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Sonos PLAYBAR Review

Sonos PLAYBAR Review

Movie and TV audio for music lovers: that's how Sonos describes its new PLAYBAR, the first product from the whole-home audio company to tackle sound that comes with moving pictures, rather than audio for its own sake. Speaker-bars aren't a new concept, but Sonos is aiming to bring some of its near-legendary ease of use to the segment; and, since this is a Sonos speaker after all, it works as a node in your streaming music system too. Perfect extension of the core brand, or a distracting dilution? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Streaming music specialist Sonos has been hinting at home theater expansion for years now, but it's taken until today for the fruits of that ambition to arrive: the Sonos PLAYBAR, aiming for a spot under your TV. Promising the traditional Sonos ease of setup and use, but with a dual-personality catering both for TV and movie audio, and for music, the PLAYBAR hooks up as another zone in your home entertainment network and packs nine speakers as well as playing nicely with other PLAY models. We caught up with Sonos to find out why the PLAYBAR was special.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

Sonos PLAYBAR hits FCC

A new Sonos music component, the Sonos PLAYBAR, has cropped up in FCC testing, suggesting the streaming company is readying a push into TV audio. The PLAYBAR, spotted in an FCC filing, is believed to be Sonos' first proper home theater device, likely including support for both streaming music in the same way as the current PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, and the soundtrack from your TV.

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Sonos SUB Review

Sonos SUB Review

When you decide to pick up a Sonos speaker, you decide to jump into an ever-expanding ecosystem of both hardware and software, with a brand that's dead set on pushing an immersive experience out to the customer. With the newest member of the family, the Sonos SUB, you've now got an earth-rumbling bass component in addition to a couple of sets of high-quality speakers and several center points - dock, bridge (hub), amplifier, whatever you want. The big question you should be asking yourself here is not just if you want to work with the magic that is the SonosNet wireless mesh network, but if you feel its necessary to pick up more than one of the Sonos family components.

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Sonos adds AirPlay-style streaming from iPhone and iPad music

Sonos adds AirPlay-style streaming from iPhone and iPad music

Sonos has updated its controller apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, adding the ability to stream music stored on the iOS devices directly to the multi-room wireless audio system. The new update, which popped up in the App Store today, treats local storage on the phone or tablet just as it does your traditional music collection and online sources such as Spotify, taking on Apple's own AirPlay system in the process.

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Sonos gets Amazon Cloud Player streaming

Sonos gets Amazon Cloud Player streaming

Sonos can now stream music directly from your Amazon Cloud Player account, giving the wireless mesh whole-house audio system another source option for digital tracks. Cloud Player supports uploads of a user's existing music, as well as keeping in a copy of all MP3s bought from Amazon itself, removing the requirement to download them and store them on a local NAS or computer on your home network.

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Sonos updates with Songza for pro-made playlists

Sonos updates with Songza for pro-made playlists

This week you'll find that your Sonos player is able to hook up with none other than Songza, a system which not only allows you to make fabulous playlists, but to see playlists made by professional musicians as well. Sonos is already a system with many musical sources working with it for a fabulously harmonious system of speakers and mobile connections galore - now with Songza, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the sound in a whole new way.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 17, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 17, 2012

This morning we've got a hot tip on the next generation of Google's Nexus lineup - it's a laptop-tablet hybrid and you're gonna love it. Microsoft has found a total of 28 million PCs affected by a browser choice coding error in which, believe it or not, users were not presented with a choice of which web browser they would like to use right out of the box. There may well be video chat fees at AT&T when the iPhone's iOS 6 rolls out. You'll find that Sonos has been updated with a tablet UI for Android and a Retina upgrade in graphics for the iPad.

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Sonos Android Controller updated with tablet UI

Sonos Android Controller updated with tablet UI

Sonos Controller for iPad isn't the only app from the multi-room audio company to get an upgrade today, with the Android version of the software tweaked to suit tablets. We spotted Sonos' new iPad app earlier today, complete with Retina Display graphics; the iPhone app has also been updated to suit the smartphone's Retina panel. Now, though, Android tablets can join in on the Sonos Controller fun.

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