Originally Posted by jautor
If you're going to have separate speakers anyway, why even go the Playbar route? A wall-mount, low-profile Center speaker, appropriate L/R, sub all attached to a network-enabled AVR and you get what you want. If you've got other Sonos units around the house and therefore would benefit from the common UI/app - use an inexpensive AVR and a Sonos Connect as a source.
Good points - here's my situation/goals. I want to create a "dolby 3.0" setup.
I can't use a sub since the bass on the floor would upset my neighbor below me. So, all the bass I can use has to be from the speakers on the bookshelves. It's not nearly as good, but it's what I have to deal with.
I can't do surround sound since I have no where to mount them in the room.
However, I'd like to use 5.1 as my source so that I get a center channel signal to produce the dialog more clearly than when in stereo.
So, my spitball guess was to use the playbar as the "center/faux surround" speaker and the play 5s as the R/L, using their decent bass to help offset the lack of a sub.
The use of a networked AVR is definitely a possibility, but my built-in cabinets don't have line of sight (solid wood doors) and there is zero ventilation in it. So since I don't want to put it on top of the cabinet I'd have to keep opening the doors, which isn't ideal.
I like the idea of self powered, wireless speakers (like the play 5) so that I'm no longer mucking around with as many wires. Do you have any suggestions for a center speaker like that? If I went sonos, I don't know if a play 3 would be a viable solution.
Just to add, my sources are xbox one, ps4 and a chromecast. I just cut the cord so I no longer have a DVR - I have Verizon FioS with ethernet out from the ONT and a local TV package, so I'm looking into making that work with a new TV (TBD
on which one)
Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated!