I know it's pretty old hat now, but almost about to buy this. Would you still recommend it? I wouldn't initially be using with other speakers. Just need clearer dialogue etc. Thanks
The sound is phenomenal from this. I got one for £519 from Richer Sounds and it absolutely blows my previously connected ARC Yamaha out the water. Seriously good.
I’m guessing this is aimed at people who don’t have the space or don’t want the clutter in whatever room they’d be placing it.
Almost £500 you can get a seperate amp and half decent set of small speakers for this price - all in one solution but bouncing audio accross the walls to give the "3d effect" is not what I would be after. Also for a base it seems somewhat expensive in its own right ?
Yep or you could be like me and hanging onto your Panasonic plasma (now in bedroom with playbase as got the frame TV and beam as more baby proof on the wall) but like good sound as well? One thing I’d say with this vs the beam is it doesn’t sound good for music until over half volume (which is loud!). In my view unless you have a big room playbase, playbar or the ARC is probably overkill (unless want atmos) and the beam is actually a nice fit.
I think if you Have a wall mounted tv you may be better looking at the playbar which can be wall mounted. Flexson do a nice mount. Regarding Dolby atmos - if you are looking at a wireless system then you can’t really get towards atmos yet and a decent set up would cost a lot more- this price is small in comparison to a mediocre atmos set up. I had a decent, midrange Dolby atmos setup at my last house and the costs were: Denon receiver £499 Kef 3001 satellite speakers x 5 £600 Kef powered sub £300 Kef ceiling speakers x 2 £280 Speaker cable £100 Installation, plastering and redecorating £400 Total install: £2179 The difference in cost over a Sonos 5.1 (plabase/bar, sub and 2 x play 1/3s) is at least £500 but the hassle-free benefit of not hiding wires is incredible!
Would love this barring a few issues in my setup. First, it's MASSIVE, so I've no idea how I'd place it in the room, the TV is on the wall and there is no unit for it to live on. Secondly, the lack of Dolby Atmos at this price really is off putting somewhat.
It works the same as the beam/bar, and will play from the app or airplay without the TV being on, for things like music.
Standalone is it a marginal difference in terms of the sub . Trialling a sub st moment but it there is bass similar from this I would get This.. does this work without the tv on
Sonos Playbase: Widescreen Sound in a Discreet Package
When your TV needs a bit of help, the Sonos Playbase can provide full-on cinema sound direct to your living room. For sports, films, gaming and wireless music streaming, it delivers great sound quality. With a low profile design, it passes almost unnoticed below the TV but will dominate a room with sound.
How Was the Sonos Playbase Developed?
Established in 2002, Sonos has become one of the best-known home speaker brands. Catering for the digital age, their audio solutions all work wirelessly and can be controlled with an app for Android or iOS. Designed as an alternative to the Sonos Playbar, the Playbase was released in 2017. Once set up, it is managed at the touch of a button through a computer or phone. As part of the brand’s modular ecosystem, the Playbase can be combined with other speakers to create an entire home audio network.
Features of the Playbase
Developed to provide pumping cinema sound when you connect to TV or stream music, the gen 3 Sonos Playbase is finished in a slim, subtle design which looks good anywhere. Inside there are ten class-D amplifiers, six mid-woofers and three tweeters, along with rear speakers and a sub to provide surround sound. Streaming takes place over Wi-Fi and is not affected by calls or texts. You can use it to support a TV weighing up to 35kg and with autoplay, you can decide whether audio output begins when the TV is switched on. Here’s a closer look at what’s on offer:
The Design – Unlike a soundbar, a soundbase is always flatter and capable of bearing weight. As the Playbase fits under a TV it has an inconspicuous finish which is intended to look like a section of granite. It is available in either black or white, to blend with your colour scheme and the shell is made from tough polycarbonate.
The Sonos Playbase is not overwhelmed with cables, it has an optical input and a power cord. By neglecting to add an HDMI, which many people may have been expecting, Sonos underline their love of simplicity.
The Playbase is primarily responsible for making your TV sound stunning. If you want to use an Xbox One or Blu-ray player these are connected to the TV, from where a cable runs to the Playbase. This may seem like a hassle, but it cuts back on the number of wires and ports you need to juggle, keeping your media centre neat.
A single switch is set to the left and is pressed to activate network pairing. Other than this there are no physical buttons, just three keys with touch sensitivity. You can use them to select a volume level or to play and pause. Providing an immediate response to your touch, these keys show how much work has gone into making the Playbase a joy to own.
The Performance – The Playbase might look pint-sized, but the soundstage it produces is huge. You won’t get exactly the same audio result as you might with two or more speakers, but the effects are well placed and accurate enough to keep you engaged with the action. Default settings are active to start with and these will be suitable for most users. The overall sound is smooth and remains so, even if you tend to listen at higher volumes.
Is it Worth the Money?
Soundbases are luxury items that provide room-filling audio, but you’ll have to part with a significant amount of cash to get one. There are cheaper options, but the Sonos Playbase won’t affect the look of your home and won’t leave wires trailing around the TV like a speaker group would. The Playbase is unique because it offers so much, a great level of connectivity, excellent audio and the capacity for expansion. If you’re in the market for a home audio system, the Playbase is an all-in-one solution and this alone may make it worth the cost.
Big Lebowski Sonos Playbase Commercial
Sonos Playbase Specs
Product Type: Soundbase
Colours: Black or white
Compatibility: HD TV/Apple/Android/Blu-ray/games console/laptop
Dimensions: H58 x W72 x D38cm
Networking: Wireless/Airplay 2/Amazon Echo
Audio: Dolby Digital/stereo
Power cable: AC cord
Sonos Playbase vs Bose SoundTouch 300
Both the Bose SoundTouch 300 and the Sonos Playbase are excellent speakers which make your 4K TV experience even more outstanding. They are far smaller than a conventional home cinema arrangement and connect to your Wi-Fi in seconds to stream music. Bose and Sonos each sell a selection other speakers and bass units, to further enhance the sound quality. Furthermore, there is very little to separate these two in terms of price and both have a suite of features to tempt you. Choosing between the two is not easy, but it may come down to where you keep the TV.
The Playbase is a soundbase and designed to support a TV, therefore it is flat and slim in shape. The Bose SoundTouch 300 is a soundbar, which is intended to sit in front of the TV or in a space below, it measures H10.6 x W97.79 x D5.58cm. Unlike the subtler Playbase, the SoundTouch is topped in a sheet of glass with thin aluminium details on the front and sides. In the left corner, there are LED indicators for the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and TV connections. Ports include HDMI input, optical input, power input, microUSB, power cord and various other connections which add further utility. On the Playbase, the minimalist theme dominates again. There is one cable to connect with the TV and a power cable, but no further ports. This prevents a tangle of wires but may put off tech-minded buyers who’d prefer more choice.
Sonos and Bose have both invested in slick apps which allow users to control what they are listening to. Access to radio stations and streaming is pretty evenly matched, though there are more options from Sonos and the Playbase also has an alarm feature.
When it comes to sound, both of these gadgets are packing a good selection of tweeters and midrange speakers, which produce crisp notes in the mid to high range. Neither has a hugely intense bass output, but both have separate bass modules for that. The true appeal of both speakers is the way in which they reproduce individual or assembled sound effects and locate them on the soundstage. From gaming to tunes and films, the end results with both Sonos and Bose are stunning.
Reaching a verdict on which is better for your home is not easy, both have excellent sound quality coupled with exciting features and great connectivity. If none of the smaller details have swayed you, it may come down to location. As a long narrow speaker, the SoundTouch 300 can be hung on a wall or placed in front of a TV, whereas the Playbase is more suitable if you watch TV on a flat surface.
Sonos Playbase vs Sonos Playbar
The majority of people buy a soundbar to enrich their film, music or TV experience. With Sonos, you’ll get great audio, but also a range of other innovative features, like streaming, TruePlay and smartphone connectivity. If you’re unsure of whether to go for the Sonos Playbase or the Sonos Playbar, you could base a decision on where it will be kept. The Playbase is designed for use with a TV on a flat surface while the Playbar will work with wall-mountable TVs.
