Ask Sonos: Exclusive Chat About SONOS PLAYBAR

Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Sonos Staff in Contests & Promos, Events, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Worldwide

Meet the man and the team who pioneered the SONOS PLAYBAR technology. Ask them questions and get answers in real time.

Participants in Europe can join us at 10am GMT / 11am CET on Wednesday Feb. 20th and US participants can tune-in at 11am PDT on Thursday Feb. 21st.

Sonos Product Developer, Hilmar Lehnert, and his team will host live chat sessions for all Sonos owners to ask questions about PLAYBAR and the Sonos system.

Get on the list: RSVP here to attend the live chat session and learn more about PLAYBAR.

We speak your language: English, Swedish, Dutch, and French are supported and other participants can follow along using Google Translate, built directly into the chat interface.




Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Sonos Staff in Contests & Promos, Events, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Worldwide

3 Responses to “Ask Sonos: Exclusive Chat About SONOS PLAYBAR”

MohicanFebruary 19th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I think this the soundbar idea sound pretty awesome but I don’t think it is fully cooked. It would have been better if I could select the output option on the device as oppsed to going through my TV. Let me explain. In my living room I have a 40 inch TV. attached to it is my shaw cable box and an apple computer. I often listen to music on Sonos (play 5)when I am doing computer work. If I hook this up to my TV with the optical out, then I will have to listen to my computer since this will take presedence. I guess the other option would be to turn off the Tv external out but that entails teaching my wife and kids the pain of going through TV menus. If they forget then my sonos alarm won’t work for music in the morning. Also my computer is never shut down so the soundbar would always take control.
Currently I am looking for some kind of switcher that would work for opticals going into it. I don’t know what the outcome would be if I hook all my devices into something like that and the optical out to the sound bar. Thus only using teh soundbar outside of playing sonos when I like.
also I have been trying to see if I could find a vesa mount for the soundbar. Then I can mount it to the back of the Tv that sits in a corner on it’s own stand.

Lars PoulsenFebruary 20th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

If I understand this right, it is a soundbar packaged with a PLAY unit. When the PLAY is paused, the TV sound drives the speakers.
I would have much preferred that this had HDMI in, HDMI out with a variable delay for the video on the HDMI that automatically matched the (variable) jitter buffer delay in the sonos path. Then I could play video through my receiver, have the bar device pick off the sound from HDMI-IN and treat it like a local line-in, and then have the sound play everywhere, synchronized to the video on the HDMI-OUT (i.e. the TV picture). If it could also switch between multiple HDMI inputs, it would REPLACE my A/V receiver and simplify the whole setup.
And this enhanced device should be capable of subordinating itself to my HARMONY remote, of course.

mohicanFebruary 21st, 2013 at 5:09 am

The whole point of this unit is not to have a receiver. It uses it’s own amp source. I don’t get why you would want that.

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