Sonos Playbar Home Cinema Sound Bar

Product information

Bring Sonos quality sound to your games, movies and TV programmes with the Sonos Playbar sound bar. Immersive nine speaker design teases exceptional levels of detail from soundtracks and music. It’s also ready to go with dual band N Wi-Fi, that guarantees simple, interference free wireless audio playback throughout the home.

More to listen to
Ready to drop into your existing Sonos wireless music setup. Get wireless, Hi-Fi sound in every room by streaming your iTunes library, your favourite music services like Spotify and Napster, and more than 100,000 free Internet radio stations, podcasts and shows from across the globe.

Easy setup
Set up is as hassle-free as you’d expect from Sonos. It connects to your TV using a single optical cable (included), and interacts with other Sonos gear too. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and a router to get started.

Advanced Wi-Fi
Built-in dual band wireless N Wi-Fi cuts down on passive interference and delivers a high bandwidth connection that can handle even lossless audio effortlessly.

App control
Take full control of your media with the SONOS Controller app. Available to download for free, it gives you the freedom to adjust volume, switch settings and more.

Whether it's placed on a flat surface or wall-mounted (mount available separately at extra cost), the Playbar detects its position and adapts its output for consistent Sonos quality in any situation.

Amazing as a standalone sound bar, you can enhance the experience even more by adding a Sonos SUB or rear speakers to the mix (Sonos Bridge required).

3D Ready
Audio Quality Information Different manufacturers use different sound systems to improve your audio experience
Nicam Stereo
Dimensions (System)
H8.5 x W90 x D14cm
DLNA Information Digital Living Network Alliance compatible - lets you build a digital network around the home with other DLNA devices
Eligible for International Delivery
Home Cinema Type
Sound Bar
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Plays Formats Information Type of disc or file that can be played back on this machine
MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA, AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless and Flac music files.
Radio tuner
Internet only
Speaker system
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


Standard delivery within 5 working day


International delivery not available

We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.


