I just bought a Playbar for my living room and a Play1 for my kitchen. I had no problem installing the units and I'm really impressed with the Play1 but my Playbar is a big disappointment.
When playing music on the Playbar the sound is thin, flat and really lacks warmth/depth. As a test I brought my Play1 into the living room and it outshines the Playbar even in the bigger room. I have tested it on many friends and they all say the same thing. The Playbar does a far worse job filling the room with sound. It's not just about the base, the Play1 just has a bigger sound.
Could this really be how it should be, or is there something wrong with my unit? I have done factory reset twice. Tried both with and without Trueplay. I have tested a set-up without connecting it to the TV (incase that for some reason would interfere).
I've read so many good reviews of the Playbar and I've been so impressed with the sound quality from other Sonos speakers (Play1's and Play5's), so I just don't want to believe that this is the sound that I should live with.