Earlier today Sonos unveiled their latest speaker that has been targetted to home theatre users, called the PlayBase, it has been designed to sit underneath your TV stand and connect to Sonos’ other wireless speakers such as the Play:1 and the Sonos Sub.
But is it worth upgrading to from something like a PlayBar?
Well, that’s what this article is for, hopefully, we will allow you to figure out the answer to that question.
The Sonos PlayBase is the slimmer of the two, featuring a compact design that has been manufactured specifically to fit under your TV, measuring 720m wide, 380m deep, and 58mm high.
To top that off, it weighs just 8.6kg and features a smooth a sleek finish that follows the same design scheme as Sonos’ other speakers and equipment, with that transparent grille along the front, a pairing button on the side and a Sonos logo in the centre, along with capacitive touch buttons on the top for playing, pausing, volume control, and track skipping control.
To finish things up, the speaker has a power supply port, an Ethernet port, and an optical audio input at the back.
All of this is capable of holding a TV up to 34kg in weight, with a white and black colour option.
The PlayBar has a slightly different use case, it measures 900mm wide, 85mm deep, and 140mm high, while measuring a little less at 5.4kg.
Given that it is slightly older, the speaker also features a design that isn’t quite as sleek, with black and dark silver colour options, it features physical buttons instead of capacitive ones, with controls for playing, pausing, and volume.
On the back, there are two Ethernet ports, an optical audio input, and a power supply port.
Neither feature a HDMI input or output, so that’s something to consider. Both also require both broadband and optical audio.
In terms of sound, the PlayBase definitely beats the PlayBar, featuring a ten-driver speaker system setup that comprises of six-mid range drivers, three tweeter, and a single woofer.
Each of these have been custom-designed by Sonos for the PlayBase.
Finally, it also features Class-D digital amplifiers on-board.
The PlayBar has a nine-driver speaker system setup that is comprised of six mid-wooders and three tweeters. It also features nine Class-D digital amplifers, which have also been specifically tuned.
PlayBase and PlayBar
Both of these speakers are extremely similar, they both run on Sonos’ own platform, allowing them to wirelessly access over 80 music streaming services and be grouped with other speakers from Sonos’ range.
This allows them to act as a multi-room speaker, or combined for a bigger sound. For example, both can be combined with a Sonos Sub or two of the same Sonos-branded speakers, such as the Play:1 for a 5:1 surround sound setup.
To top that off, both have Dialogue Enhancement for enhanced vocal clarity, Night Mode for reducing the bass during action scenes at night, and both are compatible with the Sonos Trueplay feature, allowing you to tune the speaker according to the room that you are in.
And the price is pretty similar too, both cost £699 or $699, however, to mount the PlayBar you will need a kit, which costs an extra £39.
You can pick up the PlayBar today, however, the PlayBase won’t be available until April 4th.