New Sonos Playbar cuts the cords, not the sound, for home theatres
Guys like me who enjoy their home theatre systems have had to battle it out with their significant others for space – and money – to put a plethora of speakers and wiring in their living rooms for an ear-pleasing home theatre.
That's because most TV sets ship with crummy stereo speakers that were just good enough to produce noise that matches what you're watching. A home theatre, by comparison, produces sound, music and a Hi-Fi pleasure.
Some companies offer all-in-one solutions known as sound bars. These devices simulate a surround experience from a thin row of speakers crammed in a bar that usually sits under the TV. Space-saving, yes, but none have blown me away.
So I was skeptical when Sonos called me out to experience their new wireless home theatre solution – a sound bar called the Playbar.