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Sonos Playbase is a musical home theater geniusProvided you have the right sort of TV, the Sonos Playbase offers excellent sound with both movies and music.
[MUSIC] Just when we thought the sound bass was dead and buried, as changes to television designs made them wieldy, along comes SONOS with the play bass. This is another speaker, complete with TV on two, but it has a good chance of revitalizing the genre. The SONOS play bass is one of the best designs of this kind we've ever heard. And it's also better than the company's Playbar. The Playbase looks great with it's plastic shell, which is designed to conceal all of the wizardry going on inside. Including six mid-range speakers and three tweeters. The Playbase bounces sound off the walls in your room to provide one of the widest sound stages you've ever heard. Movies sound absolutely huge, while dialogue is also sparkling and clear. Where the Playbase steams ahead of the other Sonor speaker is in the amount of bass it can produce. It has a lot more internal volume and a dedicated bass woofer, which provides deeper bass. While you wouldn't buy the Playbar without the added sub, you can get away with it on the Playbase. You wouldn't think that a wide sounding sound base would be any good with music, but true to the companies ethos, the play base sounds great. The [INAUDIBLE] is one of the easiest multiroom music apps to use, and it also boasts the most number of music streaming services. Inputs are minimal, with only an optical port for connecting to your TV and an ethernet port if the onboard wi-fi doesn't work. The Playbase is 2.3 inches high and while not all the TV you placed on top of it worked, if you really want this design, there is a third party stand [UNKNOWN] by Sanus, not Sonos. At $700, a Playbase is a considered purchase but if you already have Sonos products, it's a no brainer for a turbo charging a TV sound It's also one of the best Sonos speakers yet. [MUSIC]