Aside from this key difference, there is very little to separate the two devices aesthetically and both have the same features. Moreover, the set-up process of each is very straightforward. You simply download an app and are guided through the various stages, so it is almost impossible to go wrong.
A central concern for any buyer is sound quality. Sonos has stated that both these gadgets are equal when it comes to audio output, with nothing to separate them. As all-purpose speakers, they can be used individually or paired with other Sonos speakers to watch films, play games or stream music. Some reviewers argue that the Playbar has the edge in this area, providing a flawless outcome over all genres and reproducing a wider range of sounds with no distortion. However, in some rooms the Playbase may sound better, especially when the TruePlay feature is activated, so the difference is not extremely pronounced.
With so little to divide them, ultimately a choice will come down to placement. People with wall-mounted TVs will find it easier to integrate a Playbar with their setup, while those with stands can just position a TV on the Playbase.
Extend the Sonos Experience with Accessories
The Sonos Playbase is simple, stylish and functional as an individual item, but it can be combined with accessories to make it even better.
Sanus TV Stand for Playbase – The Sanus Swivelling TV Standsfit on top of a Playbase, keeping the TV securely suspended around 20cm above. Once in place you can use it to move the TV 20º to the right or left, to get a better viewing angle. It takes a few minutes to install and weighs 27kg.
Floor Stand – If you plan to buy auxiliary speakers, there are floor stands which keep them off carpet or wood surfaces and improve their performance. Any speaker will generate pressure at higher volumes which may make a floor vibrate, but by using specially designed supports you can avoid that.
Speaker Stand – Speaker stands tend to be smaller than floor stands. They support a speaker on a desk or shelf, putting them at an optimal height for listening and boosting the sound quality.
Sonos Boost – When it comes to tech-based annoyances, the loss of a Wi-Fi signal is one of the worst. With a Sonos set up it is even more frustrating because the kit itself is capable of such great things. To avoid these black spots and dropouts you can install a Sonos Boost. It’s an extender for your Wi-Fi that keeps every area of your home or workplace properly connected.
Pros and Cons of the Sonos Playbase
The Sonos Playbase is much more than a simple speaker, it’s a powerful device that is multifunctional and extremely user-friendly. Nevertheless, before deciding to buy, it’s worth knowing about any disadvantages. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of owning a Sonos Playbase.
Whether you are viewing a film, listening to music, or gaming, the audio experience is crisp and powerful
Solid build quality is coupled with contemporary good looks
Can be adapted to become a multi-room system, just add more speakers and use an app to control the output
The unit has touch keys which are highly responsive
Although it is designed to support a 35kg TV, this is an understated speaker with a low profile
Despite being packed with utility, the Sonos Playbase is easy to use and quick to set up
Streaming is available through many services
This is an expensive product, especially for people planning to create a complete set up
Audio output remains at CD quality, so don’t expect high-resolution digital sound
Lack of Bluetooth connectivity, no HDMI port and no support for dedicated to sound
TruePlay calibrates the sound to match a room’s size and layout, but it’s only available for iOS users
More optical inputs would be helpful
Tips on Saving Money When Buying the Sonos Playbase
Buying electricals tends to be cheaper around December, as retailers lower their prices to attract Christmas gift shoppers, but bargains can also be had in seasonal sales during summer and spring. On Black Friday, which falls on the last day in November, most of the larger retailers slash their prices as part of the event. In past years, Sonos products have been reduced by up to 20% in John Lewis, Currys and Amazon.
Sonos Offers at HotUKDeals
Sonos have developed a collection of high-performance speakers which tend to be expensive. To save money on a soundbase, shoppers can take a look at the HotUKDeals Sonos Playbase page where we collect and list every current deal on the item.
Posted 14th Jul 2019Posted 14th Jul 2019
Sonos Playbase Sound base - Black / White £399.20 with code @ ebay / Hughes£399.20£49920% offeBay Deals
Still overpriced IMO, it's just Sonos soundbars, never gotten along with them, the beam is good, bar and base are just not. much better sounding speakers for cheaper in other brands. Good price for the playbase over its typical price though
? It Only supports Dolby Digital 5.1 - that’s shocking this day in age. Plus ancient connects - hdmi??? There will be a new version no doubt soon that supports hdmi etc.
