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Playbar is connected directly to TV via digital audio/optical connector. I don't have an internet connection yet. When I turn my TV speakers off I get absolutely no sound from the playbar even after I manually turn up the volume on the side of the playbar. But when I have TV speakers set to on, I hear the cound coming from the playbar also.
I have a sonos playbar, connected optically to a sony TV with optical output with TV speakers turned off, the bar is connected to the bridge as I also have a play5. I got the bar prior to Xmas and have had the following occasional issue which in the last two days has progressed into a regular issue The volume goes out of sync with the displayed volume level To remedy this I turned the volume to zero, sound would still be played at low level from the bar so would then press lower volume (TV still showed zero) till sound stopped coming from the bar. This would normally correct the issue, now more often than not it doesn't. The sound now plays at a low level (some times no volume) even when turned up to max. Have tried powering down all components, checking all connections and settings on T.V
Why does the PlayBar not support Dolby Digital Plus decoding? Is this a hardware vs software issue? It pains my soul to have to go into the Netflix audio settings and select stereo output when I'm sitting here with this glorious PlayBar that should be capable of delivering the beauty of full blown surround. Is it possible to do some sort of a software update that would enable the decoding of DD+ from Netflix via the Roku (which is sending the signal as a passthrough)?
I'm aware that Playbar's built-in accelerometers automatically sense its orientation and adjust its sound accordingly. But how? Or rather, to what? Specifically, what are the technical and audio differences between laying it flat and standing it on edge (or wall mounting)? Does changing the orientation simply change the equalisation (bass/treble/loudness/speech mode), or is there something else going on? Why does panel location make a difference? Which orientation is better for music? Which is better for movies?
I know that there are a lot of threads already dealing the Playbar DTS issue. The easiest way to deal with it seems to be using the PS3 as BD player. However I found different suggestions about the settings, especially regarding the audio output settings whether to select just Dolby Digital and unselect everything else or to select also the PCM options. These are so far the most mentioned settings I found in the forum: Video Settings -> BD Audio Output Format -> Optical Digital -> Bitstream (Mix) Sound Settings -> Audio Output Settings -> Optical Output -> Only Chose "Dolby Digital 5.1" or Chose DD and PCM Audio Multi-Output -> off Anybody with ulterior suggestions or further insights about the best setup for the PS3 using the Playbar + SUB + 2 Play 1s or 3s?
Hi There - Great products! I have two suggestions: 1. I have a playbar and play3 in rooms that are close enough that they need to be grouped. I cannot save the group, so I have to create the group every day. Can we please have saved groups? 2. My input devices have drastically different output levels. I would love saved volume levels based on input. For instance, when I have TV selected, it is MUCH quieter than when I listen to XM via your app, blowing me out if I don't have the volume turned down ahead of time. Would be great to save the last volume settings per input. Thank you!
Sonos playbar linked to samsung tv via optical cable. Sound drops out now and then, say once an hour for just a second, and then recovers. I am running the beta software but the problem was their before I changed to the beta. Any advise please.
Bought the play bar but the optical cable won't fit snuggly into its socket, it just (literally) falls out with gravity. It fits perfectly into the tv optical socket. And if I swap ends, the cord end that fit snug into the tv socket, is loose on the play bar and yet again it just falls out with gravity. Fix please? Sandra
I want to use my Playbar as the external speaker on my Mac (instead of connecting the playbar to a TV). The problem is with an optical connection is you lose the volume controls on the keyboard. So the only way to control the volume will be to reach over to the physical buttons on the Playbar. Or switch to the OSX Sonos app and adjust the volume from there, but that is not very quick and you lose the focus on the current app. Is there any way to get universal keyboard shortcuts on the Mac to control the Playbar volume. I was thinking maybe some action script or similar to pick up the volume controls from the Sonos Mac app. Any ideas?
Hello all- Having an annoying issue. I have the Playbar connected to my media center, and use a Harmony One. I followed the instructions to get the Playbar loaded as an amplifier into the Harmony One, and I'm able to control the volume when watching something on my media center. Problem is when I switch away from the media center. When watching regular TV and I change the volume, the Playbar will adjust it's volume (even though it's not in use). So when we switch back to the media center, the volume is always too low or too high. Is there a Harmony setting I'm missing to have the Playbar NOT receive IR signals when not in use?
