Sonos unveils its first new speaker of 2017, the Sonos PLAYBASE

Sonos unveils its first new speaker of 2017, the Sonos PLAYBASE

Sonos unveils its first new speaker of 2017, the Sonos PLAYBASE

This year Sonos has announced its new product, but surprisingly it is not connected with the voice control technology.

Soundbases aren't a new category, but Sonos has chose to get in on the action after learning most of the Sonos Playbar customers don't mount their TVs on walls. Here are our first impressions. It's a very cool new speaker, but today we're going to focus on an existing Sonos speaker that's tried and true: the Sonos PLAY:3 Mid-Sized Wireless Smart Speaker.

It's Sonos' take on a soundbar, except it's more of a whole base than a thin bar. The company said the aim was to allow it to "disappear into the home" and the new device certainly achieves this with no unnecessary details. Sound bases are speakers designed for a TV with a centralized base to be placed on top of them. But for that money you're getting a speaker with an elegant, built-to-last design, and one that can easily stream your favorite songs from Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and other services when it's not being used to heighten the immersion of Netflix, Blu-rays, or video games.

The Playbase is just 2.5 inches tall. Yes, like the Playbar there is no HDMI which some might not be overly thrilled about.

The Sonos Playbase will be available on April 4 2017 for $699, £699 or AU$999. The woofer's exhaust also blows over the Playbase's internal electronics to keep it cool.

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If you feel that the Playbase isn't giving you enough of the deep stuff the unit will connect wirelessly to the Sub, and you can complete the system with a pair of Sonos rears for a 5.1 surround setup if you wish.

The Sonos PlayBase also has the same features as the PlayBar, including Dialogue Enhancement, which enhances vocal clarity and Night Mode, which tones down the bass during loud action scenes.

Created to slide under your television rather than hang on the wall, Sonos' new Playbase soundbar will be a good fit for many lounge rooms chasing better sound. Inside are 10 drivers: 6 of them midrange, 3 tweeters, and 1 woofer to cover the low end.

Industrywide sales of under-TV speaker bases are down, but wireless-multiroom-audio supplier Sonos expects its first under-TV speaker to succeed where others have failed.

I like the look of the Playbase.

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Naturally, there is more significant bass when the SUB is involved but the PlayBase is more than capable on its own, filling the room with sound. Trust us, Sonos is the best in the business.

In contrast to some competing models, Playbase also fits under the screen and between the feet of the large number of TVs held in place by separate left and right feet, they noted.

For television sets with TV stands beneath, Sonos Playbase can be put directly underneath the TV.

SONOS says it was inspired to create the PLAYBASE by the simple insight that up to 70 per cent of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall.

It delivers excellent sound quality from our initial experience with it and it looks fabulous thanks to its super-slim body and seamless finish.

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Earlier this week, Sonos unveiled its latest TV speaker, the Playbase. Sonos factored in top TVs as well as the top furniture sizes when it selected Playbase's dimensions, then "designed the electronics and acoustics to fit", Kallai said. We will bring you our full review in the next couple of months. In fact, we might consider taking our TV back off the wall.

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