Sonos Playbase 5.1 Home Theater System
Includes Sonos Playbase with Apple® AirPlay® 2, Sub, and two Play:1 speakers (Black/White Sub & Surrounds)
Our take on the Sonos Playbase 5.1 Home Theater System by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Wireless surround sound is just the start
This wireless home theater bundle from Sonos makes surround sound easy. The low-profile Sonos Playbase sits directly underneath your TV and fills your room with spacious, realistic sound. The Sonos Sub delivers powerful, crystal-clear bass. And two Play:1 speakers serve as surround speakers for realistic effects. Plus, you get all the user-friendly wireless music features that have made Sonos a household name.
Part of a Sonos multi-room audio system
The Playbase 5.1 system, like other Sonos music players, connects to your home network — either via Wi-Fi® or by connecting one player to your router via Ethernet to create a dedicated Sonos network. This network, known for its extensive range and superior performance, gives you house-wide access to tunes stored on your PC along with a wealth of internet audio choices.
The Playbase connects to your TV with an optical digital cable, and it can stream audio from your movies and TV shows to Sonos speakers in other rooms. For instance, if you're watching a game, you can keep up with the play-by-play in the kitchen when you get a snack. (For the best wireless performance, we recommend adding the optional the Sonos Boost.)
The Sonos app gives you easy wireless control
Use your iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ smartphone or tablet 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.
Compatible with AirPlay 2
The Sonos Playbase has AirPlay 2 built in. That means you can stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through your Sonos system. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.
And if you subscribe to Apple Music®, you can do even more. Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV 4K to control Apple Music with voice commands. Tell it what selection or playlist to play — and which Sonos speakers you want it to play through.
Trueplay speaker tuning for optimal sound
If you use your Sonos control app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use that same Apple device to fine-tune the Playbase with Sonos's Trueplay feature. It uses the mic built into your device to measure how the sound reflects off your walls and furnishings. It then adjusts the speaker's settings automatically for the best possible sound. (Currently for iOS devices only.)
- system communicates with other Sonos players via Wi-Fi or a dedicated Sonosnet™ 2.0 wireless network
- control your Sonos system with your iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, Android™ device with the free Sonos app
- plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files
- not compatible with protected AAC files from iTunes®
- plays songs from subscription streaming services such as Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora, and more
- plays music and podcasts directly from compatible iOS portable devices
- plays streaming Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio
- plays programming from SiriusXM Internet Radio — subscription required
- multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each ZonePlayer plays individually selected music)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- 10 built-in speakers, each with a Class-D digital amplifier (three tweeters, six midrange drivers, and one low-frequency woofer)
- connects to your TV, Blu-ray player or cable box via an included optical digital audio cable
- accepts Dolby® Digital and 2-channel PCM audio signals
- stream sound from TV shows and movies to other Sonos speakers
- Apple AirPlay® 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
- supports TVs weighing up to 77 lbs.
- Ethernet port for wired connection to your home network (Ethernet cable included)
- 28-3/8"W x 2-5/16"H x 14-3/16"D
- weight: 18.5 lbs.
- two force-canceling woofers for deep, rich bass and zero cabinet buzz or rattle
- two Class-D amplifiers perfectly match the woofers and acoustic architecture
- dual acoustic ports for enhanced bass performance
- automatically adjust audio settings to balance the SUB with your existing Sonos players
- Ethernet jack
- 15-7/8"W x 15-3/8"H x 6-5/16"D
- two built-in amplifiers and drivers per speaker (one midrange driver and one tweeter)
- 1/4" threaded mount for wall placement
- Ethernet port for connection to a router (cable included)
- 4-3/4"W x 6-3/8"H x 4-3/4"D
What's in the Box:
- The Sonos Playbase 5.1-channel Home Theater System consists of the Sonos Playbase (black) with two Sonos Play:1s (white) and the Sonos Sub (white)(all individually packaged)
- The Sonos Playbase box includes:
- Active soundbase speaker (black)
- 6.5' AC power cord
- 5' Optical digital cable
- 59" Ethernet cable
- Quickstart Guide
- Important Product Information booklet
- Each Sonos Play:1 box includes:
- Network powered speaker (white)
- 6.5' AC power cord
- 58" Ethernet cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Important Product Information
- Installation Guide
- Sonos brochure
- The Sonos Sub box includes:
- Powered subwoofer (gloss white)
- 6.5' AC power cord (non-polarized C7 plug)
- Four self-adhesive felt feet
- Cleaning cloth
- Quick Start Guide
- Important Product Information
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Sonos Playbase/Play:1/Sub Bundle: This bundle includes the Sonos Playbase (black), two white Play:1 speakers (as rear surrounds), and the white Sonos Sub, all individually packaged. Together, the products make up a unique 5.1-channel home theater system. Here is an overview of each product:
- Playbase: The Sonos Playbase complements your flat-panel television with rich, room-filling high-fidelity sound. The Playbase is simple to setup, control, and expand. It requires only two cable connections - a power cord and 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. The Playbase works with all amplified and non-amplified Sonos products (sold separately). Dimensions: Width 28.375", Height 2.25", Depth 14.9375", Weight 18.85 pounds.
