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Sonos PlayBase review: Don’t overthink it

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Sonos PlayBase review: Don’t overthink it

Sonos' 2d television-friendly speaker is a great selection when a soundbar would possibly not paintings — however it's nonetheless lovely darn pricey.

It is simple to take a look at the Sonos PlayBase and take a look at to squeeze extra out of it than is wanted. In reality, you'll be able to sum it up thusly: It is a Sonos speaker that matches beneath (and connects to) your TV.

That is it.

Don't fear about the place it suits into the Sonos ecosystem. (Trace: It is proper along the PlayBar, however beneath the TV — now not in entrance of it.)

Don't fear about why Sonos made up our minds to make use of an optical audio port — that is the one with the cool purple gentle — as an alternative of HDMI. (I would want the latter for smarter switching, however the reality is it's were given optical, and there is now not a rattling factor I will be able to do about it.)

That stated ... there are some things you are going to need to take into accounts right here, on the other hand. Let's spend a couple of extra phrases diving into the brand new Sonos PlayBase.

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About this evaluation

I have been the use of a Sonos PlayBase on mortgage for the corporate for approximately every week and a part. I have had it hooked up to a 5-year-old 46-inch Samsung plasma TV in my bed room, and a smaller, more recent Samsung in my administrative center. I have used the PlayBase with the tv remotes, in addition to with a Logitech Solidarity device.

PlayBase pricing — What do you get for $699?

If you are already within the Sonos ecosystem, you knew this would not be reasonable. Actually, the PlayBase is identical worth because the SoundBar — $699 retail. That is a large number of scratch, particularly bearing in mind you'll be able to get a tight soundbar for some distance not up to that. Or if you wish to have one thing of the similar genre beneath the TV, the Bose Solo 15 II is a bit more than part the cost.

PlayBase brings all of the audio high quality and lines you might have come to be expecting — simply in a unique shape.

What you are in reality paying for, in fact, is the Sonos identify. OK, you are additionally getting an attractive darn just right speaker. If you are an iOS consumer you'll be able to benefit from Sonos' "TruePlay" tuning. (And it's value taking a pair mins to set this up.) However even with out it you'll be able to almost definitely get a lot progressed sound over the audio system which are inbuilt on your TV. It tremendously progressed my ageing Samsung TV within the bed room, including some simulated encompass sound and a just right little bit of bass.

And it will have to pass with out pronouncing, however you additionally get what in my revel in has been the most productive and very best wireless track device to be had. PlayBase connects to some other Sonos audio system you could have in your house (I have controlled to sneak a Play 5, Play 3 and Play 1 into the joint sooner than my spouse began asking questions) and teams with any and they all simply as you would be expecting.

Plus there is the TV side. It connects as an exterior speaker by means of that optical audio enter. You'll be able to want to dive into your TV's settings to get that every one arrange. And relying on how previous your TV is, you could in finding some gremlins right here. My ageing bed room Samsung throws an error at the display once I modify the quantity, and there is not anything I will be able to do about that. However I have extensively utilized it on a more recent style that behaves simply effective, and not using a demanding messages. So YMMV. (And, in reality, that is one thing Sonos recognizes.)

Added (obtrusive) bonus: The PlayBase raises the peak of your TV a couple of inches, which incessantly is a great factor.

Further (glaring) gremlin: In case your TV has ft on both finish as an alternative of a pedestal base, then you are going want a workaround, just like the Sanus Swivel TV Base. (By which case perhaps simply purchase a PlayBar as an alternative.)

The base line

The Sonos PlayBase is a Sonos speaker that connects to and suits beneath your mid-sized TV.

That is it.

It sounds lovely nice. It does all of the wireless song stuff you've gotten come to understand and love from Sonos.

Additionally it is lovely darn pricey at $700.

I take a look at this extra of this type of factor I would have underneath a secondary TV, and now not essentially my primary front room display. (There is not any explanation why you could not, even though.) And for this reason I've a actually onerous time spending as a lot on a base-style speaker as I might on a brand new 4K TV.

However we Sonos trustworthy don't seem to be all the time recognized for having the tightest wallets.

On this case, although, I take a look at the PlayBase extra as an choice, and not more as a must have. It is a in reality just right product. However the cost goes to be prohibitive for lots of other folks — together with me.

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