Sonos Playbar vs Bose Solo 5 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
Bose Solo 5

The Sonos Playbar vs Bose Solo 5 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the Bose Solo 5 has a rating 4.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Playbar has 3.0 and Solo 5 has 2.0. 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 Bose Solo 5 received 5 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. Bluetooth support integrated in the Solo 5. Neither the Playbar nor Solo 5 has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 3/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the 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 Solo 5. 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
Bose Solo 5

Model

Playbar
Solo 5

Brand

Sonos
Bose

Reviews

1323
2244

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
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

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
1/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

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
21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
1.7/3.7
Sonos Playbar
Bose Solo 5
Sonos Playbar
Bose Solo 5

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 4
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 4Bose Solo 5

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