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.
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.
Summary: A fantastic-sounding sub for people already with Sonos gear that are looking for better overall sound. You will need plenty of disposable cash to make it worth your while, but if you fancy treating yourself this month your ears will thank you.
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.
Excerpt: Sonos is still the leader when it comes to wireless, multi-room audio systems. With a dead-easy setup routine, well-designed controller apps, and the ability to play music from both your local stash of MP3s and all the big streaming services , the palindromic home audio supplier is playing with a winning hand. Now Sonos has released a subwoofer to complement its array of wireless Play speakers and Connect amps. It’s simply called Sub .
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