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hottestthebetter18/06/2020 16:25

"limited use for real movie fans" using high res sources such as blu-ray



Surely "Real fans" wouldn't use a soundbar at all, full 7.2.2 setup with a live orchestra to do the score.
donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


Whilst very limited, "zero use" is a bit of a fantasy.
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There quite a few available around the country
Great price. Hot!
Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema
Great price. Love my Soundbar
donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


Whilst very limited, "zero use" is a bit of a fantasy.
They had subs £420 I ummed n arred now all sold out lol
Good price
donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


I have one as a 5.1 setup - works very well for me
Minstadave18/06/2020 16:03

Whilst very limited, "zero use" is a bit of a fantasy.



"limited use for real movie fans" using high res sources such as blu-ray
W._.M18/06/2020 16:20

I have one as a 5.1 setup - works very well for me



thats not a surround sound setup in any way whatsoever !
hottestthebetter18/06/2020 16:25

"limited use for real movie fans" using high res sources such as blu-ray



Surely "Real fans" wouldn't use a soundbar at all, full 7.2.2 setup with a live orchestra to do the score.
I have one of these and paid £750 for it. Best speaker I’ve owned for a TV. Thinking about upgrading to the ARC
Amazing price!!!
They are probably clearing stock for the new ARC
Think I just got last one. Was in market for the compact beam but at this price for the Playbar I couldn’t say no
I have loved using mine for the last few years, incredible sound!
Thinking of selling it on fleabay whilst there is still a market for it and upgrading to the arc
Just bought the Sonos Play 5 for £299 don't mind it being ex display you get a two yr warranty
That's a great price. I paid £369 second hand last year with an ebay code and have been really impressed.
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W._.M18/06/2020 16:20

I have one as a 5.1 setup - works very well for me


i have a 5.1.2 setup now that is SS. sonos arc, sonos sub gen 3, 2 sonos one's as rears
Hi, could you tell me why? I’ve been interested in buying one
hottestthebetter18/06/2020 16:25

"limited use for real movie fans" using high res sources such as blu-ray

donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


Always from a person who’s never used a Sonos.
donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


Ha ha what you on about. All streaming services stream Dolby Digital. This is a great speaker. I highly recommend you pair it with a sub
Dolby digital is ancient tech

Got2LoveGadgets18/06/2020 18:35

Ha ha what you on about. All streaming services stream Dolby Digital. This …Ha ha what you on about. All streaming services stream Dolby Digital. This is a great speaker. I highly recommend you pair it with a sub


Netflix and prime etc use dolby digital plus which in itself is compressed as hell but you don't even get that never mind HD Audio

"Originally developed by Dolby Stereo Digital in 1994, Dolby Digital is an audio compression technology. It efficiently transfers audio signals to AV preamplifier/processor or receiver that have the capability in decoding it.

DefinitionDolby Digital provides an efficient audio technology for content providers in order to compress audio files size without diminishing its quality. Moreover, Dolby Digital utilizes at most six discrete sound channels. The audio from this technology is commonly included in DVDs and TV broadcast.

On the other hand, Dolby Digital Plus is an improved audio technology which is based on Dolby Digital. It is a digital-based sound format in high definition which supports up to eight channels. Blu-ray discs utilize this audio format. In addition to that, it is also compatible with the interface of HDMI."
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donotneed18/06/2020 18:50

Dolby digital is ancient techNetflix and prime etc use dolby digital plus …Dolby digital is ancient techNetflix and prime etc use dolby digital plus which in itself is compressed as hell but you don't even get that never mind HD Audio"Originally developed by Dolby Stereo Digital in 1994, Dolby Digital is an audio compression technology. It efficiently transfers audio signals to AV preamplifier/processor or receiver that have the capability in decoding it.DefinitionDolby Digital provides an efficient audio technology for content providers in order to compress audio files size without diminishing its quality. Moreover, Dolby Digital utilizes at most six discrete sound channels. The audio from this technology is commonly included in DVDs and TV broadcast.On the other hand, Dolby Digital Plus is an improved audio technology which is based on Dolby Digital. It is a digital-based sound format in high definition which supports up to eight channels. Blu-ray discs utilize this audio format. In addition to that, it is also compatible with the interface of HDMI."


The Playbar was released in 2013, at that time the only mainstream codecs were DD and DTS (which it didn't support and was rightly criticised for).

To suggest it is "zero use" for home cinema is plainly nonsensical. Yes codecs have moved on, but you don't need HD audio or Atmos to have enjoyable home cinema setup, especially in a Sounbar as this isn't some no compromise 7.1/dedicated listening room setup.

The Playbar is a decent sounding bit of kit and everyone and their wife output a DD signal, so despite being long in the tooth, is still very usuable, especially if you have Sonos kit around the house.
Edited by: "Minstadave" 18th Jun
donotneed18/06/2020 18:50

Dolby digital is ancient techNetflix and prime etc use dolby digital plus …Dolby digital is ancient techNetflix and prime etc use dolby digital plus which in itself is compressed as hell but you don't even get that never mind HD Audio"Originally developed by Dolby Stereo Digital in 1994, Dolby Digital is an audio compression technology. It efficiently transfers audio signals to AV preamplifier/processor or receiver that have the capability in decoding it.DefinitionDolby Digital provides an efficient audio technology for content providers in order to compress audio files size without diminishing its quality. Moreover, Dolby Digital utilizes at most six discrete sound channels. The audio from this technology is commonly included in DVDs and TV broadcast.On the other hand, Dolby Digital Plus is an improved audio technology which is based on Dolby Digital. It is a digital-based sound format in high definition which supports up to eight channels. Blu-ray discs utilize this audio format. In addition to that, it is also compatible with the interface of HDMI."


