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SONOS SUB (Gen 1), Black
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Cons: although you can position the sub flat under something, not advisable as sound is seriously modified; I expected more customisation for this price; no power saving mode, an issue for all products in this range.
If you've read this far, you are probably a Sonos devotee so I won't take up time bemoaning the lack of Bluetooth or challenges playing some music services…
I have linked my sub with all of the Plays, so the following observations are based on experience with more than one system and with multiple rooms.
Out of the box, the sub is unforgiving and rather brutal with all types of music and soundtrack. It needs playing in - I noticed subtle handling of bass after about 4 days and I found I needed to re-calibrate each day so that I felt happy with the sound - I have some of the most unforgiving ears you will find. If you're familiar with great quality 'speakers - this lovely unit fits in to that category - you will be familiar with that process, so give it some days and a good airing with a variety of music.
The pairing of sub and other 'speakers in the range will depend on where you have come from in the listening world. Pairing with Play1 is an interesting combination close to enhancing a reasonable pair of bookshelf 'speakers with a sub. If you have Play3, and I wouldn't advise buying one if you don't, pairing is ok although I actually prefer the balance of the pairing with Play1 as it's more lively with a cleaner sound.Read more ›
I have the play 1s wall mounted in a small garden cabin. I was very impressed with these on their own as a stereo pair. However with the volume set anyway past the half way mark the depth of sound soon starts to deteriorate and also distortion sets in. It is rare I play anything at such volume so I did not consider it a big issue.
I do like my bass though so having seen people raving about the sub I thought I would give it a try (it can always be sent back to Sonos within 100 days). It is expensive so I was expecting great things.
Wow, I was blown away at the difference. Set up took 5 mins and then a blast of rock had me laughing at the sheer fun of the sound. The sub applies a Low pass filter to all the speakers in the same room and lets them get on with the mid and high notes whilst it kicks out clear punchy bass. The set up also allows you to crank the volume to full with no distortion, only falling masonry will be the worry.
At regular and low volume the effect is still fantastic. There is absolutely no way this thing is being returned. I now spend most evening rediscovering the far reaches of my Music collection just to see how it sounds with this set up.
I have the bass set to mid-point, you can go to extremes if you are a real bass junkie and you can also dial it out for those evening when you want a more subtle sound.
So went and had a look and listen and was blown away. Needles to say I have now replaced the kitchen set-up with 2 x Play 3's and the Sub (which at the moment is sitting on the worktop (and looks great). This set-up is much, much, much better than the B&W/Sonos/Cambridge Audio as it is all designed to work together with less wires and more flexibility. The sound quality as superb playing anything at any level and can go very, very loud indeed. The sub does not distort, but everything in the kitchen rattles.
If comparing to my Tannoy D700's, the Sonos is nearly as good. The Tannoys deliver a warmer richer sound whilst the Sonos set-up is more crisp and clean. I am sorely tempted to now go for 2 x Play 5's and a Sonos Sub to replace the Tannoy set-up but it's a tough one.
Money wise, it will cost around £1,100 for the 2 x Play 3's and Sub. Expensive yes, but it is a full music centre and you can start with 1 x Play 3, add another when the budget is there (and make them into a stereo pair) and then finally add the Sub to give the extra oomph. Yes, it is little pricey at £600 but beautifully made/looks great and works really well. In addition, you can tune it to the environment in which you are sighting it and change the base level to suit your own taste. Lastly unlike some other subs, it isn't just boom, boom, boom. It does an excellent job of playing musically (if you know what I mean!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, have sound bar and numerous play 1 and 3 in house this rounds it off. Well worth the moneyPublished 4 months ago by Michael B.
If you have invested in other Sonos devices and are impressed, then this will make you love your system even more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sonos, to me, is a revelation and the best investment in hi-fi equipment I've ever made. The sub is totally worth the money, adds so much richness to the sound, is easy to set up... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Louise Hartgen
Wanting to upgrade my TV's sound system around a year ago and after extensive research, I plunged for the Sonos Playbar. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AtterKing
Gorgeous. Looks nice, sounds nice and is nice. It is a heavy item and there's a new version (gen 2) available but only changes are cosmetic (black inlay). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gary I. Catto
Stupendous sound - not in your face just fantastic. Very expensive but you soon forget the expense and you are just left with sublime soundPublished 9 months ago by Anne Wildeman