Can I add 5s to a Playbar for Music listening?

  • 5 January 2019
  • 12 replies

The Playbar does not provide a wide range of sound for music. I have 3s in the rear. If I add a set of 5s to the front is that a sound that is acceptable? I know that it will not create 7.1 surround, but will it create a decent sound coupled with the Playbar? It sounds OK to me but I am not an expert.

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What does an "expert" opinion matter. If it sounds good to you, that should be more than enough.

If it were me, I'd be tempted to just use the PLAY:5s for music without adding in the PLAYBAR.
But turn the playbar off I assume.
Well, to have the PLAYBAR on at the same time, you'd have to "group" the two rooms. I'd just play the "room" with the two PLAY:5s.
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Hi all

First off as I understand it Sonos as yet don’t support 7.1 surround sound

I have playbar sub and 2 play ones in full 5.1 setup I also have two play 5 set up at front (see pic)

I have to say I much prefer music on the 5.1 setup with rears set to full.

I have even had the 5s bonded with sub and in my personal opinion even then the playbar and 2 play 1s sound better

I have 5 other play 1s around the house one single and two stereo pair and they sound way better than the two play 5s aswell I don’t know if I have set up wrong ( I doubt I have ) or its just my ears and my personal preference (probably this ) but I have come to the conclusion that the play 5 is not a bad speaker it is just that the play 1s are so dam good

Pair of play5 vs stereo pair play1s and sub. Both around the same cost here in U.K. I would go sub and play1s everytime

When you listen to all of the speakers at once, the 5s, the playbar and the rear 1s- do you like that sound?
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its ok as long as all the volumes in the group are the same but if honest nothing to write home about and certainly not worth the extra £998 to put two play 5s in the lounge

If I knew then what I know now I would not of gone anywhere near play 5s as stated above. For streaming and tv

The only advantage to a play 5 in my personal opinion is the line in and airplay but again not worth the extra outlay unless maybe using a turntable

This is only my personal opinion everyone’s ears are different as well as everyone’s bank balances are different as are everyone’s wife’s/husbands and I’m sure mine is working closely with my bank manager lol
Thanks. I do believe that the size of the room may also be a consideration. In a large room, the 5s may sound better than the Playbar. In a large room, do you think that the 5s and the Playbar could be on at the same time, with 1s in the rear and a sub? Or is that silly considering there would be 2 left speakers and 2 right speakers?
You might also try running the 5's vertical instead of horizontal. In horizontal they are stereo, in vertical each are mono, which when paired together provide stereo. I run my 5's vertically on stands upfront w/Beam and Sub, sounds pretty amazing.
So when the 5s are vertical, they each become mono?
I am no expert, but that is what the Sonos website says in the description for the Play:5's.
Found this in the Sonos support.
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This too:


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