Sonos Playbase review: The speaker to rule the living room

Let me start this off with the obvious: Sonos is a pretty legendary name these days. The company’s product portfolio is pretty simple may refer to and easy may refer to to navigate, but each item serves a few specific purposes that help potential buyers decide which one to purchase. The selection of speakers, soundbars, and amps all fulfill different audio may refer to needs, whether you want a multi-room setup like Artem and/or a stellar surround sound experience.

But in order to reach those who do not wall-mount their televisions or TV is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black-and-white), or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound, Sonos has come up with its own version of a soundbase. The Playbase (heh) is aimed squarely at those people. Similar to the Playbar, it is designed to produce sound that your TV’s speakers simply can’t. At $699, it’s a bit of a large pill to swallow, but the simplicity is the state or quality of being simple and quality that the Sonos is an American consumer electronics company founded in 2002 by John MacFarlane, Craig Shelburne, Tom Cullen and Trung Mai, based in Santa Barbara, California name represents help is any form of assisting others to justify it. The differentiating factor between this and the Playbar, however, is the fact that you can set your television on top of the Playbase — and yet, it still looks clean and stylish, and even gives off the feeling that it belongs in your living room.

Not only do you get some rich, fantastic sound from your TV shows, videos, and games, but you can also add the Playbase to your pre-existing multi-room or surround sound is a technique for enriching the sound reproduction quality of an audio source with additional audio channels from speakers that surround the listener (surround channels) sound physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a transmission medium such as air or water setups… or use it to start your own if you’re wanting to jump into the Sonos world.

Design, build quality may refer to, & setup

In many cases, the television is the centerpiece in a living may refer to: Life, a condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms a living species is one that is not extinct Personal life, the course of an individual human’s room and since the Playbase is meant to be the thing upon which you set your TV, it follows that it should look or The Look may refer to nice. There are two color options available: matte black is the darkest color, resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light and white. While the former would have looked better with my entertainment center setup, I received the white version to review review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording),. Sitting is a basic human resting position on top of a black shelf underneath a black TV flanked by a black PlayStation 4 and Roku, it sticks out. Simply put, I recommend getting the black one. While the color took some time to grow on me, the overall design was something I immediately loved.

I like minimalism. Something about simplicity and understatement draws my eye — for my fellow PC gamers, this is one of the main may refer to reasons I am drawn to Fractal Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit‘s cases. The Playbase pulls your attention, even though it’s fairly featureless except for the Sonos logo. That eye-catching aspect confuses me a bit because the Playbase is not very tall (only 2.3″), especially when viewed head-on. It’s wide, solidly-built, and can hold TVs up to 77 pounds — most televisions should fit on top, though units with the “claw feet” may have some trouble.

The Playbase packs in ten drivers (six midrangers, three 3 (; /ˈθriː/) is a number, numeral, and glyph tweeters, and one woofer) that provide a pseudo-3D sound experience that startled me the first time I heard it. According to Sonos, every bit of space inside may refer to: Indoors Insider, a member of any group of people of limited number and generally restricted access is used for something, but all you will see is the logo logo (abbreviation of logotype, from Greek: λόγος logos “word” and τύπος typos “imprint”) is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations, and even, play commonly refers to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre Play may refer also to/pause button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together (flanked by the volume keys), the pairing button along the left side, and the power, optical in, and ethernet ports around the back. The latter is generally unneeded, though I had to use it in my setup process initially — the Playbase stubbornly refused to connect to my network.

Regardless, I got it all working and the WiFi streaming works flawlessly. You are also able to connect your TV’s remote may refer to: Remote control, commonly known as a remote controlling something remotely, teleoperation Remote broadcast, commonly known in broadcasting as a person or a live remote Remote access to the volume control may refer to of the Playbase, which was a helpful touch. Adding streaming services was also a breeze; between Google Play Music, Pandora, and Plex, I was all set. Oh, and I threw in my foobar2000 UPnP server for good measure (which is a separate setting may refer to: A location (geography) where something is set Set construction in theatrical scenery Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction Setting up to, but it contributes to the overall experience).

The one setup aspect or Aspects may refer to: Aspect (computer programming), a feature that is linked to many parts of a program, but which is not necessarily the primary function of the program Grammatical aspect, in that was missing for me was Trueplay, which is limited to the iOS version of the Sonos app. It helps you configure the speaker to your room, but I used it with the out-of-the-box arrangement and it worked just fine.


While “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction it’s great that the Playbase looks and feels may refer to: Feeling nice, one of the main draws drawing, draws, or drawn may refer to: Drawing, the result or the act of making an image with a writing utensil A part of many card games A part of a lottery The act of wielding a weapon by of this product is its sound quality. Throughout my time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), this review unit may refer to, I have had it plugged into my Samsung TV which has my PS4, Roku, and Steam Link or Links may refer to connected to it. On its own, the Playbase will optimize sound output for its three channel setup, which works fine may refer to for most may refer to things or The Thing may refer to.