Could we please add the ability to adjust the IR repeater to on when in wall mount mode. Newer cable boxes are becoming smaller and smaller allowing mounting of the unit behind the TV. With the PLAYBAR mounted below having the ability to use the IR repeater at this time would be a huge advantage to a cleaner look for the end user.
I completely understand the problem to add DTS re-coding to the current Playbar due to the fact of introducing audio delay. And since the Sonos Playbar is only responsible for audio, this delay can't be added for video as well. Therefore, I would like Sonos to make a [b]Sonos Playbar 2[/b] or Sonos PlaybarHDMI which takes care about audio and video. DTS and other sound formats could be easily re-coded into a supported audio format and the audio/video sync could be kept. But it could also address other improvement possibilities: - Display "Volume" onscreen - Support IR remote controls (and others as well) to adjust night mode and speech enhancement - Multiple HDMI inputs / HDMI switch - Display currently played music (while not in TV mode) - Possibility to steer music with basic controls via IR (Play/Pause, Next track, Previous track, radio stations) - Possibility to add two front channels (Playbar + 4x Play:1 + Sub) - Possibility to increase width of Playbar to fit it to the
I purchased a Sonos playbar-sub and play 1 system for my living room. Best Buy geek installed and placed the play bar on a solid wooden shelf above the tv. I mentioned that was against the instructions that I had read and he insisted it was ok. Is this correct or do I need to put on the same shelf as the tv? According to instructions he is wrong and I want to get the best possble sound from this great system.
When I group a Connect AMP and Playbar (which is connected to a TV), I can't control the volume using the TV's remote as a group, it only adjusts the volume of the Playbar. This means I have to reset the balance of the speakers within the group every time someone adjusts the volume using the TV remote. Having to adjust the volume on my Connect Amp within the Sonos app is a real pain. Is there a way the group volume can be controlled by the TV remote?
We recently remodeled our family room, and the Sonos Playbar was a key component in the upgrade. I spent a good deal of time researching the various aspects of the remodel. I know this post is lengthy, but I wanted to include pertinent details to hopefully help others researching similar setups. Previously we had a 40” TV inside a TV armoire, with an inexpensive surround system, bluray player, and cable box all in the same armoire. When remodeling the room, we decided that having the TV above the fireplace would work best with regards to room dynamics. However, there were two issues created by that decision: 1. I wasn’t crazy about the prospect of staring up at the TV constantly (being an Optometrist, I am keenly aware how eye position relates to eyestrain and headaches)., 2. I wasn’t going to accept the poor quality sound from most TV speakers. However, there was now nowhere in the family room to keep the A/V components, including a sound system. Problem #1 was solved with
I bought the Sonos Soundbar, the Sonos Subwoofer, and two Play:3 speakers as surround sound speakers. As others posting reviews here and elsewhere have pointed out, Sonos wants you to use your TV as a hub, with all the inputs from your devices (Apple TV, Cable, etc.) going to the TV and then the optical audio out from the TV to the Playbar. However, most TV's won't pass Dolby Digital (DD) 5.1 surround from HDMI to the digital/optical audio (i.e., the Playbar), so what you get in most cases is stereo with muted simulated surround sound that is NOT surround sound from your surround speakers. After reading numerous reviews and comment boards on many websites, I tried (and was successful) with the following solution: I purchased a Shin Kin 4x2 Remote Control Digital Optical TOSlink Audio Fiber Optic Selector Switch Switcher Splitter (currently sold on Amazon for approximately $69.95). I connected each of my devices (I have Apple TV and DirectTV) to the "Optical Input" switches (calle
... Wow! They sound amazing. I happened to have Lord of the Rings on, and as soon as the surrounds were installed, the difference was immediate and awesome. Much better than I expected. I already have a high end surround system in another room, so I thought my wife was crazy for buying me these Play:1s for Christmas. Actually thought about returning them. But now - no way! The Playbar with the Play:1 surrounds already sounds better than my other system. Just lacking the bass of the sub, but honestly, not a big issue, as the bass is still very good. Great job Sonos! Now just have a 50% off sale on the Sub, and I will be in home theater heaven.
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