Add full theater sound to your home cinema setup with this Sonos PLAYBASE. It has 10 amplified drivers consisting of six midrange drivers, three tweeters and a woofer so that you get a full range of sound from a compact device. It includes the Sonos controller app for complete control over this Sonos PLAYBASE.
If you have multiple network-enabled Sonos speakers, you can control what's playing in any room from anywhere in your house via free mobile app.
Complete music control
Download the free Sonos Controller app to search instantly through all your music services and find the songs you love, send them to different rooms, and adjust the volume and other settings for each room.
Over 30 streaming services available
PLAYBASE plays absolutely all the music you love - no matter where it comes from. The Internet for streaming services, radio, podcasts, and your personal collection of music downloads.
Movies and music to the power of 10
Ten amplified internal drivers - six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer - replace the limited output of your TV's speakers with deeper booms, crystal clear whispers, and huge waves of sound.
Custom tune your PLAYBASE
With Trueplay technology you can set your home theater speakers up however you want - and know they're going to sound amazing.
Speech Enhancement setting
Keeps dialog volume consistent while reducing the intensity of loud sound effects. So you can clearly understand even the faintest whisper.
Night Sound setting
Don't want to disturb the rest of the house? Turn on Night Sound. At lower volumes, quiet sounds get a slight boost while loud ones are automatically reduced.
Widescreen sound. No wall mount required
PLAYBASE securely supports TVs up to 77 lbs. Which covers just about any TV that comes with its own stand.
Two cords. That's it
One power cord. And one optical cord for your TV. You don't even have to read the manual - the Sonos app guides you through every step of set up.
First Sonos Purchase
Posted by: mrlatindaddy from: Langhorne, PA on
I was in the market to purchase a soundbar for my new 55" Samsung KS8000 that I purchased a few months ago. The sound of my TV was ok, but with such a beautiful picture, I wanted the right sound to match it. I started doing extensive research, reading reviews, looking at videos, etc. The Sonos company came up as a brand that is dedicated to hifi sound, so I started to compare their soundbar system vs other competitors at the same price point of $699. The only 3 that stuck out were the Bose SoundTouch 300, Sonos Playbar, and the new Sonos Playbase. At most Best Buy stores they have all of the 3 I mentioned on display. At first, I was really impressed with the Bose SoundTouch 300 without the Bose Sub, it sounded crisp and made you feel part of the movie. Then on to the Sonos Playbase, it was good but not as impressive as the Bose, I thought the Bose was a better sounding system in store. I don't like to just buy stuff on the spot, so I went back to do further research on the Bose and how well it works with my current TV and there were alot of complaints on their consumer boards.One thing to consider is that the systems set up in store are not calibrated to the room in your house where you will be setting it up. I was not looking for a surround system just for the loudness of it, but for the quality of the sound and Sonos just kept coming up as one of the best in the market. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Sonos Playbase at Best Buy last week. The set up at home was very simple, including the Calibration which they call True Play. The sound is very nice, the dialouge is clear and the detail is really good. Even though it has a built in sub woofer the bass is not room shaking but nice enough to make you feel those action scenes in movies, that is why they sell a seperate Sub for another $699. I cranked it up to the loudest setting and the system still is able to perform well with no distortions. I really like the Sonos app and the ability to stream music wirelessly with no interruptions. Many people will complain that Sonos does not support anything but Dolby Digital 5.1, but that is the most used surround sound for any streaming service currently. If you have alot invested in physical media, then this is not the system for you becuase you will not get DTS X or Dolby ATMOS supported and this will be impossible to update in order to receive this type of audio signal. Since I no longer own any DVD, Bluray, or HD Bluray's, Dolby 5.1 is sufficient for me for streaming purposes. I will be saving up to make this a truly 5.1 system by purchasing a pair of Sonos Play 1 and the Sonos Sub in the future. I chose the Playbase vs the Playbar because of the form factor, it is slimmer, I do not have my TV hung on the wall, it comes with a small sub built in, and it took Sonos almost 3 years of research to put this product out (unlike other companies who refresh their products every year or so and make you feel like you bought a prototype when the new one comes out). Hope this review helps out those considering buying the Sonos Playbase, to help you with further research look at the Sonos release video of the Playbase, it is about an hour or so long but with helpful information.
27 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Playbase vs Playbar
Posted by: lbreezy225 from: on
I've been in the market for a new home theatre sound system, one that also performed well with music as it did with tv/movies. I decided that I wanted to go with the Sonos eco-system due to the quality of sound, simplicity, and overall very impressive reviews.
What immediately plagued me next was the introduction of the Playbase. Up until now after numerous trips to Best Buy and other Audio/Video stores I was pretty set on getting the Playbar. The Playbase however immediately sparked my interest due to the fact that it was a brand new entry from Sonos and that my tv would fit perfectly over the base (Sony XBR65x900E) plus the Playbase in white looked aesthetically pleasing to me. Much more so than the outdated, clunky look of the Playbar.
