Sonos Playbar vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 review

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Sonos Playbar vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
5.5
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
5
4

Sonos Playbar vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 review

Sonos Playbar
vs
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

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.

Audio features

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.

Connectivity

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.

Features

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Sonos Playbar over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over Sonos Playbar

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Product

Sonos Playbar
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

Model

Playbar
Shockwafe Pro 7.1

Brand

Sonos
Nakamichi

Reviews

1767
1993

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, source, demo, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
3/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.1/7.2

Other

Release year

2013
2017
Sonos Playbar
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Sonos Playbar
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 7.8
  • 5.5Sonos Playbar
  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 price

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