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Black or white

Connections

The grill

The interior

Six midwoofers and three tweeters

On test

Early prototype

Playbase casing signed by the Sonos team

The internals of the Playbase

Room effects

All of the different designs piled together

Electromagnetic interference testing chamber

Electromagnetic interference testing chamber part 2

Anechoic chamber

Living wall with Playbase in the foreground

Out soon

The Sonos Playbase can hold TVs up to 75 pounds in weight. If you have a TV with legs at the ends, Sonos says the base's 2.28-inch (58mm) height means it will probably fit underneath instead.

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Sonos has unveiled its latest Wi-Fi speaker, the Playbase, which is designed to act as a pedestal for your TV. It is the result of three and a half years of work by the Sonos team in Boston, Santa Barbara and China.

In a recent event for the launch of the Playbase the company took journalists behind the red velour curtain and showed them the design process behind the product. The office in Boston is a replica of the original headquarters in Santa Barbara, company representatives told the press, which helped speed the design process.

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In addition to Wi-Fi the Playbase also features Ethernet connectivity and a digital optical input. The Playbase will decode Dolby Digital 5.1 feeds in addition to streaming from dozens of services including Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora and Tidal.

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"The grill has 43,000 individually drilled holes in five different sizes that gradually get bigger as they turn the corners toward the subwoofer and the vent, to move as much air as possible," Sonos says.

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The internals of the Playbase. At the left is the company's "S-Port" which helps boost bass response, At the right is the bass woofer, and passive airflow between the two components helps to cool the circuitry on the way.

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The Sonos features nine drivers across the front (three tweeters and six mids) with two drivers at each corner in order to achieve room-widening bounce effects from interior walls.

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Giles Martin (left, son of Beatles producer George Martin) looks on during a demonstration of the Sonos Playbase.

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Sonos laid out plenty of early versions at the Boston office of what was to become the Playbase including this bizarre model. It featured a bent-back section at the rear, which exposed the ports and presumably increased bass response.

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Like the Yamaha YSP digital projectors, the Playbase bounces sound off the walls of your room to achieve a wider than normal soundstage.

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Sonos claims this anechoic chamber in the Boston office is the largest in the world dedicated to speaker testing.

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The Sonos Playbase will be available for $699, £699, and AU$999 from April 4. Read our thoughts on the Playbase here.

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