So that was it, I decided to build my set up around the Playbase. I went back to Best Buy to test it out before my purchase. I was immediately confused by what I was hearing. The Playbase sounded inferior to the Playbar. Every single review I read stated that they sounded almost identical except the Playbase was superior due to it's added sub. That didn't matter to me because I was already committed on purchasing the Sonos Sub.
The only way to know for sure was to bring these baby's home. I purchased the Playbase and the sub. I immediately set up Trueplay along with the sub and played a few songs on it. I was not happy, the music sounded flat and the highs/mids/lows sounded bunched up together. The sound didn't fill my living room like I imagined it. I couldn't really FEEL the music (some of you know what I'm talking about, when I say this). Not the way a system that costs $700 should anyway. The Playbase still had a good amount of lows coming out of it even with the Sub connected. On a side note the Sub is amazing, handled even the slightest low frequency with detail and control. Which leads me to the next issue. The lows coming from the sub were significantly of better quality than the mids and highs that were being out put by the Playbase. It just didn't blend well together as if they were not made to work together cohesively. Then I tested out some tv shows and movies. It sounded better and I was pleased, though not ready to bust out of my pants excited. The dialogue was clear but I didn't really get the "surround" sound effect. Again, the sub overshadowed everything that was coming out of the Playbase.
So after testing the Playbase out for a week I was a little bummed out, possibly considering even not going with Sonos anymore. Still I remember being really impressed with all the demos I heard with the Playbar at the stores. So I went to Best Buy and picked up the Playbar came home and set it up. My suspicions were in fact true, the Playbar was by far the superior product. The sound filled my room, possibly by the bigger sized tweets and that they face out in a angle rather than straight out like the Playbase. It didn't matter that the Playbase has an extra speaker. This was the sound that impressed me in my numerous visits and what sold me to Sonos. I played the same songs and this time around I felt the music. It justified the price tag. It blended with the sub so well as if they were a match made in heaven.
The thousands of positive reviews for the Playbar can't be wrong, though mark my words. The Playbase will without a doubt be rated much lower as time passes. I can say without a doubt that while the Playbar sounds like a premium sound system the Playbase sounds like a nice upgrade to to your tv speakers, but why pay $700 for that?
Overall I feel a little bittersweet about my findings. The Playbase fit better for my set up and looks better. I wish it really did sound the same. It just doesn't. Not by a long shot. Bottom line: if you plan to buy the sub get the Playbar. The Playbase as many reviews have stated is a head scratcher. I wish they just updated the Playbar.
I hope this helps those that are planning to buy into the Sonos eco system and I also hope this helps those who already own a Playbar that's eyeing the new Playbase. If you don't have the sub, get it.
FYI: Several Best Buy employees also agreed to my assessment and agreed that the Playbar had a much fuller sound. I'm sure Sonos wants people to believe that the Playbase is just as good but this just not true.
43 out of 56 found this review helpful.
Great addition to SONOS family, very versatile
Posted by: bigtechfan from: on
Added the PLAYBASE to my mix of 4 PLAY:1s
Normally run two PLAY:1s as stereo pair in Living Room, single PLAY:1 in Master Bedroom and final PLAY:1 in Guest Room. When I want 5.1 surround I pull the Master and Guest and configure them as the rear L and R.
First time moving already configured speakers (Master/Guest) out of their current roles into the 5.1 setup took about 10min to figure out. This wouldn't be the case if the rears were just new never configured speakers. Now knowing the reset step I can do the entire setup in 2 min. Just unplug and then hold down the pause button on top of the PLAY:1 before you plug it back in. Keep holding the pause button until the light goes orange (about 10-15 seconds), then configure speaker as one of the rears in the SONOS app (Setting / Add Player or Sub). Repeat for second rear. The app shows you step by step but starts assuming its a new speaker vs one you need to first reset from prior association. The key was holding the pause at plug in until orange light to reset it.
The sound as a 5.1 is AMAZING. I didn't get a dedicated SUB as the PLAYBASE has plenty of sub for my taste. Was watching the latest Resident Evil the other night, decided it was going to a fun ride so moved the setup into 5.1. What a difference in the movie experience. I don't use the Living Room pair as their plugs are harder to reach, else would just pull those and setup as the rear L and R.
Another cool feature of the PLAYBASE is it allows using all your SONOS speakers as TV speakers. I live where I can see into a baseball park from my deck. Shortly after getting the PLAYBASE I had a baseball party and put all 5 speakers into play as TV output. Nice to be able to hear the every play of the game from any room in the condo.
To get to the heart of the review, the PLAYBASE took my 4 PLAY:1s to a new level. They always sounded great but playing music with the added PLAYBASE gives the sound extra depth and range. I sometimes show people with and without the PLAYBASE added to the groupings. Everyone notices what the PLAYBASE adds.
Sometimes I'll just play the PLAYBASE solo grouped for music. There is great separation of instruments and it easily fills the 1700 sqf condo.
