Dealers Speculate on Rumored Sonos Playbar Soundbar
Dealers hope a rumored 802.11n soundbar from Sonos, called Playbar, will cost less than $1,000 and come with an IR remote.
Update on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM EST: Sonos has officially announced the Sonos PlayBar soundbar for $699. Click here to read the story.
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?
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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