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9-Speaker Design/ Angled Left And Right Tweeters/ Each Speaker Driven By A Class D Amplifier/ Night Mode/ Pre-Loaded Internet Radio Stations/ Computer-Free Music Playback/ Control All Your Music And Rooms With Your Android Device, iPhone, iPod Touch, And iPad/ Wireless Connectivity/ Black Finish
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PLAYBAR - Sonos Home Theater Soundbar Speaker

The Sonos Playbar home theater soundbar adds premium audio to your flat screen TV in a sleek, easy to hook-up package. You no longer need a complicated home theater system, with multiple speakers and hundreds of feet of cable, just to enjoy theater-quality sound in your home. Instead, the Playbar connects to your TV with a single optical cable, playing audio from any source also connected to the TV.

Hidden behind the unassuming black grill are six midrange speakers and three tweeters, each powered by an individual Class-D digital amplifier. Combined with sophisticated signal processing, the result is a range of crystal-clear audio which replicates the enveloping effect of a traditional surround sound home theater system. If you need additional bass, the Sonos Playbar can wirelessly synch with the heavy-hitting Sonos Sub.

Simply being the best TV soundbar wasn't enough for Sonos, the leader in wireless music streaming technology. They went one step further by also making the Playbar a standalone music streaming device. Tune into your favorite channels on services like Pandora or Slacker Radio, with the available Android and iPhone apps, or stream songs stored on your NAS to the Playbar. The Sonos Playbar works seamlessly with dozens of music services and can synch with up to 16 computers or NAS devices, providing you with nearly endless listening choices.

Key Features:

  • Complements HD television screens with richly textured HiFi sound
  • Wirelessly streams all the music on earth
  • Simple to set up, control and expand
  • Requires just two cords: one power cord, one optical cord (both included). Syncs with other Sonos speakers wirelessly
  • Understands and speaks most IR remote's language and can be controlled by free apps for your Android®, iPhone® or iPad®
  • Plays all sources plugged in to your HDTV: cable/SAT boxes, Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles. If it's connected to your HD, PLAYBAR will play it

PLAYBAR requires an optical connection, which is standard on most current Televisions. If you are unsure if your television is compatibility, please contact an Abt specialist to discuss your current make/model.

Features:

  • HiDef, meet HiFi
    • HiFi Sound For Your Television
      PLAYBAR's nine-speaker design floods your home with huge waves of epic, full-theater sound for TV, Web, Movies and Video Games
    • All The Music On Earth
      PLAYBAR 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
    • Easy Setup
      PLAYBAR connects to your TV using a single optical cable and power cord and plays everything that is connected to your TV, from cable boxes to gaming consoles
    • Wireless
      No rewiring required. Connect PLAYBAR or BRIDGE to your wireless router and link all Sonos players wirelessly with one touch.
      • Note: To get started, you must wire either one player or BRIDGE to your home network using a standard Ethernet cable
    • Flexible Design
      PLAYBAR can sit above or beneath your TV on a table or a console, or mounted horizontally against a wall
    • Universal Audio
      PLAYBAR speaks DOLBY DIGITAL and stereo, so you never miss a moment of the action
    • Easily Create A 3.1 Home Theater
      Pair PLAYBAR with SUB
    • Easily Create A 5.1 Home Theater
      Pair PLAYBAR with SUB and a stereo pair of PLAY:3s
  • Access all the music on Earth
    • Pre-loaded Internet radio stations — free of charge
      Get over 100,000 free radio stations, shows, and podcasts -- all for free. And you can tune in without turning on your computer. Browse for stations or type in specific call letters or a radio host you love
    • Endless music from the most popular online music services
      Sonos works seamlessly with Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO!, Deezer, iHeartRadio, JB Hi-Fi NOW, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, Slacker® Radio, Songl, Songza, Spotify®, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TuneIn, Wolfgang's Vault®, WiMP, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.)
    • Computer-free music playback
      Get instant access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations — without ripping, downloading or turning on a computer. Sonos connects directly to these services over the Internet and then streams the music to the rooms of your choice
    • Play the music on your computer in any room
      Play music stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats, from iTunes® to MP3
    • Listen to music that's stored on an iPod or iPhone
      Dock, charge and wirelessly play the music from an iPod or iPhone with the SONOS DOCK (sold separately)
  • Control your Sonos music system with your smartphone, tablet and more
    • Control all your music and rooms with your Android™ device, iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad™
      Free Sonos Controller apps for Android, iPhone and iPad let you control your Sonos players, music on the Internet and your computer right from the palm of your hand. Download the apps for free on the iTunes App Store or Android Market™
    • Integrated, multi-room control
      If you have multiple music players, you can control what music is playing in every room in your house, from anywhere in your house. Sonos Controllers aren't tied to a specific player, so you can use any Controller to control the music and the volume in all your rooms
    • Find and play your favorite songs in an instant
      Browse or search for songs and stations, choose the music, and control the volume from anywhere in the home
    • Wireless connectivity
      Android devices, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad connect to your Sonos system through your home WiFi network
    • Includes Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
      Turn any Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer in your home into a Controller. The software is included for free with every Sonos component
    • Dedicated Sonos CONTROL (sold separately)
      Increase your control with a dedicated touch screen SONOS CONTROL featuring instant-on, dedicated buttons and long battery life
  • Simple setup and expandable design
    • Expandable wireless system
      Expand your music system room by room — without adding wires. Add new Sonos components with the press of a single button
  • Automatic software updates
    • New features and music services delivered automatically — and for free
      The Sonos system keeps getting better over time with new features and music services. Once the Sonos music system has been registered, Sonos will automatically notify you when software updates are available. Simply press one button and your system updates itself

