Sound systems are a part of our life. And deciding over a sound device takes a lot of time. You always look around for different features and functions that attracts your interest. But due to different options available in the market, selecting the right one is not at all easy. So, after reviewing many products, we are here with two amazing Sonos sound systems. We have compared both the Sonos Playbase and Playbar device from different aspects. Now let’s have a look on these products.
Sonos Playbase Vs. Playbar- Comparison chart:
|Specifications||Sonos playbase||Sonos playbar|
|Wired Connectivity||2 GB LAN USB 2.0 on each device||2 GB WAN/LAN per unit|
|Wi-Fi||Dual band WiFi radios Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Dual band WiFi radios Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Range||1 device- 1000-1500 sq. ft. 3 devices- 2-3000 sq. ft.||1 device- 500-1500 sq. ft. 2 devices- 1500-3000 sq. ft. 3 devices- 3000-4500 sq. ft.|
|Memory||256 MB||512 MB|
|Security of network||WPA/ WPA2||WPA2-PSK|
|Color||Black, Grey, Orange, White||White|
|Reduces WiFi dead zones||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||Quad-core 700MHz||Quad-core 710 MHz|
|Dimensions||4.6” * 4.6 * 1.2”||Height- 2.7” Diameter- 4.1”|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Sonos Playbase vs. Playbar- Difference
1. On-device Controls
This feature supports Amazon Alexa or an IR remote, also you can control it by Sonos app. But except for these options, both have an on-device control system. This feature allows you to control the function of the device even without an app connection.
Sonos Playbar provides side buttons using which you can control the functions. Through these side panel buttons, you can control the volume and play/pause feature. The Sonos Playbase has three touch-interface buttons on the front side. Using these buttons, you can change the volume, tracks, and play/pause the system.
Bottom line: Thus, this touch-interface adds a bit sleeker look unlike the Playbar.
The Sonos Playbase is available in two colors- white and black. But Playbar is only available in black color. We know that black color suits modern TV systems. But at the same time, we cannot decline that white and black options complement any home decor and new TV setups.
Bottom line: Choose the device as per your needs.
3. Mount Options
If your TV ends up on the stands or furniture, the Sonos Playbase is the perfect choice for your TV. This product provides an off-wall approach to better TV sound. You need to put your TV on the Playbase for a well designed and epic home theater.
When it comes to Playbar, you should know that this product gives the best sounds when mounted on the wall. You can place this device beneath the TV, on the table or console. It has rubberish feet, so it gets settled. But there is only one problem, that if it gets placed on furniture the drivers face upwards rather than forward because of its standing position. So, this can impact the sound in the wrong way.
Bottom line: So, in this case, Playbar has more options than the Playbase. Because of its wall- mount feature.
As per the design, both the systems have an elegant design that will suit your modern TV setups. Sonos Playbase has a flat design with round edges. So that it can slip beneath your TV. Whereas Playbar features a long shape measuring about 900mm wide by 140mm high. This feature is perfect for the wall-mounted TV systems.
Bottom line: So, focusing on the design and decor of your home, choose the product that will compliment your TV system.
5. Sound Quality
This is an essential factor in these devices as they are the sound systems. Sonos Playbase is available with ten amplified speakers, six mid-range, and three tweeters. At the same time Playbar comes with nine speakers, and an equal number of tweeters as the Playbase. But Playbase also has an extra feature of an S-shaped woofer.
This woofer allows the Playbase to produce more in-depth notes. And makes it more different from the Playbar.Thus, Playbar does not have a woofer because of which it ends up providing the monotonal sound at the bottom end. But the Playbase has an extra advantage of the woofer. When both the devices got tested Playbar provided to sound better than the Playbase. Because of the S-shaped woofer, Playbase provides a loud note. And this distracts the sound picture. But Playbar offers a bit soft sound, which is enjoyable and convenient for your ears.
Bottom line: So, as per enjoyable and softer sound Playbar is the best option.
6. Ethernet Port
So, Playbase provides one Ethernet port whereas the Playbar offers two Ethernet ports. Now you may be thinking why there is a need for two Ethernet ports. So, now you can use one of those ports to connect to the wired home network. And the other one for internet connectivity. So, this feature allows you to connect to a smart TV.
Bottom line: As per your needs, select the product. If you want to have the extra advantage of two ports, then you can go for Playbar.
7. Airplay 2
So only a few of Sonos products support Airplay 2 system. And the Playbase device is one of them. It has the latest hardware system which supports Airplay 2. But Playbar does not support this system. Still, you can have the Airplay 2 that can get supported by the Playbar. But you need to connect it to one of the Sonos enabled Airplay speakers.
