The $699 Playbar is a home theater soundbar that features one digital optical input and one ethernet port. The Playbar can be used on Wi-Fi, as a Bridge for the Sonos network is no longer required. It features nine speakers each with its own Class D amplifier. The Playbar supports Dolby Digital, but not DTS. Associating it with two Play:3 or Play:1 devices can form a full surround system.
The Playbar is designed to be the center of your home theater, and when paired with a Sonos SUB and two additional speakers (read channels) it can make for an amazing listening experience for music, movies and TV. The Playbar can be mounted in various orientations to the TV or wall, or it can rest on a tabletop or entertainment center. It even has a built-in IR repeater so your remote signals will still reach the TV should the Playbar be in the way. You can also program your standard remote to control the Playbar volume.
The Playbar has a single digital optical in port for receiving audio, and also a single ethernet port so the unit can be hardwired to an internet connection.
The Playbar is one of the highest price devices Sonos offers at $699.