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Airplay on Sonos Playbar

  • 27 August 2018
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I have a Sonos Playbar and an iPhone 6S. Is there any way to use Airplay for playing music via the Sonos app? It is very frustrating that a $700 plus speaker does not have this sw functionality built in. Any help?
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Best answer by Airgetlam 27 August 2018, 04:16

No, unfortunately 7 or 10 years ago, when the PLAYBAR was designed, they didn't know what kind of processing power was going to be needed to deal with the AirPlay 2 signal. You could add a Sonos One to your system, and group the two, and play from your iPhone 6 that way.
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No, unfortunately 7 or 10 years ago, when the PLAYBAR was designed, they didn't know what kind of processing power was going to be needed to deal with the AirPlay 2 signal. You could add a Sonos One to your system, and group the two, and play from your iPhone 6 that way.
There is a way to use airplay with playbar which I finally figured out but you need to have Apple TV which has an optical audio input/output port. I simply connected it to my playbar and now I'm able to stream anything off my iphone to the playbar.
Well, then you’re not actually sending the AirPlay 2 stream to the PLAYBAR, you’re sending it To the AppleTV. Which then sends the signal to your TV, which then sends the signal to the PLAYBAR.

As a note, this was a 5month old thread.
Do you feel morally superior now that you pointed out this was a 5 month old thread and that it's not "actually sending Airplay2 directly to the PLAYBAR?" Did the part about needing Apple TV to make it work elude you DB? It's a partial solution given the nature of the problem, and "actually", Airplay streams to the Apple TV and directly into the PLAYBAR. Maybe someone other than yourself may find this useful.
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are there plans to update the Playbar to include AirPlay ? been holding off buying one since last november.. want simple AirPlay and the beam is too small to fill up the room (already have a beam)....
are there plans to update the Playbar to include AirPlay ? been holding off buying one since last november.. want simple AirPlay and the beam is too small to fill up the room (already have a beam)....
The Playbase is also Airplay-enabled.
As has been discussed before, the PLAYBAR itself doesn't have enough "horsepower" in order to be a processor of an AirPlay 2 stream. It's unlikely, unless Apple changes the specifications of AirPlay 2, for that to change.

That being said, I continue to group my PLAYBAR with a PLAY:5 gen 2 and use it to play the AirPlay 2 stream that I send to the PLAY:5.