Dealers Speculate on Rumored Sonos Playbar Soundbar
FCC label for Sonos Playbar
Is Sonos about to introduce its first soundbar? That’s been the rumor ever since the developer of wireless multiroom audio systems filed a notice with the FCC about an 802.11n-enabled “Playbar” device.
A Sonos soundbar would be a nice complement – and vice versa – for the company’s new subwoofer, introduced last year.
We noted back in 2010 that Sonos was hiring a senior product manager, home theater sound, to “re-invent home theater sound for the digital age.”
Perhaps the Playbar represents that reinvention.
Integrators chatting at RemoteCentral.com hope so. Many of them have been invited to a Webinar next Tuesday, Feb. 12, presumably to announce the new product.
Dealers there are hoping that the soundbar – if it is one – comes in at less than $1,000 and can be controlled by something other than a tablet.
“This thing is dead in the water if it doesn’t come with a[n] IR remote or handheld remote of some type,” says 3PedalMINI, adding that “even something like the ATV remote would be fine.”
For his part, Innovative A/V says he tried a Sonos Connect amplifier with a couple of speakers as a trial run for a possible Sonos Soundbar.
“It drove me nuts,” he says. “Sounds good, but every time you need to adjust the volume or mute you have to wake up you controller (in my case the iPad), wait for it to grab the Sonos network and then adjust.”
Are you hoping for a Sonos soundbar? If so, what should be the cost and feature set?