Sonos PLAYBASE 5 : Simply stunning

Wasn’t as easy to set up as intended but customer service/support were ready to help and fix the multiple issues. The product itself was as expected in terms of build quality and sound. Superior to most on the market. Is it worth the money, time will tell but so far so good.

Debated spending the money, but so so glad i did, well worth it. Usual sonos quality, ease of use along with easy set up and integration. Highly recomended – if you can spare £700.

Easy to use and above all sounds awesome.

A good sound with 2 play 1’s as the rear speakers but don’t be fooled into thinking its a proper surround sound sound. Does the job in my house but you tv sound geeks should stay clear.

Don’t let the title put you off, there is a volume control ;-)i am really impressed with the hardware that sonos provide. I started with a play 1, now i have added the playbase and sub. Yes it is expensive, but it is absolute quality, the play base is thin, it is wide, but for the size you will be amazed at how it sounds. I read a lot of comments about the harsh tweeters on high frequencies, be assured, i have not noticed it once. Every tune i’ve played or film i have watched it has sounded great. I would highly recommend getting this with the sub. The sub enhances the sound like you wouldn’t believe. Not that the playbase sounds bad, the sub just enhances all of sonos’ speakers. The playbase does have better bass than the playbar on its own and i feel looks 10x better than the playbase in the house.

I’ve had my playbase for just about a month now and it is absolutely brilliant. Superb sound quality, very acceptable bass level, premium construction and material quality. I cannot fault this product in any way. Next on my list is adding the sonos sub. Well worth the money if you care about quality.

Love this speaker, it replace an lg sound bar and sub that had stopped working. This is next level in terms of sound clarity and the quality of the speaker.

Looks great and sounds great too. Initially bought a bose solo5 soundbar and the sound was very disappointing. The sonos playbase as great base great mids and excellent tweeters.

  • this with some trepidation but I went with the great reviews and took a leap of faith and so
  • Excellent piece of kit
  • Good alternative to the sound bar

SONOS PLAYBASE 5.1 Home Cinema System, White


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What a difference this makes to watching tv.

Superb sound and the set up was so easy. Love the advanced settings where the back l+r speakers settings can be customised when in tv mode and different for music mode.

Great bass and clear cristal sound.

I’m repeating what i said in answer to one of the questions as i think it is really important. The playbase is excellent but the trick is in the setup. I count myself as a bit of a gadget expert but it took several days to get the right settings in the sky box, in the tv and in the playbase. You can confirm you have it correctly configured by using the sonos app / settings / about my sonos system / audio in. If you view a new film, bbc hd feature programme etc. You should see dolby digital 2. Compared to simple ‘stereo’, the sound is spectacular. I discovered two people i know who have the sonos play bar were not getting full dolby (one for 6 months) and were blown away when i got them set up correctly.

Recently bought my first sonos products, 2 play 1’s to be used in stereo and was blown away. I didn’t realise how addictive it would become. I’ve bought this to add to the home setup replacing an old bose 2. 1 system that i used with the tv. Honestly, the sound on this is great, for both tv and music. It compares to 2 separate speakers and a v large subwoofer in my old setup, taking up less space and looking better in the process. I haven’t connected directly to my tv as it doesn’t have an optical out, so the optical out for my htpc goes straight to the playbase. I’ve encountered no issues so far, speech is all in sync and when it detects the optical source, it switches to tv output on the playbase. V impressed and happy with my purchase. Yes, it is expensive, but it sounds, and looks like, a premium product, which, coupled with the ease of use of the app, makes it acceptable to the wife too.

Like most sonos products, this is very nice indeed. It works well, is almost ‘invisible’ in so much as it ‘just works’ and is pretty enough that you don’t spend much time looking at it. Imho, like most sonos products, it’s a bit too expensive for what it is. There are others that do most of what this does at least as well for less money. They don’t do the ‘app’ quite as well, and don’t integrate with the other sonos we’ve got though. On first opening, you’ll notice the over-engineered packaging (think: apple). Not sure it’s terribly environmentally friendly, but it does keep it all in good nick during delivery. The device itself is reassuringly heavy, and is of course pretty big. Connecting it up is super-simple, in my case wired ethernet and the supplied optical cable to the tv. A couple of steps with the app and tv remote was enough to get sound out of it.

Brilliant bit of kit, sound is great, looks nice and fits nicely under my tv. As a bonus, walking around the room waving my phone around tuning the sound made me feel like a star trek away team member scanning for temporal anomalies.

Excellent product, can’t go wrong with sonos brilliant company.

