I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Playbar vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, play/pause, volume up, volume down for the Playbar and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Playbar has 3.0 and HT-S350 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The Playbar can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Playbar. Bluetooth support integrated in the HT-S350. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-S350. Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10.
The manufacturer of the Playbar provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Playbar or HT-S350. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review.
The Sony HT-S350 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-S350 price