SONOS PLAYBAR TV Soundbar and Wireless Speaker Review – Stream Music and More

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Looking for a new all-in-one wireless home theater speaker system? Check out the SONOS Playbar which houses nine speakers, individually amplified all in one single “soundbar”. Their are six mid-woofers and three tweeters. It is designed to sit anywhere, whether it be in front of the TV, above or below. It will auto-sense its position and orientation and adjust the equalizer appropriately. Currently, Amazon is selling the Playbar for $699.99.

The Playbar connects wirelessly to the home network (providing there is a SONOS wired device connected already, like the SONOS Bridge or other SONOS speaker), and one optical cord makes the connection to the TV. From there, any of the TV-connected devices can pump sound through the sound bar. It synchs with other SONOS speakers wirelessly. The “night mode” feature will boost the clarity of the sound when the volume is lowered.

The Playbar can be controlled using apps for a smartphone, or a standard IR remote. The new software lets you send music to the sound system from practically any music source including a personal music library, from thousands of Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts, and streaming services like Deezer, WiMP, Spotify, iTunes, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Songl, AUPEO!, Pandora and more.

Additionally, when connected to the newtork, the Playbar can find and play audio from libraries stored on PCs, Macs and network drives. Playlist formats supported include iTunes, Rhapsody, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, and MusicMatch. Supported audio formats include MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA, AAC (MPEG4), uncompressed WAV and AIFF files and more. It will stream MP3 and WMA music from Internet radio.



Defaulting at a 3.0 home theater, you can expand the sound bar with the SUB and a pair of PLAY:3s, to easily create a 5.1 home theater, or a simple 3.1 with just the SUB.

The Sonos Playbar will ship on March 5, 2013 for $700.
 
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