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How to Set Up a Sonos Playbar Soundbar

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Introduction

The Sonos Playbar is a soundbar that dramatically improves the sound coming from your TV and seamlessly integrates with the Sonos sound system. This guide will show you how to set it up with the Sonos app.

Before You Begin:
Install the Sonos app
You need to have the Sonos app installed on your phone or tablet to set up the Playbar.
Sonos Playbar.

1 Prepare the Playbar for Setup

Prior to setting up the Playbar with the Sonos Controller app, you have to find a proper place for it and make all the required connections:

  1. Place the Playbar in an open area, centered with your television. The connector panel should be facing toward your television or the wall.
    Diagram showing placing playbar in front of television

    A few things to consider when placing the Playbar:

    • For the best listening experience, place it at the same level your ears will be at while watching TV.
    • Do not place it vertically on its side.
    • Do not place it in a cabinet or on a walled shelf.
    • Both of its ends should be at least 1 foot from a wall or other obstruction.
  2. Connect one end of the optical cable to the rear of your television, and the other end to the rear of the Playbar.
    Diagram of connecting optical cable to television and playbar
  3. Connect one end of the power cable to the rear of the Playbar, and the other end to an electrical outlet.
    diagram of connecting power cable to speaker
  4. The Playbar will begin powering up.

2 Set Up the Playbar with the Sonos Controller app

With the Playbar properly positioned and wired, you can initiate the setup. During this process you will add the Playbar to the Sonos app, connect it to your home's WiFi, pair it with your TV's remote and turn off the TV's speakers:

  1. Open the Sonos app on your phone or tablet.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Set up a new Sonos system button highlighted in player setup within Sonos app.
  3. Select Create account if you don't have a Sonos account yet or Sign in if you already do.
    Create account and Sign in options highlighted in Sonos app.
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Continue button highlighted before player setup within Sonos app.
  5. Select Standard setup for your Playbar to continue.
    Standard setup button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Next option highlighted on setup type confirmation screen within Sonos app.
  7. Your Playbar should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    Next option highlighted on power connection during player setup within Sonos app.
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Playbar. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Continue button highlighted on green light waiting screen during player setup within Sonos app.
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Playbar.
    Device power up waiting screen during player setup within Sonos app.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Playbar. Ensure that Playbar is the type of player currently selected from the drop-down menu, then select Set up this player.
    Drop-down menu with Playbar selected and Set up this player button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  11. Press the Play/Pause & Volume Up buttons at the same time as instructed on the screen. Select Next to continue.
    Next option highlighted screen showing which buttons to press on the player to proceed with the setup within Sonos app.
  12. After this, you will see a flashing orange light on your Playbar. Once you see this, select I see an orange light to proceed.
    I see an orange light button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  13. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Playbar.
    Progress bar showing on player configuration screen during setup within Sonos app.
  14. The Playbar is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
    Next option highlighted on Wireless setup introduction screen within the Sonos app.
  15. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    Next option highlighted on Wireless setup instructions screen within Sonos app.
  16. Connect to the SONOS network.
    AndroidOn an Android Phone or Tablet
    1. Open Settings.
      Android Settings
    2. Select Wi-Fi.
      Wi-Fi
    3. Select the SONOS network from the list.
      SONOS network highlighted in WiFi list on Android.
    AppleOn an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
    1. Open Settings.
      iOS Settings.
    2. Select Wi-Fi.
      iOS Wi-Fi
    3. Select the SONOS network from the list.
      SONOS network highlighted in WiFi list on iOS.
  17. Return to the Sonos app.
    Sonos icon
  18. The Playbar is now connected to your home network. Select Next to continue.
    Added a playbar with next highlighted
  19. Select the room your Playbar is in, then select Next.
    Choose room with living room selected and next highlighted
  20. Make sure your TV is turned off. Select Next.
    Turn Off TV with next highlighted
  21. You'll be asked if you have purchased a subwoofer and want to set it up. Select Not Now.
    Add a sub with not now highlighted
  22. You'll be asked if you have purchased surround sound speakers and want to set them up. Select Not Now.
    Add surrounds with not now highlighted
  23. You'll be asked to confirm, select Next.
    Playbar setup with Next highlighted
  24. We have already connected the optical cable. Select Next.
    TV Sound with next highlighted
  25. Turn your TV on, then select Next.
    TV Sound turn TV on with next highlighted
  26. When your soundbar hears your TV through the cable, it will let you know. Select Next.
    TV Sound complete with next highlighted
  27. The app will now attempt to instruct you on turning your TV speakers off. Once you believe you have successfully disabled your speakers, return to the app and select Next.
    TV speakers instructions with next highlighted
    Expand this section to show how to disable your TV's speakers.

    The exact steps for disabling the speakers on your TV will vary depending on the manufacturer and model you have. Please consult your TV's documentation for more details.

    1. Push the Settings button on your TV's remote.
      TV remote with settings highlighted
    2. Select Sound or Audio.
      Audio option highlighted in TV settings.
    3. Select TV Speaker, and set it to Off.
      TV Speaker option highlighted in TV Audio settings.
  28. Select Successfully Disabled if you were able to successfully disable your TV's speakers to continue the setup process. Select Not Disabled for further instructions.
    TV speakers with successfully disabled highlighted
  29. Select Next.
    TV Speakers complete with next highlighted
  30. Our next step will be setting up the volume controls from your TV's remote. Select Next.
    Remote control setup with next highlighted
  31. Point your TV's remote at your Playbar. Push the Volume Up button on your remote.
    Remote control setup indicating to push the volume up button on your TV remote
  32. Your Sonos app will let you know when it sees the volume up command, and assign it to itself. Select Next.
    Remote setup complete with next highlighted
  33. Next, the app will have you test the remote to ensure it is configured properly. Follow the on-screen instructions and select an appropriate option from the list.
    TV messages option
  34. Your Playbar is now all setup. Select Not Now when asked if you want to setup another speaker.
    Playbar added add another speaker with not now highlighted
  35. Select Done to complete the setup of your Playbar.
    Setup complete with Done highlighted
  36. Congratulations! Your Sonos Playbar has now been added to your home network and is ready to use!

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The Sonos Playbar is a soundbar that dramatically improves the sound coming from your TV and seamlessly integrates with the Sonos sound system. This guide will show you how to set it up with the Sonos app.

Before You Begin:
Install the Sonos app
You need to have the Sonos app installed on your phone or tablet to set up the Playbar.
Sonos Playbar.

Prior to setting up the Playbar with the Sonos Controller app, you have to find a proper place for it and make all the required connections:

  1. Place the Playbar in an open area, centered with your television. The connector panel should be facing toward your television or the wall.
    Diagram showing placing playbar in front of television

    A few things to consider when placing the Playbar:

    • For the best listening experience, place it at the same level your ears will be at while watching TV.
    • Do not place it vertically on its side.
    • Do not place it in a cabinet or on a walled shelf.
    • Both of its ends should be at least 1 foot from a wall or other obstruction.
  2. Connect one end of the optical cable to the rear of your television, and the other end to the rear of the Playbar.
    Diagram of connecting optical cable to television and playbar
  3. Connect one end of the power cable to the rear of the Playbar, and the other end to an electrical outlet.
    diagram of connecting power cable to speaker
  4. The Playbar will begin powering up.

With the Playbar properly positioned and wired, you can initiate the setup. During this process you will add the Playbar to the Sonos app, connect it to your home's WiFi, pair it with your TV's remote and turn off the TV's speakers:

  1. Open the Sonos app on your phone or tablet.
    Sonos Icon
  2. Select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Set up a new Sonos system button highlighted in player setup within Sonos app.
  3. Select Create account if you don't have a Sonos account yet or Sign in if you already do.
    Create account and Sign in options highlighted in Sonos app.
  4. Select Continue to proceed with the setup process.
    Continue button highlighted before player setup within Sonos app.
  5. Select Standard setup for your Playbar to continue.
    Standard setup button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  6. Select Next to proceed with Standard setup.
    Next option highlighted on setup type confirmation screen within Sonos app.
  7. Your Playbar should already be powered on. Ensure that it is, and select Next to proceed.
    Next option highlighted on power connection during player setup within Sonos app.
  8. You should eventually see a green flashing light on your Playbar. Once you do, select Continue to proceed.
    Continue button highlighted on green light waiting screen during player setup within Sonos app.
  9. The Sonos Controller app will begin searching for your Playbar.
    Device power up waiting screen during player setup within Sonos app.
  10. The Sonos Controller app should have determined you are attempting to setup a Playbar. Ensure that Playbar is the type of player currently selected from the drop-down menu, then select Set up this player.
    Drop-down menu with Playbar selected and Set up this player button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  11. Press the Play/Pause & Volume Up buttons at the same time as instructed on the screen. Select Next to continue.
    Next option highlighted screen showing which buttons to press on the player to proceed with the setup within Sonos app.
  12. After this, you will see a flashing orange light on your Playbar. Once you see this, select I see an orange light to proceed.
    I see an orange light button highlighted during player setup within Sonos app.
  13. The Sonos Controller app will then begin configuring your Playbar.
    Progress bar showing on player configuration screen during setup within Sonos app.
  14. The Playbar is now ready to begin its network setup process. Select Next for instructions on how to proceed.
    Next option highlighted on Wireless setup introduction screen within the Sonos app.
  15. You will be asked to connect your mobile device to a temporary network called SONOS in order to proceed with the setup process.
    Next option highlighted on Wireless setup instructions screen within Sonos app.
  16. Connect to the SONOS network.
    AndroidOn an Android Phone or Tablet
    1. Open Settings.
      Android Settings
    2. Select Wi-Fi.
      Wi-Fi
    3. Select the SONOS network from the list.
      SONOS network highlighted in WiFi list on Android.
    AppleOn an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
    1. Open Settings.
      iOS Settings.
    2. Select Wi-Fi.
      iOS Wi-Fi
    3. Select the SONOS network from the list.
      SONOS network highlighted in WiFi list on iOS.
  17. Return to the Sonos app.
    Sonos icon
  18. The Playbar is now connected to your home network. Select Next to continue.
    Added a playbar with next highlighted
  19. Select the room your Playbar is in, then select Next.
    Choose room with living room selected and next highlighted
  20. Make sure your TV is turned off. Select Next.
    Turn Off TV with next highlighted
  21. You'll be asked if you have purchased a subwoofer and want to set it up. Select Not Now.
    Add a sub with not now highlighted
  22. You'll be asked if you have purchased surround sound speakers and want to set them up. Select Not Now.
    Add surrounds with not now highlighted
  23. You'll be asked to confirm, select Next.
    Playbar setup with Next highlighted
  24. We have already connected the optical cable. Select Next.
    TV Sound with next highlighted
  25. Turn your TV on, then select Next.
    TV Sound turn TV on with next highlighted
  26. When your soundbar hears your TV through the cable, it will let you know. Select Next.
    TV Sound complete with next highlighted
  27. The app will now attempt to instruct you on turning your TV speakers off. Once you believe you have successfully disabled your speakers, return to the app and select Next.
    TV speakers instructions with next highlighted
    Expand this section to show how to disable your TV's speakers.

    The exact steps for disabling the speakers on your TV will vary depending on the manufacturer and model you have. Please consult your TV's documentation for more details.

    1. Push the Settings button on your TV's remote.
      TV remote with settings highlighted
    2. Select Sound or Audio.
      Audio option highlighted in TV settings.
    3. Select TV Speaker, and set it to Off.
      TV Speaker option highlighted in TV Audio settings.
  28. Select Successfully Disabled if you were able to successfully disable your TV's speakers to continue the setup process. Select Not Disabled for further instructions.
    TV speakers with successfully disabled highlighted
  29. Select Next.
    TV Speakers complete with next highlighted
  30. Our next step will be setting up the volume controls from your TV's remote. Select Next.
    Remote control setup with next highlighted
  31. Point your TV's remote at your Playbar. Push the Volume Up button on your remote.
    Remote control setup indicating to push the volume up button on your TV remote
  32. Your Sonos app will let you know when it sees the volume up command, and assign it to itself. Select Next.
    Remote setup complete with next highlighted
  33. Next, the app will have you test the remote to ensure it is configured properly. Follow the on-screen instructions and select an appropriate option from the list.
    TV messages option
  34. Your Playbar is now all setup. Select Not Now when asked if you want to setup another speaker.
    Playbar added add another speaker with not now highlighted
  35. Select Done to complete the setup of your Playbar.
    Setup complete with Done highlighted
  36. Congratulations! Your Sonos Playbar has now been added to your home network and is ready to use!