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Amazing sound. Got rid or 50 yards of wires in the kitchen. Sound is good. Even at pretty high volume.
Item # 616PBASEWH | MFR # PBASEUS1
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The slim profile of the Playbase helps it fit easily into your room's decor.
The Sonos Playbase is just about the easiest way to get spacious, realistic sound from your TV. It's a low-profile base that simply sits directly underneath your TV, yet it fills the room with rich Sonos sound. Just use the provided digital audio cable to connect your TV to the Playbase, and you'll be up and running in no time.
Plus, the Playbase becomes part of your Sonos wireless multi-room audio system. You can send sound from your TV to other rooms, or play music from other sources through the Playbase.
The Playbase features ten amplified internal drivers. Six midrange drivers and three tweeters are angled to widely disperse the sound while ensuring proper balance. A built-in woofer for bass frequencies provides additional punch.
The system's Speech Enhancement mode brings dialogue to the fore and reduces the volume level of loud sound effects. Night Mode enhances quiet sounds and greatly reduces loud effects, so you can watch TV while other sleep.
The Playbase also delivers great sound with your music, too. You'll hear plenty of detail and well-balanced, natural sound from your tunes.
The Playbase can be paired wirelessly with a Sonos Sub to create a 3.1 home theater system. Add two Play:1 speakers, and you've got a pair of wireless rear speakers, giving you a 5.1 surround system with truly engaging sound.
Like your TV up a little higher? The Sanus WSTV1 TV base was designed for use with the PLAYBASE. It features a 29”-high swivel mount, so you can have your TV at a higher viewing level without wall-mounting.
The Playbase, like other Sonos music players, connect 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.
And it lets you stream audio from your movies and TV shows into other rooms. So if you're watching a game you can keep up with the play-by-play through a Sonos speaker in the kitchen when you get a snack. (For the best wireless performance, we recommend adding the Sonos Boost.)
You can 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.
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.)
The Sonos system works seamlessly with a host of streaming music services, including TIDAL, Spotify®, Pandora®, and much more. You also have access to thousands of internet radio stations from around the world through TuneIn Radio and terrestrial radio stations through iHeartRadio. If you subscribe to SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can tune into all your favorite programming on any Sonos player in your system.
Amazing sound. Got rid or 50 yards of wires in the kitchen. Sound is good. Even at pretty high volume.
Tom, Arlington, VA
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Amazing sound. Got rid or 50 yards of wires in the kitchen. Sound is good. Even at pretty high volume.
Easy to set up and use.
Excellent, full sound from a very low-profile design. Very easy to set up.
Bought it as refurbished and looked new. Great sound.
The Sonos PlayBase is a wonderful Product. I gave it 4 Stars only because there was no way to give it 4.25 - 4.5 Stars. Nothing is perfect, but for what it was made for and for what it does, this product is close. Science & Technology has been applied here to a very high degree. Build Quality is beyond reproach. Again, the Sonos PlayBase is a Wonderful product. Crutchfield fits right in here. They are The Place too Buy Electronics Online.
Pros: Top Science & Technology applied here. First Class Build Quality. Engineered Packaging & Boxing beyond reproach. Ease of Use & Set Up 4.5
Cons: In my view, a Quality Priced Product such as Sonos should carry a Full 3 YEAR Parts & Labor Warranty.
great sound and easy to install. now i get better sound from the TV and my Sonos library in the kitchen.
Pretty good sound. A huge improvement over the TV speakers. Bought the sub woofer and two Play 1 to complete the 5.1 system. Still learning new things that the system will do? So far so good.
Pros: Good sound quality. Nice fit with current set up.
Cons: Some difficulty using my Kindle Fire as a controller (still working on) Sometimes can't tell if the Play 1s are even on.
The Sonos Playbase is the DNA of what makes a Sound System sublime. Sonos I'm onboard, thanks bigtime. I love this System and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Excellent sound for a sound bar based system. I purchased the 5.1 surround sound system consisting of a PLAYBASE with woofer, and two series-1 rears. The setup via iPhone Sonos APP was outstanding being super easy and well thought out. Had to figure out how to turn off the internal speakers on my Panasonic 65" plasma TV. It ending up being nothing more than pushing the TV remote mute button (no TV setup menu option), and then using a surrogate old TV remote that was programmed via the Sonos APP to control the volume of the Sonos system. This took almost no time to do. Overall extremely pleased with this high quality surround sound system.