How did it deal with unsupported formats like DTS-HD MA? Most blurays in the 1080p generation used that. Most 4k blurays use Dolby Atmos. Most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus. I avoided playbar as it can't do any of them!
xenononon18/06/2020 19:52

How did it deal with unsupported formats like DTS-HD MA? Most blurays in …How did it deal with unsupported formats like DTS-HD MA? Most blurays in the 1080p generation used that. Most 4k blurays use Dolby Atmos. Most streaming services use Dolby Digital Plus. I avoided playbar as it can't do any of them!


All those formats will also allow a normal DD signal to the Playbar.
Minstadave18/06/2020 19:55

All those formats will also allow a normal DD signal to the Playbar.


Did the sound quality of the speakers ever make up for the fact that it was only ever downscaling to DD? I find a huge delta in sound quality from things streaming in dolby digital and dolby digital plus never mind the more higher res formats.
donotneed18/06/2020 15:56

Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home …Mad that these were even popular, dolby digital only. Zero use for home cinema


brilliant
Old tech doesn’t equal bad look at vinyl. Netflix audio bit rate for DD is 640kbps if your bandwidth can handle it. CD quality has always been classed as 320kbps a lot of DAB broadcasts is at 192kbps. Unless you specifically what to hook this up to a BlueRay player then this is an excellent choice and at a bargain price. You will not get anything that sounds close to this at that price. I have both the Beam and Playbar the Playbar clearly out performs the Beam. If you want to enjoy other audio formats DTS / Atmos I would suggest a sound bar is not the correct choice
Got2LoveGadgets18/06/2020 23:57

Old tech doesn’t equal bad look at vinyl. Netflix audio bit rate for DD is …Old tech doesn’t equal bad look at vinyl. Netflix audio bit rate for DD is 640kbps if your bandwidth can handle it. CD quality has always been classed as 320kbps a lot of DAB broadcasts is at 192kbps. Unless you specifically what to hook this up to a BlueRay player then this is an excellent choice and at a bargain price. You will not get anything that sounds close to this at that price. I have both the Beam and Playbar the Playbar clearly out performs the Beam. If you want to enjoy other audio formats DTS / Atmos I would suggest a sound bar is not the correct choice


CD are closer to 1,500Kbps.
Blackhorse18/06/2020 16:53

I have loved using mine for the last few years, incredible sound!Thinking …I have loved using mine for the last few years, incredible sound!Thinking of selling it on fleabay whilst there is still a market for it and upgrading to the arc


Upgraded to the Arc last week, massive upgrade. Struggling to get rid of the Playbar on eBay though!
wozza2k19/06/2020 08:18

Upgraded to the Arc last week, massive upgrade. Struggling to get rid of …Upgraded to the Arc last week, massive upgrade. Struggling to get rid of the Playbar on eBay though!


Thanks for the reassurance the upgrade is worth it, my TV supports Dolby plus which i understand is a type of Atmos without the metabase. So hopefully will work nice together
Honestly sonos fans have no idea just how much they missed out, of course it sounds good and it's much better than your TV but it is not cinema standard sound in any case.. Yet you are paying more for a full 5.1 than you would for an AV with a 5.1 separate that is much more effort of course

Here is the facts

Dolby Digital - 640kpbs max
DTS - 1.5mb
Dolby Digital Plus - 1.7mb
DTS HighRes - 6mb

Then you move to the proper lossless formats

Dolby TRUEHD - 18mb
DTS Master Audio - 24.5mb
donotneed19/06/2020 10:32

Honestly sonos fans have no idea just how much they missed out, of course …Honestly sonos fans have no idea just how much they missed out, of course it sounds good and it's much better than your TV but it is not cinema standard sound in any case.. Yet you are paying more for a full 5.1 than you would for an AV with a 5.1 separate that is much more effort of courseHere is the factsDolby Digital - 640kpbs maxDTS - 1.5mbDolby Digital Plus - 1.7mbDTS HighRes - 6mbThen you move to the proper lossless formatsDolby TRUEHD - 18mbDTS Master Audio - 24.5mb


No one has suggested this in the same standard as a full 5.1 setup and bit rates do not equal enjoyment of a film.

Sonos is a compromised product designed for convenience and to integrate into a multi-room setup that supports wireless surrounds/subs if required, for some the compromise is too much but for others it fits their usage fine. No one buys Sonos for ultimate audio fidelty or "cinema standard sound" - which is often pretty terrible in fact.

In a similar vein, the vast majority of people will stream their movies these days, they're not getting the super high bitrates of 4K Bluray (and even that is compressed), but again you can quite happily enjoy the experience.
Edited by: "Minstadave" 19th Jun
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