Sonos PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base : Best sound ever

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.

There are better sounding systems (bought this with full theatre setup) but not by much and there thousands more. This is incredible for the money.

SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, White

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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 and other connects to your TV; it does not fit stands with unstable legs and legs that are either too close together or too low to provide full clearance
  • Works with your existing TV remote; securely supports TVs up to 77 lbs (35 kg)
  • Syncs wirelessly with SUB and two Play: 1s for 5.1 surround sound; speech enhancement setting
  • Design that disappears under your TV, sound that fills the room; connects to your home Wi-Fi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz broadcast-capable router for uninterrupted wireless streaming
  • 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

Pretty easy to set up, although getting the optical cable in the right way up is easier said than donedoes the job beautifully. Fills out the characteristically weak sound of an modern tv without overdoing it on the bass rumble. Plus, when you’re not watching tv it networks with all the rest of your sonos gear for a house-full of sound. A little on the pricey side, for what it is. And you’re paying for good build quality, slick networking and elegant design.

Linked up to the sub and two play ones for booming cinema experiences.

Excellent product, can’t go wrong with sonos brilliant company.

SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, White : 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.

Was looking for speaker which didn’t take lot of space and unobstrutive,playbase sits under tv looks great,easy set up out of box,great sound with movies, and easy connect spotify etc,bought when on offer £550 at this price good buy,would not have bought at full price,.

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.

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.

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.

And its versatility via iphone and ipad makes it a great investment.

What a great bit of kit and the base is awesome.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A little expensive but well worth the money. The sound reproduction is first class.

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.

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.

Bought as a gift and it’s phenomenal on its own. Can’t wait to build up with the speakers and other bits.

I have an lg oled 2018 tv and i initially thought that sounded decent. . Then i tried the sonos playbase and the difference was massive. (even my wife loves it and she was against the purchase at first) i paired it with the sub and the sound is simply amazing. The sonos playbase on its own is definitely worth it, the best way i can describe it is, the standard tv speakers sound flat and the playbase sounds full and deep. It’s amazing to rewatch films and hear sounds that you never heard beforeyou can also add existing sonos speakers to create a bigger setup and it’s not exclusively for the tv. You are able to play music on it also which again, sounds amazing.

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SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, White
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  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment. Very expensive for limited benefits and average sound. on said:

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    I bought the sonos playbase because of the good reviews. The price was high compared to comparable systems, but i thought, due to the many good reviews that i would take a chance. The sound of the playbase is at best average and the restrictions that come with it are not worth the higher price. The system does not support dts on bluray films, you must have a premium account on spotify to stream music on the sonos, and if you want to invest in surround sound for the system you will be out quite a bit of money to get a system that compares to systems that cost half the money. In order to operate the system to any degree, you are required to have the sonos app available on some device. If you want to setup the sound to fit the room you must use the sonos trueplay app which is only available for apple devices, so if you are an android user, you are out of luck.
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    I bought the sonos playbase because of the good reviews. The price was high compared to comparable systems, but i thought, due to the many good reviews that i would take a chance. The sound of the playbase is at best average and the restrictions that come with it are not worth the higher price. The system does not support dts on bluray films, you must have a premium account on spotify to stream music on the sonos, and if you want to invest in surround sound for the system you will be out quite a bit of money to get a system that compares to systems that cost half the money. In order to operate the system to any degree, you are required to have the sonos app available on some device. If you want to setup the sound to fit the room you must use the sonos trueplay app which is only available for apple devices, so if you are an android user, you are out of luck.
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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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    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.
    • 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.
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        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.
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    The hardware is fine but the sonos software is an utter mess. The base drops from the network every few days and has to be factory reset and the surround sound set up again. Sonos support can never diagnose the problem. I have a £1,300 surround sound system that doesn’t work and can’t be fixed by the maker. Avoid like the plague and get something without the needless network.
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    The hardware is fine but the sonos software is an utter mess. The base drops from the network every few days and has to be factory reset and the surround sound set up again. Sonos support can never diagnose the problem. I have a £1,300 surround sound system that doesn’t work and can’t be fixed by the maker. Avoid like the plague and get something without the needless network.
    • 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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    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.
    • 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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    Just fantastic linked to 2 play ones you need to check you can turn off the tv speakers or it will not work properly.
    • Matched this with two sonos one’s for dolby digital on sky. Excellent sout from sky and with music.
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        Matched this with two sonos one’s for dolby digital on sky. Excellent sout from sky and with music.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Love this speaker, it replace an lg sound bar and sub that had stopped working. This is next level in terms of sound clarity and the quality of the speaker.
    • Love this speaker, it replace an lg sound bar and sub that had stopped working. This is next level in terms of sound clarity and the quality of the speaker.
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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.
  13. This review is from : SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, White

    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.
  14. This review is from : SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base, White

    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.
    • Colour: BlackStyle: PLAYBASE SpeakerConfiguration: without Accessories Verified Purchase on said:
      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.

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