Soundbars http://www.stuff.tv/soundbars/features en-GB Samsung takes on Sonos Play:1 with Shape M5 wireless streaming speaker http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung is aiming to wow hi-fi enthusiasts with its line-up of audio offerings for CES 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="426" title="Samsung Shape M5" alt="Samsung Shape M5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SHAPE_M5.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung is set to expand its wireless streaming audio system with the Shape M5 speaker&nbsp;&ndash; taking on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-music-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Award winner</a> the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1/review" target="_blank">Sonos Play:1</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shapely speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking &lsquo;shapely&rsquo; as the name suggests, the Shape M5 wireless streaming audio system will be making its debut at CES this year; the smaller sibling to the Shape M7 packs the same wireless audio tech but features a bit of a driver downgrade with only three drivers rather than its larger sibling&#39;s five. The M5 connects to your network through a Shape hub wired to your router and controlled via the Shape mobile app; Samsung has also thoughtfully made available a connect box that hooks up your old school analogs and brings them under wireless control as well.</p> <p>Shape compatible soundbars the HW-H750 and the HW-H600 will also be putting in an appearance at CES; the H750 sits unobtrusively under your LCD and pumps out 320W, while the H600 sound stand is made for plonking your TV on top of while it blasts out multi-directional 4.2 channel audio.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung HW-H750" alt="Samsung HW-H750" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/F750_large.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="426" title="Samsung HW-H600" alt="Samsung HW-H600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/H600-sml.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Home Entertainment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With six speakers, a subwoofer, an amplifier with both analog vacuum tubes and digital amps on top of a Blu-ray player capable of 4K upscaling, the Samsung HT-H7730WM system is set to deliver up to 9.1 channels sound using the brand new DTS Neo: Fusion II codec.</p> <p>Also making its debut will be Sammy&rsquo;s MX-HS8500 GIGA system. With 2,500W of power and twin 15-inch subs, it&rsquo;s also built for travel with a retractable handle and wheels to get around.</p> <p>There&#39;s already plenty of other CES news, with much more to come over the next few days. Catch up here: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2013/ces-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">CES 2014 - all of the biggest news so far</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/01/samsung-audio-ces-2014">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung HT-H7730WM" alt="Samsung HT-H7730WM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/H7730-sml.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="426" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GIGA_0.jpg?1389620947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ces-2014/its-audio-bonanza-samsung-ces-2014/news#comments CES 2014 Docks and Speakers Samsung Soundbars Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:35:50 +0000 Will Findlater 1430597 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 of the best soundbars http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-soundbars/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sick of your TV’s tinny speakers but don’t have space for a “proper” 5.1 setup? One of these bars is the solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Soundbars" alt="Soundbars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't get tangled in the myriad cables of a 5.1 surround system when you can get it all from a soundbar at less cost.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orbitsound T9 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£200, <a href="http://www.orbitsound.com/">orbitsound.com</a></strong></p> <p>If space is at a premium, consider foot-wide Orbitsound T9, which teams up with a compact subwoofer to serve up much louder sound than its dinky dimensions suggest. True, it’s not the most subtle of audio performers – it’s best twinned with big, brash fare – but it’s among the finest in its bracket. The iPod dock (for the old 30-pin connector rather than Lightning) makes for a nice bonus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orbitsound-t9.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sonos Playbar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£600, <a href="http://www.sonos.com/?region=uk">sonos.com</a></strong></p> <p>Multi-room music company Sonos has never dabbled in home cinema before now, but the Playbar is a truly fantastic effort. Not only is it solidly built, ruggedly handsome and dead simple to set up, it produces a beautifully wide soundstage with movies. It also, naturally, works as a speaker in an existing Sonos home setup, making it as nifty with music as it is with Michael Bay’s latest explosion-fest. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/sonos-playbar">Read our review</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JBL Cinema SB400 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£450, <a href="http://uk.jbl.com/jbl-homepage-uk.html">uk.jbl.com</a></strong></p> <p>The Cinema SB400 is a powerful system combining a 120W soundbar with a hefty (it’s 10.5kg) 100W subwoofer. A trio of HDMI inputs gives you scope for hooking up several sources, and there’s also Bluetooth for wire-free audio streaming from smartphones, tablets and laptops. The sound is open and spacious, and should fill a mid-sized living room without too much trouble.