Sonos Playbar comparison

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Sonos Playbar

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Pioneer SP-SB23W

Pioneer SP-SB23W
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Harman/Kardon SB 16

Harman/Kardon SB 16
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Sony HT-CT260

Sony HT-CT260
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SpeakerCraft CS3

SpeakerCraft CS3
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Price $699 to $759 at 5 stores $396 to $399 at 3 stores $499 at 1 store $299 to $299 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.2 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 3 reviews 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 0.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date March 04, 2013 June 25, 2013 January 15, 2011 October 14, 2012 November 12, 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 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 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 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. The SpeakerCraft CS3 is a handsome, excellent-sounding sound bar that's well worth its lofty price.

Basic specs

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