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Sonos SUB

Wireless subwoofer for Sonos PLAYBAR, PLAY:3, PLAY:5, and CONNECT:AMP music players (Glossy black finish)

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by Tara W.
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Deep, powerful bass. One-button setup.

Sonos subwoofer

Sonos has done it again. Their SUB makes it even easier to get incredibly compelling sound in any room of your home. Two force-canceling woofers are positioned face to face in this unusually and stylishly shaped cabinet for loud, crystal-clear bass and minimal vibration. And a variety of adjustments can be performed to tailor the sound to your specific room using the Sonos controller app. Whether you're in a great room with high ceilings or a small office or den, the Sonos SUB is ready to bring new bass impact and greater dynamics to your listening experience.


Exceptionally easy to set up

Just like the rest of the Sonos family, the Sonos SUB is a breeze to get up and running. Place the SUB in the room where you want more bass from your PLAY:3, PLAY:5, or CONNECT:AMP and press a button. The SUB connects to other Sonos players using Sonos' proprietary wireless network, so you can place it anywhere in your room where it'll have access to power. It doesn't need to be connected to your speakers or Sonos player.



Sonos controllers

You probably already own a Sonos controller

You can use an iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, Android™ phone, or computer to control any and all Sonos players. A free download turns your smartphone and tablet into a full-fledged Sonos controller. Easily navigate and search through playlists and tracks stored on your computer, or select an Internet radio station. Create customized playlists on the fly for individual rooms or for playback over your entire Sonos system. You can also mute or adjust the volume of each of your players.


Pandora® Internet radio, SIRIUSXM, Spotify®, and more at your fingertips

The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of Internet-based digital music services, including Pandora® Internet radio, Spotify, last.fm™, Napster®, and SIRIUS Internet Radio. SIRIUS Internet Radio gives you access to over 80 channels of programming. Pandora® and last.fm create customized Internet radio streams just for you — all you have to do is enter the name of your favorite song or artist. And because Sonos connects directly to the Internet for all of these music services, you don't even have to turn on your PC.

Expand your Sonos system

You can have up to 32 players in your Sonos system, and each one can play an independent selection of individual tracks or playlists. Listen to jazz in the den while your spouse plays rock music in the kitchen, or pump a single playlist of songs throughout the entire house during a party.


From the review The Sonos Sub: big-bass sound, one-button setup

"Before adding the Sub, I thought my Sonos system sounded great. But adding the Sub gave a whole new dimension to every song I play. In the acoustic tracks, the bottom end really filled out and I heard more depth in bass guitar and drum notes. In songs with a deeper, more-pounding bass track, the Sub really took off."


— Tara W., Crutchfield A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • glossy black finish
  • wireless subwoofer for Sonos PLAY:3, PLAY:5, and CONNECT:AMP
  • two force-canceling woofers for deep, rich bass and zero cabinet buzz or rattle
  • two Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly match the woofers and acoustic architecture
  • dual acoustic ports for enhanced bass performance
  • communicates with other players via proprietary Sonos wireless technology, or wired Ethernet connections
  • automatically adjust audio settings to balance the SUB with your existing Sonos players
  • control your Sonos system with a free app for your smartphone or tablet
  • requires use of a PLAY:3, PLAY:5, or CONNECT:AMP
  • Ethernet jack
  • AC power cord included
  • 15-7/8"W x 15-3/8"H x 6-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Powered subwoofer (gloss black)
  • 6.5' AC power cord (non-polarized C7 plug)
  • Four self-adhesive felt feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Product Information

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Features

Overview: The Sonos Sub is a wireless powered subwoofer, designed to add deep bass (down to 25 Hz) to your Sonos listening experience. The Sub works with any amplified Sonos player, including the Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Connect:Amp; plus the Sonos Playbar (all sold separately). It does not work with un-amplified Sonos players, such as the Connect (ZP90).

