What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Mon, 25 Jun 2012, 12:39pm

Sonos Sub

Tested at £600
80100
4

Paired with a Sonos Play speaker this Sub sounds great and makes plenty of sense

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For

  • Versatile placement
  • wireless
  • simple set-up, neat EQ features
  • integrates well
  • solid

Against

  • A little expensive
  • not the very punchiest, in absolute terms

Sonos Sub

When we heard there was a new product from Sonos in the offing, we wouldn’t have guessed it would be a wireless subwoofer

The addition of a sub to the wireless multiroom specialist’s range shows the company cares about sound, and perhaps recognises the slight weakness of its small-but-effective Play:3 and Play:5 systems.

The simply named Sub is heavy at 16kg, and fairly large. The novel design allows it to stand upright or laid flat. 

Sonos Sub: Connectivity
Connections are minimal. There’s a power supply, an ethernet input should you prefer to make a wired connection, and that’s your lot. 

The Sub will work with any of the amplified products in the Sonos range, but none of the non-amplified devices. A press of the button on the front connects it to your existing Sonos network. 

Sonos Sub

And set-up is suitably Sonos-simple. We connect it to a pair of Play:3 systems working in stereo, and we’re impressed. 

Sonos Sub: Performance
A similar sonic character ensures the Sub integrates well with the Play:3s, and the extra weight, power and scale is obvious. Play Swindle’s Air Miles and the bassline is controlled nicely, albeit a little on the fat side. 

Flick the Sub on and off, and the differences in dynamics are apparent. We like the Sonos Sub. It’s easy to get up and running, sounds good and improves your system. 

Sonos Sub

Verdict
It’s expensive compared with standard subs, but then it’s built specifically for the Sonos system – itself not a cheap proposition. 

Ultimately the Sonos Sub simply sets out to add bass to a system probably built around the Play:3 or Play:5. And it does a very decent job of it.

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