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Sonos Playbar
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150 Reviews + 16 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and multi award winning 3 channels Bluetooth soundbar, with a good price. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good sound quality and it's really quiet, and well-built.
Features We Love:
Multiroom
Is 3 channels
Supports Bluetooth
Wall mountable
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Sonos Playbar number 10 across all soundbars.

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Kagoo Score
96
Reviews
84
Features
81
Popularity
80
Value for Money

84

84
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 84?

customers report that it has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 90%, based on 150 reviews.
This soundbar is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer soundbars with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
This Sonos soundbar has some great features:
Is 3 channels
Supports Bluetooth
Wall mountable

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each soundbar by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the soundbar is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec soundbars come to market, the older soundbars will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

96
Reviews

Average Review Score

4.5 stars (150 reviews)

49%

of Customers Would Recommend
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3 Recommended Awards

The Sonos Playbar has received a Recommended Award from expert review sites Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and avforums.com.
Recommended from Trusted Reviews Recommended from Expert Reviews Recommended from avforums.com

3 Editor's Choice Awards

This soundbar has received an Editor's Choice Award from expert review sites Pocket Lint, techgearlab.com and Good Gear Guide.com.au.
Editor's Choice from Pocket Lint Editor's Choice from techgearlab.com Editor's Choice from Good Gear Guide.com.au

10 Further Awards

It's received 10 Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including soundandvision.com, techadvisor.co.uk and itproportal.com.
Top Pick from soundandvision.com Gold from techadvisor.co.uk Best Buy from itproportal.com Recommended Product from Digitaltrends.com 4 Star from 01net.com Especially Recommended 6 Star from lydogbillede.dk Silver from techzine.nl Especially Recommended from ljudochbild.se Good Buy from macworld.idg.se Best in Test from Lydogbilde.no

What Are People Saying About the Sonos Playbar?

Sound Quality
15
1
Noise Level
25
4
Robustness
25
0
Design
13
1
Ease of Use
13
0
Price
1
11
Connectivity
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4
Features
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3
Bass Power
1
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Size and Weight
1
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Support
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More Than 20 People Thought it Was a Bit Expensive

Over 10 people thought that the Sonos Playbar was expensive.

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Expensive
18 people agree
1 person disagrees
  • On its own, the SONOS PLAYBAR is a decent (if expensive) one-box upgrade to your TV's audio capabilities but if that's all you need, then check out cheaper ...
    wegotserved.com 6 May 2015
  • ... play with your existing TV and remote. But again, as a pure sound bar, it's a bit pricey and doesn't offer the low bass extension of many...Very good sound ...
    bigpicturebigsound.com 4 Mar 2013
  • ... easy it is to setup and use. Certainly, at $699/£599/€699 it’s expensive when compared to a regular speaker-bar. You can find those for a couple of ...
    slashgear.com 7 Mar 2013
  • ... love to watch films and the sound is stunning.It is very easy to set up!It is expensive but it is well worth the money.The base for me is loud enough so ...
    CAT1408 - Johnlewis.com 19 Aug 2016
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    Bad Value for Money
    10 people agree
    No people disagree
    9 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Was Robust

    Over 20 people thought that the Sonos Playbar was very well-built and four people thought that it was also very well made.

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    Very Well-Built
    25 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... components to make it a...Sound quality. Streaming capabilities. Design and build quality. Post-Brexit price.
    Expert Reviews 8 Sep 2016
  • ... with your phone. For everything but the most cra...Fantastic design and build quality. High-detail, wide and engaging sound. Easy streaming from Spotify ...
    Trusted Reviews 2 Apr 2013
  • ... afford one...Simple set up. Great, room-filling sound for a soundbar. Top-notch build quality. Expensive. Mobile app needs a better UI.
    engadget.com 17 Jan 2014
  • CAT1408 scored Build Quality 100 out of 100
    CAT1408 - Johnlewis.com 19 Aug 2016
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    Very Well Made
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Most Customers Thought it Was Not Good in Terms of Size

    Four people thought that the Sonos Playbar was heavy and bulky.

  • ... with Sonos Sub and speakers. Remote learning feature. Very pricey. Occasional heavy bass. No HDMI connections.
    avforums.com 1 Apr 2018
  • ... expanded to a true wireless 5.1 system by ad. The Playbar's heavily processed sound won't please purists. It's also expensive and there are considerably ...
    CNET.com 4 Mar 2013
  • ... expanded to a true wireless 5.1 system by ad. The Playbar's heavily processed sound won't please purists. It's also expensive and there are considerably ...
    CNET.com.au 5 Mar 2013
  • ... and to other Sonos products in your house. I bought this as the flatscreen tv I have struggles with heavy sound and leaves films and tv programs lacking ...
    Thenorthernmonkeys - Johnlewis.com 20 Mar 2018
  • More Than 20 People Thought the Sonos Playbar Was Well Designed

    More than 10 people thought that the Sonos Playbar was good-looking and nine people thought that it was also very well designed.