Design: The Sonos Sub features two force-canceling speakers (3" x 6" race-track shaped drivers) positioned face-to-face to provide deep, rich bass with no resonance from the cabinet. The speakers are powered by two Class-D digital amplifiers, perfectly tuned to match the speakers. The speakers are mounted into a unique cabinet that features an acoustic slot and dual acoustic ports that encircle the enclosure to enhance the Sub's performance.

Placement: Out of the box, the Sonos Sub is designed to stand upright on the integrated rubber feet. You can also lay the sub horizontally on its side, if desired. Four self-adhesive felt feet are provided, if you choose to mount the Sub on its side. A guide for placing the felt feet on the Sub is included.

Set-up: The Sonus Sub can be associated with any amplified Sonos player or the Sonos Playbar. The Sub is compatible with Sonos software versions 3.8 and later. Once you have positioned the Sub in the room, you can press the Join button on the side of the Sub in order for the system to recognize it. The system automatically adjusts the audio settings to perfectly balance the Sub and the paired Sonos component for best performance. All of the filter settings, active equalization, and time alignment are done digitally through a state-of-the-art Digital Signal Processor (DSP). During setup, you will be prompted, through the Sonos Controller software, to set the subwoofer's level and phase. In some cases, you will be prompted to select the size of the stereo speakers (compact, bookshelf/ceiling, or floor) connected to the amplified player. If you move the Sub to another room, you can easily reconfigure the audio and room association settings.

Connections: The Sub has only two connections, both located on the bottom of the enclosure: the power cord connection, and a single Ethernet port (RJ-45) for connecting the Sub to a wired home network.

 

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A review of the Sonos Sub

A review of the Sonos Sub

by Tara W.
5/22/2012
 
A review of the Sonos Sub

Add bass to your Sonos system. Sonos just released a wireless subwoofer for their Play:3, Play:5, and Connect:Amp music players and we got to try it out.

 
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5 out of 5

Sonos SUB

Written By Kim, NY on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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This product is awesome. Gives great addition in sounds to the sonos speakers.
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5 out of 5

Awesome sub!

Written By Anonymous, West Coast on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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This sub definitely enhanced my sonos speaker system. I have an open floor plan and I can sense the bass from the sub throughout my kitchen and family room. I'm glad I ordered a week after I bought the playbar; as oppose to waiting a longer time. You won't regret it. I like the fact that you can control the bass for the sub through the app, as oppose to going to the sub and messing with a turn knob.
Pros:
Great sound, from low to high...truly enhances music-listening and tv-watching experience, awesome that it can be placed anywhere (as long as power is connected to it)
Cons:
nothing
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5 out of 5

Sonos Sub

Written By Michael, Houston, TX on Monday, February 24, 2014
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Recently added this sub to my Playbar, and it really enhances the sound quality of the Playbar. Full sound in a very large room
Pros:
Room Filling Sound
Cons:
Price
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5 out of 5

A very good enhancerment

Written By DWC, N on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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I was happy with the PLAYBAR, but had read additional reviews on the SUB and decided to give it a try. The result was a much enhanced audio experience; the SUB is not overwhelming (and is configurable anyway) but really brings out the low end in movies, TV, and music.
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5 out of 5

Sonus Sub

Written By Anonymous, Birmingham, AL on Monday, September 16, 2013
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It will give your music a richer, fuller sound. So easy to set up as all of the sonus products have been. Sub looks great in LR.
Pros:
Many
Cons:
Price
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5 out of 5

Very HAppy

Written By julianM, Louisiana on Monday, August 12, 2013
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Recently removed my home theater consisting of Definitive Technology speakers and an Epik Empire Subwoofer. Decided to go the Sonos route. Purchased a Sonos Amp and Play 5, was extremely happy, so I purchased the Playbar and Sub. I tried different positions and ended up placing the sub under my chair, with no noticeable sound difference. I'm blown away by the sound quality of the playbar and sub. This was just what I needed.
Pros:
Small, hidden, great bass even in a large room
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Add clarity to the Sound Bar

Written By JN, Honolulu, HI on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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After having the Sonos sound bar for about four months, I decided to add the Sub. The Sonos Sound Rar was the third such device I had attached to my TV, and it was far better than the other brand names. The Sub has improved the clarity of the sound from the sound bar, and was worth adding
Pros:
Much better sound from the TV and the Internet radio broadcasted over the Sonos system.
Cons:
It's expensive, really speaking.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sonos Sub

Written By Jeff L, Park City, UT on Monday, May 20, 2013
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BOOM!
Pros:
So easy to set up. Sounds awesome
Cons:
bit spendy
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5 out of 5

Sub Rocks with Master Bass

Written By DougS, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, April 22, 2013
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The SUB is a must purchase if you buy the Sonos Playbar. Will rock the house!
Pros:
Great companion to the Sonos Playbar.
Cons:
Absolutely none!
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4 out of 5

Adds Nice Richness

Written By JohnW, Brookltn, NY on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Sub adds a nice richness to the pair of Play 5's I have in the living room. Easy set-up, as you would expect from Sonos.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Addition

Written By Doug, Maryland on Saturday, February 09, 2013
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I added the Sonos Sub in a room where I have two Play:5s paired together. While I have always enjoyed my paired Play:5s, adding the Sub really seemed to improve the performance and sound from the Play:5s. I am truly enjoying the Sonos listening experience but now even more with the Sub.
Pros:
Improved listening experience Easy set-up
Cons:
Expensive
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sonos Bridge, Dock, Sub

Written By Rob1070, Mount Vernon, IL on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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This system is easy to set up and use. Ziggy in Customer Service did great. Expensive, but the neighbors down the street get to enjoy my play list. Halloween in the neighborhood will not be the same this year! I matched this with a pair of Definitive AW6500. Loud, Clear and Easy to set up and use. Worth the $$$!
Pros:
Loud and Clear. Easy to use and set up.
Cons:
Wireless Sub is expensive, a pain to lug in and out of the house onto the deck. Have to reconnect every time to the unit. But once hooked up? WOW!!!!!
11 out of 14 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Do you need to have this connected to the home router? I just want it to be used with the soundbar [ jeff  Jan 29, 2014 ]
11 answers
  • Jeff - So sorry for the delay. I have this currently connected to a wireless router. Looks like this is what will be required to run this Sub. I hope this helps. [ BRANDAN   Feb 23, 2014 ]
  • The sound bar can be paired with the sub for "3.1" surround sound. It must be connected to the sonos network and thus indirectly to the router. It does not need to be physically connected to the router. [ MICHAEL   Jan 30, 2014 ]
  • No, you do not need to connect it to the router. Only 1 Sonos device (Play 5 or Bridge and perhaps others) needs to connect to the router. [ John   Jan 30, 2014 ]
  • I tried, but I was told when calling Sonus that I needed a Sonus Bridge. So I got one. The system works fine. [ WILLIAM H   Jan 30, 2014 ]
  • It will connect to your Sonos system, but will only be used with the soundbar. You will select the way it's used during set-up. Sonos set-up is step by step and very easy to understand. [ JULIAN   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • It connects wirelessly with the rest of your Sonos components. If the only other Sonos comp you have is the sound bar, you need a wireless bridge to tie it to your wifi. Or, if you have any other Sonos comp connected directly by Ethernet to your route that works, too. The Sub only needs to be plugged into AC power to work. [ MICHAEL B   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • The sub is completely wireless with the exception of AC power. It can be placed anywhere. [ ERIC L   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • I have connected the soundbar to the home router via the sonos bridge...the sub is configured and used with the soundbar and is grouped together...hope that helps.. [ Sitaram   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • No you can just add it to the play bar. [ Paul   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • The Sonos Sub will connect to the Playbar wirelessly through your wireless network. Just plug it in anywhere in the room and the Sonos App will guide you through the setup pairing it with the Playbar. [ KELLY   Jan 29, 2014 ]
  • no - just pug it in the wall and its wireless from there. you might need their bridge unit which does hook into the router but i think they give that to you at nocharge. sounds great - i got the sound bar first and the sub really adds to it. i plan on adding 2 singles later to create a full surround. [ SAM   Jan 29, 2014 ]

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