Pros: Excellent sound Easy setup High quality packaging and equipment Great support from both Sonos and Crutchfield
Cons: No dedicated volume control remote Pricey
The Playbase is a wonderful product. It gives the same great sound that comes from the Playbar, but with two distinct advantages. The first is that the Playbase has a subwoofer while the Playbar does not. Second, it is more aesthetically pleasing, especially in my wife's eyes. It is a slimmer, sleeker, less obtrusive design than the Playbar or most other sound bars. Once I added a Playsub and two Play 3s for rear effects, the results are stunning for both TV viewing and music playback! It's a fantastic combination, with the added benefit of being wireless. The set up and connection is a breeze. The only drawback is that the Playbase does not work with my TV remote. The volume has to be controlled through the Sonos App or a universal remote. I saw all of the five-star reviews, and now I understand what everyone was talking about. This is a winner!
Pros: Wonderful sound Easy set-up
Cons: Price Does not work with TV remote.
This was the perfect answer for my compact cabinet space in a very large room. What great sound that's even better when paired with the Sonos sub.
The Soundbase is great, big improvement over the stock tv speakers
Pros: Great sound
This soundbar/base is the best out there !!
Sound quality is amazing. Product integration with WiFi is smart. Everything makes sense
Pros: Sound. Setup. Size
Straight-forward setup, looks great, sounds even better. Would rate it 5 stars if they shaved $100 or so off the MSRP.
I'm an existing Sonos user, so this speaker ties in nicely to my home sound system. The PLAYBASE was very easy to set up and it sounds great. My living room is not too big, so the bass is perfect for watching movies, games, etc.
Adding the SONOS playbase resulted in a vast improvement over my TV's internal speakers. The SONOS playbase looks great with its elegant minimalist style, it is simple to use, and has a well balanced sound. As an added bonus there is a large range of internet radio stations to choose from.
Without question this is absolutely one of the best investments in audio sound I have ever made. The ability to play audio over the entire home without having to run wires is fantastic. Paired with 4 other speakers I am able to immerse over 2000 sqft with the audio of my choice.
Pros: No wires. Mobile. Ability to change arrangement of speakers. Quality sound.
Not like the Results ...will return product
We Another fine Sonos product. One stop sound bar... it has it's own sub woofer. Looks great under the TV.
Cons: A bit pricey, but now on sale.
The playbase is the perfect solution for my situation. I had grown tired of straightening cords and rugs in the living room after each of my two young dogs play sessions. It was a miracle they had not torn speakers off of the wall! I purchased the playbase and paired it with a sub. The sound is just right for my living room. Using the night sound and speech enhancement allows me to hear all of the dialogue and not get blown away by explosions. The playbase fits perfectly under my tv. It paired with the cable box remote for volume adjustment. I have no complaints at all.
Pros: Clean look. Great sound.
Fantastic equipment. Purchased this with several other Sonos pieces and the house sounds spectacular. Easy to use and incredibly easy set up.......!!
Fits the needed configuration, supports the TV well, sound is very good, connects up to the Sonos app easily. I have not determined if the speaker tuning with the phone for the room it is in helped or not.
Excellent, full quality sound and syncing the phone for playback is very convenient. Really sturdy, holds my 50" Samsung TV easily. Great value and great product
Perfect choice for our setup. Worked precisely as described , set up was simple & sounds fantastic . We are using this for a single floor 1000sq ft beach house - it shares sound perfectly around the spaces. Will be purchasing a Sonos one with Alexa to further improve the capabilities ! Full disclosure - I have (7) Sonos in our Main House - so I'm a huge fan of the product
Pros: Easy set up Great sound from a basic set up - realize this is not an Audiophile set up- but that is probably .05% of the listening public anyways
Cons: Really don't have any
The Playbase fits nicely on the shelf below my TV with being a distraction or taking up significant space. The set up and integration is extremely straight forward, with startup done via an iPhone app. We have had the unit for about 4 weeks now and the entire family is amazed by the sound quality for movies and sports alike. Great purchase
Pros: Sound, clean look, easy integration
I have a 65" tv which needed the playbase to support the weight. Very pleased with the quality of the sound. We have an open floor plan and cathedral ceilings. Perfect for this surround sound with a sub and two play 5s.
Pros: Very easy set up.
This thing is amazing. Room filling sound in a beautiful package. One very nice, but understated, feature is that you can turn off the controls on the unit itself. Super helpful for those with small children who love pressing buttons! Can't wait to add the Sub and complete the 5.1 setup (though the sound is still fantastic using only the Playbase).
