I bought this with some trepidation but i went with the great reviews and took a leap of faith and so glad i did. It alongside its little sonos friends and sub fill my home with beautiful sounds everyday.
Having already had two play 1’s i was tempted to purchase the playbase. Linking the playbase to the two play 1, i now have awesome sound in my room. Make sure you change the sound settings in all your devices. Once done, you’ll be blown away. Yes it’s a lot of money, but you won’t be disappointed.
Wasn’t as easy to set up as intended but customer service/support were ready to help and fix the multiple issues. The product itself was as expected in terms of build quality and sound. Superior to most on the market. Is it worth the money, time will tell but so far so good. Here are the specifications for the Sonos PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base:
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- TV sound and music you can feel, from a speaker that blends into your room’s design effortlessly
- Two-in-one; adds cinema sound for your TV and streams music, too
- Simple two-cable setup; one connects to the power; one connects to your TV
- Works with your existing TV remote; speech enhancement setting
- Syncs wirelessly with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound; touch-interface controls and lights
- Connect Playbase to any Amazon Echo or Alexa-enabled device, then just ask for the music you love
- With AirPlay, stream directly from your Apple devices or ask Siri to play your favourites from Apple Music throughout your home
Sonos sounds are amazing and sound is very clear and crisp. Easy to setup and add on more speakers or an optional subwoofer. Playing music loud the music does not distort at all and being wireless you can place these speakers anywhere in house. The price you pay for this sound system is well worth the money.
Even better paired with my sub.
Reviews from purchasers :
- this with some trepidation but I went with the great reviews and took a leap of faith and so
- Good alternative to the sound bar
- Easy set up, custom settings and superb sound!
Bit underwhelmed by surround sound.
A little expensive but well worth the money. The sound reproduction is first class.
For the most part, this is superb. A very easy setup, it looks great and holds our tv above it. The sound is mostly excellent, and frankly in a small room the bass is good enough not to need a sub as well. But you really need to be sitting directly in front of the playbase to get the most out of it. And, imho, it required quite a bit of tweaking of the eq to get the right balance along with the two play 3s we have for surround sound. By contrast the playbar and play 3s in another room seemed much easier to get the balance right. Although perhaps that was the difference with the shape, size etc of the room. Tv dialogue can sometimes be quite quiet with music and background nosies (especially with a lot of bass) quite booming at times. However once you’ve sorted out the right eq balance, this is superb. Music, tv, films are a joy to listen to and watch.
And its versatility via iphone and ipad makes it a great investment.
Great bass and clear cristal sound.
Excellent sound, far superior to the tv (which wasn’t bad) with a sense of clarity and precision. Easy to set up and works well as the heart of a distributed sound system – i can now listen to the tv, apple tv and dvd sound the house, as well as internet/computer/phone sources. It could be a little louder for my tastes, but that will no doubt be improved when i can afford to add a sub.
Just mined blowing sounds amazing go buy one thats all i can say ull never need to go cinima again hooked up with a 65 inch 4k tv.
Sonos playbasethis is a complete and long review. If you want the summary, scroll to the bottom. Cheersi’m a bit of an audiophile and i currently have a complete 5. 1 surround sound system via an av amp but have used soundbars in the past; specifically a high-end sony offering. So i was delighted to be given the opportunity to try-out this device from sonos. Sonos are well known for their wireless home audio players. I own several of their devices; two play 1s, one play 5 and a connect. When you buy a new tv, their inbuilt speakers tend to be pretty poor so buyers, like me, opt to but separate sound systems to get better sound. In this field you have many options ranging from multi-speakers separates through to cheap and simple soundbars and plinths. Whilst the best sound can be obtained from multi-speaker set-ups, a lot of people don’t like the complicated set-ups and the aesthetics and therefore go for something like a soundbar or plinth.
I had been thinking about buying the soundbase since it’s release in april but was put off by the price. Finally gave in when the price dropped to £649 and glad that i did. It arrived quicker than expected and it was very easy to set up. I have some sonos play 1 speakers and now use them to create surround sound for the tv. As others have said the sound is amazing, the depth of tonal quality and base is great. When using the soundbase to play music it is something else, i can hear things that i normally wouldn’t using another system. Of course i have to wait for my other half to go out so that i can turn up the volume.
Great sound and easy to set up. It blends in perfectly and is a massive improvement in the sound quality from the tv. . The quality of dialogue is great. Just missing that really deep rumble. If you want that cinema experience you will need a sub woofer. . I bought a couple of sonos play 1s to use elsewhere in the house but have had a play this weekend and linked them a surround sound speakers to the playbase. . The immersion was briliiant especially in action scenes.
I love had this for a few months now and have it under my tv in a small lounge/diner. I cannot rate this speaker enough. There is no requirement for the additional base for the smaller rooms as it is more than adequate. The sound is crisp, clear and deep. I love playing my music directly from my phone no matter where i am in the house. No complaints from the neighbours when watching late night films either with the night mode. I couldn’t recommend it more. Can not wait to build a mini collection around the house.
One optical cable from telly to sonos. And is also a brilliant streaming music speaker. Pricey but golden quality for those who can afford it.
Superb sound and the set up was so easy. Love the advanced settings where the back l+r speakers settings can be customised when in tv mode and different for music mode.
I am so glad i made the investment in the sonos playbase. David f smith’s advice below, as i did, though i found it rather cryptic. After a bit of digging i sorted it and understood what he meant. I’m not techie but in our house, i’m the one who must sort stuff out and you helped a great deal. If you have sky, you must change the audio setting to dolby digital. We have sky q so i selected ‘settings’, then ‘setup’, then ‘audio visual’. From here you chose ‘dolby digital’ for the ‘digital audio output optical’.
Debated spending the money, but so so glad i did, well worth it. Usual sonos quality, ease of use along with easy set up and integration. Highly recomended – if you can spare £700.