Top positive review
The best speakerbase/playbar...period.
April 6, 2017
I'd read the reviews for the Sonos Playbase, and checked out a demo unit at a big box store, so I knew what I could expect going in. Is this going to replace your 5.1 or 7.1 sound system in terms of surround sound? Absolutely not. But if you're tired of adjusting the volume to compensate for dialogue vs sound effects, or quiet vs loud scenes, the Playbase will absolutely deliver...without sacrificing fidelity in the process. In fact, the clarity is outstanding, with movie tests revealing crystal clear nuances which would be lost with anything else (even besting the Bose!).
Look, when MY WIFE says she's impressed, that means something, since most of the time she simply tolerates my fascination with technology without comment (even when prompted for an opinion, I get, "Are you happy? If you're happy, then I'm happy."). But in this case, she stopped dead in her tracks when she walked in the room and said, "Wow! That's really good!"
The Playbase has a built in subwoofer that delivers plenty of bass, at least for me, although you can add a satellite sub if you want. You can even add a pair of Sonos 1s or 5s and get a fully wireless 5.1 system. It's all controlled by a Sonos app for either iOS or Android. One caveat, however, is that the iOS version allows you to tune the system specific to the acoustics of the room it's in, using the microphone of an iPhone or iPad, while the Android version doesn't allow for that, due to the variability of microphone sensitivity between phone manufacturers, and this room tuning can make a dramatic difference, especially in the "width" of the sound space.
Additionally, this is the first sound bar/base that has ever passed the "Interstellar Test". If you've ever watched this movie, you probably have an idea of what I'm talking about...a constant battle of volume adjustment because you either can't hear the dialogue, or you're getting blasted by music/effects. It's a real effort to watch...seriously. I'm happy to report that the Sonos Playbase slayed this demon, and for the first time, I could just sit back, put the remote down, and ENJOY THE MOVIE with a big ole grin!
Maybe that's enough of a fitting tribute...the Sonos Playbase is simply stellar, in my opinion (NO pun intended). For what it costs, it better freaking be worth it, and it is, for my tastes anyway.