Pros: Ease of setup, great sound
Amazing technology . . . the most difficult part of setting this up was keeping my kids quiet long enough to do the Trueplay tuning. I spent several months looking at products to replace my 15 year old 5.1 system. I wanted to simplify things and the Playbase seemed like a great option. It takes up the same footprint as my TV and I was able to eliminate 3 front speakers and a receiver. The price really held me back and I spent a lot of time looking at the Yamaha MusicCast, Denon HEOS, Polk Omni and Bose Soundtouch products. The reviews on these just didn't seem solid and there were consistent complaints with setup or maintaining wireless connections. Also, I was unsure about the proprietary Sonos platform and I wasn't terribly impressed when I demo'd it at a local box store. But I knew it would sound a lot different in a living room as opposed to a giant warehouse. So I put my trust in the hundreds of positive reviews and jumped on board. And I'm so glad I did. It sounds fantastic and the technology is great. I also purchased the Sonos Sub. My living room is about 20' x 20' with an open kitchen and dining room. I tested the Playbase without the sub first and it sounded really good. But for the amount of open space that we have the Sub added the extra depth and punch to bring the movies and music to life. This combination is more than enough for our needs. My next upgrade will be the Sonos Amp to run a pair of in ceiling surrounds.
Pros: Audio Quality Build Quality (at 19 lbs. this thing is solid) Technology
Cons: Price Proprietary Technology (no Bluetooth) Requires Spotify Premium subscription to use Spotify
Really blown away by the new Sonos product. I bought it for the ease in set up and usability that Sonos is excels at but am really pleased with the sound quality. In my opinion it is just as good, if not better, than a mid range true 5.1.
Fabulous sound, easy set-up, great look. Love all Sonos components. Crutchfield makes it easy and always delivers.
The Sonos Playbase is a great product. It has great sound and is easy to install by using the sonos directions provided. I researched speakers for sound clarity which I need due to poor hearing. The Sonos Playbase provides clear speech for TV. In addition it became the third part of my Sonos system. The TV remote was easy to program. If you are listening to music and turn the TV on it automatically switches to the TV.
Pros: Great sound for music and the TV. Very easy installation.
Replaced a Sony HT-NT5 after two failures and too much complexity for my wife. This soundbase is the best! The sound is way better (even without a sub) than the NT5 that has a sub. Setup is easy. Programming my TWC remote was a snap. Use is seamless. All in all a vast improvement from the Sony. I can't imagine the sound if a sub is added to this system.
Sonos is incredible and this speaker does not disappoint. Super easy setup, and it just works. If you're thinking about it, just do it, you won't regret it.
Pros: Sounds great, can customize for night time and speech. Incredible sound range for such a small speaker.
Cons: It's pricey, but worth every penny.
This is my first Sonos product and overall I am very impressed with the sound quality the Playbase have, I was thinking about adding the sub but the bass the playbase generates is incredible for its size. Hands down the best money I've spent in some time.
Pros: great sound great bass easy to use
Love the design. Never liked the look of sound bars but a base... perfect. Sound is great, bass is just fine for condo living. I do plan to buy some Play one speakers later this year to get full surround going. Definitely a great, simple solution for TVs.
Pros: Great design, great sound, simple setup
Cons: Non so far
Awesome sound, and easy setup. I added two play:1 speakers (I already had one in the house I was using, I purchased a second) for the rear setup (no sub yet) and it is even better, AND WIRELESS! No more running speaker wires under the floor of the house or fishing in the walls. I'm looking to add the sub in the future but really no need yet. The sound from the playbase itself is great without any additional setups.
Pros: Sounds Great Easy Setup
Very solid soundbase. Great software - easy to connect to with my Google Play Music collection (which taps into my iTunes collection). Pandora, etc.. works phenomenally well. Love not having a remote for the soundbase. My only complaint is that I think the bass isn't strong enough compared to my old soundbar (which had a subwoofer) - I'm going to have to save up for the Sonos sub.
Sounds great and love the Sonus product. As TV's have gone tinker and thinner the sound has suffered. This takes care of that.
Great product. It adds another speaker to my system and also works very perfectly with my new tv. There is plenty of bass and the sound is terrific.
Sonos Playbase fills my living room with great Sound.
The sound is equal to the sound from the Sonos Sound Bar, so, in situations where you cannot mount your TV on the wall, this is the perfect solution.
