It’s the second soundbar of the week, with Sonos announcing its first product that not only makes it possible for your TV to send out volume for your flicks, but also tune into the Sonos network of services.
Picture this: you’ve just finished watching a movie, and rather than just turn your TV off, you want to listen to music, maybe it’s from your own collection on your iPhone, a network hard drive, or a service like Rdio, Spotify, or Pandora.
Rather than retreat to a different room of the home to commence with the music listening, you just want to stay in front of the TV and relax.
A new product from Sonos has been announced to let you do that, sending audio from any device connected to your TV – Blu-ray player, game console, etc – out of nine speakers, made up of six mid-woofers and three tweeters, while also letting you tune into other music playback services.
“Playbar will change everything about the sound experience in your living room, bringing together amazing HiFi sound for your TV and wireless access to the world’s music in a radically simple way,” said John MacFarlane, CEO of Sonos.
If you already have products part of the Sonos family, such as the Sonos Subwoofer (named the “Sub”) or the Play:3, you can pair it up with the Playbar and add more dimensionality to your TV sound. If it’s just the Playbar, when the movie is over, you can take out an iOS or Android device, or even a Mac or PC and log in, allowing you to switch on the music and chill out.
The Playbar will connect to a TV over optical cable, and features wireless connectivity and Ethernet wired ports, so that you can rely on a wired network if need be.
Expect to find the Playbar in stores from March 5, where it will sell for $999 RRP at electronics retailers across the country.