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The all brand-new PLAYBASE includes pulse-pounding, full-theater sound to all your films, TV programs, sports and games-and it wirelessly streams your favorite music, too. Its slim, low profile design virtually vanishes underneath your TV, yet it fills your entire watching space with amazing widescreen sound you just cannot miss.
The best speakerbase/playbar…period.
I’d read the reviews for the Sonos Playbase, and checked out a demo unit at a big box store, so I knew what I could expect going in. Is this going to replace your 5.1 or 7.1 sound system in terms of surround sound? Absolutely not. But if you’re tired of adjusting the volume to compensate for dialogue vs sound effects, or quiet vs loud scenes, the Playbase will absolutely deliver…without sacrificing fidelity in the process. In fact, the clarity is outstanding, with movie tests revealing crystal clear nuances which would be lost with anything else (even besting the Bose!).
I really wanted to love the SONOS playbase, but it is flawed.
I’m struggling with whether or not to keep the playbase. I’ve become a ‘SONOS guy’ this year, purchasing four play:1s, a One and now the playbase since August, and overall the transformation of the quality and convenience of music in my home has been amazing. Audio on the playbase is beautiful, it is far surperior to my Samsung soundbar and it really does make movies come alive. Unfortunately however the playbase is not without its weaknesses in my opinion, weaknesses that you should not have to endure on a $600 soundbar. Let me explain.
What the world has been waiting for!
What the world has been waiting for!
SONOS Playbase Rocks!
Super easy to set up and fantastic sound. We set up as a standalone unit first to test whether we’d need to add the subwoofer or additional speakers for full surround effects. Through a few days of use, we don’t think it will be necessary to spend the additional money. We’re not sound perfectionists so if you care about the deep bass of the helicopters in Apocalypse Now perhaps you’d prefer to add Sonos’ subwoofer.
Great sound, slim, and more than just a base for a non-mounted TV
The playbase is legit! Definitely has some decent bass in it. I’ve got my playbase in my basement on an entertainment center with 110” screen/projector. The Playbar would have been too tall and interfered with the screen so I elected to go with the Playbase. I have a sub and two play 1’s as surrounds. Sounds amazing. I bumped it up a bit and put a play 3 on either side of the the screen. I can group everything together for SERIOUS sound, whether I’m playing music or just the TV. All in all, the playbase is great, but Sonos is so sick. If you have the money it’s worth every penny. I’ll be able to take it to any house I move to and I can always assure that the speakers will get better with any updates they do via WiFi.
Good but not perfect
My Klipsch soundbar suffered from muffled dialogue. Watching the Walking Dead, and trying to understand Daryl or the traitorous Eugene was frustrating to say the least. After some research, I chose the Playbase and I can honestly say the dialogue clarity is outstanding. Despite Daryl’s mumbling and Eugene’s fast talk, I was able to understand them. The base is sufficient for normal TV (news/sitcoms), but is lacking in depth when playing music or an action packed movie. I decided to buy the Sonos subwoofer, which has yet to arrive. It seems to me the Sonos Playbase is intentionally designed to be somewhat lacking so as to force discriminating audiophiles to purchase the subwoofer.
Know that you will be tempted to expand
I bought it on sale for 600, it did not surprise me with the sounds. Its good for a bedroom tv setup for genetal viewing but don’t expect it to blow you away when watching movies watching or listening to music. The sound is very clear but flat, automatically your mind thinks about buying sonos play 1 for surrounds and even a bass.I felt something was missing, the playbase on its own is not satisfactory, especially for the price. So I bought two play 1s for surround and it improved the music experience. I am itching to buy the subwoofer because it is the missing link for movies and music that is heavy in bass, but again very pricey.
The sound quality for TV shows and movies is 1000% better. The Sonos app is a little clunky but …
This soundbase is something you need to consider if two or more of the following conditions apply to you:
Glad I went this route.
Moved from a house with two traditional surround sound systems to a condo where I didn’t want to piss off neighbors but wanted something that sounded good for cable, streaming and music. I purchased the Playbase and a pair of Play 1’s. I am not going to tell you that this is the best sounding system in the world, but for my needs it’s excellent. I was worried about not having enough bass and having to spend another $700 for a sub. For me that was certainly not necessary. This puts out plenty of bass for everyday needs. The surround effects from the Play 1’s is quite good and the sound quality for music is quite good. I was considering the Sony Z9F and the surrounds and that may have been better, but was worried by the seemingly fake reviews on Amazon. For my needs and for the “wife factor” this is exactly what I wanted. My living room is about 300 square feet with 8 foot ceilings and it gets plenty loud. Setup is easy and the system performs without a glitch. I use an echo dot to control the music. It works for me, maybe it will work for you.
Sounds great. Fits well. Low-profile form factor may help with spouse who prefers to hide electronics.
It was hard to get my wife to agree to one more piece of hardware on view in the TV cabinet, but I was able to show her how this would almost (almost!) disappear when used with the recommended Sanus base for our TV.