Pros: superb sound
This unit really knocked my socks off. I am sure the real sound purists are rolling their eyes but the combination of features, price, and crazy simple setup is unmatched by anything else on the market. I assembled the Playbase, a Boost, & two Sonos 1s for surround and got a great 5.1 system for my living room for half the price of an amp/receiver- based setup. Plus all the other Sonos advantages. Do not fail to use the Trueplay configuration scheme.
Pros: Dead simple setup Value for money Flexible operating modes
Cons: Could use stronger bass.
Great sounding playbase. Setup was pretty easy as well.
A great product, one that works exactly as it should. Installation is very well-designed. Highly recommended!
Amazing sound that fills our entire living room. I love all the music options and our TV sounds amazing now.
The sound from this speaker is amazing! I was originally planning on getting a sub speaker and additional Sonos speakers to do surround, but this speaker is so good on its own, I don't feel as much of an urgency to get those additions just yet. This speaker is great on its own.
Easy setup, quickly linked to my mac computer and iPad. Sound is very good.
great addition to bedroom tv. sound is crisp and clear. dialogue is much easier to follow. easy setup and a good addition to the rest of the sonos in the house - doubles as a music speaker for the bedroom.
I originally purchased a Bose Solo (not from Crutchfield) but found that everything sounded muffled, so returned it. I'm happy to say that the Sonos Playbase which I just purchased produces crisp, clear sound. The bass is tight, just not thumping or booming. It's sufficient for me, but I might consider getting the sub-woofer in the future. Quite happy for now. I set the system up using an iPhone. Just a minor glitch with wireless access, but it's working fine now. Very pleased with both the Sonos Playbase and the service I received from Crutchfield.
Pros: Crisp, clear audio. Easy setup Excellent product packaging
Cons: None so far
I love everything Sonos! I was so happy to discover the Playbase came out just as i purchased my new Sony 4K TV. Sonos has everything-- the best sound, the best connectivity, and the best customer service.
Pros: Amazing Sound, easy connectivity, amazing App to control the unit, and the best customer service!
Cons: None I can think of.
Just got this today. It is in our bedroom. Sound is ridiculous. Bass is great. Another homerun for Sonos. Don't think about it. Buy it.
We got it in black and we couldn't be happier. The night feature which raises the level of dialogue while reducing really loud sounds is great for when we're watching at night when the kids are asleep. Really nice. Also, while the footprint is quite large, it shouldn't be a problem if you're putting your TV on top. In our case, we have a wall mounted TV and have it tucked in between our console and our fireplace hearth, so we're taking advantage of how it's only 2 inches tall. It fits ideally.
Pros: Sound quality.
Cons: It's large. We have it mostly obscured, but it has a very large footprint, so that might not appeal to some.
I paired this with 2 Play 1s. Music & movies sounded great. Best sounding soundbar to date. The built-in woofer was adequate but still thinking about pairing it to the Sub. People complaining it's missing HDMI etc are overrated.
Pros: Looks Sound Ease of use
Superb sound clarity. When listening to music you can clearly distinguish every instrument and voice. A terrific addition to the Sonos product lineup.
Pros: Very unobtrusive design.
This is worth every penny. Moved my Sonos play bar in the bedroom. Play base is in the tv room. I think it has a real crisp sound. Tv, movies and music sound excellent. Easy to set up. Another quality Sonos product. Thank you Crutchfield for fast shipping.
Pros: Sits nice under my 60 inch Samsung tv.
Great soundbar. I love how easy it is to setup. Sound is great!
|Pieces in System||1|
|Tweeter||3 Dome tweeters|
|Midrange||6 Midrange drivers|
|Surround Sound Decoding||5.1-channel|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||No|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||Apple iOS, Android|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||No|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|System Frequency Response||Not Given|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||Not given|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||2-1/4H x 28-3/8W x 14-15/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||18.85 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
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.
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.
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 Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, or 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).
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:1 / PLAY:3 / PLAY:5 powered speakers, the Sonos One voice-activated speaker, and the Sonos Connect:Amp / 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.
- 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.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) 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.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same wireless network.
AirPlay 2 (Requires Future Firmware Update - no ETA): 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:4, 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 - including the 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.
- 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 WiFi network.
Google Assistant: The Google Assistant will be supported by Sonos in 2018 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:
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.
