Home Theater Features
Network Audio Features
Home Theater Features
Soundbase Speaker: Complement your flat-panel television
with the Sonos PlayBase speaker for rich, room-filling HiFi sound. The Sonos PlayBase is simple to setup, control, and expand. It requires only two
cable connections - a power cord & optical digital audio cable. The PlayBase supports playback of all sources connected to your
TV; such as cable/satellite, Blu-ray/DVD player, video game system, etc. The
Sonos PlayBase can also wirelessly stream music from your computer, as well as
various online music services and Internet Radio. The PlayBase can even sync with
other Sonos speakers wirelessly. The unit can be controlled from your TV's
remote, or by your Apple iOS device or Android smartphone using the free Sonos
App from iTunes or Google Play.
Note: The PlayBase works with all amplified and
non-amplified Sonos products (sold separately).
Active 10-Speaker Design: The Sonos PlayBase speaker
features a sophisticated 10-speaker design with three tweeters (the left & right
tweeters are angled for a wider sound stage), six midrange drivers, and one
subwoofer. Each speaker is driven by a perfectly matched Class D amplifier. The
PlayBase acts as your front left, front right, and center-channel speaker.
Optical Digital Input (Dolby Digital/PCM): The Sonos
PlayBase speaker connects to your television via its optical (toslink) digital
input. The unit supports both Dolby Digital (5.1ch) and PCM (2ch) audio signals
through its digital input. Make sure to turn your television's speakers off.
- Dolby Digital: Your television's off-air and network
movie apps can be delivered in Dolby Digital format to the PlayBase. The
PlayBase will decode and utilize up to six discrete sound channels (five
channels for center, right front, left front, right rear, and left rear; and
1 discrete Low-Frequency Effects (LFE) or subwoofer channel) available
through the Dolby Digital format. Not compatible with Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD, or any other surround format (only supports Dolby
Digital 2ch to 5.1ch).
- Stereo/PCM: AV sources connected to your TV (such as
Blu-ray, cable/satellite, video game) are delivered in Stereo/PCM format to
the PlayBase. The PlayBase will decode the Stereo/PCM format into a left front
and right front channels directly from the 2 channel Stereo provided and
will decode a matrixed center, right rear, left rear, and subwoofer channel
from the audio signal.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection,
or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or
Mounting Options: The Sonos PlayBase can rest under the
pedestal stand or between the pedestal feet of your flat-panel TV. The PlayBase
can support TVs weighing up to 77 lbs with a pedestal stand that measure no more
than 28.375" wide x 14.9375" deep. It can also fit in between a TV's pedestal feet
that measure no less than 28.375" apart and 2.3125" high. In addition, you can
simply place the Sonos PlayBase on a shelf that is located under or above the
TV; allow at least 2" of open space around the speaker.
Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and
where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you
hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in
your Apple iOS 8.0+ device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings
and other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos PlayBase speaker to
make sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos PlayBase
speaker already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how
music should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3
minutes from start to finish.
Note: Trueplay is currently not compatible with Android.
Equalization (EQ): During the PlayBase setup process you will
be guided through its audio calibration process. If desired, you can change the
sound settings (bass, treble or loudness) for the Sonos PlayBase. Bass boosts
lower frequencies, treble boosts higher frequencies, while loudness boosts both
bass and treble to improve the sound at low volume.
Sound Options: The Sonos PlayBase offers various sound
settings to customize your listening experience.
- Speech Enhancements: The Speech Enhancement setting
makes the TV dialog easier to hear.
- Night Sound: The Night Sound setting adjusts the audio
for night time viewing so you can reduce the volume and still experience
proper balance and range. At lower volumes, quiet sounds are enhanced and
the intensity of loud sounds is reduced.
- Audio Delay (Lip Sync): You can increase or decrease
the sound delay if the image on your TV and the sound from the PlayBase are
not in sync.
TV Auto Play: When TV Auto Play is set to On, TV audio
automatically plays through the PlayBase when you turn on your television. If
music is playing when the TV is turned on, the music immediately stops and the
PlayBase switches to TV audio.
IR Sensor: The Sonos PlayBase speaker does not come with a
remote, but does offer a built-in IR sensor, so you can program your TV's remote
control to operate volume up/down of the system. Many newer TVs are coming with
RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be able
to program the speaker and TV remote to work together.
