Personally I find the Playbar very good for what it is. If you utilize the Sonos system, i.e. stream music to rooms, then the Playbar makes sense to buy. Sound wise, in my opinion, it is very capable. I find it very good on highs and mids and okay on lows. The surround aspect of things is also surprisingly very good, either with or without the Play 1s (although with is obviously much better). If you won't be using the Sonos App for the Playbar it might make sense to buy something else which can do the same job sound wise but cheaper.