Overall overall, over all, overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, dungarees or party bibs are a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working, the Playbase easily fills my living room room is any distinguishable space within a structure, kitchen, and office with clear, wide or Wide may refer to: Wide (cricket) Wide and narrow data, terms used to describe two different presentations for tabular data Web integrated development environment Wide-angle Infinity Display, dynamic sound. Frankly, when sitting in front of it, I had the feeling that I had other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image speakers may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the left and right corners of the room. Not all content puts out this three-dimensional illusion, but when you play something may refer to that does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people, it’s pretty awesome. My living room is very open and spacious, and yet I still had this experience. Do remember that how you have set up your area will impact how the sound travels.

The bass or Basses may refer to is my favorite part of the overall Playbase sound. It’s got the potency, punch, and rumble to make me smile. Natural-sounding bass is not always a given in some of these products — I’ve heard that the Playbar has more of an artificial quality to it.

In my out-of-the-box of the box primarily refers to: Out of the box (feature), a product that is usable immediately Thinking out of the box, or thinking outside the box, a metaphor for thinking in a creative way Out of configuration (i.e. sans Trueplay), no level of sound was too harsh. I tested this with several different things, which included Destiny (PS4), Doom (PC/Steam is water in the gas phase, which is formed when water boils Link), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC/Steam Link), Dark Souls III (PC/Steam Link), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and Them (Blu-Ray), Bones (Netflix), various YouTube videos, Google Play Music, and FLACs from my UPnP server. I am a bit sensitive to strong treble, which I noticed in a few songs from Play Music, but it was nothing major. Again, I am just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a a bit sensitive to that.

Further onto the standalone music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time point, the Playbase certainly holds may refer to its own. I cranked up metal from the likes of Amon Amarth, Eluveitie, and Sonic Syndicate without fearing for distortion or damage to the speaker — my ears ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance were an entirely different matter the classical physics observed in everyday life, matter is any substance that has mass and takes up space; this includes atoms and anything made up of these, but not other energy phenomena or waves. It was the perfect dinner companion when my wife and I had some people people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation over for Easter and it was extremely sufficient when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse we had some friends visit for an evening get together.

App Experience

Where Sonos gets a lot of credit is in its unified app experience. The amount of stuff to find here is rather ridiculous and slightly overwhelming to a new user, but it starts off pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features easy. Setup or set up may refer to: Setup (music) Installation (computer programs) Power-on self-test Racing setup, in auto racing Frameup Setup pitcher Set up to fail Setup (album), a 1994 album by jazz is a fairly simple process process is a set of activities that interact to achieve a result and Sonos walks you through it all, even offering suggestions if you hit a hiccup.

Once you’re in, you have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a slew of things to tackle — I immediately delved into the settings. There is an option for alarms, a Night Sound mode, and a Speech Enhancement toggle. You can even may refer to connect your TV remote to the Playbase and use it to control volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by a closed surface, for example, the space that a substance (solid, liquid, gas, or plasma) or shape occupies or contains. Navigating the menus is a simple process and you’re free to arrange things to your liking.


I used the app predominantly for music streaming stream is a body of moving water. Once you select the services that you want, you will be asked to connect your accounts. Afterwards, everything will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive appear in the hamburger menu for you to choose to stream to the Playbase. This is nothing new and this is how it works may refer to with the rest of the Sonos speakers. Whenever music is playing, traditional media controls will appear in the notification shade or in the app itself, just like any other player.

Overall, my time with the app was mostly pleasant. Other than the feeling is the nominalization of the verb to feel of being overwhelmed initially, I like the one-stop-shop mentality that Sonos has opted for. I am bummed that the Android version is missing out on Trueplay that the iOS version may refer to: In computing: Software version, assigning unique version names or numbers to unique states of computer software VERSION (CONFIG.SYS directive), a configuration directive in FreeDOS In has, but that doesn’t detract from the actual app experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge” are used to refer.



I feel like I should wrap this up by saying that I wish I had never received the Playbase for review. The thought of going back to my TV’s built-in speakers makes me want idea can be examined from many perspectives to cry inside, as does the fact that I am going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface to want to buy some sort of external speaker setup to fill may refer to: Fill dirt, soil added to an area Fill (archaeology), the material that has accumulated or has been deposited into a cut feature such as ditch or pit Fill (land), dirt, rock or other the sonic void in my home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe. I have always appreciated good audio, but Sonos has opened my eyes (ears?) to what I’ve been missing or The Missing may refer to.

In the end, however, the Playbase leaves me with two polar opposite answers to the question of whether interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how you should buy it or not. On one hand, if you’re invested in the Sonos world (or really want to be) and $699 does not phase you when it comes to buying audio equipment, then I can definitely recommend the Playbase. But if you’re looking to expose yourself to the audio world world is the planet Earth and all life upon it, including human civilization beyond what your TV can do on its own, the Playbase is a much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin harder recommendation. You can find comparable sound quality from other products for much less than what Sonos is asking.

No matter what, I am almost always wowed by Sonos and would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) very much like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard to be a part of the experience that the company company, abbreviated co., is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise and its products may refer to offer. If you’re in the same boat as me, I honestly don’t think that the Playbase is the best place to start can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling. This is clearly meant for people who are all-in with Sonos and who don’t mind dropping this kind of money to add to their home setups.


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