Sonos PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base – Amazing product!

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.

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SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, Black
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 58 reviews
Price
£657.00

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  1. Very good addition to my sonos system. It adds good quality sound to the tv and another outlet for streaming. The only caveat is that when you set it up you need to have your pc/mac in the same room as there is a lot of interaction to make sure the tv remote controls the sound properly.
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    Very good addition to my sonos system. It adds good quality sound to the tv and another outlet for streaming. The only caveat is that when you set it up you need to have your pc/mac in the same room as there is a lot of interaction to make sure the tv remote controls the sound properly.
    • Connected to a 10 year old tv with supplied optical cable. Set up wasn’t straight forward and had to connect directly with supplied cable to bt home hub, thereafter, works okay on wifi but occasionally not seen by sonos app. The sound however is terrific when streaming from my itunes library via sonos app and because it’s not trying to project 5. 1 from movies when used as a stand alone unit, it can happily be used in the corner of the lounge. My only gripes are that it has limited connectivity (no bluetooth or airplay) and it cannot handle lossless or hi res audio; so with music, i can only hear compressed aac or mp3 audio which is a shame for a £700 unit. If you can accept the constraints of the sonos world, these issues shouldn’t bother you. Basically, very happy with the sound and speech on tv is much improved.
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    Connected to a 10 year old tv with supplied optical cable. Set up wasn’t straight forward and had to connect directly with supplied cable to bt home hub, thereafter, works okay on wifi but occasionally not seen by sonos app. The sound however is terrific when streaming from my itunes library via sonos app and because it’s not trying to project 5. 1 from movies when used as a stand alone unit, it can happily be used in the corner of the lounge. My only gripes are that it has limited connectivity (no bluetooth or airplay) and it cannot handle lossless or hi res audio; so with music, i can only hear compressed aac or mp3 audio which is a shame for a £700 unit. If you can accept the constraints of the sonos world, these issues shouldn’t bother you. Basically, very happy with the sound and speech on tv is much improved.
    • This is the first sonos product i have bought that has not exceeded my expectations. While the simplicity of the product, the low profile and ease of set up are all as you expect from sonos, i have found the sound to be far from ‘pulse pounding’. After re-positioning the unit location and reapplying true tuning there was a slight improvement. Clearly a considerably better sound than the tv alone, but i suspect other sonos units will need to be added to provide the sound quality i had expected from £700 sound system. I could argue that the mission m cube (which this replaces) provides an equivalent or indeed better sound quality albeit with all the nuisance of trailing wires. Unrelated, to alter the volume you may need to use the app to configure the tv handset. A very easy process but not crystal clear in the instructions. I am a huge sonos fan with multiple units throughout the house and i remain a fan, just a little disappointed.
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    This is the first sonos product i have bought that has not exceeded my expectations. While the simplicity of the product, the low profile and ease of set up are all as you expect from sonos, i have found the sound to be far from ‘pulse pounding’. After re-positioning the unit location and reapplying true tuning there was a slight improvement. Clearly a considerably better sound than the tv alone, but i suspect other sonos units will need to be added to provide the sound quality i had expected from £700 sound system. I could argue that the mission m cube (which this replaces) provides an equivalent or indeed better sound quality albeit with all the nuisance of trailing wires. Unrelated, to alter the volume you may need to use the app to configure the tv handset. A very easy process but not crystal clear in the instructions. I am a huge sonos fan with multiple units throughout the house and i remain a fan, just a little disappointed.
    • I have it on its own under the tv currently. Will add to it over time but it provides a great sound to the tv having replaced a sony surround sound system. It compliments the other sonos players i have and when i link this with them to play music the house is just filled.
      • I have it on its own under the tv currently. Will add to it over time but it provides a great sound to the tv having replaced a sony surround sound system. It compliments the other sonos players i have and when i link this with them to play music the house is just filled.
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    Just fantastic linked to 2 play ones you need to check you can turn off the tv speakers or it will not work properly.
    • Just fantastic linked to 2 play ones you need to check you can turn off the tv speakers or it will not work properly.
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    I was reluctant to pay full price but the black friday deal of £100 off made it more palatable. As well as a high end 2 channel music system we have a sonos system in various rooms around the house so this seemed like a perfect partner to what we already had. Due to the big 2 channel system we lack the space to accommodate a full av speaker system. The unit comes beautifully presented in its box and a cover wrap (think apple style packaging). It sits perfectly under our panasonic tv on a corner stand, looking smart but very discrete. It exudes high quality and has a heft and solidity that justifies the price. Nothing rattles, creaks or resonates and it can deliver a surprising amount of sound level and presence. It was simple to set up using the supplied toslink cable. The only issue we had was trying to disable the tv speakers while being able to control the playbase volume with the tv remote. On our tv we had to go into “hotel” mode and do it that way, but newer tvs will perhaps be easier.
