Sonos Play­bar

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THE SONOS PLAY­BAR is a non-HDMI de­vice that uses op­ti­cal to hook up to a TV. Used sim­ply on its own it de­liv­ers a mas­sive sonic boost to your TV lis­ten­ing, but op­er­at­ing it does re­quire us­ing a smart­phone or tablet app. The ben­e­fit is that it can seam­lessly segue in to a Sonos wire­less sys­tem, and can even act as the front three speak­ers in a 5.1 setup with two Play:1s act­ing as rears.

Un­for­tu­nately al­though it’s op­ti­cal-only setup will be great for most, it does ex­clude own­ers of TVs that lack this con­nec­tor, which has pushed it a lit­tle fur­ther down this list.

The Sonos Play­bar may not be cheap, but feels worth ev­ery penny. There’s enough rum­ble in the bass to give ac­tion movies an ap­pro­pri­ate sense of drama, but the mid-range and high-fre­quency au­dio is also sweet and clean.

CRIT­I­CAL SPECS

Power: Not quoted | Speak­ers: 9 | Di­men­sions: 900 x 85 x 140mm | Weight: 5.4kg | In­puts: 1 x dig­i­tal op­ti­cal, 2 x Eth­er­net LAN | Out­puts: N/A | Wire­less: WiFi | Spe­cial fea­tures: Sonos Play:1 speak­ers can be con­nected as wire­less rear speak­ers

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