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Can Sonos Playbar steam to Sonos Connect

by mwsimpson / November 12, 2013 12:23 AM PST

Want to stream TV audio (TV wired to DirecTV)to wired Receiver/amp that controls multi-room wired speakers.

Thought of Sonos Playbar connected to TV (new Samsung smart TV) and then Sonos Connect wired to Receiver (and Sonos Bridge sired to router) as suggested by first Sonos Tech who advised ALL Sonos products can stream. Second call to Sonos tech (to verify) says NO b/c Playbar cannot stream and this will not work. I cannot get definitive answer - I even went to Best Buy two different times and received the same two different answers. Am perplexed.

Anyone doing this with Sonos or with other wireless streaming to drive hard-wired speaker/receiver system? Will a new Samsung smart TV have wireless capability to stream its audio to my receiver?

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Be careful. Be sure you can return this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2013 12:48 AM PST

You did write "streaming" so here's the trouble area. To stream the content is packaged up and sent over some network and in doing so introduces a delay. An extreme example where delays are outlandish is at

So be sure to keep your signals wired as packetising and such will cause trouble and get you upset.

If you can't hear the other room then that's not a concern here.

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This must be an issues with settings
by Pepe7 / November 12, 2013 4:50 AM PST

AFAIK, the Sonos Playbar *is* designed to handle & stream output from an audio source via digital optical input. So IOW, it could be an HDTV or other component which could output sound via digital optical. My bet's on the settings somewhere in the chain that are incorrect. The Sonos connect would be the 'last mile' you would indeed utilize, to connect via digital optical or digital coaxial cable to your AV receiver.

Luckily, the Sonos forums (as well as AVS) are helpful in solving what their techs often cannot.

That said, I can't even begin to tell you how much better even an entry level HTIB (home theater in a box) would be sound-quality wise above overpriced soundbar solutions such as this one. Not only would this get you great bass, but proper dynamic range/soundfield/ability to dock an iPod/etc. You also won't be getting surround sound from the Playbar. Add up the cost of all that Sonos gear and you could substitute with some better sounding gear IMNSHO. Bob's advice to stick with a simple wired connection from Samsung to AV receiver would be my choice too, given you will have three 'hops' before it's sent to the receiver. There are plenty of good ways to hide a longer wire too, just ask at AVS when you visit that forum. Youtube also has some great DIY wiring videos.

Adding an AppleTV or Apple Airport Express has proven to be a great alternative to adding audio streaming to a home AV setup over wifi. Using the Apple Airplay built into iPod/iPhone/iPad, you can stream to the AppleTV or Airport Express, and that routes via digital optical to a nearby receiver.

I assume you have no cable or satellite box in this mix?

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Forgot to add one thing
by Pepe7 / November 12, 2013 10:49 PM PST

AFAIK, the Sonos Playbar won't be able to send along DD5.1 content from your DirecTV box. Pop over to their support site to verify this though.

Go wired for the main HDTV if possible(!) Wink

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Surround sound with Sonos
by hifimonster / December 22, 2013 2:28 AM PST

It is possible to add the Sonos Play 3 or new Play 1 speaker to the Playbar and Sub to add 5.1 surround sound to your TV/Bluray/ set to box system - it works very well, heard it over at a friends house this weekend - you can put the Sub under the sofa if needs be, still sounds great.

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Please re-read the entire thread
by Pepe7 / December 23, 2013 2:58 AM PST

What you are saying isn't the crux of the issue.

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