Recognizing that the majority TVs relaxation on furnishings versus being
mounted on the wall, Sonos is including a second TV speaker to its
whole-home audio lineup. The extremely skinny Playbase is
designed to sit down beneath a flat-screen TV, connecting to it
by way of an optical cable. As with Sonos’ earlier
Playbar, the $699 Playbase can join wirelessly to the
firm’s subwoofer and any pair of wi-fi audio system to type a
5.1-channel dwelling theater audio system.
The oblong speaker measures 28.35 inches extensive and 14.17
inches deep, however is simply 2.28 inches excessive and may help a TV
weighing as much as 75 kilos. The glass-filled polycarbonate
enclosure homes six midrange drivers, three tweeters, and one
woofer, with every speaker paired to its personal Class D amplifier.
As is typical of Sonos, the corporate didn’t disclose the
amplifier output, however none of its earlier audio system have left
us wanting extra quantity.
We haven’t seen a pattern but, however Sonos’ advertising and marketing supplies
make a lot of the variety of holes within the speaker’s grill: extra
than 43,000, with bigger holes on the rounded corners to permit
the woofer to maneuver extra air and render the grill “acoustically
The Sonos Playbase can help flat-screen TVs weighing as much as
75 kilos. The brand new speaker shall be obtainable in each black and
“Now we have constructed a product that may not solely deal with the
complexities of dwelling theater—delivering open and pure sound,
clear dialogue, and immersive bass that fills the room—but in addition
suits completely in any dwelling setting,” Sonos Sound Expertise
Chief Giles Martin mentioned in a press launch.
The Playbase seems very very like a
Sonos Play:5 that’s been squashed flat by a rolling pin. It
has the identical emblem remedy and top-panel contact controls for
quantity, play/pause, and monitor ahead/again. However the Playbase
could have the identical Dialogue Enhancement and Night time Mode settings
that had been launched with the corporate’s
Playbar soundbar. The Playbase may even help Sonos’
Trueplay room-correction know-how that may robotically
fine-tune a Sonos speaker to get the most effective efficiency attainable
from no matter room the speaker is working in.
The Playbase will help Dolby Digital encompass sound, however not
DTS. Each codecs are present in DVD discs, however Dolby dominates in
the video-streaming market. Sonos can also be not supporting the
higher-resolution Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Grasp Audio encoding
current on Blu-ray and Blu-ray HD discs–it will possibly’t, as a result of
these soundtracks require the bandwidth that an HDMI connection
The Playbase will be mixed with the Sonos Sub and satellite tv for pc
audio system to type a wi-fi 5.1-channel dwelling theater system.
Why this issues: Sonos is the 800 pound
gorilla within the whole-home audio market, so any new product it
launches is of nice curiosity. Nevertheless it’s not the primary firm
to pack a sound bar right into a field that may help the load of a
TV. Tom Hannaher’s Zevox has been providing methods
like this for years. Different opponents are approaching sturdy,
too, with powerhouse manufacturers starting from
Yamaha (MusicCast) to
DTS (Play-Fi), and
Denon (Heos) muscling in on Sonos’ networked-audio turf, in
some instances with merchandise that supply options Sonos doesn’t,
corresponding to help for high-resolution audio.
Sonos tells us its new Playbase shall be obtainable worldwide on
April four, and that we should always get a evaluate unit shortly earlier than
then. We’ll have a full hands-on evaluate as quickly as we will get
our fingers on one. Present Sonos prospects who don’t need to
look ahead to the evaluations can preorder the Playbase at Sonos.com now.
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