Sonos Playbase Review – Super-slim Thrilling Soundbar

Published on September 5, 2019

The Sonos Playbase fills a gap in the company, though a small gap, in the Sonos system. You now have a choice to have a Sonos TV speaker right under your TV (unlike a nearby soundbar).

Sonos Playbase Review - Super-slim Thrilling Soundbar

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The appeal of the soundbars is strong: It makes your TV sound one clean unit. But while a soundbar is noteworthy when mounted under or on a wall-mounted TV, there is no room for a long, awkward speaker bar for people who keep the television on a pedestal or other piece of furniture.

It’s not a soundbar, but a base on which you plonk your TV. The Sonos Playbase, which at the time is not the first device of its kind, is cleaner, more stylish and more sophisticated than most competitors because it’s a Sonos product.


In the new Sonos Playbase, there is no blunder in design. The style is smooth, stylish and minimalist in the way that all products of the company are available in white or matt black. In general, there is only one typical recessed round button in the left hand, which connects Playbase to your network and other Sonos devices.

The other features of this device are the sensitive play/pause button and two small tangible panels side by side in front of the top board. You may never touch the device itself because the simple and comprehensive Sonos app allows you to adjust everything from your mobile.

That might be easy, but it’s also very playable and can support up to 35 kg of TV. Currently, only large bodies of TV weigh this type of weight. And if you have one, Playbase is short enough to almost certainly fit below and between televisions. You can buy wall mounting if there are any positioning problems or you just want a cleaner configuration.

Oh, and if you have luggage on top of your TV, you shouldn’t be interested to put Playbase on the bottom shelf otherwise sound won’t spread in the room.


Playbase has one optical audio input, such as the Sonos Playbar. The concept is to place all of your audio sources on your TV and use the sound from your TV. You need to watch the beam if you want a Sonos speaker with an HDMI input.

Without HDMI, the settings are simple, but it can be very difficult to ensure that all your sources broadcast your TV with Dolby Digital 5.1 (the only stereo format supported by Playbase). There’s no way you have a kit that doesn’t work – almost every modern TV has 5.1, but it can be a menu-to-menu trip to find it.

In fact, competing for audio bands and audio bases that receive almost all HDMI signals and then send video to your TV may be easier because you need to ignore the audio format used in every connection.

All other aspects of the setup process are at least simple: The Sonos application includes step-by-step instructions with simple guidelines, charts, and even videos. During the process, the Playbase will be assigned to your room so that it can be controlled via the standard remote control system on your TV. Control the sound in your room with Sonos Trueplay if you are an iPhone user.

The Trueplay system is almost similar to the microphone configuration that you will use to tune home video amplifier automatically, but here the iPhone uses the microphone itself (Android devices aren’t allowed because the microphone seems to be very different) and the sound isn’t just tuned.


When you listen to it, you will immediately be amazed by the breadth and three dimensions of sound performance, especially if you have previously heard your own speaker. However, please note that the size, shape, and interior of your room can affect the sound because this is an installation that is volume dependent.

Even if your TV and PlayBase are around the corner or you have more air on one side than the other, we hope it will be great. We believe that such situations are rare. Fortunately, when you buy directly from the website, Sonos offers a 100-day policy, with return offer, so you can always test the playback (or Sonos speakers) in your room, knowing that you can send it back if you don’t get what you expected.

When you hear the desired sound, it is combined with strong and energetic bass. The bass here is far more natural and loud than the playback tapes. Overall, Playbase is funky, lively, and quite extensive, especially in contrast to the play bar. But that is not perfect to say. Medium-sized downstream is another sound problem in Playbase, especially when Trueplay is activated.

Playbase still offers some unclaimed benefits. The first is a complete 5.1 system that can be upgraded to two LFE Sub and Sonos Play channels: 1 monitor (or even Play: 3 or Play: 5) such as LFE, Surround Left and Surround Right channels, unlike many soundbars and sound bases.

This is an expensive sound system that costs a total of £ 1,800, and unlike traditional home theater systems, it is quite small, especially when it comes to surround audio size.

Final Verdict

You might be the type of person who doesn’t care about Hi-Res when you are buying Sonos Playbase, and that’s a good thing. Sonos offers simplicity, style and exceptional sound enhancements for any flat screen. However, if you are a Sonos fan who is looking for speakers to turn on by your phone, there are lots of things you want to love while playing. Last advice, don’t look for perfection when buying Sonos Playbase.

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