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Sonos Playbase

Sonos Playbase
alaScore 100

159 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews of Sonos Playbase. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Sonos Playbase is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

Sonos Playbase review

 

An all-in-one speaker and a handy TV stand all rolled together

Excellent sound quality ; Apartment-shaking bass ; Works flawlessly with other Sonos products ; Easy to set up and use

Optical-only connection ; Virtual surround sounds artificial ; TruePlay calibration for iOS only ; Expensive

The Sonos Playbase continues the company’s philosophy of making easy-to-use and good-sounding speakers in an attractive package. But, due to the lack of support for many surround sound formats, artificial sounding processing and ecosystem lock-in,...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Christopher Minasians (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sonos Playbase review: A large soundbase with limited connectivity

 

The big soundbase that delivers earth-shattering bass

Overall sound quality ; Multi-room functionality

Price ; Limited connectivity and no physical remote ; Physical size

If none of the above bother you, though, this is an excellent speaker that can stream pretty much anything – and is expandable to boot. If you have £700 to spare, it’s well worth considering.

Apr, 2017

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Ced Yuen (trustedreviews.com)

Sonos Playbase

 

On paper, the Sonos Playbase seems like any other soundbase. Like the Sonos Playbar from 2013, it takes over audio duties from your flat screen TV, which usually needs a bit of help – and it saves space doing so by letting your TV sit on it. But as...

A convincing argument for throwing out your stereo.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.co.uk)

Sonos Playbase review

 

When we heard Sonos was making a sound base, we knew the company was taking a hell of a risk. That's because many of today's TVs simply won't fit on top of them.

The Sonos Playbase is a low-slung sound base with impeccable design and impressive sound. Its bass is even better than the Playbar's, so there's no need for a sub. Sonos' app and other speakers make it part of one of the best multiroom systems available.

The wide effect needs breathing room -- unadorned walls, too, if you please. No DTS support, HDMI ports or Bluetooth. If you have a "clawfoot" TV, it may not fit on top.

The Playbase adds excellent home theater and music sound to Sonos' superb multiroom music system. Just make sure your TV fits.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sonos Playbase review

 

Sonos' simple, stylish soundbase doesn't quite reach perfection...

Impressively big, wide soundstage ; Solid, natural bass ; Stylishly minimalist and sturdy build ; Streams just about anything ; Can be part of multi-room and surround systems

Harsh treble detracts from sonic strengths ; Setup by the single optical input can be fiddly ; Lacks high-res audio support ; Won't work perfectly in all rooms

One of the simplest, most stylish and streamiest soundbases around, but the Sonos Playbase isn't flawless

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sonos PlayBase review

 

The PlayBar you can plonk your telly on

Amazingly big, wide sound for a box this compact ; Natural, punchy bass ; Does all of the great things any other Sonos speaker can ; Can be upgraded to a full 5.1 system

Treble is harsh, often annoyingly so ; Optical-only isn't very flexible - or even necessarily that simple ; Won't work perfectly in every room

One significant sonic flaw prevents the otherwise excellent SoundBase getting the full five stars

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Sonos Playbase review

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Sonos is back in the sound bar market for 2017 with the Playbase. Marketed as a 'wireless soundstage' promising simple set-up and seamless integration with other Sonos wireless speakers, it certainly talks a good game. Can Sonos's first sound bar in...

May, 2017

Expert review by: Lance Ulanoff (mashable.com)

Sonos PlayBase puts excellent home theater sound right where it belongs

 

It's all about dat base.

Great design ; Brilliant sound ; Works perfectly with existing Sonos system ; Excellent design for TVs on stands

Expensive ; Built-in woofer can't shake a room

The Sonos PlayBase is an excellent soundbar, but the $699 price of admission may be too high for many.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Alfred Siew (techgoondu.com)

Ears on: Sonos Playbase March 26th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew Audio-visual 0 Sonos Playbase beneath a TV. PHOTO: Handout

 

For home owners who want a straightforward system that also performs reasonably well, the S$1,299 Sonos Playbase will surely appeal.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Sonos Playbase review: The only speaker your living room needs

 

As with most everything Sonos does, the Playbase is both excellent and expensive. But the combination of top-notch sound quality, versatility and simple setup makes it an extremely compelling speaker for the living room.

Clear, powerful audio regardless of whether you're watching a movie or listening to music ; Music streaming is a unique feature in the home theater speaker market. ; Simple setup ; Excellent industrial design ; Easy to convert to a wireless 5.1...

Expensive, particularly if you're building a 5.1 setup ; The lovely white finish scratches and scuffs easily ; Stereo separation isn't as good as you'll get with a true multi-speaker setup

As I noted earlier, the Playbase is an extremely compelling one-speaker option for the living room, particularly if you're a music fan. It's easy to set up and adds very little complexity to most TV rigs; not having to run lots of cords is a huge win...

Apr, 2017

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Black / White

Loudspeakers

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of drivers:10
Number of mid-range drivers:6
Number of tweeter drivers:3
Number of woofer drivers:1
Tweeter:Y
Woofer:Y

Networking

Bluetooth:N
Ethernet LAN:Y
Wi-Fi:Y

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC, LAN (RJ-45), Optical / AC, Optical
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:N
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Digital audio optical in:1
Ethernet LAN:Y
USB port:N
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240

Soundbar speaker

Number of mid-range drivers:6
Number of tweeter drivers:3
Number of woofer drivers:1

Subwoofer

Bass adjustment:Y
Subwoofer included:Y
Subwoofer location:Built-in

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility:Not supported
Colour of product:Black / White
Control type:Touch
Docking connector type:Not supported
Internet radio services supported:Napster, Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, TuneIn, iTunes
Mac compatibility:Y
Smartphone remote support:Y
Volume Control:Digital

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:380
Height :58
Soundbar weight:8.6
Weight:8.6
Width:720