    • I was reluctant to pay full price but the black friday deal of £100 off made it more palatable. As well as a high end 2 channel music system we have a sonos system in various rooms around the house so this seemed like a perfect partner to what we already had. Due to the big 2 channel system we lack the space to accommodate a full av speaker system. The unit comes beautifully presented in its box and a cover wrap (think apple style packaging). It sits perfectly under our panasonic tv on a corner stand, looking smart but very discrete. It exudes high quality and has a heft and solidity that justifies the price. Nothing rattles, creaks or resonates and it can deliver a surprising amount of sound level and presence. It was simple to set up using the supplied toslink cable. The only issue we had was trying to disable the tv speakers while being able to control the playbase volume with the tv remote. On our tv we had to go into “hotel” mode and do it that way, but newer tvs will perhaps be easier.
      • I’ve had my playbase for just about a month now and it is absolutely brilliant. Superb sound quality, very acceptable bass level, premium construction and material quality. I cannot fault this product in any way. Next on my list is adding the sonos sub. Well worth the money if you care about quality.
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    I’ve had my playbase for just about a month now and it is absolutely brilliant. Superb sound quality, very acceptable bass level, premium construction and material quality. I cannot fault this product in any way. Next on my list is adding the sonos sub. Well worth the money if you care about quality.
    • A good sound with 2 play 1’s as the rear speakers but don’t be fooled into thinking its a proper surround sound sound. Does the job in my house but you tv sound geeks should stay clear.
      • A good sound with 2 play 1’s as the rear speakers but don’t be fooled into thinking its a proper surround sound sound. Does the job in my house but you tv sound geeks should stay clear.
  8. Linked up to the sub and two play ones for booming cinema experiences.
    • Linked up to the sub and two play ones for booming cinema experiences.
      • At low volume, the night and speech modes prevent waking up the rest of the house when watching after a late shift. At medium volume, great sound for normal tv viewing. At high volume – for me a game changer. Movies transformed with clear speech and top range. Will be pairing with my 2 play 1s and already saving for the sub to complete the system.
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    At low volume, the night and speech modes prevent waking up the rest of the house when watching after a late shift. At medium volume, great sound for normal tv viewing. At high volume – for me a game changer. Movies transformed with clear speech and top range. Will be pairing with my 2 play 1s and already saving for the sub to complete the system.
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    Matched this with two sonos one’s for dolby digital on sky. Excellent sout from sky and with music.
    • Matched this with two sonos one’s for dolby digital on sky. Excellent sout from sky and with music.
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     there will be many days like thisit’s very quick to set-up maybe slightly longer than the 5min quoted in many reviews. Disconnect your tv and move it out the way just to be sure no accidents happen, place your playbase on your side unit and connect the 3 connections needed and reconnect your tv in place. My tv is a 40inch so it will give you an idea of the size of the playbase. It’s quite a lump, but needs to be to pack it’s punch. Once all connected it does take just moments to update and connect. The transformation was unbelievable even on normal tv channels the whole street can now listen to emmerdale while the missus watches it 😜i’ve read in previous reviews that you need to go in to your digital tv box, whether freeview, sky box etc and change the settings to the digital sound options and the same in your tv settings menu too, it will give the playbase that extra kickworks perfectly with alexa as you can see in my attached video, it can be a little long winded to get a song playing but this can be done in a click straight from the sonos app once you’ve added your play lists, songs or artists. Overall this is the best ever christmas present i’ve ever got and one i just couldn’t wait til christmas day for haha. You really do get the bang for your buck with the sonosplay so if you’re in a position to get one i’d definitely recommend it. . If you’re like me and read every other review, i hope mine may help you further to making a decision.
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     there will be many days like thisit’s very quick to set-up maybe slightly longer than the 5min quoted in many reviews. Disconnect your tv and move it out the way just to be sure no accidents happen, place your playbase on your side unit and connect the 3 connections needed and reconnect your tv in place. My tv is a 40inch so it will give you an idea of the size of the playbase. It’s quite a lump, but needs to be to pack it’s punch. Once all connected it does take just moments to update and connect. The transformation was unbelievable even on normal tv channels the whole street can now listen to emmerdale while the missus watches it 😜i’ve read in previous reviews that you need to go in to your digital tv box, whether freeview, sky box etc and change the settings to the digital sound options and the same in your tv settings menu too, it will give the playbase that extra kickworks perfectly with alexa as you can see in my attached video, it can be a little long winded to get a song playing but this can be done in a click straight from the sonos app once you’ve added your play lists, songs or artists. Overall this is the best ever christmas present i’ve ever got and one i just couldn’t wait til christmas day for haha. You really do get the bang for your buck with the sonosplay so if you’re in a position to get one i’d definitely recommend it. . If you’re like me and read every other review, i hope mine may help you further to making a decision.