Yeah, the Beam is epic for the size and price.
What utter nonsense.
Great speaker, but out dated now.
Posted 31st Dec 2018Posted 31st Dec 2018
Sonos Playbase - White £479 / Black £499 w/code @ Richer Sounds (6 Year guarantee)£479£529.9910% offRicher Sounds Deals
I’m interested in this deal but keen to know what other systems are available for less money? My knowledge of this type of tech is limited!
It got a massive amount of heat at the £494 price! https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sonos-playbase-49410-with-code-from-currys-3139628 the one you linked to got cold because they were just price matching Currys and Amazon also offering it at that price was covered in that posting so there was no need for a separate listing at the same price for Amazon
Fair enough, but in future you might want to remove factually incorrect information otherwise you run the risk of looking like the silly one ;)
That paragraph was from somebody who left a review on Amazon.
Where on earth did you get ‘you must have a premium account on Spotify to stream music on the Sonos’ from? There’s a massive variety of sources you can stream music from on Sonos and you can also stream local music saved to the device. If you have an iOS device you can also natively stream from YouTube to your Sonos speakers :/
Posted 15th Dec 2018Posted 15th Dec 2018
SONOS PLAYBASE for £494.10 @Amazon£494.10£54910% offAmazon Deals
Normally retails around £699 mark - they are marked down to £549 and currently being price matched and comes down to £494.10 - which is the cheapest its ever been - camel confirms … Read more
I'll just place this here: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sonos-playbase-black-soundbasewireless-speaker-at-richer-sounds-for-549-3119812
Sorry for the late reply (and if it has already been answered) yes it links to my Sony TV remote so that works the volume for the whole setup. The TV volume indicator doesn't count correctly though sometimes.
A full Sonus 5.1 is over £1.5k so yes would get you a better sound for half that. Your money go spend ;) In the words on Duncan Banatyne "I'm oooout!" Haha
Colin gets what I was getting at. Source bitrate etc is great but if pumped through an inferior amp / set of speakers will sound worse regardless. That said I’m sure there are 5.1 systems that are better and can compete at similar £ point but for some people (myself included) sonos will tick a lot more boxes
You’ve at least made a critical point there with ‘decent’ 5.1 system. That’s not what was said earlier. My old 5.1 system was crap. My 3.1 is way better. This Sonos is 10x better than that. The Playbase can form part of a wireless, Alexa/mobile controlled, all in 1 music/movie 5.1 system. Yes, it gets expensive to add the one’s and the Sub but it is an Amazing Sound.
Posted 23rd Aug 2018Posted 23rd Aug 2018LocalLocal
Just picked up from the Preston store for £489 (additional tenner off for being VIP member). First member of staff I spoke to wasn't aware of the offier, so ask around if your salesperson doesn't know. Thanks for the heads-up - I was about to get a Beam but couldn't turn this down at this price.
Try a pseudo surround sound system in comparison to real speaker placements with an amplifier to decode and push out the signals to them individually and you'll find out the difference.
Try entering a bicycle race on a motor bike and you'll find out the difference. (highfive)
Divorce and speaker grilles are two options :)
Don’t forget the “wife acceptance factor”. A critical part of choosing any home cinema system. Additionally there is the old chestnut of “is my 3 year old going to poke the tweeter in of my £2k floorstander”. All important things to consider in buying speakers...
Be interested to hear how you think the Beam sounds. I think the Beam would have been fine for my room but it came down to basic logistics of my TV (LG43 from the Bluelight/Sky deal) being quite low and the Beam would have blocked out the IR port. This might have been ok using HDMI ARC but it only has 3 HDMI ports. I also have alexa and google in everyroom anyway. I think people moaning about the Beam are partly just annoyed about no Airplay 2 for PlayBar and were also hoping for HDMI passthrough (i was) and DTS. Sonos connect only has stereo analog input and I've read mixed reviews about lag streaming to other sonos speakers (I was considering moving mine to use as a streamer to Sonos play1s). Sonos only supports Dolby Digital 5.1(not DTS or Atmos) so even if it could connect it would be pointless. Aside from that I think only Apple TV (probably best value for 4K purchases) and some 4K blu ray players support Atmos at moment. I'm not really bothered as not enough content for me and not tried it. I have used DTS amp (my old amp) and tbh I can't tell the between the two. I went Sonos as wanted to decluter but it isn't cheap to do the full 5.1. There was a good review on Engadget where the guy has the Beam and 2xplay1s for rears. I think that shoud be more then enough. I'd try watching some content first as I bet Beam will be good (maybe not as loud as the other two but with a lot of features extra).
