As you might have worked out, Sonos has just announced Playbase. This is the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker in their home theater line-up.
Playbase was inspired by the simple insight that up to 70% of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall.
The speaker is thin, yet powerful and sits discreetly under the TV.
At just 58mm in height and packing 10 drivers, it offers everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker. It promises great sound when the TV is on and music all the time when it’s off.
It was designed to disappear into the home. No doubt the new stand from Sanus should help.
With looks that appear to have been cut from a single piece of granite. Sonus believes that it challenges conventional expectations of sound from a thin speaker.
The construction comes together with no visible seams resulting in incredibly clean lines. An ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill.
This includes a complex insert molding process and a custom-designed glass-filled polycarbonate exterior to keep vibration to a minimum and withstand the weight of a TV for years to come.
Playbase is easy to control and set-up using just two cords (optical and power).
It expands to other rooms when wirelessly connected to your Sonos home sound system. It is equal parts TV speaker and music speaker, with access to more than 80 music services.
Later this year, like every other Sonos speaker, you’ll soon be able to control Playbase using your voice and any Amazon Alexa enabled device.
Playbase and Playbar are Sonos for your TV space, allowing listeners to choose the best set-up to fit any room.
Through a unique balance of hardware and software, all of the unit’s 10 custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers – six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer – are powered by software to precisely control the sound coming from each transducer. The apparent result is a sound stage much wider than the speaker itself.
Sonus Playbase price and availability
Starting today, current Sonos owners have access to an exclusive pre-order of Playbase on Sonos.com.
Priced at £699 and available in both black and white, Playbase will be available globally starting on April 4, 2017.