We subscribe to Deezer elite which sounds great on the Play 1's with FLAC playback. However, when it comes to music playback on the Playbar I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Because of the size of the base our tv is on, I've had to raise the Playbar by about an inch so it can clear the tv stand (LOTR dvd cases are perfect for this! ), but I'm not sure if this is part of my problem. I can't move the tv any further back (to the wall) and have no additional space in front of the tv, so have no other option at the moment. TV music programs (like Later with Jools Holland) sound great, but Deezer playback never sounds as good.
I'm hesitant at getting a Sub as I feel we are getting enough bass for movies, but don't know if it would help with my current problem. So I'm thinking of getting 2xPlay1's as rears and use these in Full mode to improve our music listening, as we listen to a lot of music in this room.
Any advice on any of the above?
Go raibh maith agat
Best answer by kmjy
If you are considering a SUB, I would HIGHTY recommend it.
It would make considerably more of a difference than just two PLAY:1's as surrounds.
By adding a SUB to your PLAYBAR it allows the PLAYBAR to focus specifically on the high to mid range sounds and use all of it's power for those, rather than distributing it's power to everything. The SUB takes a huge load off the PLAYBAR and therefor allows it to play louder and wider. So more of a surround sound effect from the same PLAYBAR just by adding a SUB.
In terms of bass, the PLAYBAR has wonderful bass on it's own but a SUB adds a kind of atmosphere to the mix, and not so much more hectic bass (of course you can turn it up and shake the house though). You'll find the SUB is really good at adding atmosphere to the whole room for movies and TV. So it really fills out the area and immerses you quite a bit more in the movie.
The PLAY:1 surrounds are good to have but not a necessity, they will just make the surround effects more directional and true to life. Personally, this is what I added to my PLAYBAR first and I do somewhat regret that choice since I've added a SUB to the mix, as I could hear a much bigger difference right away with the SUB.
I personally think SUB would give you a better experience and I have used mine with music and because it allows the PLAYBAR to play louder and wider, and sharper it actually sounds about 2x better with music. Do keep in mind though that most of PLAYBAR's optimisation is for movies and tv.
For music the two PLAY:1's kind of just make the song surround you more.