The good: The Sonos Playbar integrates the company’s best-in-class digital music software into a thoughtfully designed sound bar. It’s dead simple to setup and works seamlessly with other Sonos products, and can even expand to a true wireless 5.1 system by adding the Sonos Sub and two Play:3 speakers. The Playbar itself also does an excellent job with virtual surround effects, making it sound like you have more speakers than you actually do.
The bad: The Playbar heavily processed sound won’t please purists. It’s also expensive and there are considerably better-sounding alternatives in its price range. Many buyers would be fine with cheaper Airplay or Bluetooth alternatives.
The bottom line: The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it’s better-suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers.