Sonos - PLAYBASE Wireless Soundbase for Home Theater and Streaming Music - Black

Expand your home audio setup with this Sonos PLAYBASE. The 10 amplified drivers produce a full range of sound, as they consist of six midrange drivers, three tweeters and a woofer, and it's compact enough to place anywhere. This Sonos PLAYBASE also includes a controller app for effective customization and easy streaming from mobile devices.

Wireless Multiroom Audio Buying Guide
$699.99
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Color:
Black
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Overview

What's Included


  • AC power cord
  • Ethernet cable
  • Optical audio cable
  • Quickstart guide
  • Sonos PLAYBASE Wireless Soundbase for Home Theater and Streaming Music

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (417 out of 448)

Features


Multiroom compatible Soundbase

Plays music in multiple rooms at once.

Multiroom control

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.

Voice control

Works with Amazon Alexa.

Apple® AirPlay support

With AirPlay, stream directly from your Apple devices or ask Siri to play your favorites from Apple Music throughout your home.

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.


Customer rating

4.7
94%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Playbase vs Playbar

    Posted
    lbreezy225
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First Sonos Purchase

    Posted
    mrlatindaddy
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to SONOS family, very versatile

    Posted
    bigtechfan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, easy to setup, a little expensive.

    Posted
    Pablo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    I'm going to start my review by saying this: do not buy the Sonos Playbase if you are just looking for a soundbar. There are plenty of less expensive soundbars (with subwoofers) that will produce the same (or better) audio. The purpose of the Playbase is to offer a diminutive speaker, capable of keeping up with $250-$300 soundbars, while expanding your Sonos network. Now that I got that out of the way, I can talk about the Playbase. I use the Playbase as a soundbar replacement, a Sonos speaker, and it's the source of my Boost network. I have Google Wi-Fi and Sonos still (stubbornly) has not added 802.11n or 802.11ac compatibility to their speakers. They're still using 2.4GHz 802.11g Wi-Fi and, unless you have a dual-channel Wi-Fi router, it's going to slow your network down. There are also known issues when trying to connect Sonos speakers directly to mesh Wi-Fi systems like Google Wi-Fi. I wanted to avoid the headaches so I just directly plugged an Ethernet cable from the Playbase to my source Google Wi-Fi broadcaster. The Sonos app recognized the Playbase and updated the firmware. I was up and running within 3 minutes listening to better audio from my TV while surfing through my Google Music collection. The Playbase can accommodate TV's up to 70lbs and my 51" Samsung Plasma is well under that (about 54lbs with the stand). I connected my TV to the Playbase using a digital optical audio cable (that's the only thing that will work). The Playbase does a good job of keeping center audio in the center while having proper stereo separation. It won't really do a good job emulating surround sound but you can feed it 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Unfortunately, the Playbase only works with Dolby Digital and PCM audio. It won't work with DTS which means that your device (TV, game console, Blu-ray player, etc.) is going to have to transcode DTS content down to stereo PCM for the Playbase. It's also a shame that there isn't an HDMI input with this as my HDTV is older so it can only output stereo PCM audio to the Playbase, it doesn't have Dolby pass-thru. But that's OK as I wasn't buying the Playbase to serve as a surround sound system (it's going to be the only speaker I have hooked up to my TV in the living room). The audio quality is surprisingly great. There is a thumping sub-bass presence that isn't sloppy, the mid-bass is clearly defined and easily heard, and the highs are crisp without being harsh or sibilant. The Playbase can also get loud. I could feel the audio in the walls of my house when turned up to about half-way and I could clearly hear it outside. This easily fills up my living room with rich audio. The performance is on par with the $300 LG soundbar this is replacing and that had a dedicated subwoofer. Now, this isn't going to replace a full-on home theater system but it easily competes with $250-$300 soundbars. As usual, the Sonos app and ecosystem are easy to use and work with tons of music services. I had no issues adding my and my wife's Google Music All Access accounts as well as my Groove account (I am currently going through a trial). Audio starts playing almost instantly and it sounds crisp and clear, definitely better than any Bluetooth speaker. The nice thing is that I can pipe TV audio from the Playbase to other Sonos speakers so that, if I'm in the basement doing laundry (where I have a Play:1 speaker), I can still at least hear the TV. Like I said, the price is a little high but you're getting one of the best sounding Sonos speakers that's also a great soundbar. It's a nice addition to an already established Sonos ecosystem. You're better off getting a standard soundbar and subwoofer if you don't care about having a Sonos speaker but, if you're looking at expanding your Sonos network and don't have a wall-mounted TV, this is definitely a must buy. I recommend the matte black version as it doesn't scratch easily and blends in with your TV and other electronics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great if you want to take the minimalist approach