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Have and enjoy Sonos equipment for many years. Needed good sound base. Will be alternate to stereo system for casual music and tv. [ BRADLEY Jun 17, 2018 ]
it was a coin toss with the playbar [ Scott May 20, 2018 ]
Love my first PlayBase which is a wonderful addition to our home, I bought the first as open box... that worked out so well I thought I would give S&D a shot. Fingers crossed! :) [ Tucker Apr 23, 2018 ]
Sonos Integration. And updates vs playbar [ Oscar Apr 10, 2018 ]
sounds great and has very good reviews [ PAT Mar 29, 2018 ]
to hopefully replace a Bose 321 system I already have sonos sub and numerous play 1 [ Gary Mar 09, 2018 ]
The form style, the bass sound and positive reviews. [ David Feb 01, 2018 ]
Inadequate speakers on current Smart TV [ Excell O. Jan 06, 2018 ]
Recommended by friend [ Katherine Dec 17, 2017 ]
Loved the design, and I'm a big fan of Sonos products. [ Andy Dec 07, 2017 ]
My TV stands on a table and the Sonos PlayBar would have blocked the ability to use the TV remote. The playbase provides the great sound without impacting the remote. [ Eric Nov 27, 2017 ]
We already have a sonos amp and were looking for a sound bar. We narrowed it down to the playbase or play bar. We ultimately chose the playbase because of the look and the fact we won't be using a sub. [ David Nov 26, 2017 ]
I have limited space and no room for a soundbar in front of the TV. [ Peter Nov 25, 2017 ]
Advisor helped me and this is why I bought from crutchfield. forgot his name [ Karen Nov 24, 2017 ]
Good review and well hidden since I have a pure audio system already [ D Nov 24, 2017 ]
Own and like and on sale [ JAMES J Nov 23, 2017 ]
I did quite a bit of research on Sonos products lately. The sale price convinced me to try it. [ W Nov 23, 2017 ]
I like Sonos and you all helped me reach the decision to buy this product. [ George Nov 23, 2017 ]
Have the full sonos ecosystem in every room at home, this is for a 4k othe living room with two PLAY:1s. There's still no better system on the market I've seen/heard. [ Derek Nov 23, 2017 ]
Size fit well for planned use as well as reviews. [ Ferret Nov 15, 2017 ]
Wanting to improve the sound from my TV, a sound base was the obvious solution. I needed one that sounded good and would fit under the TV and this one appears to fit the bill. The ability to extend it in the future to a full 5.1 setup was also attractive. [ Howard Anthony Sep 24, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews [ william Sep 20, 2017 ]
Works with my 65" TV [ KATHRYN J Sep 17, 2017 ]
the house we rented for vacation this year had this system....it sounded totally awesome [ troy Sep 10, 2017 ]
for the great sound [ Michael A. Sep 09, 2017 ]
I am a big fan of Sonos components. They are so easy to setup and use. It is very easy for my wife to select and play music. I am choosing the Playbase to replace the stereo setup that I currently use to play the TV thru. [ Robert Aug 08, 2017 ]
Have other Sono's products - They are great! [ G DON Aug 08, 2017 ]
I have two no. 1s. Very pleased. Just sold my Definitive Technology surround sound system. Decided to go with the Sonos playbase to supplement. [ David Jul 21, 2017 ]
Sound, style and performance. [ Devin Jul 17, 2017 ]
Strong reviews. Unlike sound bar, doesn't block bottom of my TV on the stand. Sonos' app that allows all music to be in just one app - particularly Google Play [ Justin Alan Jun 17, 2017 ]
Hard choice between soundbar and base because I'd like to upgrade in the next few years to a mounting tv but went with what I have now, old school tv. [ MICHAEL J Jun 17, 2017 ]
Chose Playbase over Playbar because it will fit under my wife's bedroom TV. [ Michael Jun 06, 2017 ]
My only option for a "TV soundbar" was to be able to place a TV on top of it. The PLAYBASE satisfies that requirement. [ Jim Jun 03, 2017 ]
Like Sonos products [ John Jun 02, 2017 ]
I've heard nothing but good reviews and it fits my needs exactly. My TV is not wall mounted and I have limited space for speakers and this seems like it will fit the bill perfectly. [ Raul May 15, 2017 ]
I'm already a Sonos addict, buying a new television, so had to get a playbase [ Jeffrey May 12, 2017 ]
Cool factor! [ 1615 SAWDUST May 08, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews, both by professionals and users. [ KEITH L May 08, 2017 ]
Got a subwoofer from Crutchfield and wanted to get a Playbar or Playbase to go with it. Decided to try the newer model. [ DAN May 06, 2017 ]
