Sonos Playbase is here! This is not the first TV speaker the company developed, the Sonos Playbar also being available for the select few who like to mount their TV on the wall. Even if the initial price is pretty steep, the Sonos Playbase comes with plenty of neat features. However, it lacks a basic functionality that may convince some users to pass upon the offer.
The Pros and Cons of the Sonos Playbase
As TVs are getting smarter, speakers are becoming more and more useless, high-quality plasma sets rendering crystal-clear surround sound. Nonetheless, there will always be those who wish to transform their living room into a home cinema or an impromptu club. With that target in mind, Sonos decided to create the Playbar, a discrete speaker that amplifies the sounds of any television set – provided it is mounted on a wall.
Soon after the Playbar hit the market, Sonos realized that not everybody mounts their plasmas on the living room wall. Thus, the Sonos Playbase came to life. In case you were flirting with the idea of enhancing your TV’s audio features and have a couple of hundred of dollars to spare, here are the reasons you should – or shouldn’t buy the new grounded Sonos speakers.
The Playbase is basically the same speaker as the Playbar, users enjoying high-quality sound effects, no matter is they’re watching a movie or listening to their favorite tune. Moreover, the device comes in two different colors: matte black and white, both helping the gizmo blend perfectly with the existing television set.
Sonos tried to make their new speaker compatible with almost all available streaming services. Even more, it’s designed to blast sound loud enough that your neighbor will be able to hear Game of Thrones spoilers while taking out the trash.
The 10 drivers capacity, its three ports, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the fact that it can hold up to 77 pounds without much of a sweat are also weighing in on the pro side.
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Sonos Playbase, just like the Playbar, has its limitations As with every device meant to improve technologies that are already great, some might think that the Sonos Playbase is a mere trifle. Moreover, this little technological whim comes at a cost of $699. What’s even more bothersome is that even though it took Sonos four years to develop the Playbase, it still only relies on optical audio. Most people who spend almost $700 on a speaker probably want to enjoy surround sound.
Summing It Up
For those who are not technology-friendly, the device is really easy to use. All you have to do is to open the Sonos Playbase app, plug the device in, and follow the instruction. After that, you are all set. The app can be used to alter bass and other sound preferences. Despite the fact that it is expensive and it lacks a surround sound feature, the speaker could be a fine addition to a smart TV that is not mounted on a wall.
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