Wireless 5.1ch Speaker System: Add the
Sonos Sub 1 Wireless Powered Subwoofer and a pair of
Play:5 speakers for a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience (sub and
speakers sold separately). Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or
rear speakers to enjoy true 5.1ch audio. In conjunction with the
Sonos Boost, you can even use the Sonos
Connect:Amp as a rear amplifier with separate rear speakers; in this
configuration you will still need to run wire between the rear speakers and the
Connect:Amp (Boost, Connect:Amp, and speakers sold separately).
Network Audio Features
Sonos Multiroom Eco-System: The PlayBase is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with the Playbar soundbar
speaker and add other Sonos products - including the Sonos
PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos
One voice-activated speaker, and the Sonos
Connect zone players (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos devices can be
connected in one system.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding
music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through
SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its
own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides
superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music
playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range
of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your
home's layout. In addition to the PlayBase, you will need a
Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via
a Ethernet cable.
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your
home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are
connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need
to hardwire a Sonos Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless
range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the
SonosNet proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one.
Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over
WiFi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more
secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
- WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi and 2.4GHz devices
on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with 5GHz (you will
have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).
Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi,
the Sonos PlayBase is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to
wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the
Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if
you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to
unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and
thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from
any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network
where you have shared music folders. Sonos can play music stored on up to 16
PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on your home network,
supporting the most popular audio formats. Sonos indexes your music folders
so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists,
albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos supports the following audio
file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA (compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg
Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV
(uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
- iTunes Music: The Sonos wireless music system supports
the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account
(playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music
files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device
(4.0+) running the Sonos app.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control playback
functions, search features, and multiroom audio distribution through the Sonos
Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) or the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up) - letting you control the entire Sonos eco-system from
your compatible smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer. The new navigation bar
(My Sonos, Rooms, Browse, Search and More) at the bottom of the app makes
finding what you're looking for effortless and moving between music quicker than
- My Sonos: Organize your music with the My Sonos tab.
It's the simplest way to combine and access all the music you love. Bringing
together in one simple screen all your favorite songs, playlists, albums,
podcasts and radio stations from across your different music services.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art
and basic playback controls. For a deeper look into the music you're
listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews
and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band
for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your
library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Rooms: You can choose to play different songs in
different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music
throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for
music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually
- Browse & Search: Browse your music services, favorites,
internet radio, personal music library and playlists. You can browse your
music content by Album, Artist, Song, or Playlist. You can even search
across all of your music services and files simultaneously, so you can find
the music you love instantly.
- More: Provides personalized & custom settings for your
Sonos system. Adjust and audio settings like bass, treble, balance, and
loudness for each room location.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
AirPlay 2 (Firmware Update Availalbe):
AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for
iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any
sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer
(running OS X 10.13.2) on the Sonos One, Play:5, Playbase speakers, and other
compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask
Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control
playback of your Apple Music on compatible Sonos speakers. You can even watch
videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device
or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on a Sonos One, Play:5, or Playbase
speaker. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in
grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room.
Note: Even though the Play:1, Play:3, Playbar, and other
Sonos products are not AirPlay 2 compatible, you can still group these Sonos
speakers with an AirPlay 2 compatible player (like the Sonos One, Play:5, or
Playbase) to unlock AirPlay for your entire system.
Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update
you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device -
Sonos One and Amazon Echo (all sold separately). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you
normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play
a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a
song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing
group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.
- Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and
SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing
Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your
default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service
in your voice instruction.
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device
(weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- For a complete list of Alexa voice commands you can use with Sonos,
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same WiFi network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by
Sonos later in 2019 through an over-the-network firmware update.
Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music
services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or
Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following
- High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection
for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet
service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience
playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
- If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take
advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an
Internet-based music service, you must install a wireless router in your
home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase
and install one before setting up your system.
- The Sonos Controller app (for
Apple iOS 10.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) is required for system setup. Initial setup is not
possible through the Sonos Controller software (for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up).
- Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using
an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly.
Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire
- For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that
contains your personal music library collection to your home network router
using an Ethernet cable.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking
equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking
hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the
network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
Automatic Updates: The Sonos PlayBase supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the PlayBase and Sonos will automatically notify you
when software updates are available through Sonos Controller app. By simply pressing one button your system