Specifications:

Audio

  • Amplifier: Nine Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speakers and acoustic architecture
  • Speakers: Not louder. Clearer. With nine amplified speakers—six midrange and three tweeters—PLAYBAR replaces the steady drip of your TV's built-in speakers with deep booms, crystal-clear whispers, and huge waves of live concert sound. And with automatic equalization, the system self-adjusts for rich, seamless performance
  • 3.0 Home Theater: PLAYBAR's nine-speaker design plunges you into the cinematic action, with huge waves of sound that raise goose bumps while capturing every whisper and footfall. The player connects to your TV with a single cable and plays all sources, including satellite boxes and game consoles
  • 3.1 Home Theater: Pair PLAYBAR with SUB, and with the push of a button you can add spine-curling bass to your cinematic experience—wirelessly
  • 5.1 Home Theater: Add PLAY:3 speakers to your PLAYBAR and SUB for a true surround sound experience that plunges you deeply into the cinematic and gaming action on your screen. Sleek and understated with wireless control, this deeply immersive home theater experience wraps you in crystal-clear, state-of-the-art Sonos sound
  • System Requirements: TV with optical audio output. Broadband Internet. One Sonos component wired to router. Sonos Controller App

Music

  • Operating systems (for stored files): Windows® XP SP3 and higher; Mac OS X v10.6 and higher; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS
  • Music services supported: Sonos works seamlessly with Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO!, Deezer, iHeartRadio, JB Hi-Fi NOW, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, Slacker® Radio, Songl, Songza, Spotify®, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TuneIn, Wolfgang's Vault®, WiMP, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.)
  • Internet radio supported: Streaming MP3, WMA
  • Audio formats supported: Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files.
    Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates
    • Note: Apple "Fairplay", WMA DRM and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may be upgraded
  • Album art supported: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
  • Playback modes: Crossfade, shuffle, repeat
  • Playlists supported: iTunes®, Rhapsody, WinAmp®, Windows Media Player®, and MusicMatch™ (.m3u, .pls, .wpl)

Networking

  • Wireless connectivity: SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network
  • SonosNet Extender: Functions to extend and enhance the power of SonosNet 2.0
  • Ethernet port: A single Ethernet port can connect PLAYBAR to a wired home network. A second Ethernet port can be used to share wireless control

General

  • Power Supply: AC 100-240V, 50-60 Hz
  • Side Panel Button: Volume up, volume down and mute
  • Side Panel LEDs: Indicate PLAYBAR status
  • Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Storage temperature: 4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)
  • Package contents: PLAYBAR, AC power cord, optical audio cable, warranty and regulatory booklet, and Quickstart Guide
  • Multiple Orientations: Mount PLAYBAR on the wall either above or below your television. You can also lay PLAYBAR flat on your television table