Volume 7-8........ thats pretty damn loud! Nice post - Good to hear more info about the bass. My Beam has literally just been delivered for main TV, I was going to build a full surround sound but with Sonos (and perhaps needing the bass) its an expensive set up. So thinking Sonos in main room, and just buy a generic surround sound for the family/cinema room.
Weird one this. I bought the playbase a week ago (having other Sonos products). I have it linked to a pair of Sonos 1s for rears. I think listening to music above 7-8 (which is very loud in my small front room) and even at some points I'd want the sub. However, when watching movies (my primary purchase reason) I'd say no need for me. Watching into the Badlands and Ready Player one the Bass is amazing in proportion to the rest of the audio. This makes sense to me as all these are supposed to be TV first and music second. It still sounds really good for music and kicks out decent bass between 1-7 or 8 volume but anything over that Sonos starts to distort (I've found this to be the case with the Play 1s I've got too but not got the 3,5 or sub to compare). So in short 1) From all the reviews I read or watched (a lot when paying this price!) I'd say you are correct about the Bass 2) Airplay 2 isn't proper airplay on Sonos vs HomePod so don't buy if that is key to you (need to stream from Apple device vs cloud). 3) For music at very loud levels I'd say still need a Sub but not for Movies (this seems logical to an extent due to the audio source being 2.0 vs 5.1 which the playbase is more designed for).
Thanks for that - good to know! Obviously need to keep an eye on that. Know anyone that has had a reconditioned? Assuming they are like new as from Sonos direct?
I agree and if I didn’t have my ‘proper’ system elsewhere then I would do the same.
Lack of dts support is a dealbreaker 😩😩
I spent less on my Denon AV set-up and speakers than I did on the PLAYBAR/SUB/Surrounds. I spent less, I got more. I lost direct Sonos integration (although a Sonos Connect fills most of the gap) but with all modern kit support internet radio and Spotify, the need to get Sonos in every room has become much less. When in the Spotify app I can choose the Living Room like I can any other room, even though it's not a Sonos device. Totally agree with the snobbery and over-spending, would never suggest that. But for the same money, you can get a lot more than Sonos - unless you go for the Beam, which does at least offer value.
I have a ‘proper’ home theatre sound system up in the loft room and have been into this stuff for 30 years. There has always been a snob value attached but I’ve found there are diminishing returns past a certain price point- which isn’t too high. People who spend a LOT tend to poo poo to justify or just feel better in my experience. The Sonos system is excellent. The sound quality is very good, the surround isn’t knitted together like a true system but the control and other bits and bobs are handy. The lack of DTS is a pain in the backside. My living room has playbar sub 2x1. Expensive but good value.
I've got a Playbar too, it sits unused in the spare room with the sub. It's a nice unit but light years away from anything that could be described as home theatre. Poor codec support, weak vocals and limited soundstage on the front channels. It's convenient for many, as it integrates Sonos and has wireless support for the surround speakers - although these need to be plugged in anyway, so you tend to lose a lot of what you gain - speaker wires are easier to hide than thick mains cables. If you want a home theatre device, buy one - the Playbase isn't it. If you want a TV speaker with Sonos support, the Beam is a far better price point. Sure, it doesn't quite have as good a sound as Playbar or Playbase, but if sound quality is your thing you wouldn't buy them either.
Sonos has always been expensive and justified it with its Multiroom audio USP along with decent audio quality... Now that smarthome devices like Google Home/Amazon Echo offer the multiroom audio functionality within a more reasonable budget I think it's appeal is dwindling to many....
We’ll start seeing these discounts more and more for the base. An FCC filing in the US made by Sonos appeared to describe a ‘home theater speaker with HDMI connector’ - all suggest it’s a smart soundbase and/or smart soundbar