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Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 30 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really improves tv sound Had this Soundbar for 2 months now and I am really pleased with its performance. Yes, it only has an optical connection (supplied) and no HDMI connection but I was aware of this beforehand. I have no optical connection on my tv (only 4 years old) so had to make the connection via the Sky HD box. Not ideal, especially when trying to play the DVD recorder but it works well. The Sky controller, controls the volume as well, or you can use the volume switch on the side of the Soundbar. Because it is connected to the Sky box I have to either switch off the Soundbar when turning off the tv or put Sky into standby mode. The sound output is superb and all settings are via my pc. It's also great being able to play music from the pc direct into the lounge (when the tv is not on!). I have now transferred all my CD's onto the pc and have also bought a Play 1 from JL, so have music in at least two rooms of the house. I will add more Play 1's in due course, which of course can all be grouped together. For some reason, I have had on a couple occasions where the Sonos system could not find the router. I had to switch the router off and on for this to be rectified. An e-mail to Sonos customer support was responded to very quickly and they suggested wiring one of the speakers direct to the router which I have now done with the Play 1, as it sits very close to the router. If you are thinking about purchasing this Soundbar, then I would suggest you look at all the reviews on other websites. 24 March 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BEWARE!!! Unable to play 5.1 surround sound!! I bought this product less than two months ago, and while reasonably happy with the sound I decided to invest in a sub woofer (obtained from another retailer) to match up with my existing two Play1s. Everything hooked up fine, but the optical feed from the TV only sends a stereo signal to the Sonos system, and there is no option to deliver 5.1 via HDMI. We have a Sky TV box and a BluRay player, so it isn't an option to connect these direct to the Playbar as there is only one input. In addition the Playbar doesn't support DTS soundtracks, rendering some of our BluRay disks unplayable (no sound whatsoever!!). All in all this product isn't capable of producing the promised surround sound output and leaves me significantly out of pocket for a "pseudo surround sound" experience. Less expensive options would have delivered a significantly better experience. I am not a happy chappy in the least!! Poor show Sonos for pushing a product with such severe limitations, and poor show John Lewis for not being clearer about these limitations when I enquired about the product in the shop. It was just before Christmas when I bought the Playbar, and quite frankly the sales staff seemed more interested in making the sale than explaining in detail what I was purchasing. A very disgruntled customer!!! Please understand the limitations of this product before parting with your hard earned cash. 20 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A brilliant addition We already had two Sonos Play 1's so were already happy with the quality of Sonos products. We wanted to buy a new tele in the sales so did some pre-Christmas research. It just so happened that Sonos were demonstrating this that day. We weren't considering any alternatives but it was great to hear it in action. We were instantly sold. Really neat features like the voice enhancement and the night time bass reduction are handy. I also like being able to turn the volume down from my PC when my husband has got the sound too loud! Another good feature is grouping the player with the speaker in the kitchen so I can still here while I'm slaving away! The sound quality is good. One thing to be aware of, if you have an "old" DVD player like ours (only 8 years old) it may not play sound without directly linking the Optical cable to the DVD. Highly recommended. 15 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wife and sound quality The beauty of using the Sonos playbar is that you get good quality sound and your wife will probably allow it in the sitting room because it looks OK and not obtrusive. Although the quality of the sound is not exceptional from the TV because most TVs don't provide a good enough signal, I find that Radio 3 through the internet is superb; according to an article in The Guardian this is because BBC is streaming Radio 3 at 320kbps and in addition uses something called Advanced Audio Coding. If you then add a subwoofer it can be hidden - mine is behind the TV - and it really adds depth and breadth to all types of music - not just rock! 02 February 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by So disappointed with this As an avid Sonos fan I was very much looking forward to getting a Playbar in the living room and was excited to finally purchase one from my local John Lewis store on Friday. Installation was as expected hassle free, I then popped into my Sky HD box menu, changed HDMI audio from 'stereo' to 'Dolby', swapped to a channel that was airing a Dolby Digital 5.1 programme and sat back to enjoy my new toy. However I was shocked to find that the Playbar was only receiving stereo feed from my TV as opposed to the Dolby 5.1 it should have been seeing (confirmed via Settings / About My Sonos System on iOS app). I subsequently discovered to my deep disappointment that my television only outputted PCM 2.0 (ie. stereo) through the digital optical output from devices attached via HDMI. My initial thought was this was a Panasonic issue only however further investigation confirmed that the vast majority of TVs cannot output anything other than regular stereo from on the optical out. This is even true of the latest models. This coupled with the fact that the Playbar only has an optical input means my setup (and and the majority of other Playbar owners) is severely crippled ie. fake 5.1. Worse was to follow when I tried to watch a Blu-ray DVD with a DTS only soundtrack. Absolutely no sound from the Playbar because it does not support this format! Unbelievable. Further research has come up with workarounds for these serious problems (purchasing a Blu-ray player that can transcode DTS to Dolby 5.1 on the fly, purchasing one of the few TVs that allows HDMI devices to bypass via the optical output or an optical switcher that would allow each device to be plugged into the Playbar instead of the TV. None of these appeal, and given the fact that in my opinion the Playbar is to all intents and purposes already obsolete due to it’s inability to decode DTS / DTS-HD I very reluctantly boxed it back up again and am keeping my fingers crossed I will be able to obtain a refund tomorrow. 01 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Playbar is great I bought my playbar 2 weeks ago now from the Stratford store and the soundbar itself is great but i was shocked with the lack of knowledge that the staff had in the store I was expected to go and demo the product myself in the store with no help from the staff. If you are looking to purchase a Sonos playbar from Johnlewis i would highly recommend you do your own research as the staff are clueless. 22 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing sound We waited more than a year to buy the Playbar as we already had a Play 5, 3 and 1. I am not disappointed at all - we have just spent 15 minutes literally blowing the roof off our house. When watching tv you get a better sound than normal, but the real difference is when watching films or listening to music - the sounds is far more stereo than anything we had heard before and we have had all sorts of surround systems over the years. Next step is to get the sub-woofer and then we will need to get a new roof for our house! 16 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product, good sound Finally purchased the Playbar after some months considering the options. Setup is simple, with the App guiding you through the process...all done in minutes. The sound is good and certainly better than the standard TV speakers on my Samsung. The Playbar is used all the time, no matter what you watch, whereas the surround sound setup I had before would only be used for films or something I thought would benefit from the surround sound effect. You get more use out of it. I also wanted to be able to play music from my iPad easily, and the Playbar does this very well. The Sonos app is fine, especially with the free 12 month subscription to Deezer (much better than Spotify). I find the sound fills the large room easily. Having purchased the Playbar first, I quickly added a Play 3 and a Play 1 for other rooms of the house. That is when Sonos really comes into it's own. The ease of use, having music around the house, switching different rooms on and off is what Sonos is really about. I can easily see us adding additional units to the system over time. For pure hi-fi sound in a single room, there are better systems available for similar money, but for a good quality sound from a flexible, multi-room system you use every single day, I cannot praise Sonos highly enough! 06 January 2015
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