Sonos Playbar comparison

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar
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Harman/Kardon SB 16

Harman/Kardon SB 16
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Pioneer SP-SB23W

Pioneer SP-SB23W
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SpeakerCraft CS3

SpeakerCraft CS3
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Sony HT-CT260

Sony HT-CT260
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Price $675 to $699 at 5 stores $499 at 1 store $249 to $399 at 3 stores $299 to $349 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.2 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews 0.5 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date March 04, 2013 January 15, 2011 June 25, 2013 November 12, 2012 October 14, 2012
The Bottom Line The Sonos Playbar is cleverly designed and does great fake surround, but it's better suited to current Sonos customers than newcomers. The Harman Kardon SB 16 features a premium price tag and some remote control quirks, but its excellent sound quality and exterior design make it worth the extra cash. The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations. The SpeakerCraft CS3 is a handsome, excellent-sounding sound bar that's well worth its lofty price. The Sony HT-CT260 is our go-to budget sound bar pick, with excellent sound quality, built-in Bluetooth, an adaptable design, and no major missteps.

Basic specs

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System Components 6 x Midrange
1 x Sound bar
1 x Subwoofer
1 x Sound bar
1 x Wireless subwoofer
Info unavailable 1 x Sound bar
1 x Wireless subwoofer
Color Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Matte black
Black
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )
Info unavailable Info unavailable AC 120/230 V
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Product Type Info unavailable Sound Bar
2.1-channel
Info unavailable Sound bar
Sound Bar
2.1-channel
Dimensions (WxDxH) 35.43 in x 5.51 in x 3.35 in
Info unavailable Info unavailable 28 in x 16.5 in x 3.9 in
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Remote Control Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Included
Remote control - Infrared
Speaker System Details Info unavailable 2 - 25 Watt - 8 Ohm
1 x Subwoofer - 100 Watt
Info unavailable Sound bar
Subwoofer
- 170 Watt
- 130 Watt
Connectivity Technology Wired - Wi-Fi
Wireless - Ethernet
Wired
Wired - Bluetooth
Wireless
Wired - Bluetooth
Wireless
Wireless - Bluetooth
Wired
Speaker Type Active
Active
Info unavailable Active
Active
Weight 11.9 lbs
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Built-in Decoders Info unavailable Info unavailable Dolby Digital
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Nominal Output Power (Total) Info unavailable 150 Watt
Info unavailable 80 Watt
300 Watt
Product Description Sonos PLAYBAR
Sound Bar
Harman/kardon SB 16
Info unavailable SpeakerCraft CS3 - Sound bar
Sound Bar
Sony HT-CT260
Audio Amplifier Integrated
Integrated
Info unavailable Integrated
Integrated
Response Bandwidth Info unavailable 50 - 20000 Hz
Info unavailable 35 - 20000 Hz
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