    • Good alternative to the sound bar, you don’t really need an extra sub for bass – however, sonos should still move to include an optional hdmi input though – it would increase sales by removing a perceived constraint.
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    Good alternative to the sound bar, you don’t really need an extra sub for bass – however, sonos should still move to include an optional hdmi input though – it would increase sales by removing a perceived constraint.
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    This is a wonderful piece of kit, a bit pricey but worth every penny. Setup was a easy, took 5 mins. Connected it to my smart tv and the audio was immensely transformed. Music streaming took another dimension, the sound is crisp and clear, the bass so deep and heavy (controllable). I stream most of my music library through the playbase when am not watching tv, my sonos 5 is getting a breather. The sonos play 1 in the bedrooms are easily grouped and i can seamlessly change from playbase to sonos play 1 as i go into my bedroom. I think i will get the sub as a christmas present to myself. Since introduction, sonos wireless speakers have set an excellent benchmark which will stand the test of time.
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    This is a wonderful piece of kit, a bit pricey but worth every penny. Setup was a easy, took 5 mins. Connected it to my smart tv and the audio was immensely transformed. Music streaming took another dimension, the sound is crisp and clear, the bass so deep and heavy (controllable). I stream most of my music library through the playbase when am not watching tv, my sonos 5 is getting a breather. The sonos play 1 in the bedrooms are easily grouped and i can seamlessly change from playbase to sonos play 1 as i go into my bedroom. I think i will get the sub as a christmas present to myself. Since introduction, sonos wireless speakers have set an excellent benchmark which will stand the test of time.
    • Bought as a gift and it’s phenomenal on its own. Can’t wait to build up with the speakers and other bits.
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    Bought as a gift and it’s phenomenal on its own. Can’t wait to build up with the speakers and other bits.
    • Excellent product, can’t go wrong with sonos brilliant company.
      • Excellent product, can’t go wrong with sonos brilliant company.
  17. Recently bought my first sonos products, 2 play 1’s to be used in stereo and was blown away. I didn’t realise how addictive it would become. I’ve bought this to add to the home setup replacing an old bose 2. 1 system that i used with the tv. Honestly, the sound on this is great, for both tv and music. It compares to 2 separate speakers and a v large subwoofer in my old setup, taking up less space and looking better in the process. I haven’t connected directly to my tv as it doesn’t have an optical out, so the optical out for my htpc goes straight to the playbase. I’ve encountered no issues so far, speech is all in sync and when it detects the optical source, it switches to tv output on the playbase. V impressed and happy with my purchase. Yes, it is expensive, but it sounds, and looks like, a premium product, which, coupled with the ease of use of the app, makes it acceptable to the wife too.
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    Recently bought my first sonos products, 2 play 1’s to be used in stereo and was blown away. I didn’t realise how addictive it would become. I’ve bought this to add to the home setup replacing an old bose 2. 1 system that i used with the tv. Honestly, the sound on this is great, for both tv and music. It compares to 2 separate speakers and a v large subwoofer in my old setup, taking up less space and looking better in the process. I haven’t connected directly to my tv as it doesn’t have an optical out, so the optical out for my htpc goes straight to the playbase. I’ve encountered no issues so far, speech is all in sync and when it detects the optical source, it switches to tv output on the playbase. V impressed and happy with my purchase. Yes, it is expensive, but it sounds, and looks like, a premium product, which, coupled with the ease of use of the app, makes it acceptable to the wife too.
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    Brilliant bit of kit, sound is great, looks nice and fits nicely under my tv. As a bonus, walking around the room waving my phone around tuning the sound made me feel like a star trek away team member scanning for temporal anomalies.
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    Brilliant bit of kit, sound is great, looks nice and fits nicely under my tv. As a bonus, walking around the room waving my phone around tuning the sound made me feel like a star trek away team member scanning for temporal anomalies.
    • This is a great home cinema starter. Your tv goes right on top of it so you don’t have to worry about it being too tall etc. The sound quality is amazing. Very crisp and clear even at high volumes. You can easily pair the playbase with the sub and e. 2 play 1s like i have for dolby digital 5. The whole setup process took me 5 mins inc installing the update. No more running the wires under the floor etc.
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    This is a great home cinema starter. Your tv goes right on top of it so you don’t have to worry about it being too tall etc. The sound quality is amazing. Very crisp and clear even at high volumes. You can easily pair the playbase with the sub and e. 2 play 1s like i have for dolby digital 5. The whole setup process took me 5 mins inc installing the update. No more running the wires under the floor etc.

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