Control

  • Control: Control PLAYBAR volume and mute using your existing TV, cable or universal remote. Or download the free Sonos app to control PLAYBAR from your, smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer

Supported Devices

  • Supported Devices
    • PLAYBAR works with all amplified and non-amplified Sonos products
    • PLAYBAR connects to your TV using a single optical cable and plays all sources connected to the TV, including cable boxes and game consoles

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.35"
  • Width: 35.43"
  • Depth: 5.51"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 11.9 lbs
  • Shipping: 15 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
Remote ControlNo
Wireless SubwooferNo
Digital Inputs1
Soundbar Height (inches)3.4
Soundbar Width (inches)35.4
Soundbar Depth (inches)5.5
ConnectivityOptical
Speaker TypeSoundbar
Width (inches)35.43
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.5

(based on 993 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (646)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (277)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (846)
  • Good audio (724)
  • Interfaces well with TV (619)
  • Intuitive controls (318)
  • Good remote (230)

Cons

  • Poor interface (42)
  • Confusing remote (35)
  • Difficult to set up (32)
  • Poor sound quality (19)
  • Pricey / poor value (15)

Best Uses

  • Living room (520)
  • Movies (503)
  • Television shows (427)
  • Large rooms (391)
  • Surround sound solution (373)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (474), Practical (407), Movie enthusiast (342), Audiophile (238), Technically challenged (138)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (707), Yes (67)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great...So far

This sound bar is great! I am a product designer and care greatly about audio quality and aesthetics. This product reaches or surpasses my extremely high qualifications/expectations. The design details are well...Read complete review

This sound bar is great! I am a product designer and care greatly about audio quality and aesthetics. This product reaches or surpasses my extremely high qualifications/expectations. The design details are well done and the audio quality of the bar alone are fantastic. Living in a condo, it's almost too good as I fear annoying my neighbors. The bass booms and the difference between before and after installation is astounding.

I primarily use this unit to provide sound for my TV and music streaming from the internet. The amount of programs that are accessible is impressive. I'd highly doubt anyone could complain of their favorite software/app not being included. The speaker sounds so good I've used it for music during parties and working from home instead of my other previously owned devices. I'll even mute the TV and crank up a music app just because it's a delight to listen to music that way. The sound quality and directional speakers during TV sessions are great, friends have literally asked if people were outside of my high rise condo or at the door because of the speakers directional capabilities. It rivals any sound bar and does sound as if there are speakers to either side.

The main reason I bought this is because my TV lacked great audio clarity and volume. I researched for 3-4 months which sound bar system to go with and bench-marked some of the most well respected brand names in the industry. This product launched 2 months into my research. The actual final reason I made this purchase is because it was one of the only systems that did not require buying additional components to directly interface with the unit itself via phone/tablet for internet streaming; moreover, for the price this is the system that allowed me to 'test drive' one of the modular units (play bar) to see if I actually wanted to expand. In this modern day, I wanted to have everything at my fingertips (on my phone), that promise is delivered. While some consider it pricey other respectable setups require you to pay the same amount or more of both the Sub and Play Bar without the modular, convenient, expandable, (hopefully) sustainable, integrated system Sonos has designed.

Very easy to set up, less than 3 minutes. Very easy to control, download an app. Some people's reviews argue that one input is a problem and/or it lacks true 3.1-5.1. Okay, I would argue that unless you were told it wasn't true 5.1 or a true audiophile, which there are very few, you would not know the difference. This reason alone made me hesitate and not buy it at launch so I could read reviews first. In my experience in the picky realm of product design including consumer research, many people pretend to be audiophiles, but they are more focused on statistics rather than enjoying music like a normal person. They'll complain if it's blatantly obvious or if they are told it's not 'true', but may not have even noticed if the latter. If the scalability of the music is an issue perhaps this isn't the unit for you. From first hand experience, a good analogy is the difference is far less than regular radio vs. HD radio in my opinion. One input works fine for me because I have a modern TV that all of my components/peripherals are hard wired to.

I love the modular and expandable aspects of this line and those factors are another part of the reason for purchase. I can later add pieces to complete my setup to the level I choose.

