Sonos Playbar vs KEF HTF7003 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
KEF HTF7003

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Playbar vs KEF HTF7003 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the KEF HTF7003 has a rating 5.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the KEF HTF7003 received 6 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The Playbar can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Playbar. Soundbars from this comparison do not have Bluetooth support. Neither the Playbar nor HTF7003 has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the HTF7003 was rated 4/10.

Features

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.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Playbar or HTF7003. 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.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
KEF HTF7003

Model

Playbar
HTF7003

Brand

Sonos
KEF

Reviews

1323
9

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
2.1/4.6
Sonos Playbar
KEF HTF7003
Sonos Playbar
KEF HTF7003

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 5
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 5KEF HTF7003

The KEF HTF7003 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check KEF HTF7003 price