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    Good-Looking
    17 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... digital home reviews . Despite its size – the same width as a 40in TV – it's lovely to look at with the two-tone mix of alumini... The Sonos Playbar ...
    techadvisor.co.uk 4 Mar 2013
  • ... have benefited from huge advances in engineering and manufacture, and they look amazing. But they only look amazing; in most cases, the sound they produce ...
    techradar.com/au/ 20 Mar 2013
  • ... advances in engineering and manufacture, and they look amazing. But they only look amazing; in most cases, the sound they produce is as flat and as thin ...
    techradar.com/au/ 20 Mar 2013
  • ... have benefited from huge advances in engineering and manufacture, and they look amazing. But they only look amazing; in most cases, the sound they produce ...
    Techradar 20 Mar 2013
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    Really Well Designed
    9 people agree
    No people disagree
    More Than 20 People Thought it Was Easy to Use

    Several people thought that the Sonos Playbar was really easy to setup, to use and had good controls.

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    Very Easy to Setup
    12 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... PLAYBAR, and that consideration shows both in how it sounds and how easy it is to setup and use. Certainly, at $699/£599/€699 it’s expensive when ...
    slashgear.com 7 Mar 2013
  • ... its on, you soon stop noticing its there. Setting up gadgets that connect to your home network is usually a chore, but the Playbar is painless. You plug ...
    gadgetshow.channel5.com 4 Mar 2013
  • Easy to set up and works well with Ifone app. Great sound for movies sport and streaming music. Hope to add extra speakers one day soon...
    PalaceStu - Johnlewis.com 14 Feb 2017
  • ... and it's amazing!I love to watch films and the sound is stunning.It is very easy to set up!It is expensive but it is well worth the money.The base for ...
    CAT1408 - Johnlewis.com 19 Aug 2016
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    Very Easy to Use
    7 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has Good Controls
    2 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Three People Thought it Had Nice Technical Features

    Three people thought that the Sonos Playbar had good features.

  • ... 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, ...
    techadvisor.co.uk 4 Mar 2013
  • ... stylish and minimalist. The full, brilliant Sonos experience, Thoughtful little features. Wide, deep, detailed and dynamic soundstage. Upgradeable with ...
    whathifi.com 29 Jun 2014
  • ... Intuitive and simple app. Can be expanded with Sonos Sub and speakers. Remote learning feature. Very pricey. Occasional heavy bass. No HDMI connections.
    avforums.com 1 Apr 2018
  • Nine People Thought This Soundbar Did Not Have Good Connectivity

    Several people thought that the Sonos Playbar was bad in terms of connectivity, didn't have wifi capacity and bluetooth support.

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    Bad in Terms of Connectivity
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... disappointing. Its audio clarity is almost unmatched, but its Wi-Fi only connectivity is frustrating to say the least...This is one of the best sounding ...
    toptenreviews.com 17 Jul 2015
  • ... with the best speakers in our comparison, but the lack of connectivity options couldn't be more disappointing. Its audio clarity is almost unmatched, but ...
    toptenreviews.com 17 Jul 2015
  • ... one of the best sounding speakers in our review. It doesn't have any other connectivity other than Wi-Fi.
    toptenreviews.com 17 Jul 2015
  • ... for musi. Support for most streaming music services. Expensiv. No Bluetooth connectivity.
    tomsguide.com 28 Sep 2014
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    Doesn't Have Wifi Capacity
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    Doesn't Have Bluetooth Support
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    One Person Thought the Sonos Playbar Did Not Have Good Technical Guidance
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    9 Out of 10 People Thought it Had an OK Noise Level

    More than 60 people thought that the Sonos Playbar was very quiet and four people thought that it was also very noisy.

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    Very Quiet
    62 people agree
    10 people disagree
  • ... audio machine and, in our opinion, delivers the best sound experience you're going to find without buying an expensive and complicated surround sound system. ...
    techgearlab.com 11 Jun 2017
  • ... sound in a simple, self contained package. If you want the best sound you can get from a single speaker system, this is it...Great sound, stylish, useful ...
    techgearlab.com 11 Jun 2017
  • ... Sonos Playbar is near perfection as far as soundbars go, providing top notch sound in a simple, self contained package. If you want the best sound you ...
    techgearlab.com 11 Jun 2017
  • ... it's generally pricier than a regular set of speakers, the company is known for excellent sound, easy setup, and a huge range of local and web audio sources. ...
    theverge.com 5 Mar 2013
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    Really Noisy
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
    Over 20 People Thought it Had Good Sound Quality

    Over 20 people thought that the Sonos Playbar had a good sound quality.

