Do I get 2 Play 3's and a Sub or 2 Play 5's?

  • 15 January 2017
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I'm try to figure out what the best setup would would be for room(8x7m). Should I go with 2 Play 3's and a sub or 2 Play 5's without the sub?

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My playbar and sub sound way better than my play 3 for music. I have a playbar. It works great with my tv. Because of the optical input. It literally works with every device connected to my tv. And the music sounds great on it too. So many people saying don’t get it if your also interested in music. I would say don’t listen to them, I love my playbar. Pair it with the sub. Mine sounded great without the sub. And it sounds amazing with the sub. It’s so loud and clear. And even sounds great when you’re in a different room. I would say If you’re going to put your speakers near your tv, the playbar is a must because of its optical input. Plus the strereo separation is pretty good on it out of the box.
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Hi Krislu after finally getting my wife to talk to me about it ( she doesn't like me having fun lol) we went with a play 5 2 gen our living room is just to small for what I wanted (what you have) so a compromise was settled on now just got to rearrange a few bits to place it but many many thanks for your invaluable help happy Sonos'ing b
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Yes, I shut the tv off and play music through the playbar AND play1's AND the sub altogether. It sounds terrific. You want the surround settings set to "full" for music playback. Save up and add pieces as your budget allows (that's what I did) you won't be disappointed. - Kris:)
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Thanks Kris I have two play1's I just can't place one of them for stero in front of me this is the reason I was interested in the playbar that would be in front of me just a bit lower than ear height but would be stereo and sound a bit wider than just one play1's that's in the corner. I would use both play ones as the rear surround speakers if I went with the playbar, so reading your reply you play music through the playbar AND play1's what does that sound like for music (I didn't know you could do that) I don't have the sub but I could save up for that cheers b
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buff69- I have the play1 in the corners of my rooms and in 2 rooms depending on where you sit one could be behind you. It's not bad. try it and see for yourself. If you don't like it go with your play5 idea. I wouldn't buy the playbar specifically for music. I am not just playing music through the playbar I am playing through the whole surround system which consists of: 2play1, a sub, and the playbar. - Kris:)
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I may go have another listen if I can't place my play1's in our room as I want them this is why I was thinking on the playbar it would be in the perfect place, in front of me and with more stereo spaceness than our play1 that's on the cabinet also thinking on the play5 2nd gen putting it where the play1 is now
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The purpose of the playbar is for the tv but I play music through it regularly and of course the 2play1 and sub that make up the surround system and it sounds great! Try it you be disappointed. - Kris 🙂
Thanks for the kind words, but I'm of the belief that I've only postponed further purchases (the Playbar), not actually negated it. It's a spectacular device for the TV set. Just not as ideal for music 🙂
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Yongyuth Pahirah yes I do enjoy Sonos very much we have a Bose system for the tv Sonos blows it out of the water cheers
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Thanks Krislu Airgetlam you have saved me lots of money as I was thinking about the playbar but having read your replies I think the best way to go would be bring back the play 1 from the kitchen and buying a sub. One will be on a desk stand on a cabinet and the other one I'll have to buy a floor stand then place the sub near to them. Our room is so difficult what with the fireplace and doors the only best place would be behind where I sit but I don't think that would be sonically a good choice thanks guys 🙂
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Yea, I'd stay away from the Playbar for just music. It's an ideal device for TV use, but is outclassed by any of the Play:1, Play:3 or Play:5 for just music. Plus, if you go with a Play:1, you'd save some substantial money. And it's hard to argue with Krislu's suggestion of a sub. Makes a world of difference!
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Hi I have two play ones I have used them as a pair and are fantastic but now use one in the kitchen I was thinking of buying the playbar (just for music) or one play 5 BUT just having read this thread I now might just bring the kitchen one back in the living room and buy a sub. My room is roughly 20'-15' so it's not big so what do you think then I should do ? Thanks everyone

I have 4 play 1 and a sub in a roughly 20x15 size room so I would say bring the play 1 back from the kitchen and buy the sub! - Kris 🙂
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Hi I have two play ones I have used them as a pair and are fantastic but now use one in the kitchen I was thinking of buying the playbar (just for music) or one play 5 BUT just having read this thread I now might just bring the kitchen one back in the living room and buy a sub. My room is roughly 20'-15' so it's not big so what do you think then I should do ? Thanks everyone
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Thanks everyone, all your feedback really helped! I've decided to go with 2 1s and the sub now and add 2 more 1s down the road!Let us know what you think. I have this combination. I started with just the 2 play 1s in a Garden Cabin and they sounded great but lost clarity and bass at higher volumes. However once the Sub was added the difference was remarkable. I actually giggled the first time I listened to ACDC Back In Black with the sub running. The volume you can get with this set up is very impressive too. Just trying to stop myself getting another two play 1s!
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Thanks everyone, all your feedback really helped! I've decided to go with 2 1s and the sub now and add 2 more 1s down the road!

hey, very good decision tharikn .
My room almost same size, using Sub + 2x Play1's - sound incredible 🙂
Thanks everyone, all your feedback really helped! I've decided to go with 2 1s and the sub now and add 2 more 1s down the road!
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Agreed, if you are going to go with two play5. Don't bother with a sub then. But personally I think you should do the 4 play1. This will be fine for dance parties as well as dinner parties or just you. - Kris
With 5 units and a Sub, you are paying for 5 capability on the bass front that goes offline when the Sub is bonded to them. In a sense, that money is wasted.

If you are serious about Sub, and don't need the line in feature on the 5 units, there is little sense in getting these.
Just to add to my previous comment, if I were to get 2 5s and a sub, I'll probably get the 2 5's now and add a sub down the road.
Thanks for the responses everyone! Reading the the comments I've decided not to get the 3s, but now I'm wondering if I should get 4 1s(2 now and 2 later) and a sub or 2 5s and a sub(will this be over kill?).

As far as my need's...I have a few dance parties once in a while so the system I build should be able to accommodate that in addition to having a kick as system!

Also knowing that 5s a newer product, should I be worried that they'll come out with a newer 1s anytime soon?

Again thanks in advance for you responses!
Bottom line: for a party, four 1's on the corners and a sub. For stereo listening, two play 5s.
I would go with a 1 pair + Sub. And bring in an extra one/two play 1 units from other rooms for parties.
If budget is a constraint as it is for most, I'd start with a 1 pair and build from there over time, starting with Sub if bass is a priority over party music needs; in the latter case I would add more 1 units first.
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If you like the stereo image, my vote is for the two play 5's. I have that in a large living room and its awesome. It is really well suited to critically listening at medium volume. The two will also fill the room with sound at higher volume but it will be louder by the speakers and less loud on the other side of the room. For parties, I like the sound to be about the same volume everywhere in the room. So, I take the two play 1's out of the bedroom and stick them in the other two corners of the large living room. Four Play 1's would work, too. It is not so much critical listening during a party so the play 1's are really good. I have a pair of stereo play 1's in a large kitchen, too. It's a good stereo image, especially for the price, but not as focused as the 5's (pretty much expect that). Bottom line: for a party, four 1's on the corners and a sub. For stereo listening, two play 5s.
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Yes we do SHARKB8T. 8mx7m room is big. Definitely would do one play1 in each corner and the sub next to the pair that are in the area of most listening. Kris 🙂
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ah... took too long to type my response and provide context - Krislu and I obviously agree