- Sonos Play:1: The Play:1 is a small wireless network speaker with a built-in amplifier. Using the Play:1s as wireless rear surrounds avoids the need to run speaker wire to the back of your theater room. The speakers can be placed vertically on a shelf or table with its integrated rubber feet, or wall-mounted (with an optional bracket, sold separately) using its 1/4"-20 threaded insert. Dimensions: Width 4.75", Height 6.375", Depth 4.9375", Weight 4.08 pounds.
- Sonus Sub: The Sonus 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 speaker, including the Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, and the Sonos Connect:Amp, as well as Sonos soundbar speakers such as Playbase, Playbar and Beam (all sold separately). It does not work with un-amplified Sonos players, such as the Connect (ZP90). Dimensions: Width 15.875", Height 15.375", Depth 6.3125", Weight 35.3 pounds.
Active 10-Speaker Design: The Sonos Playbase speaker features a sophisticated 10-speaker design with three tweeters (the left and 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 satellite/cable box).
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.
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. 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 Wi-Fi.
- 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.
- Wi-Fi Wireless Network: Sonos can also operate over your home's existing Wi-Fi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are connecting wirelessly to your home's existing Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi network.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet proprietary mesh network and Wi-Fi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over Wi-Fi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network will provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for optimum performance.
- Wi-Fi is subject to greater interference from other Wi-Fi and 2.4GHz devices on your network. Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi, the Sonos Playbase is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if Wi-Fi 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 TuneIn, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, TIDAL, Deezer, SoundCloud, and more; plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.) Click here for the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid subscription.)
- 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 ever.
- 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 or together.
- Browse and 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 and 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 Available): 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: You'll be able to control your Sonos system with your voice by adding an Alexa-enabled device, such as the Sonos One or Amazon Echo (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, click here.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by Sonos 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 requirements:
- 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 Wi-Fi without any hardwire connection.
- 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 installed.
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 updates itself.
Speaker Design: The Sonos Play:1 uses two state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with two drivers, a 1" tweeter and a 3.5" mid-woofer, to deliver great sound to any room. The wireless music system provides pure, clean sound that is perfect for bringing room-filling music to a kitchen, bedroom, office, or just about any room in your home. Play:1 connects in the same way as the Playbase: wirelessly using SonosNet or your own Wi-Fi network, or via its built-in Ethernet port.
AC Power: The Sonos Play:1 operates on standard household current using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord.
Woofer and Amplifier Design: The Sonus 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.
Wireless Connection: The Sonus Sub can be associated with any amplified Sonos powered speaker. It Works on your home Wi-Fi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router. It also works on SonosNet, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce Wi-Fi interference.
Setup: 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.
Note: Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update installed.
Ethernet and AC Power: 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.
Placement: Out of the box, the Sonus 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.
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Why did you buy this?
Upgrading from older bose system with wires everywhere to this for the hope of sound quality and wireless. [ MICHAEL J Jun 17, 2017 ]
1 question already asked
Power required. [ D Dec 13, 2017 ]
No. They only require a Power outlet. The Playbase and Sub Woofer also do. This unit is what True-Audio should sound like. I totally recommend it. [ Edwin Dec 11, 2017 ]
They require power line, you must plug into an outlet or to a power extention. [ Guy Dec 11, 2017 ]
Power lines [ Michael Dec 11, 2017 ]