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*** Official SONOS Thread ***

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by RoyMi6, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

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    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.
     
  2. Kol

    Don

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    I'm not shy of saying I'm very pleased with my playbase setup, with two play1s. Once tuned using the iOS app it's ace. Sure, it's not as good as a dedicated separates system but to get what I want I'd be paying a lot more and have a much bulkier system.

    It would have been nice for the playbase to have an HDMI input, but with an HDMI switch with optical out I'm getting 5.1 across all my devices. That's attached the back of my screen tidily all controlled by my harmony remote.

    The playbar (my mate has that setup) maybe has slightly less bass but it still sounds great IMO.
     
  3. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

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    This as well. Tuning it made a big difference for me.
     
  4. Kol

    Don

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    Which threw me when I switched from an iPhone to a Pixel2 and realised it was an iOS only feature :o
     
  5. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

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    Always had Android phones. When Trueplay first came out, it wasn't applicable to the Playbar. Few months later missus wanted a tablet, and Trueplay was available on the Playbar/5.1 surround, so made the decision of getting an iPad very easy :p
     
  6. The IPB

    Mobster

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    Cheers Dave, the soundbar is ridiculously priced for what it is which really put me off, especially if you want the sub too.

    I think I will do as you suggest and get a standalone.
     
  7. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

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    100 day no quibble return has to be worth a punt.
     
  8. The IPB

    Mobster

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    That's true I could always return it.

    What gets me is, surely it is due a refresh and I just know I will buy one and a new one will be released shortly after :o

    I'm going to go to Richer sounds at the weekend and at least have a listen and see what I think. I've been really impressed with my Play Ones in stereo and I would love to have everything in the house Sonos so I can stream to everywhere so I do like the idea of their soundbar in some respects just not in all.
     
  9. Kol

    Don

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    Give it a listen but make sure if you do it's positioned as you would be using it and been set up with trueplay. The difference is night and day once set up, especially if you've added the play1s. Like @ChrisD. said, why not just get it on the 100 day and if you don't like it/it doesn't live up to expectations they refund you and provide the postage.

    One thing to note, with the playbar the sub does add quite a bit more, the playbase has a little more depth without the sub. So if you aren't adding the sub I would suggest checking out the base over the bar.
     
  10. Minstadave

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    We’ve all been expecting a Soundbar refresh for years but the Soundbase came out last year with absolutely no new features. I’m not sure a refresh will be any time soon based on that. Unless it’s mostly cosmetic anyway.
     
  11. The IPB

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    I
    I will do that and see how I get on. Thanks for all the advice peeps.
     
  12. Frijj

    Hitman

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    Sounds daft but is there any benefit of having the playbar and play 1s and putting he play 1 next to it sort of thing? My bed is against the back wall and my tv is facing me so not sure where I could put play 1 for surround it’s a small bedroom
     
  13. ChrisD.

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    Mine are mounted on the wall about 1.5-2 feet either side of the bed, works well enough.
     
  14. Frijj

    Hitman

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    Is that behind you or?
     
  15. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

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    Well, slightly, the bed is against the wall so more to the side.
     
  16. Frijj

    Hitman

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    Thanks Chris, my room is small to be fair

    I have a double bed against the right side wall and the tv is mounted at the end of it with the play bar ..

    So essentially because I am in the corner is have to have the play 1 either side of my bed to be in front of the playbar and tv? Would it work or would it be too close together you think?
     
  17. The IPB

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  18. thebandit

    Hitman

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    Question for Playbar owners here. I have a play bar connected to a Panasonic ex700 TV. When watching netflix using TV app most the time 5.1 works fine, just sometimes theres no sound and I have to go to audio within the netflix app and choose the stereo audio. Generally I hadn't noticed a pattern, it only seemed to happen with stuff the kids wanted to watch so haven't given it much thought. Yesterday however I watched s1ep2 of Stranger things, 5.1 worked great, then moved onto s1ep3 and no sound ?.
    The issue could be one of three things, the TV app, the netflix content audio or the Playbar. Logically you would assume the content audio was different, but I can't verify that, however the Sonos App shows 5.1 so it makes me think its receiving the signal but just not playing the sound, ie the Playbar is the problem ?

    Anyone else had anything like this ?
     
  19. enfo

    Gangster

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    Sonos are releasing a new sound bar with Alexa built in.

    The price is surprising considering the price of the original bar and base , hopefully it turn out to be decent

    https://www.sonos.com/en-gb/shop/beam.html
     
  20. Minstadave

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    Weird, looks a bit cheap, has HDMI at last and is a lot smaller. Will need to see if this is any good sonically.