Excerpt: Sonos is a brand that markets primarily on convenience, and their products do exactly what they advertise, which is to produce very reasonable sound quality with an extremely easy wireless setup. While most wireless systems involve a bit of tinkering to get up and running, Sonos’s system is as simple as they come, and anyone with a bit of electronic know-how should be able to get the Sonos Sub up and running without much fuss.
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
Excerpt: 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
Pros: Sound is excellent, on par with the rest of Sonos’ speakers. Well-designed dual-driver subwoofer with dual class-D amps offer efficient and distortion-free boom. Sleek looks make the 16-inch-tall box disappear into your ultra-modern decor. Just over 6 inches tall when laid flat, so it can slip under a couch or table.
Cons: That’s a lot of Simoleons. The tall, square-shaped doughnut design can be too bulky for some rooms, even laid flat.
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.
Pros: Thumping bass sounds great; Good build quality; Looks good; Easy set up.
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