I titled this 'so far' with 5 stars because of my extremely demanding personal requirements of a great/successful product based upon my profession of designing exactly that; basically it must prove to be sustainable and last through a respectable amount of time, while maintaining high audio and aesthetic quality. (ie. not break in 6-12 months) If it does not the review WILL change.

In conclusion this product is everything it says it is and more, it's honestly great to amazing - audio from your smart device, great sound, clarity and quality, above all easy to use and very well designed. If you think it's pricey consider the market and work smarter, if you are worried about one input get a new TV, if you are a true audiophile and demand to have true 5.1 etc get something else.

I've already recommended this to friends and colleagues without any encouragement from Sonos, hopefully I'm short-listed to trial and rate new products! :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice, But Missing Key Feature - Remote

Overall the PLAYBAR is a very nice front stage sound bar, but don't expect the true 3.1 you get from setting up a 3-channel front stage with separates. In fact, I don't...Read complete review

Overall the PLAYBAR is a very nice front stage sound bar, but don't expect the true 3.1 you get from setting up a 3-channel front stage with separates. In fact, I don't believe any sound bar should really be used in this way.

The Good:
1. Sound quality is clear for what's its made for
2. Mounting options are nice. Countertop placement is the easiest, while the wall mount is very sleek but involved more work to level it. There's a wall mount bracket you can buy separately for ~$40 and this makes the whole set up much easier, but isn't necessary.
3. Ability to use network-based features is superb. Play music from your iphone, computer, internet radio, alarms, etc.

The Bad:
1. Albeit nice, the iPhone app interface is a bit busy to look at and I still sometimes don't know which soft button leads me to where.
2. This device is always on...and this is the world of Sonos. So If you intend to use this for TV sound (via optical audio), you may run into issues controlling it.
3. Using the TV speaker AND PLAYBAR simultaneously will likely produce an echo effect.
4. Turning off the TV speaker and using the PLAYBAR only? If the volume buttons on your TV remote are learnable by the PLAYBAR, setting you're TV to "external speaker: will result in a very annoying message from your Samsung TV saying you can't control volume if you have the TV set to "external speaker". You'll be able to adjust the sound on your PLAYBAR, you'll just get this annoying message on your TV which will need to be cleared everytime you turn up or down the volume. This is more of a TV issue than Sonos...but still need to be aware of before you invest.
5. Not all universal remotes will work this volume. The trouble I have found, even using high-priced remotes such as the Logitech Harmony 900, is that they either begin working well but suddenly stop or they don't work at all. When I tried to re-program the TV volume buttons to the PLAYBAR, PLAYBAR suddenly doesn't detect the volume buttons anymore. The dealer I purchased the PLAYBAR from told me that I might experience problems if I control it with anything other than the iPhone app. They told me the only remote they have been successful with using is the PRO Control Remote ($$$).
6. If you intend to reply on the iPhone or Android app to control your PLAYBAR, understand that if others in your household don't have a piece of technology readily available to control it, you're screwed. You're choice is to use a computer, purchase the Sonos remote controller, or buy a tablet and keep it around the PLAYBAR location where everyone can use it. Even then, you'll likely need a separate remote for the TV.

Just for the record: I am fairly experienced with A/V and computer equipment; not a pro, but intelligent enough to be dangerous. Over the years, my biggest frustration has been the fact that we need so many remotes for so many things and when you purchase ONE remote to control everything, it's usually still cumbersome or extremely expensive. The last thing I had planned to do after spending $700 on a soundbar was to spend another $400 on a remote control. If Sonos came out with an app that controlled it's own equipment PLUS all the other A/V equiqment in the world...I'd be recommending Sonos to the world.

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5.0

Excellent sound

By Fritzer

from Huntington Beach, CA

About Me Technically Challenged

Pros

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Wireless

Cons

  • Must Be Complimented With

Best Uses

  • Tvtheater Sound

This sound bar and Bass or Subwoofer are a must together. Once together they produce wonderful full sound. I am very happy with my purchase.

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4.0

Good standalone soundbar

By Pedro

from Silver Spring, MD

About Me Casual Listener, Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Expandable
  • Free Control Options
  • Streams All My Music, and More

Cons

  • Limitations

Best Uses

  • Small Rooms

This is a nice playbar and we LOVE the Sonos system. We also have a Play 3 that we use as a portable device and it's cool to group them to play the same stuff for parties.

