i’m looking to upgrade my sound bar and sub. I have an open plan living room/kitchen with 2 play 5’s. should I just go with a like for like swap and get the Sonos sound bar and sub or is there an alternative that would suit better.
Best answer by AjTrek1
I must assume you are using a competitive sound bar and sub at the moment. The Play 5's x 2 are dedicated to music....correct?
If the above is true here are your options for Sonos HT
- Sonos Playbar with optical audio connection and Sub (like for like)
- Sonos Playbase with optical audio connection and Sub. Playbase rests on a flat top stand and the TV on top of it. Playbase offers Airplay2
- Sonos Beam with HDMI_ARC and optical audio connections and Sub. Beam offers Airplay2 and your choice of Alexa or Google voice assistant (they are not permanent when selected and therefore can be switched) *
All the above can be expanded to a DD5.1 system by adding Play:1 x 2 or Sonos One w/Alexa or Google assistant x 2 as surrounds. Cannot mix Play:1 and Sonos One 's together. Play 5 x 2 can be used as surrounds but IMO they would be overkill.
Note: Sonos HT soundbars and sound base only process Dolby Digital (DD). They will not process DD Plus, Dolby Atmos or DTS.
* When Beam is used Play:1's (to save money) are better for surrounds as the voice assistant in Sonos One's is muted. Beam is also recommended for smaller spaces along the line of a master bedroom. However, they can be tuned with TruePlay to work in larger spaces when combined with a sub to handle low-end.
I hope this helps. Cheers!