Sonos Playbase review

Sonos Playbase hits a grand slam



The Good / The Sonos Playbase is a low-threw sound base with immaculate outline and great sound. Its bass is far better than the Playbar’s, so there’s no requirement for a sub. Sonos’ application and different speakers influence it to some portion of extraordinary compared to other multiroom frameworks accessible.

The Bad / The wide impact needs breathing room – unadorned dividers, as well, in the event that you please. No DTS bolster, HDMI ports or Bluetooth. On the off chance that you have a “clawfoot” TV, it may not fit to finish everything.

The Bottom Line / The Playbase includes incredible home theater and music sound to Sonos’ brilliant multiroom music framework. Simply ensure your TV fits.

When we heard Sonos was making a sound base, we knew the organization was going out on a limb one serious hazard. That is on the grounds that a large number of the present TVs essentially won’t fit over them.

A sound base is a level box of a speaker intended to sit underneath a TV’s stand. That is fine if your TV has a focal platform stand, however numerous TV today are upheld by legs spread far to either side, and numerous standard sound bases don’t fit under them.

Be that as it may, the Sonos Playbase is no standard, well, anything. A little more than 2 inches tall, it’s sufficiently squat to settle underneath bigger spread leg TV sets. Most littler ones won’t fit, be that as it may, so the potential crowd for the Playbase is littler than that of the Sonos Playbar, the organization’s all the more traditionally planned sound bar.

That is too awful, in light of the fact that the Playbase is the best home theater segment Sonos has made. With lovely looks and vista-like sound, it’s the sort of do-everything across the board speaker the Playbar never was. While the sound bar truly needs the discretionary (costly) Sonos Sub, the Playbase does consummately well without it.

The Sonos Playbase is accessible now for $699/£699/AU$999, an indistinguishable cost from the Playbar. Between the two, as long as your TV fits, the Playbase is by a wide margin the better choice.


The Sonos Playbase is an apparently strong bit of (value) plastic, accessible in either dark or white. Around the front of the speaker twists a grille intended to totally stow away the drivers as well as a bass fumes port on one side. The controls and moderate tasteful look like the most recent Play:5 speaker.

We attempted various distinctive clawfoot TVs with blended achievement. In the event that you need this style of speaker and your TV doesn’t fit, there is a $150 outsider Playbase stand accessible.

The Playbase comes without a remote, yet utilizing the Sonos application you can program your TV clicker to quiet and change the volume of the speaker. Note that it never again has a locally available adjustment mic – Sonos’ Trueplay application evacuated the requirement for that.


The Sonos Playbase is a home theater part as a matter of first importance – one that simply happens to coordinate with Sonos’ magnificent multiroom music framework. It interfaces by means of an optical link to your TV and will interpret Dolby Digital however tragically not DTS also.

The Playbase incorporates six midrange drivers, three tweeters and a woofer sustaining a bass port, which the organization calls the S-tube. This port snakes through the suspension, giving the unit its profound bass reaction while likewise latently cooling the parts inside. (What’s more, indeed, Sonos engineers let us know they’d considered calling it the PlayBASS.)

Like different Sonos speakers, the Playbase utilizes Wi-Fi to stream music from many administrations and system gadgets utilizing Sonos’ exclusive entire home framework.

Aside from the optical link, the main different associations are Wi-Fi and Ethernet. Not at all like most contenders, the Sonos does not have a Bluetooth association, yet because of the quantity of music administrations Sonos underpins, we don’t think you’ll miss it.

In the event that you feel that the Playbase isn’t giving you enough of the profound stuff, the unit will interface remotely to the Sonos Sub ($699/£699/AU$999), and you can finish the framework with a couple of Sonos backs for a 5.1 encompass setup on the off chance that you wish.


While iPhone clients can utilize Trueplay to setup this gadget, Android and other iPad clients are oblivious. We agreed with these clients and leave the speaker uncalibrated, despite the fact that we adjusted treble and bass as per each room’s needs.


We utilized the Playbase over a home theater unit and in an in part open bureau also. Know that the speaker will require free access to uncovered dividers to give the wide soundfield, so on the off chance that you put it inside a bureau it can sound stitched in. We associated the gadget by optical link to our Oppo UDP-203 player and furthermore to a Vizio 4K TV. For part of our testing we likewise included a couple of Play:3s as backs and the Sonos Sub.


The Sonos Playbase might be as level as a hotcake, however it belts out a tall heap of sound. We were inspired by its sonic scale and found the sound straightforward and exact in ways that escape most other sound bars and bases.

The principal Blu-beam up was “Deepwater Horizon,” about the seaward oil fix super catastrophe in 2010. The hazardous storm of water, mud and oil had more unique effect than we for the most part involvement with sound bar or base frameworks. Not just that, the Playbase anticipated a wide, almost one end to the other soundstage.

We had a Sonos Playbar close by to look at, and the two weren’t so unique, yet the Playbase’s bass had more oomph. Looked at against the Bose SoundTouch 300, be that as it may, both Sonos speakers did not have the “stickyness” of the Bose’s wide impact – it vanishes on the off chance that you turn your head.

Coming back to the Playbase we included the Sonos Sub, which conveyed colossal capacity to the hints of the oil apparatus’ enormous blasts and unrest. For once there was no blast, thickening, or swell so commonplace of sound bar/base subwoofers, the Sonos Sub’s low bass was certain footed, profound and obviously characterized. At first the Sub didn’t point out itself, yet when the calamity flick’s stirring disorder was going maximum capacity, the Sub made the CR listening room shake and shudder!

With the World War II show “Hacksaw Ridge,” we acquired a couple of Sonos Play:3s for use as encompass speakers, and despite the fact that we were sitting under 5 feet from the Play:3s, we were scarcely mindful of their areas. They vanished as sound sources, and with the Playbase they together filled the stay with sound. Again we were agreeably shocked by how well the Sonos framework replicated flow, the war film’s misleading fight scenes were free of clear pressure. The $1,499 Samsung HW-K950 sound bar framework was no place as strong as the total $2000 Sonos framework.

Persuaded of the Playbase’s home theater range of abilities, we swung to music with jazz piano player artist Diana Krall’s “Live in Rio” show DVD. Krall and her huge band sounded common, significantly better than what we regularly get from sound bar/base frameworks, which are typically dull or tantrum with music. When we evacuated the Sonos Sub and Play:3 encompass speakers, there was less bass and the soundstage straightened, yet the lucidity and balance of the Playbase were flawless.

We next contrasted the Playbase and the $250 Fluance AB40 sound base speaker, which is incredibly useful for the cash. It might be only a stereo, two-station sound base, however it anticipated a wide and roomy soundstage with motion pictures and music. With the “Distraught Max: Fury Road” Blu-beam, the AB40 was outflanked by the Playbase on each check – clearness, dynamic, bass oomph, exchange – yet the AB40 set up a decent battle.

Completing up with CDs and other two-channel music chronicles from Radiohead and Drive-By Truckers, the Playbase didn’t baffle. David Bowie’s last collection, “Blackstar,” sounded totally spectacular, with pitch-idealize tight bass, energetic elements and Bowie’s vocal that all rang genuine.

Last considerations

The Sonos Playbase is up there with the specific best stable bars and bases available, regardless of whether utilized without anyone else or in conjunction with the Sonos Sub as well as the Play:1 or even Play:3 speakers. Considering its list of capabilities and manufacture and sound quality, we think the cost is sensible. In case you’re not indebted to Sonos’ biological community and need to a greater degree an articulated wide impact, be that as it may, you could likewise consider the magnificent Bose SoundTouch 300.


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