Looking for better TV sound and really like the Sonos products and systems. [ Matthieu May 05, 2017 ]
Needed a compact sound solution for my TV. After reading many reviews of Sonos products, decided to order the Sonos Playbase. Crutchfield's 60 day return policy took the risk out of the decision. [ Michael May 01, 2017 ]
Always have loved Sonos products, I had been interested in the playbar for quite awhile but once I had seen this I had to have it. Especially with the sub being integrated into the unit. [ Tucker Apr 29, 2017 ]
Needed playbar for my SONOS system that would not block sensor on new TV. [ Michael Apr 19, 2017 ]
I have one and it's the best sound in a house full of Sonos products. A must have for the 2nd TV. [ J Apr 19, 2017 ]
Because North Carolina won the NCAA title and the Playbase became available online just now. [ Robert Apr 04, 2017 ]
Love the looks and read lot of great reviews on how great it sounds [ Angel Jan 30, 2018 ]
Reviews, simplicity, Sonos reputation. [ Rod Jan 15, 2018 ]
The Play 1 Speakers have been so amazing it was time to complete the surround sound with the play base. Really great sound and so easy to use. [ Robert Nov 24, 2017 ]
I own Sonos products, and they are the best. [ PHILIP A Jul 16, 2017 ]
Because Sonos has great audio, I have 4 different units in my house and most important it is Dual Voltage since I am currently stationed in Germany. [ Antonio Jun 29, 2017 ]
Wanted to add on to existing white Play 1 speakers. Also I'm very impressed with Sonos sound quality! [ Anthony May 27, 2017 ]
If you use the optical cable from your TV or satellite box to the Playbase your regular remote will control the volume for TV. All other sources will need the Sonos app. Switching is automatic when the TV comes on. [ Robert Aug 30, 2017 ]
Yes, the playbase will allow you to use almost any remote to control volume, and it's very easy to program during initial setup. [ Benjamin Aug 30, 2017 ]
You should be able to. I do it with my century link prism box. You plug it into the IR slot on back of tv and adjust tv settings I recall. [ Matthew Aug 30, 2017 ]
The playbase plays the audio from your source. You will able to use you remote to control the volume. [ SUJINDER Aug 30, 2017 ]
You can program playbase to work with volume control of any infared remote. if your direct tv is infared (you point it at the tv to change volume) then it will work. [ Brett Aug 30, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. I would say so. If you TV has pedestal feet that are wide enough apart it could work there too. Here are the specs from the "Details" tab: 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. [ Kenny Jul 22, 2017 ] Staff
You can use the Playbase as a stand alone system through the optical cable. The volume can be adjusted with buttons on the unit, but I don't think you are able to access the Night Mode or Dialogue Enhancement without your phone being connected. That being said, you might be able to connect your phone to the unit with a "dummy" Wi-Fi from your router without needing internet. You probably need internet to use the TruPlay feature, though, since this goes through their algorithm to work. It's a great sounding and very functional speaker on its own, but it would be a shame to miss out on these cool features. [ Robert Adam May 15, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. The PLAYBASE supports TVs weighing up to 77 lbs. You can find this information on the product page under "Product Highlights". Hope this helps. [ Kenny Apr 21, 2017 ] Staff
Even though I use Xfinity for my cable provider I use the TiVo Bolt for my cable box. I can tell you that the TiVo remote works fantastic with the playbase. [ Anthony Apr 18, 2017 ]
Yes, the Sonos software is excellent, will give you the option of "following" the television when the TV is powered on. [ KEITH L Jan 15, 2018 ]
When you have a direct audio output cable from the TV (or cable box) to the Playbase, the answer is yes. It senses the TV audio and switches to that source. The cable has to be an optical cable, so check your TV first beforehand. [ Robert Jan 15, 2018 ]
Yes the Playbase comes on automatically when the TV turns on and goes into Standby on its own after the TV is turned off. [ Daniel Jan 15, 2018 ]
Yes, it turns on when the TV is turned on. [ Matthieu Jan 15, 2018 ]
yes, it is seamless [ Kirk Jan 15, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question. Yes it looks like it will. Your TV has 2 1/2 inches clearance on the stands. The PLAYBASE is 2 5/16 inches high so it is very close. Hope this helps. [ Kenny Apr 04, 2017 ] Staff