Excerpt: this is a continuation of my review of setting up a sonos 5.1 surround home theater system. I set the sub in the front left corner of my living room. the sub needs to be plugged to an a/c outlet for power. it has an Ethernet port, should you decide to use it as the main wireless "hub" for your sonos surround system (I have the playbar wired to my router). I use the sub wirelessly. immediately one can notice the improved bass for music, movies, and television programming.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Set Up, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I originally purchased two Play 1s and set them up as a stereo pair and have been extremely happy with ease of setup and sound quality. Of course the 1s are limited in the bass department, but they do offer a nice balanced punchy mid range sound that I thought would balance out well with the addition of the SUB. GETTING STARTED: The Sonos SUB was packaged very well and it is definitely a heavy-duty, high quality piece of equipment.
Summary: I can't give if 5 stars for the slightly excessive cost, but it pairs with the Play:Bar amazingly well. I didn't realize how much deeper the sound could go with the base, but this thing will definitely add a lot to your viewing experience.
Summary: Very good looking and good sounding sub-woofer. Easy to set up if you have a sonos soundbar. Definitely expensive but high "cool" factor. Would have given it 5 stars if the cost was more reasonable. Would buy again.
Awesome Sub - Matte Finish definitely a step down from gloss
27 March 2013
Summary: The sub is fantastic as we all know and a must have if you have the Playbar. Performance is superb and setup super easy. One thing to note is that the this Matte finish is probably not what you're thinking. It's not a premium matte finish -- soft, rubbery/velvety. Not so. It's not even the kind of matte/non-gloss finish you have on Play 5 or Play 3. It's completely different and quite frankly a little downscale. What's it like then? It's a HARD PLASTIC MATTE.
Summary: It does the job and adds the Umph! that I was looking for. The addition of the sub seems to give greater clarity to the vocals from my Play 5 which was a nice surprise. That said the price is high, really high but I knew that was the cost of being in a closed system like the Sonos.
Summary: Clearly adds depth and power to the PLAYBAR, alongside two PLAY:1 as satellites. Unlike other reviewers I can hear some rumbling, but I may be able to remedy the issue trying different positions for the SUB and adjusting its settings. Adding the three units to an existing PLAYBAR is very easy.