    Posted
    Paul
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is my first Sonos purchase. I replaced my Samsung 2.1 system with this. I can say that if you do not want to ad a Sub and you just want a clean look, this will do that. It has a clean crisp sound. I really do believe that it does what Sonos says it is designed for and that is to reproduce the television sound as it is meant to be heard. Adding a sub may be too much for some, depending on the size of the room and what you intend to use it for. If you play mostly movies, I would go with a system that includes a separate subwoofer. However, if all you need is a basic speaker to really enhance what you hear on television shows and double as a music player, than this may be for you. I must admit that I am on the fence between leaving it the way it is, adding the Sonos sub, or exchanging it for the Playbar with the sub. My wife doesn't like to see wires and doesn't like for electronics to dominate a room so if you're in that same position, than this may be for you. Pros: I love how I can switch between TV sound and Amazon music or Pandora very quickly. I don't have to turn on the television to play music. It's thin. It's unobtrusive. The highs are nice and crisp, although a few might turn the treble down a tad. It's always on and doesn't have to warm up. The music played through it sounds better than bluetooth. It's expandable. Very easy set up and comes with a great app. Cons: The sub really isn't enough for action movies with loud explosions. The spread of sound isn't as wide as I'd like it to be. From what I understand, the sub relies on an internet connect so if your internet goes down, so does the sub. The Playbase will continue to work with your television and remote control without the internet (I tested it.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Sound/Temperamental

    Posted
    Kerri
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have a playbase, sub, and 2 ones (with Alexa). I advise setting these up one at a time with the sonos app first and second with the Alexa app, so you can name them for later identification. Ex. Set up a playbase or sound bar first in sonos app, then set it up in the Alexa app. Continuing back and forth between apps until you set them all up. I haven't owned the playbar, but the sound from the playbase alone is enough for surround sound. We played a surround sound test on it and it sounds amazing. It even has enough bass that you probably wouldn't need a sub, unless you prefer a lot of bass. The sub bass is ridiculous. I live in a house and we have it only half way up because it is so strong. Pros: Alexa enabled Amazing sound quality Appealing design Plays music by voice (through Alexa) or the sonos app from amazon, spotify, and a lot more. You can adjust music and surround sound to be softer or louder than other speakers. The glitches can be updated to fix them. Cons: Couldn't get pandora to link Doesn't have all Alexa functioning All speakers decrease volume when talking to any Amazon's Alexa devices that are linked in your Alexa app. Setup is a little frustrating. If not setup properly, speakers will intermittently cut out. Have to buy special mounts for rear speakers (expensive). The speakers themselves are quite expensive. The playbase doesn't look right under a larger tv. (I set mine under my entertainment center). Can't setup more than 4 speakers (base/bar, sub, and 2 rear speakers) The app could be better with the layout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup and Fantastic Sound Quality

    Posted
    ChadJ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had spent weeks researching different sound bars or systems to add to my newly purchased LG 55" OLED. That TV is the best television I have ever owned, but the speakers are meh -- don't get me wrong, the sound was okay, but with the thin OLED TV, the real sound just wasn't there. We have our TV on a stand inside an entertainment center. Looking at soundbars, it was apparent the height would block the IR sensor of the remote, not to mention block the beauty of the TV itself. In browsing through the local Best Buy store, I saw the Sonos Playbase setup for a demo, and I was blown away by the sound quality. The demo for the Bose playbase was nearby. In the store, the quality sounded the same for both, and both about evenly priced. I'm not one to jump into a quick buying decision, so I went home and read different reviews on both, watched various YouTube videos, and I finally decided on the Sonos Playbase because of the capability to later add more wireless speakers. This was my first Sonos purchase... ever! The setup took me 30 minutes to complete. It would have been sooner, but my wife was not home to help lift the TV into the entertainment center with short run cables. The hook-up to the TV is only one cable (the optical cable), and the setup is via the online app (I have an iPhone, so I cannot attest to the Android setup). The app was easy to setup the playbase to the TV. The OLED TV Remote at first did not work with the playbase because it is not an IR remote. But, a quick Google search later corrected that (thank God for the internet). Once everything was connected, the sound quality is wonderful. I had thought about purchasing the Sonos Sub-woofer, but I am glad I held off for that (at least for now). The Playbase produces a wonderful deep base and the voices and high-end responses are crystal clear. So far, I have had it installed 3 days, and I absolutely love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Too good

    Posted
    venkat
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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