  • ... perha... The Sonos Playbar is truly a gorgeous piece of equipment with exceptional audio quality when compared to other soundbars on the market. But its ...
    tbreak.ae 9 Oct 2013
  • The Sonos Playbar is an excellent audio machine and, in our opinion, delivers the best sound experience you're going to find without buying an expensive ...
    techgearlab.com 11 Jun 2017
  • ... default, finds itself a home cinema player, too. But can the brand really replicate its audio success in the... Easy wireless setup, big, bold audio quality, ...
    homecinemachoice.com 2 Jun 2013
  • ... there's no denying that this soundbar sounds fantastic. For films and TV, the clear audio and excellent range make it one of the best soundbars that we've ...
    Expert Reviews 8 Sep 2016
  • Some People Thought it Had Strong Base Notes

    Two people thought that the Sonos Playbar had a good subwoofer sound.

  • ... the Sonos Sub raised the eyebrows of many; a huge wireless subwoofer to accompany its streaming Play speakers and Connect amps. Where was the portable ...
    T3.com 1 Mar 2013
  • ... compromises...Smooth overall sound quality. Surprisingly effective low-end response given the lack of a subwoofer. Flexible wireless streaming. Doesn't ...
    PC Mag 21 Mar 2013
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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Is 3 channels
    Supports Bluetooth
    Wall mountable
    Does not have a subwoofer included
    Is 3 Channels

    The Playbar has a greater number of audio output channels than most soundbars. The most frequently supported audio output is 2.1 channels, but this audio output is not supported by this soundbar. The audio output 3.0 are also supported by this soundbar.

    A soundbar with 3 channel support.

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    Does Not Have a Subwoofer Included

    The Playbar does not have a subwoofer included, unlike most other soundbars. 68% of soundbars have a subwoofer included.

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    Supports Bluetooth
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    The Playbar supports Bluetooth. 93% of soundbars also support Bluetooth.

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    Wall Mountable
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    The Sonos Playbar is wall mountable. 61% of soundbars also are wall mountable.

    What does "wall mountable" mean? Less Edit
    81
    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Sonos Playbar has been listed on Kagoo since January 2019 and is currently ranked number 10 out of 219 soundbars.
    80
    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    We determine value for money by calculating a quality score for each product based on its reviews, features and age, and then comparing this quality score to the product price. A soundbar with a high quality score and low price will get a good value for money score.

    We have analysed the Sonos Playbar, and ranked it:

    Good Value For Money
    This soundbar is both high quality and a low price, making it excellent value for money.

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    High End Good Value for Money
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    Poor Value for Money Budget Choice
    Price

    Whilst the product is more expensive than 84% of soundbars, it has excellent reviews but mediocre features and at $599.99 it seems like great value for money overall.

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    What the Reviews Say

    More than 20 people thought it was a bit expensive
    4.5 Stars

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    Sonos Playbar Specification

    Key Features
    Audio Output
    Bluetooth
    Other Features
    Soundbar Dimensions (WxDxH)
    Soundbar Speaker
    RMS Power
    Subwoofer
    Subwoofer
    Subwoofer Included
    Technical Details
    Handheld Remote Control
    Audio Features
    Wall Mountable
    Apple Docking Compatibility
    Colour
    Dimensions (WxHxD)
    Remote Control
    Applications Supported
    Network Streaming Services Supported
    Surround Sound
    Packaging Content
    Sound Enhancement Technology
    Connector(s)
    Wireless Connection
    Speakers
    Ports & Interfaces
    Digital Audio Optical in
    Connection
    Networking
    Ethernet LAN
    Near Field Communication (NFC)
    Wi-Fi
    Weight & Dimensions
    Width
    Height
    Depth
    Weight
    Special Features
    Multiroom
    Features
    Smart Soundbar

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    sonos pbar1us1blka, sonos pbar1us1blkc, sonos pbar1us1blke, sonos pbar1us1blkh, sonos pbar1us1blkb, sonos pl5g2us1blkc, sonos pbar1us1blki, sonos pbar1us1blkd, sonos pbar1us1blkf, sonos subg1us1a, sonos play5, sonos play3, sonos play1

    Barcodes

     00180501002847,  00192223018860,  00192223018877,  00192223018884,  00192223019980,  00192223019997,  00192223031142,  00192223031166,  00192223031173,  00192223031210,  00192223031289

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