I've yet to turn the PLAYBASE volume to 100%. My building has 3 feet concreate floors but don't want the blast the neighbors in who share the floor.
Last note, during the day I have all 5 speakers playing music. When I turn on the TV after dinner, it auto migrates the PLAYBASE from music output to TV output. Nothing required, I guess when it detects the TV input, it just auto ungroups it and assigns it to the TV. Next day when I want to play music from all 5 I just group the TV back with the other 4 speakers, takes about 2 seconds to add it back to the main group. The TV output with just the PLAYBASE (no 5.1) is magnitudes above my TV speaker. The TV's default sound bar wasn't bad (2016 high end LG OLED) but it cannot compare to the PLAYBASE.
Like all SONOS products, the initial setup was a breeze. The unboxing was very Apple Zen like and adding the PLAYBASE was very simple via the step-by-step direction in the SONOS app.
It's a great purchase, loving it, would highly recommend as an addition or a starting point for anyone entering SONOS. If you start with just two PLAY:1 or just the PLAYBASE, you'll be happy happy but when you add the complementary product you'll be BLOWN AWAY.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: RickB from: on
Though this is an expensive piece it has great sound and is very easy to use. We use it for both watching television and for listening to music. We are able to set it differently for music and TV. The versatility makes this a great addition to our entertainment setup. We also like that we can add more pieces easily once we can afford them.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
I love it!
Posted by: DannyC from: CNY on
I was a bit apprehensive about sinking $700 into a TV speaker but I am glad I did! The Soundbase is much more than just a TV speaker and it intrigantes nicely with our other Sonos speakers. The sound is awesome for voices as well as for music. If you don't own other Sonos speakers then it may not be a great deal, but if you do it's a great addition.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
A decent enough performer.
Posted by: MovieLover from: on
Great bass from a small enclosure. Bit harsh up top in the treble. Soundstage is small. If your invested in Sonos already maybe a good fit for you. Check out his review https://youtu.be/YEG9m9NR_nc
6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Disappointing for a Sonos product
Posted by: jlclinke from: on
The Playbase sound quality is lackluster unless you add a subwoofer, and that doubles the already high cost. I already had two PLAY;1s for the rear channels or that would have been another expense. Then there are a lot of gotchas for connecting source components to get surround sound. The only input is digital optical, the assumption being that you would connect HDMI components to a TV and use the TV digital optical out to connect to the Playbase. But not all TVs have a digital optical out, and many, mine included, do not pass 5.1 surround sound through the optical out. Playbase doesn't support DTS surround (many DVDs) or Dolby Digital Plus (used by Netflix). So you have to depend on the TV or some other component in the source chain to convert these formats. There are workarounds such as HDMI to digital optical switches and conversion settings on the source components, but at added cost and loss of flexibility. I have several rooms with Sonos Connects and Sonos Plays that were set up in minutes, but it has taken weeks to get the Playbase to produce good sound from a TV, Playstation, and Amazon Fire TV.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Not enough bang or boom for your bucks
Posted by: Pulse from: on
I have been stalking Sonos products for a while and was pumped when the playbar came out as it was advertised as a stand alone with better bass that did not need a subwoofer. While it does have a better bass than the playbar, it is still insufficient. The sound does have great fidelity and it fills the room well. I was ultimately underwhelmed though. After buying the playbase, it made me miss my current vizio that I got for $300. I ultimately ended up returning it. I am sure that a combo of it with the subwoofer would be impressive, but I have now even read a lot of reviews that favor the playbar over the playbase in combination with the subwoofer.
8 out of 14 found this review helpful.
SONOS The KING!
Posted by: Rohnthack from: on
I bought this directly from SONOS so I am not a verified purchaser from Best Buy. SONOS is the best sounding / multifunctional system out there today. I bow down to all things SONOS! Try it....nobody stands behind their product like SONOS! Bose....I'm sorry, I've moved on....
15 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Posted by: venkat from: on
I did a lot of research and did multiple trips to BestBuy to check out. I liked everything about sonos. However in the BestBuy store the SoundTouch 300 was sounding better than sonos playbar/playbase. The playbase did not have a sub connected in the store. The playbar was connected to the sub though. I like more bass but I guess in the store the bass was set at 50% which is what trueplay sets to I guess. After reading multiple reviews about the sub I bought the playbase along with sub. Setup was very easy and it sounded awesome and to my surprise much better than the soundtouch 300. I have set the sub bass level at about 70%. Filled my big living room with great sound and thumping bass. I then tried without sub to checkout the built in sub of playbase. I have set the playbase bass level to high in EQ settings. The bass was good but it did not have the same effect that I had when used with separate sub. The playbase built in bass may be good enough for many but to me the extra money on separate sub was worth of it. I can listen to this forever! I also bought a play 5 which I connected to an airport express to airplay so I can play from any app directly. I grouped play 5 to playbase/sub to play the same song if I want. I can't wait to add two play 1s for a 5.1 surround. Having said that when I played some surround sound tests in youtube, the playbase performed excellently well even without those two play 1s.