Playbar/Sub + 2x Sonos Amps for 5.1 surround

  • 3 January 2023
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Is it possible to add 2 Sonos amps to a Playbar/Sub combo for a 5.1 surround setup?  I would like to use the Playbar as the center channel, one amp for the fronts and the other amp for the rear surrounds.  Is this possible?  Thank you!


Best answer by Airgetlam 4 January 2023, 06:55

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The Playbar cannot be “separated”. Like all Sonos home theatre devices it houses the Front Left, Centre and Front Right speakers in the one unit. 

Thank you Nik9669a for the super fast response.  My new house comes pre-wired for 5.1.  I currently have just the playbar/sub.  I would like to have a more dynamic experience in the family room and if it weren’t for the 22’ ceiling, I’d consider the arc.  What would you recommend for this room?  Would adding the 2nd amp for the front 3 channels with the playbar add anything? 

thank you!!

I’m not sure you understand the Sonos paradigm for Home Theater. With a Sonos sound bar, you always get the front right, front center, and front left channels, in a single enclosure. You can not add additional right and left speakers to this configuration. The only speakers that can be added to a Sonos sound bar for home theater use are up to two subs, and a pair of surround speakers. If you use an Amp to drive them, your surround speakers must be third party passive speakers.

You could instead use the Sonos Amp to drive your own pair of speakers in the front of your home theater, and the would create an interpolated center channel. You could add a third party Sub, or, as above, up to two Sonos subs, and either a pair of Sonos speakers as surrounds, or a second Amp that would drive a pair of third party speakers as surrounds. 

Sonos does not (unfortunately) offer any opportunity to have three separate speakers in front. You get those three disparate channels enclosed in one box in the sound bar, or you can have two of your own speakers, but not three. 

I found the sound quality of the Arc to be superior to the PLAYBAR, perhaps because of the extra width, even before I tested out the Atmos aspect. Given that only a limited amount of content is available in Atmos, I wouldn’t consider that as a primary reason for choosing, or not choosing the Arc.