Test: Playbar & Play: 1

With the Soundbar Playbar and “budget speakers’ Play: 1, Sonos would not only focus on multirumsljud, now they want to take over your home theater, too.

For many is the Sonos speakers a bit on the high side for what can be considered to be convenient when it comes to the price tag. But after spending a few weeks with two of the company’s cheapest speakers, Play: 1 and Soundbar Playbar, released earlier this year, we can definitely see that the price tag may be justified after all.

Sick easily

If we start from the beginning, for those of you who may not be familiar with Sonos. From a purely hardware perspective system consists of the four speakers Play: 3, Play: 5 and now the cheapest model Play: 1 and Soundbar Playbar. There are also Sub subwoofer and Sonos Connect: amp which simply allows you to plug in a pair of regular speakers in the Sonos system. Finally, there is also the Sonos Bridge, which simply allows you to connect the different Sonos speakers wirelessly in your home (without the Bridge, they must be linked up with cable).

At the other end we have the software solution which in recent years has replaced the Sonos own remote. You can find the solution to the Ios, Android and computers, but even in a bunch of different third-party apps for other systems (and above). We tested the system through a computer, Android and Ios, and was pleasantly surprised time and time again. As long as your device is on the same network as the Sonos speakers, you need not worry about login and the like, but it just works. That combined with that you have a fairly large freedom of choice among Internet music services that connect makes it even a little nicer. Virtually all settings, go to manage directly from your phone instead of you having to turn on your computer is not directly a minus in the minutes either. The only major that would have been fun to be able to run is actually the playlists from Youtube.

The default setting for pulling off a pair of Sonos loudspeakers are extremely simple and the same regardless of whether you run wirelessly via Bridge or threaded mode. Select to add a speaker through the app, press the a button (or two) to put it in search mode and a few seconds later, the speaker added to your system. Then choose to play different kinds of music in the different speakers, or group them together for the same music in multiple rooms, is extremely simple.

Wireless home theater

To launch a Playbar has some step extra around. The idea of the Playbar is that you pick out the sound from your television via an optical cable down to the Soundbar, which takes a few extra steps to put up. Still no directly advanced even for a beginner, but there are a few extra steps beyond to put the speaker in find mode. The whole thing is very much designed for those not running a separate hemmabiostärkare and from this point of view, it is very easy to set up. The speaker itself is equipped with nine drivers and should correspond to the front speakers and center in a home theater system.

During installation, you can also choose to add a Sonos Sub and either two pieces of Play: 1 or Play: 3 (not Play: 5 for some reason) to feed up to a 5.1 system. In that setting, you also specify how far from your location, the respective speakers are, and that’s it. Setting possibilities is not gigantic, but it keeps it all at a very reasonable level even for beginners.

The main drawback of the set is the power cable for each speaker, which is much knöligare to install cleanly than a standard speaker cable. A further disadvantage is that DTS is not supported by the Playbar, which shall be due to the fact that hardly any televisions support the technology through the audio output. Is it something you bothers you on, however, you have probably already solved it any other way.

It is a huge system easy to set up, even in hemmabioläge. A package of the Playbar, subwoofer, two Play: 1 and a Bridge can, however, at 16, 000 dollars, so it’s about a system in the same price range as many half luxury televisions, which can be a little juicy.

The sound then?

From such a point of view feels Play: 1 multirumslösning significantly more affordable. The speaker is the cheapest Sonos sells and it sure is a bit less sound than with a third store and brothers fifth in name, but still not bad. We would rather say that the sound quality is better than many other similar solutions in this price range. At the same time there is the terrible cruelty of the app and the handling of the music in the back of the whole experience, which is significantly more than what many speakers in this class is even close.

Playbars speaker drivers are explicitly tweeters and mid-range drivers, which means that the sound will be slightly thinner and feel its best to get samprata with the subwoofer. It’s not about a bad sound here either, but obviously thinner for obvious reasons.

To sum up is to Play: 1 is completely clear as a Bell. The speaker is small enough to be hidden away in most environments, as the larger models are not as good at. In comparison to many other wireless speaker solutions provides Sonos plenty of features for the money without getting complicated for the sake of it.

The PlayBar gets a lot of plus for the same reasons and only the speaker gives better sound than any built-in tv speakers can handle. However, it is best used in combination with the subwoofer, but stands also the price off. The same applies if you want to run a full 5.1 system. You get all wireless and very easily managed as long as you plug all your video playback devices to your tv. Do you have an interest in pulling cable tidy, a bit more space and the desire to fiddle some more with the settings, there is, however, quite a number of options if you are looking at more traditional package of hemmabiostärkare and speakers for the price tag.


Name: Sonos Play: 1, Sonos Bridge, Playbar

Dimensions: 161, 5×119, 7×119, 7 mm (Play: 1), 85x900x140 mm (Playbar), 41x110x110 mm (Bridge)

Weight: 1.85 kg (Play: 1), 5.4 kg (Playbar)

Connection: WiFi, ethernet