PLAYBAR pair with stereo PLAY 5s for a 5.1 home theater system?

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Can the PLAYBAR also use a pair of stereo Play 5s for a 5.1 home theater system? The SONOS website current only states "Pair PLAYBAR with SUB and a stereo pair of PLAY:3s"
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Hello,

The SONOS PLAY:5 wireless hardware does not support surround sound functionality and firmware cannot be updated to support it. PLAY:5 was designed to be our best all-in-one music player and is perfect for use as a standalone unit or combined in stereo pair mode. PLAY:3 was designed to deliver great sound as a stand-alone music player – it also has electronics that are optimized for surround sound, which, coupled with a smaller form factor and mounting hardware makes it/them convenient to use as surround speakers.

Thanks for asking!
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So what if I have a Connect:AMP with rear speakers and its all plugged in via Ethernet? Or I guess the question is: It is truly limited to PLAY:3, and nothing else?
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The PLAYBAR will only pair in a surround setup with a SUB and a PLAY:3.
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And PLAY:1 now I suppose?
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ok so the connect:amps and Play 5 were designed before the Play 3's and Play Bar but it sure would be nice to have them all compatible! I want a PlayBar and SUB but if I can't use my Play 5's or speakers connected to my connect:amps to create a 5.1 or even 7.1 surround then I'm left with not buying a PlayBar, SUB and Play 3's.
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I'm pretty sure if Sonos could do it, they would. I'm sure they would love to sell you a Playbar which is compatible with your components, and it's not like they haven't given a reasonable technical reason why they cannot.
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Hi Dave.

Had it been able Sonos would have let you use the Play:5 and Connect:AMP, sadly enough only the Play:3 have the 5 GHz low latency card needed to get a crisp solution. Using the "old" Play:5 would render you having a "echo" or "out of lip sync" experince, something I think noone wants.

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Johan
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Glad the 5ghz requirement became known before I bought my playbar. What I'll do is just swap the locations of one of my Play 5's and the one Play 3 I already have. Problem solved.
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I have 7 Play 5's total. I have a stereo pair of Play 5's in the living room. I would like to buy the Play Bar and Sub to add to the pair of Play 5's which would then act as rear speakers. It looks like that won't be possible without having to buy an additional pair of Play 3's. Is this correct and if so, any other options with out having to purchase the 2 Play 3's? I only bought Play 5's thinking they were the best speakers Sonos had and I could always expand the system as new products came out.
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Hi.

Using the Playbar with a SUB and a pair of Play:3's will let you have a 5.1 system.

Using a Playbar by it self gives you a 3.0 system, and adding a SUB gives you a 3.1 system.

No other setup is available for surround sound.

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Johan
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Wow SONOS! Should I retire my Play 5's and connect:amps? They are only 2 years old but not compatible with the PLAYBAR, SUB or Play 3's. They also have a delay when I use my TV as a source to a connect:amp and/or Play 5 and try to play the zone(s) and TV speakers at the same time. Just so you know, delay = BAD. I'm glad you fixed it with your new stuff but the old stuff doesn't work so hot and is not really that old!
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Hi Dave.

I do share the feeling of having "old stuff" now when the Playbar hits the stores but there will always be new and better technology.

Right now the 802.11ac technology is about to bring some neat features to wifi, my guess is that Sonos and other vendors will be using this technology within a year or two.

And once again, when this technology hits the shelfs any old device will be just that - old! ; )

Regards,
Johan
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Would the older 2.4 Ghz equipment be compatable with the Playbar for 5.1 surround if all devices were connected via ethernet instead of wireless?
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Good question. I think this should be answered
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Customer currently has a Connect, and may be adding a few Connect Amps.
I take it that we can add a PLAYBAR and a SUB without any problem?
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It definitely makes sense to add surround sound functionality into
Play:5 as soon as possible. Using two pairs of speakers to have surround
sound functionality and an excellent home audio system does not only fill up my living room but also means most unnecessary costs.

Sorry,
but as long as SONOS hasn't integrated surround sound functionality
into Play:5 I will neither purchase Play:3 nor Play:5.