I’ve just bought a second hand playbar (£350 from brother in laws dad - seemed too good to pass up) to complement my living room setup. That currently consists of a Play 5 connected to the TV via a 3.5mm jack, and Play 1 and Symfonysk lamp as a stereo pair to the rear (thanks Sonosequencer!)
Having added the Playbar to the TV, I’ve added the 2 smaller speakers as a left and right rear surround (again, thanks Sonosequencer), and for TV playback, this sounds great - speech is so much clearer and it all feels a lot more atmospheric. I’ve also got the utility of the speakers working with the TV rather than the TV just being an input and having to constantly switch in the app.
However for music, it’s like someone ripped the bottom / fullness out of anything I’m playing (though I’ve only just turned the rear speakers to full rather than ambient - I’m sure it’ll make a difference, but not *that* much).
But as soon as I group the Soundbar group with the Play 5, I’ve again got the fullness in music - it sounds amazing. I honestly didn’t expect the bass on the soundbar to be so lacking.
I thought I was buying the Playbar to replace my Play 5, but now I think I’ve got to keep the Play 5 in the living room to complement the Playbar.
Am I missing something? Is the Playbar really that bad for music / lower midrange / bass?
Would the Beam or Playbase be any better?
Or do I just keep the Play 5 where it is to give the lower mid / bass I’m missing, and effectively group it and use it as the sub for the TV as well?
I’m a bit confused now when I thought it was going to save all my problems!