It makes sense comparing Sonos Playbar vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 5.5 out of 10 versus 7.8 for Shockwafe Pro 7.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 7.1.4 for the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Playbar got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 8 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
Only the Sonos Playbar can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively.
App control is available for the Playbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. For multichannel surround Sonos Playbar got a rating of 4, and Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 10 out of 10.
The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 price