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So... I'm having a house redesign and my new kitchen/dining room/lounge needs a Sonos setup! The room will measure 9m x 5m - I'm investing in a 65" TV - I currently have a Beam, 2 x Play 1's and a play 3. Given the size of the room should I invest in a Playbar? should it be wall mounted or sat on a unit below the TV? Would the new in wall speakers be better connected to an Amp instead of a playbar? I'm pretty sure my beam will be redundant but I'm thinking of having my Play 3 in the kitchen part (of the same room) I won't be having the Play 1's behind my settee (unfortunately) Any advice on a suitable set up would be most welcome - thanks:D
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Best answer by UKMedia 11 March 2019, 09:06

So... I'm having a house redesign and my new kitchen/dining room/lounge needs a Sonos setup! The room will measure 9m x 5m - I'm investing in a 65" TV - I currently have a Beam, 2 x Play 1's and a play 3. Given the size of the room should I invest in a Playbar? should it be wall mounted or sat on a unit below the TV? Would the new in wall speakers be better connected to an Amp instead of a playbar? I'm pretty sure my beam will be redundant but I'm thinking of having my Play 3 in the kitchen part (of the same room) I won't be having the Play 1's behind my settee (unfortunately) Any advice on a suitable set up would be most welcome - thanks:D

Your right, the Beam is designed for small to medium rooms and would probably struggle in a 9m by 5m room but as you already have one, I would suggest you try it first before buying a PlayBar/PlayBase.

We then get into a much more complicated discussion as this is driven by aesthetics, personal choice, and budget. I would recommend a 5:1 set-up with the Beam, Playbar, or PlayBase, using your 2 x Play:1's as surrounds. I don't think that from a sound quality perspective there is much difference between wall mounted of sat on the unit but you may want to consider the PlayBase for the later use.
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So... I'm having a house redesign and my new kitchen/dining room/lounge needs a Sonos setup! The room will measure 9m x 5m - I'm investing in a 65" TV - I currently have a Beam, 2 x Play 1's and a play 3. Given the size of the room should I invest in a Playbar? should it be wall mounted or sat on a unit below the TV? Would the new in wall speakers be better connected to an Amp instead of a playbar? I'm pretty sure my beam will be redundant but I'm thinking of having my Play 3 in the kitchen part (of the same room) I won't be having the Play 1's behind my settee (unfortunately) Any advice on a suitable set up would be most welcome - thanks:D

Your right, the Beam is designed for small to medium rooms and would probably struggle in a 9m by 5m room but as you already have one, I would suggest you try it first before buying a PlayBar/PlayBase.

We then get into a much more complicated discussion as this is driven by aesthetics, personal choice, and budget. I would recommend a 5:1 set-up with the Beam, Playbar, or PlayBase, using your 2 x Play:1's as surrounds. I don't think that from a sound quality perspective there is much difference between wall mounted of sat on the unit but you may want to consider the PlayBase for the later use.