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jbl-cinema-sb400.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG NB4530A </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£350, <a href="http://www.lg.com/uk">lg.com/uk</a></strong></p> <p>A soundbar with the proportions of a Matchmaker after-dinner mint chocolate, the LG NB4530A is a mere 35mm deep – surely not enough to deliver the sort of rich, warm sound we seek, nay demand? But fear not: the accompanying wireless subwoofer does a lot of the heavy lifting, resulting in a surprisingly full sound. A nice blend of design and performance – but there’s only one HDMI input, so if you have several sources to feed into it, you’ll need to use a hub or similar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-nb4530a.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yamaha YSP-5100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£1,000, <a href="http://uk.yamaha.com/en">uk.yamaha.com</a></strong></p> <p>Yes, the Yamaha is pricey, but it’s one of the few soundbars around that can deliver power and virtual surround effects for larger rooms. Designed with TVs 50in and above in mind, it sports no fewer than 44 drivers behind its imposing grille, each bouncing audio around your room to deliver a pleasingly convincing 5.1 effect; there’s a real spaciousness to the sound here that smaller soundbars struggle to present. The four HDMI inputs mean you shouldn’t have any trouble hooking up all your sources, either.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yamaha-ysp-5100.jpg?1370958235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/5-of-the-best/5-of-the-best-soundbars </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-soundbars/feature#comments Lists Soundbars Thu, 30 May 2013 20:12:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1423812 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha YSP-3300 http://www.stuff.tv/surround/yamaha-ysp-3300/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality surround sound from just two boxes: do our ears deceive us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-3300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/YamahaYSP-3300-1.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yamaha has been making soundbars since before Sonos existed, and the pricey YSP-3300 is a typically premium bit of kit. It's the only one here to bounce sound off the walls for virtual surround sound, while its striking shape helps scuplt the soundwaves and means the bar neatly straddles your TV's pedestal. And talking of neat, you feed all of your sources into the bar via HDMI and it sends video (including 4K and 3D) to your TV via a single cable.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great surround sound effect </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless sub-woofer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Must be placed close to walls </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless woofer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3300 comes with a transmitter for streaming tunes from your iThing, Mac or PC. It's not as elegant as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth but it sounds great. A bundled wireless slimline bass box can be placed almost anywhere in the room, as long as it can still reach a power socket.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-3300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YamahaYSP-3300-2.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real surround sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other soundbars might create a wide sound or a big sound, but the Yamaha is the only one that creates surround sound. It properly fills the room, with individual effects flying in from the sides so convincingly that you'd swear you had a speaker there. That sonic performance will depend to an extent on the shape of your room and a full 5.1 package will always do it even better, but the 3300 serves up a phenomenal sound without needing all those extra speakers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YamahaYSP-3300-3.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surround sound skills from a simple box of tricks – Yamaha's done it again</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/yamaha-ysp-3300 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/surround/yamaha-ysp-3300/review#comments Home Cinema Soundbars Surround Yamaha Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:01:28 +0000 Tony Horgan 1423736 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Playbar http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the awesome of Sonos crammed into a TV-boosting soundbar – what’s not to like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="944" height="728" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lifestyle2013PlaybarSubLiving_Large.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Playbar Review" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar-main.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any Sonos announcement is greeted by a ripple of excitement around these parts. Heck, even the announcement of an announcement (yep, it’s one of those companies) is enough to get us guessing what California’s foremost purveyors of multi-room music streaming might have up their sleeves.</p> <p>Turns out it’s not the portable Play:1 speaker some of us here had been predicting, but in fact a soundbar. Yep, with the Playbar Sonos is turning its attention to improving your TV’s sound. But of course, being a Sonos, it does a heck of a lot besides that.