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Sonos Playbase

Sonos Playbase
alaScore 100

367 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 367 reviews of Sonos Playbase. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and size are overall positive. The design and usability also get good comments, but there are some less positive views about the price.

usability, design, size, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Sonos Playbase is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sonos Playbase review: The only speaker your living room needs


As with most everything Sonos does, the Playbase is both excellent and expensive. But the combination of top-notch sound quality, versatility and simple setup makes it an extremely compelling speaker for the living room.

Clear, powerful audio regardless of whether you're watching a movie or listening to music ; Music streaming is a unique feature in the home theater speaker market. ; Simple setup ; Excellent industrial design ; Easy to convert to a wireless 5.1...

Expensive, particularly if you're building a 5.1 setup ; The lovely white finish scratches and scuffs easily ; Stereo separation isn't as good as you'll get with a true multi-speaker setup

As I noted earlier, the Playbase is an extremely compelling one-speaker option for the living room, particularly if you're a music fan. It's easy to set up and adds very little complexity to most TV rigs; not having to run lots of cords is a huge win...

Apr, 2017

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Sonos PlayBase review


The Sonos Playbase beats most soundbars at their own game, and sounds better doing it.

High-impact bass ; Wide sound field ; Great stereo effects ; Dead simple to use ; Add Sonos speakers for 5.1 system

Limited inputs/ relies on TV audio output quality

If you need something other than a soundbar or full-on component speaker system to improve your TV and movie-watching experience, the Sonos Playbase is an outstanding option. At $700 it is indeed expensive, but it sounds great, is easy to use, and it...

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Sonos Playbase review: an expensive TV speaker that's also good at music


When Sonos unveiled its $699 Playbase speaker last month, the company was pretty straightforward about why the product exists: most people don't mount their TV to the wall. That doesn't...

Easy setup ; Excellent, balanced sound ; Makes a great music speaker, too

Expensive ; Lacks DTS and HDMI connectivity ; No mics for our voice assistant future

Great sound, but a tough sell if you haven't already bought into Sonos

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Sonos Playbase


The Playbase is a powerful audio slab for your TV, with lots of streaming options and the ability to connect to other Sonos speakers throughout your home.

Excellent overall audio performance. Large sound field with very good directional imaging for movies. Lots of streaming media options through the Sonos app. Can be expanded to a true 5.1-channel surround system.

Lacks ultra-low frequency, subwoofer-like presence. Can only use other Sonos speakers for 5.1 setup. No Bluetooth.

The Sonos Playbase is a pricey but powerful one-piece sound system. It stands well on its own, offering better bass response than single soundbars can generally produce, even if it lacks much power in the ultra-low frequencies. It integrates directly...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (

Sonos Playbase review


When we heard Sonos was making a sound base, we knew the company was taking a hell of a risk. That's because many of today's TVs simply won't fit on top of them.

The Sonos Playbase is a low-slung sound base with impeccable design and impressive sound. Its bass is even better than the Playbar's, so there's no need for a sub. Sonos' app and other speakers make it part of one of the best multiroom systems available.

The wide effect needs breathing room -- unadorned walls, too, if you please. No DTS support, HDMI ports or Bluetooth. If you have a "clawfoot" TV, it may not fit on top.

The Playbase adds excellent home theater and music sound to Sonos' superb multiroom music system. Just make sure your TV fits.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound


Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly...

Big sound in a small package ; Beautiful build quality ; Easy setup ; Sounds just as good with music as TV audio

Expensive, especially for a surround system ; Won't work with non-IR remotes ; No DTS or Dolby Atmos support

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (

Sonos Playbase review: Oddly enough, it sounds better playing music than movie soundtracks


The Playbase fits conveniently under your TV, but it's not the best home theater speaker we've heard.

Sounds fantastic with music ; Extremely low profile, yet it can support up to a 75-pound TV ; Can be expanded to a bona fide 5.1-channel surround-sound system ; Trueplay can customize the speaker’s sound to your room

You’ll need to add the $699 subwoofer to get chest-thumping bass in movie soundtracks ; Supports Dolby Digital only, not DTS or any of the higher-resolution codecs ; Toslink is the only audio input ; Sonos is unlikely to ever support high-resolution...

Any all-in-one speaker system is a compromise. You’ll trade the excitement of true surround sound for the convenience of easy connectivity and a much simpler footprint. If those tradeoffs are acceptable, the Sonos Playbase is one of the better products...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Alex Hernandez (

SONOS PLAYBASE review: A serious sound solution for your entertainment needs


Sound is important when it comes to movies, TV and of course music. The SONOS PLAYBASE is a serious sound solution for your entertainment needs.

Really amazing natural sound ; Premium sleek design ; Works nicely with mobile devices ; Integrates with your TV remote

Pricey ; App setup takes some time to get through

No, the PLAYBASE isn’t for everyone. The price tag is going to scare many away and I agree that it’s hard to justify spending this much money. For those who do have the means and are willing to part with that cash, it’s going to be a very worthwhile...

May, 2017

Sound & Vision TOP PICK

Expert review by : Darryl Wilkinson (

Sonos Playbase Review


For the folks who don't mount their TV on a wall—that is, for the overwhelming majority of TV owners—the Sonos Playbase is an elegant way of creating an excellent-sounding home theater system that's nearly invisible, super-easy to set up, and blessedly...

Only 2.28 inches tall; Utilizes Sonos Trueplay acoustic tuning technology; Can be part of a Sonos multiroom audio system

No volume level indicator; Optical digital and network audio inputs only

May, 2017

Expert review by : Helena Stone (

Sonos Playbase Review


The Playbase is not Sonos' first home theater product, but it definitely shows that the company's design and engineering prowess has jumped up to a whole new level. The Playbase is exactly what we (or at least many of us) want in a home audio system...

May, 2017

Product Specifications


Ethernet LAN:Y

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC, LAN (RJ-45), Optical
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Digital audio optical in:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240

Soundbar speaker

Number of mid-range drivers:6
Number of tweeter drivers:3
Number of woofer drivers:1


Bass adjustment:Y
Subwoofer included:Y
Subwoofer location:Built-In

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility:Not supported
Color of product:Black / White
Docking connector type:Not supported

Weight & Dimensions

Soundbar weight:19