Sonos Playbar vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sonos Playbar vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 7 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and microphone, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 3.0. 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 Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Each of rivals supports AirPlay 2. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Soundbar 500 has Bluetooth support. Only the Soundbar 500 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Soundbar 500. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.5
Bose Soundbar 500
7
2
8
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

Playbar
Soundbar 500

Brand

Sonos
Bose

Reviews

1539
170

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
microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

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

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.1/7
Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500
Sonos Playbar
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 7
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price