Sound bars don't immediately benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity the way music systems do, because you usually use them with your TV, and your TV isn't something you need to put in your pocket and walk around with. But that doesn't mean that Sonos' wireless music features don't benefit from its first sound bar. Just the opposite, in fact.
What Is It?
A sound bar for your TV that works with your Sonos system. It costs a whopping $700.
Who's it For?
Someone who already owns a Sonos system and needs (or wants) a fancy sound bar to put under their television.
A big, long, rectangular box enclosure, mostly covered by cloth. Like many more advanced sound bars, it's designed to either be mounted upright on the wall or flat on the table.
The Playbar connects to your television with a digital optical cable. Fire up the Sonos application on your computer/phone/tablet, which guides you through a simple setup process. All of this works exactly as it does with the Play:3, Play:5, and Sub, with a few extra steps for the TV.
On its own the system produces 3.0 sound (left, right, center). When watching movies, the surround effect from the three channels big movies like The Avengers and Wreck-It Ralph is immersive. When you're listening to music that's carefully recorded, the stereo imaging is spacious. The latter is particularly nice because sound bars tend to be better home theaters than home stereos.
Now, the Playbar doesn't have a built-in sub—not even a passive one—and it really is designed to be used with the Sonos Sub. On its own, the Playbar is bright and almost tinny—even if everything sounds clear. Using the controller app, you can push up the bass equalization, but if you push it too far, the lows sound muddy.