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Throbs with Sonos quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Massive music selection </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Superior to built-in TV speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Optical connection, not HDMI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanding the system is pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Apple was to make a soundbar we bet it would look something like this. The build is exemplary, the styling minimalist, and it’s chock-full of neat touches, such as the accelerometers that can tell whether the Playbar is laid-down or on an edge and adjust the sound accordingly.</p> <p>There’s also an IR repeater built-in so that signals from your remote still get to the TV even if the Playbar is blocking the telly’s sensor, and a pair of ethernet sockets on the back mean your other components (such as your smart TV) can piggy-back the Sonos network to get to the internet. Just remember that if you can’t hardwire the Playbar to your router you’ll need to get some powerline adapters or Sonos’ dedicated Bridge (£39).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="518" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-02_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-03_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Essentially this is a full Sonos player in a wider chassis, which means it gives you access to massive amount of streamed music. It’ll play everything (except hi-res tracks) you’ve got stored on your computer or NAS device, it benefits from the recently added feature that lets you send audio directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and it connects you to internet radio and millions of tracks via Spotify, Napster, Last.fm, Aupeo, 7digital, Deezer and more. No devices outside of those made by Sonos deliver anywhere near the same breadth or depth of content, and no other soundbar delivers as much music as this.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-04.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soundbar skills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re after is lots of streamed music you could just buy the Sonos Play:3 – the difference here is that the Playbar also connects to your TV. Somewhat disappointingly there’s just one way to do this, and that’s via optical cable. While this has advantages in terms of simplicity – all of your devices stay connected to your TV as normal and you just have one cable connecting the TV and Playbar – it’s not as neat as those systems with multiple HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output for video. And let’s not forget that while optical outputs on TVs are pretty common these days, they haven’t been for that long. You definitely want to check if your TV’s got one before forking out on a Playbar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sonos app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with other Sonos components there’s no dedicated remote control for the Playbar, instead all functions are handled by the iOS or Android app. It’s a brilliantly simple app that makes changing volume and switching from TV sound to streaming TV on the Radio from Spotify an absolute doddle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-app.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To cut a long short short, the Playbar is a massive improvement over even the most impressive-sounding flatscreen TVs. The width of the soundstage that’s created is mighty impressive, and there’s detail, weight and tonal balance that a TV on its own simply can’t deliver. The drivers behind the grille are angled upwards, and while that means you get a big, atmospheric sound, it sacrifices just a little bit of impact and directness. That’s a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent delivery with both music and movies, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adding more Sonos kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3.0 Playbar can be turned into a 3.1 system by simply slapping down another £600 on the Sonos Sub. Adding it via the app is a very simple process that includes a couple of steps for trimming levels so that it blends nicely with the Playbar, and the sound clearly improves with its addition. Not only does it mean the system can now reach sofa-wobbling levels of bass, it adds weight to big movie effects and helps the whole presentation fill the room more thoroughly. It’s all gain then, but its gain that you have to pay a great deal for, and given the Playbar’s level of quality in its own right it’s a stretch that we wouldn’t recommend to everyone.</p> <p>3.1 not enough for you? Well you could always add to Play:3s to create a full, wireless 5.1 system, although that would take the total price to an eye-watering £1720.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-01.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re looking for from a soundbar is great movie sound, you might want to check out the Yamaha YSP-2200, which fools you into thinking you’ve got a proper surround system by bouncing sound off the walls of you lounge, but if you want a simple, elegant unit that will massively improve your TV’s sound and ply you with all-you-can-stream music until you’re fit to burst, the Sonos Playbar really is the only logical choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn’t a soundbar, this is a Sonos soundbar, and it’s really rather awesome</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sonos-playbar </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review#comments Home Cinema Playbar Sonos Soundbars Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:42:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 424442 at http://www.stuff.tv