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: The Sonos SUB is a massively expensive subwoofer made to be part of the full wireless speaker family for an equally giant price: $699 right out of the box. You do get free shipping and unlimited support from Sonos, and we're to understand that there's a slightly less glossy version of this machine coming soon that'll cost just a bit less than this first release.
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
Summary: The Sonos Sub provides an instant upgrade to your Sonos Play speaker system, but it's quite pricey.
Pros: The Sonos Sub has a unique, eye-catching design and its wireless function works from anywhere in a room (though it does have to be plugged in). It really augments the sound of your Play speakers and the setup is a breeze.
Cons: Its finish doesn't match any other Sonos components and the Sub doesn't work as well with the Connect: Amp. It's expensive and won't work outside of a Sonos system.
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.
Conclusion: It's a lot to pay for a subwoofer that can't be used with non-Sonos hardware. If you can swing the cost, though, you'll get a tremendous boost to sound quality that integrates smoothly with a full Sonos network.
Pros: Deep, tight bass, Easy setup, Unique design
Cons: Very expensive, Can't be used with non-Sonos gear, Dust magnet
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.