  • this with some trepidation but I went with the great reviews and took a leap of faith and so
  • Excellent piece of kit
  • Good alternative to the sound bar

SONOS PLAYBASE 5.1 Home Cinema System, White

 there will be many days like thisit’s very quick to set-up maybe slightly longer than the 5min quoted in many reviews. Disconnect your tv and move it out the way just to be sure no accidents happen, place your playbase on your side unit and connect the 3 connections needed and reconnect your tv in place. My tv is a 40inch so it will give you an idea of the size of the playbase. It’s quite a lump, but needs to be to pack it’s punch. Once all connected it does take just moments to update and connect. The transformation was unbelievable even on normal tv channels the whole street can now listen to emmerdale while the missus watches it 😜i’ve read in previous reviews that you need to go in to your digital tv box, whether freeview, sky box etc and change the settings to the digital sound options and the same in your tv settings menu too, it will give the playbase that extra kickworks perfectly with alexa as you can see in my attached video, it can be a little long winded to get a song playing but this can be done in a click straight from the sonos app once you’ve added your play lists, songs or artists. Overall this is the best ever christmas present i’ve ever got and one i just couldn’t wait til christmas day for haha. You really do get the bang for your buck with the sonosplay so if you’re in a position to get one i’d definitely recommend it. . If you’re like me and read every other review, i hope mine may help you further to making a decision.

I have an lg oled 2018 tv and i initially thought that sounded decent. . Then i tried the sonos playbase and the difference was massive. (even my wife loves it and she was against the purchase at first) i paired it with the sub and the sound is simply amazing. The sonos playbase on its own is definitely worth it, the best way i can describe it is, the standard tv speakers sound flat and the playbase sounds full and deep. It’s amazing to rewatch films and hear sounds that you never heard beforeyou can also add existing sonos speakers to create a bigger setup and it’s not exclusively for the tv. You are able to play music on it also which again, sounds amazing.

Excellent product has the best sound and easy to setup, i was very impressed.

Matched this with two sonos one’s for dolby digital on sky. Excellent sout from sky and with music.

Just mined blowing sounds amazing go buy one thats all i can say ull never need to go cinima again hooked up with a 65 inch 4k tv.

I have it on its own under the tv currently. Will add to it over time but it provides a great sound to the tv having replaced a sony surround sound system. It compliments the other sonos players i have and when i link this with them to play music the house is just filled.

There are better sounding systems (bought this with full theatre setup) but not by much and there thousands more. This is incredible for the money.

Even better paired with my sub.

One optical cable from telly to sonos. And is also a brilliant streaming music speaker. Pricey but golden quality for those who can afford it.

What a great bit of kit and the base is awesome.

I have started to invest in the sonos ecosystem, but somewhat timidly. Then after 6 months i bought another sonos 1. What amazed me was not only their sound but ease of use, being able to group them together etc and the easy app and spotify integration. I had been eyeing up a sonos playbar when i was offered the opportunity to test the playbase which i jumped at. Being a base, you literally place your tv on i assumed it was big but upon its arrival two thing gripped me. Inside the box you get a quick start guide, power cable, ethernet cable and optical cable. Coincidentally those are the only connections on the device.

Sonos sounds are amazing and sound is very clear and crisp. Easy to setup and add on more speakers or an optional subwoofer. Playing music loud the music does not distort at all and being wireless you can place these speakers anywhere in house. The price you pay for this sound system is well worth the money.

I was reluctant to pay full price but the black friday deal of £100 off made it more palatable. As well as a high end 2 channel music system we have a sonos system in various rooms around the house so this seemed like a perfect partner to what we already had. Due to the big 2 channel system we lack the space to accommodate a full av speaker system. The unit comes beautifully presented in its box and a cover wrap (think apple style packaging). It sits perfectly under our panasonic tv on a corner stand, looking smart but very discrete. It exudes high quality and has a heft and solidity that justifies the price. Nothing rattles, creaks or resonates and it can deliver a surprising amount of sound level and presence. It was simple to set up using the supplied toslink cable. The only issue we had was trying to disable the tv speakers while being able to control the playbase volume with the tv remote. On our tv we had to go into ‘hotel’ mode and do it that way, but newer tvs will perhaps be easier.

Linked up to the sub and two play ones for booming cinema experiences.

Bit underwhelmed by surround sound.

For the most part, this is superb. A very easy setup, it looks great and holds our tv above it. The sound is mostly excellent, and frankly in a small room the bass is good enough not to need a sub as well. But you really need to be sitting directly in front of the playbase to get the most out of it. And, imho, it required quite a bit of tweaking of the eq to get the right balance along with the two play 3s we have for surround sound. By contrast the playbar and play 3s in another room seemed much easier to get the balance right. Although perhaps that was the difference with the shape, size etc of the room. Tv dialogue can sometimes be quite quiet with music and background nosies (especially with a lot of bass) quite booming at times. However once you’ve sorted out the right eq balance, this is superb. Music, tv, films are a joy to listen to and watch.

Was looking for speaker which didn’t take lot of space and unobstrutive,playbase sits under tv looks great,easy set up out of box,great sound with movies, and easy connect spotify etc,bought when on offer £550 at this price good buy,would not have bought at full price,.

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  • Two PLAY:1s bring full-cinema surround sound to your HDTV.
  • PLAYBASE delivers powerful, realistic sound to your TV with ten amplified speakers, and doubles as a wireless speaker for music.
  • SUB adds soul-shaking bass with two force-cancelling speakers for deep sound and zero cabinet buzz or rattle.
  • Understands and speaks most IR remote’s language and can be controlled wirelessly by free apps for your Android, iPhone or iPad.