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Hi all,

I have been going back and forth with what to do for the family room. Buy a receiver and speakers for a 5.1 or but a Soundbar that emulates surround sound.

Soundbar is a good solution where there are few wires and no need to run cables etc, which wife does not want anyways.
So i went to the store and listened to the Bose 1 SR which had some great reviews over at AVS forum and I was impressed, and i have never listened to Bose products in the past and they are not considered very good, but I was impressed with this sound bar.

I also listened to the Yamaha YSP 2200, I think it was not properly set up coz I did not hear the sound effect as people have claimed it has.

I came back home and started doing some research and Sonos came up.

Now I am very interested in this set up if possible.

So will a Playbar and sub and 2 Play 1 or play 3 be a good 5.1 option.
Will i also have the flexibility to move the play 1 or play 3 into a different room when not using them as surround in the family room.

I don't know much about sons, so any advice here would be helpful.
I want it for mostly movies and tv, but also like the fact that I can stream Spotify wirelessly.

I have read that the play-bar has only limited connectivity so are they planning to introduce a new sound-bar anytime soon as I can wait if its a matter of few months.

I have a LG tv if that matters and will be using NAS to stream movies to the TV.
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Here is what I know, as a Sonos Playbar user for the past couple of weeks.

Most TV's do not pass Dolby Digital out of the Optical Audio Out port.
I actually do not know of one that advertises that it does....though I'm told some do 'unadvertised'. You'll have to search and see if any info about your TV is available.
You can tell in the Sonos Settings if you are getting Stereo or Dolby signal from your TV.
Honestly, I haven't even checked mine yet.

Supposedly the Sonos does a decent job....doing a matrixed 5.1.
I have not tested this yet...though I do have two Play:3 speakers that I could try it with.
I think I may wait and try the new Play:1 speakers as surround speakers.
But you certainly can use Play:3 speakers as surrounds...then move them to another room as standalone units.
You will have to 'ungroup' them from the Playbar.

The .1 aspect.....my sub-woofer is on back order and can't comment on that.

But I REALLY like the Playbar and the entire Sonos 'eco-system'.


I just installed a Samsung 64" Plasma over my fireplace with the "Down and Out Swivel Mount" and used their Center Speaker Bracket to hold the Sonos Playbar.
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Jcolec - Can you pass on a link for the mount (Down and Out Swivel Mount) you are using? Thx!
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Here is what I know, as a Sonos Playbar user for the past couple of weeks.

Most TV's do not pass Dolby Digital out of the Optical Audio Out port.
I actually do not know of one that advertises that it does....though I'm told some do 'unadvertised'. You'll have to search and see if any info about your TV is available.
You can tell in the Sonos Settings if you are getting Stereo or Dolby signal from your TV.
Honestly, I haven't even checked mine yet.

Supposedly the Sonos does a decent job....doing a matrixed 5.1.
I have not tested this yet...though I do have two Play:3 speakers that I could try it with.
I think I may wait and try the new Play:1 speakers as surround speakers.
But you certainly can use Play:3 speakers as surrounds...then move them to another room as standalone units.
You will have to 'ungroup' them from the Playbar.

The .1 aspect.....my sub-woofer is on back order and can't comment on that.

But I REALLY like the Playbar and the entire Sonos 'eco-system'.


I just installed a Samsung 64" Plasma over my fireplace with the "Down and Out Swivel Mount" and used their Center Speaker Bracket to hold the Sonos Playbar.

Thanks for your response, so do you just use the playbar alone right now, or have you paired the play 3 as well?

If just using play bar, does it emulate any surround effect? or is it purely coming from the front? are you happy with the sound from the tv through the Playbar for movies and tv shows? and does it get loud to fill an entire room.
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For what it's worth... we originally purchased just the sonos playbar when it first came out.

Having not had any surround sound before - we definitely noticed the difference

and there was a virtual surround sound effect.

 

Then - as happens to a lot of people,

we got curious and purchased the sub plus 2 Play 3's.

Where it was great before, now it was exciting -

especially with action packed films and films with great music scores.

We've definitely not regretted our purchase.

 

Since then we've gotten more Play 3's and a Play 5

for other rooms and yes -

we do occasionally move the Play 3's around to other rooms or the back porch.

I can't comment on the Play 1 - haven't heard it.

 

Hope that helps.

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The only other thing that bothers me is that sonos playbar does not support DTS, what do you do in that situation?
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jcolec,

 

Can you post a picture of your setup over the fireplace?

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Would Dolby Digital work if the optical was coming from a cable-box or receiver?
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Yes your Dolby digital would work coming directly from your cable box.
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