Can the SONOS Play3 be configured as a discrete center with two Play5s providing the front L/R as substitute for the PlayBar? Any alternative suggestions are also appreciated.
14 years ago as a movie buff, I bought a large 5.1 Klipsch reference system; Dual 8" floor-standers, dual 6" center, 6" surrounds with dual horns, 12" 350w down-firing sub. I have been completely satisfied and constantly impressed. However, through the years my living space shopping has been dominated by "where would I place the entertainment center and subwoofer?" and recently cost me more time looking for my first house than should have. So I gave up and have a house I love with no viable place to enjoy my speakers or even have a logically positioned entertainment center. My TV is over the hearth (which was a cardinal sin to me in years past) and I'm using the depressing built-ins. As I look to enhance my audio experience in this new space with a downsized system, I understand that I'm not going to get nearly the powerful and voluminous sound that I have become accustomed to. Though, impressed as I was when I first heard the Sonos Play family in an audio store. What it comes down to is a lack of small woofers being powerful enough to confidently lower the LFE crossover to the 60Hz range so the droning tones and overly humming explosions are suppressed, leaving crisp punches and clear bass soundtracks coming from the front channels with properly expressed thunderous, house-trembling force from the sub. I've already decided on the SONOS brand because of the superior wireless technology and app support and the above question reflects my desperate desire to minimize the compromise of "going small". The PlayBar is nice, but the sound field seems to be as compact as the housing (a global soundbar property) and the lower frequencies just don't grab me like the Play5's were able to do.
Best answer by John B