SONOS PlayBar, Sub and Play:3 Wireless 5.1 Surround Sound System Review
16 April 2013
Excerpt: When you're looking for better sound from your flat panel television, sound bars offer a seductive solution: subtle, sexy, self-contained speakers that promise to bring out the best in your favorite movies and TV shows. But for most soundbars, the promise of "surround sound" is an empty one. There's only so much you can do with electronic processing and acoustic trickery to simulate sounds coming from beyond that little box.
Pros: SONOS platform is ideal for music lovers, Discrete 5.1 surround from compatible sources, Elegant looks, Wireless operation, A model of simplicity
Cons: Expensive, Single optical input, No DTS decoding, Limited by TVs in getting discrete 5.1 sound
Conclusion: Considering all that it offers, we can heartily recommend the Sonos Sub. And yeah, we realize that, at $699, it ain’t cheap. But no other sub that we’re aware of combines such a small form factor with this kind of potent, high-quality bass in one heck of an aesthetically pleasing package.
Pros: Powerful, potent bass for such a small sub, Excellent extension and impact, Force cancelling design eliminates unwanted vibrations, Solid, inert design, Easy to set up and use
Cons: Bass a little too thumpy at times, No standard line inputs, i.e. only compatible with Sonos gear
Excerpt: The latest addition to the Sonos family of products is the Sonos SUB, which is specifically designed to work with the company’s speakers—the Play:3 and Play:5. Either of these can be paired with another speaker of the same model to create a stereo pair for a wider soundfield.
Excerpt: Sonos’ Play:3 wireless HiFi speakers were a huge hit when they were first released in the middle of last year. Great sounding audio quality from a wireless product isn’t always guaranteed, but the Play:3 did the trick.
Summary: From our experience, the Sub is one of the better subwoofers in the field, wireless or otherwise. It adds forcefulness without turning the sound into mush. Making it worth the cash outlay is the challenge, even if it's much less of a problem than we first thought going in. It's not just the audio quality disparity that gives us pause; it's the idea of pairing the $299 Play:3 with a subwoofer that costs more than twice as much and won't necessarily sound proportionately...
Pros: Deep, tight bass, Easy setup, Unique design
Cons: Very expensive, Can't be used with non-Sonos gear, Dust magnet
Excerpt: (1 items) Sonos, maker of a variety of excellent multi-room music systems , has added a high-end bottom end to its line up of powered speakers—the $699 Sonos Sub . More than just a subwoofer, the Sub incorporates into existing powered Sonos configurations to add a rich bottom end to your streaming music. (Note: I’ve reviewed the final shipping version of the Sub, but Sonos expects to ship the Sub to customers starting June 30.
Pros: Easy to set up, Offers crisp and defined bass, Interacts intelligently with other Sonos units
QUICKVIEW: Sonos Sub Subwoofer Hands-on [with Video]
12 June 2012
Excerpt: Late last month, Sonos , the maker of the Sonos Wireless HiFi System, announced it latest addition to its set of wireless speakers, the Sonos Sub . Unlike the Sonos Play:3 or Play:5, which were pretty complete wireless speakers, the Sono Sub is a 16 kg heavy dedicated subwoofer which is designed to be added to an existing Sonos wireless HiFi system. During a road-show earlier this week, I had the exclusive chance to get my hands or in this case ears on a Sub.
Excerpt: It's with utmost confident that we attest Sonos to be one of the finest examples of consumer technology of the last decade. From the moment it launched in 2005, it changed our perception of audio streaming, from a fiddly computer-based system to an always-on digital music centre.
Pros: Simple set up, Great industrial design, Superb bass balance
Excerpt: Sonos is a pioneer in the wireless audio market — its entire focus is on simple, powerful, high-quality music systems that connect over a home Wi-Fi network, access a huge range of music services, and allow control from a smartphone . The Sonos SUB is the latest addition to the line-up, and is designed to complement existing speakers with extra bass power. See also Group test: what's the best speaker set?