Product Comparison: Denon HEOS Bar vs Sonos PLAYBAR

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General Specifications
About the Product
Experience thrilling HD home cinema and sensational music streaming. Break the sound barriers and get the room filling sound your TV deserves. The HEOS Bar delivers exceptional performance and upgrades the sound on even the largest of TV screens. HEOS integration allows you to enjoy all your music wirelessly.
PLAYBAR´s nine–speaker design floods your home with huge waves of epic, full–theater sound for TV, Web, Movies and Video Games. It is also a stand–alone all–in–one Sonos player that allows you to wirelessly stream all the music on earth—your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts.
Key Specs
Minimum Frequency Response
55 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response
22 kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Denon HEOS Bar Black
  • Much better sound stage and mid range. I ran mine without a sub and it still surprised me.
  • As I listen to lots of drum n bass this was a great choice for me,brings movies to life and sound that shakes my walls
  • Much better than my Vizio soundbar system. More detail and clarify and dynamic range too.
  • The sound is great, voices are firmly anchored and it's very clear, front soundstage is as expected from a sound bar.
  • Great soundbar. Beats any rivals in its price range, sound quality is typical from Denon.
Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar
  • The SONOS sound bar provides very clean sound reproduction in all frequency ranges.
  • The response time is amazing. I expected switching applications on the app to take seconds, but it's virtually instantaneous. Sound quality is superb.
  • Really impressed by the full sound including the low end bass response.
  • Nice sound. This gives the music a clear and powerful sound.
  • This playbar sound speaker is a good one and very powerful in sound production.
Size & Weight
2.83 in.
3.3 in.
43.3 in.
35.4 in.
5.83 in.
5.5 in.
10.58 lbs.
11.9 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Denon HEOS Bar Black
  • I love the looks and the sound is clear and strong
  • I was blown away by it's performance and looks! Worth every penny!
  • So glad i finally bought a sound bar for my living room, this one sounds great and looks so nice.
  • Excellent space saver solution from Denon
  • At least with this soundbar there is a feeling that you have something of substance for you money as it has some weight and is over a metre long.
Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar
  • Great sound in a compact size that packs the power of three speakers.
  • This is a fabulous product! Works really well in any size room.
  • Not only does it have a great sound, but I like the slim size.
  • Sounds good for the small size. You need the subwoofer. Packed well and is a quality piece.
  • The sonos system is very impressive for its size and ease of use.
Installation Type
Stand-alone, Wall-mount
Number of Channels
Sound Enhancing System
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS
Dolby Digital, DTS TruSurround
4K Pass-Through, Works with Alexa, Works with the Google Assistant
Alexa app., Voice Conrol with Alexa, Realistic and Impressive Sound
What customers say about "Features"
Denon HEOS Bar Black
  • Sonos, Bose and Bluesound have aux input delay even without wifi streaming to other speakers. HEOS series is the only one didn’t have significant delay.
  • USB plugged music can be played from any speaker in the network. In fact, I was even able to play two separate musics from single USB source on two different speakers.
  • HEOS Bar is real 3.0 whereas bluesound is 2.0. Basically when I compared features, HEOS turned out to be the best.
  • We can connect device like Echo Dot and essentially have full featured, high audio quality Alexa enabled speaker.
  • The app worked fine for me. I connected the HEOS app to my TV, Spotify and SiriusXM.
Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar
  • Soundbar was extremely easy to install on wall with their mounting bracket.
  • The Playbar was easy to install and integrate with my Play 3's to get the surround sound effects.
  • The installation is very smooth (specially if you already other Sonos devices). The sound quality is pretty good and automatically becomes integrated with other Sonos components.
  • The soundbar is a great unit. The bar actually contains the center channel and the two front channels.
  • Soundbar works great, but my tv like many others doesn't output Dolby digital 5.1. Had to buy an hdmi switch and now have Dolby digital 5.1 from all decices.
  • Disappointing soundbar. Thought it would be a great purchase and am already invested with a bunch of other Sonos gear. Bought the Playbar and two Play:1s since Sonos says they can work together to do 5.1 surround.
Equalizer Settings
Bass/Tremble control, Night mode, Surround sound control, Movie mode
Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Ethernet, HDMI Input x 4, HDMI Output x 1, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, USB type A, Digital coaxial audio, Optical audio input
LAN, Digital optical audio
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Denon HEOS Bar Black
  • The overall control of the sound bar and inputs is why I got it. Love it!
  • Very easy thanks to the CEC/ARC with my smart tv
  • Great that you can add more Denon Heos speakers as well to the soundbar wirelessly.
  • HEOSBar has many input including 4 HDMI and HDMI Arc whereas SONOS Playbar or Playbase has only optical in.
  • HEOS speakers feature USB port. One can supposedly attach USB drive with music and play them in any speaker on the network.
Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar
  • Easy wireless connection with Bluetooth for Pandora or other iphone media.
  • This is an amazing product. I connected the playbar into a pre-wired LAN jack in my family room (routed through a ethernet switch to the LAN jack) to my cable modem (located in a separate room).
  • A really good concept with only one major hole in it. As others have mentioned, there's only an optical in and not an hdmi in.
  • It doesn't have bluetooth or the capability to connect to my devices over wireless for anything other than music.
  • Minor limitation may be the optical audio input for 5.1 as newer HDTVs are tending to HDMI and may not have an optical output.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
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