The optical input does have limitations that one needs to understand. Unless you have a HIGH END 2014 or later TV, it probably won't output Dolby 5.1 surround sound via the optical output that you MUST use for this soundbar. This is probably OK if using the Playbar as a standalone sound bar, but definitely something that would preclude one from building a real surround system with as Sub and Play 1 speakers for surround.

But for us, this is a BIG upgrade to standard TV speakers and we love cranking our music library or Pandora through it. The Sonos system setup and control is easy and awesome.

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5.0

Superb Sound

By Tony

from Las Vegas

About Me Audiophile, Music Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Superior Sound

Cons

  • Difficult to Set Up

Best Uses

  • Large Rooms

This system is pure listening pleasure. This is not for those who like high pitched cling and bangs. I recommend it for all.

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4.0

I would buy this product again and again

By julio tuffy

from orlando fl

About Me Casual Listener, Music Enthusiast

Pros

  • Different Music, Different Rooms
  • Easy to Set Up
  • Expandable
  • Free Control Options
  • Space Saver
  • Streams All My Music, and More
  • Superior Sound
  • Wireless

Cons

  • A Bit Pricy

Best Uses

  • Multi-Room Audio
  • Music Service (Napster, Spotify, etc.)

supper expandable and easy to use

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4.0

A SET UP ISSUE OTHERS MAY HAVE

By Peter M

from Boston MA

About Me Gadget Fan

Pros

  • Superior Sound
  • Wireless

Cons

  • User Manual Brief

Best Uses

  • Tv Sound

Although I am pretty savvy I found it hard initially to link the Sonos to the TV. It seemed to me that with the direct optical cable I could go right ahead without a separate internet connection to the sons even though the smart TV was ALREADY connected to the home network and had picked up the network from it's location. I had to disconnect the Sonos and place it near an ethernet cable, let it sign in, and then move it back to the TV. Remember not all TVs are located near a hard wired ethernet connection. So... if you could stress that the SONOS needs to be hard wired to the internet and then a bridge is required after that it would be helpful. Having said that though, now that it's up and running I love it.

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4.0

playbar

By tommy b

from chicago, il

About Me Casual Listener, Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Easy to Set Up
  • Expandable
  • Streams All My Music, and More
  • Superior Sound
  • Wireless

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Rooms
    • Multi-Room Audio
    • Music Service (Napster, Spotify, etc.)
    • Small Rooms

    love the sound, however at times the background noise is significantly louder than the voices so i have to continously adjust the volume during certain viewing content

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    5.0

    Exceptional

    By Pistol Pete

    from New York

    About Me Music Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Easy to Set Up
    • Expandable
    • Streams All My Music, and More
    • Wireless

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multi-Room Audio
      • Stream Music From The Computer

      Huge Apple fan, Blows airplay out of the water. The music never drops out and is always in sync.

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      4.0

      WIRELESS MUSIC ON EARTH

      By BK

      from Brisbane

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Different Music, Different Rooms
      • Easy to Set Up
      • Expandable
      • Free Control Options
      • Streams All My Music, and More
      • Superior Sound
      • Wireless

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Rooms
        • Multi-Room Audio
        • Stream Music From The Computer

        great product, Bluetooth option would be great

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        5.0

        Exceptional Sound

        By mfranca

        from Lakeland, Florida

        About Me Early Adopter, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Different Music, Different Rooms
        • Easy to Set Up
        • Superior Sound
        • Wireless

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multi-Room Audio

          The first round of installation was not good, but that had nothing to do with Sonos. I was using a Linksys EA-6900 router which just does not work with Sonos (or anything else for that matter). Installed a new ASUS RT-AC68U and Sonos now works beautifully.

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          5.0

          Easy to setup and use, premium sound

          By Jason

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Music Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Different Music, Different Rooms
          • Easy to Set Up
          • Expandable
          • Streams All My Music, and More
          • Superior Sound
          • Wireless

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Rooms
            • Music Service (Napster, Spotify, etc.)
            • Stream Music From The Computer

            Versatile soundbar that delivers premium sound for music and movies. Very easy to setup, love the wireless setup and controller app.

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            Sonos Home Theater Soundbar Speaker

            Sonos Home Theater Soundbar Speaker

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