Sonos Playbar vs LG SL5Y review

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Sonos Playbar
vs
LG SL5Y

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Playbar vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 4.5. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, volume down, volume up, function, 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 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. 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 LG SL5Y 8 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Playbar.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Playbar can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the SL5Y has Bluetooth support. Only the SL5Y supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 6/10, 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

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
LG SL5Y

Model

Playbar
SL5Y

Brand

Sonos
LG

Reviews

1510
128

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, volume down, volume up, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

90

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

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
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

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
89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
2.3/5.2
Sonos Playbar
LG SL5Y
Sonos Playbar
LG SL5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 4.5
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 4.5LG SL5Y

The Sonos Playbar is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Playbar price