plausible sound with great fidelity and audio level, though you may not like the way it processes the frequencies digitally. Maximizing the Playbar’s wireless features means extra investments, and unless you’re on the go for it, you’d better prefer low-priced competition models that offer Bluetooth instead.

Sonos Playbar Wireless Audio Speaker Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 30,000.00

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