Bottom line: without any hassle, you can choose Sonos Playbase if you want to connect to Airplay 2.
Sonos Playbase Vs. Playbar- Similarities
Both these devices had proved to be the best sound systems when we tested them. Sonos Playbase and Playbar combines to form a complete theater sound system. You can enjoy your movies, music, sports with an unforgettable sound experience.
It’s not easy to search for sound systems which have every feature that can complement your needs. But Sonos has proved their position in these terms. Both of them provide the Wi-Fi connectivity option. So, you can get connected to this device without any hassle. You don’t get any interruptions or interference while you stream your favorite music.
These Sonos products provide few more options of remote controls. You can control them through the Sonos app, IR remote, or voice. All these products work with the Amazon Echo systems. You can control them through voice commands. And even handle your songs, playlists, radio stations etc.
Both Playbase and Playbar device has night mode and speech enhancement features. With this speech enhancement feature, the loud TV noise can get controlled. And also turns it into clear and crisp sounds. The night mode feature helps to balance the music at night time. And enhance the sound by reducing its intensity. Both these products also support Trueplay feature. It is a software which fine-tunes the sound and makes sure it fits the space by measuring the size and shape. But this feature is only available for iOS users.
These systems connect with the digital optical cable, so make a shape for it. Besides this, the installation process is like a breeze. Connect the speakers to your TV via Wi-Fi using your smartphones and enjoy your sound system. With your Playbase and Playbar, you can see almost view everything. Such as cable and satellite boxes, gaming consoles unless they get connected to your TV sets.
Overview Of Sonos Playbase System
- The sleek soundbase for TV, movies, music, and more
- Playbase practically disappears beneath the TV while its ten amplified speaker drivers deliver deep booms and crystal...
- Stream sound directly from your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri to play Apple Music
This device is a perfect selection if you want to experience something more than the Playbar. After we tested this product, we learned about its features. And felt that it provides one of the best experiences of sound systems.
It’s stereo outputs, Adjustable Bass & Treble Controls are the best features provided. You will have fantastic sound base functions. So, if you plan to have everything, even the iOS option, then Sonos Playbase is the perfect choice for it. This product also provides touch control which differentiates it from the Sonos Playbar.
So, this device is a complete package of entertainment. Thus there are few more things such as the woofer system which results in a loud sound and is not considered by many. It also does not have the wall- mount system. But still lacking in this field does not make Playbase a limited option.
Its design, style is perfect to go with your modern home designs and is even easy to handle. Easy installation process and many other options complete the sound system. Thus their need is the best factor of the product. Now, let’s look at the Playbar device.
Overview Of Sonos Playbar System
- The mountable soundbar for TV, movies, music, and more
- Enjoy crisp dialogue and impressive bass from wall to wall with Playbar. Control it with the Sonos app, your remote, and...
- Whether you mount it on the wall or place it below your TV on a stand or console, Playbar automatically tunes itself for...
Playbar device is a high competition to the Playbase product. As you came to know that Playbase has many extra options from Playbar. But there are few features which are not supported by Playbase device. And it is available in Playbar product.
When this device came to market, it had the button options which did not get provided in the Playbase device. Even though the tools can get controlled by the smart things but if you need to handle it using those buttons. Then this option is only provided by the Playbar device.
This product has an advantage of an extra Ethernet port then the Playbase product. You get provided with two ports, which gives you extra convenience to connect your device to a smart TV. So, this product is also a good option when you need smooth and relaxed sound. Because it does not have the woofers. Thus selecting this is also a good deal.
What Is Present With Playbase And Playbar Box?
With the Playbase product, you will get a custom-designed and swivel action base. So, that you can get swivels and hover you TV up to 8″. You can hover it above the Sonos Playbase system. And adding to it you can also swivel the TV set up up to 20° right or left without worrying about your room location. With this setup, you can have a bright and satisfying angle of view.
And if you go for Playbar device then remember to get the wall-mount. It will help you to place your product above or below the TV, which will provide better sound performance.
Now finally, we are at the end of the review. So, now you may have got a clear understanding of these two Sonos products. But still concluding our investigation let us tell you the final comparison conclusion. Both these devices have the same remote control systems and installation process. Everything can get handled via the Sonos app. This feature complements the convenience of the products. So, whenever you choose the sound system for your home, look around every detail that can fulfill your need and also provides the best features.