Sonos SUB review (Wireless Subwoofer Works with Alexa)
Sonos SUB review: I have mentioned in my last review, ‘Sonos Play:5’ that for even superior bass authority and comfortable bass all-around, giant customers might consider to pairing the Play:5 with a ‘Sonos SUB’. Not only Sonos Play:5, it can connect wirelessly to PLAYBAR, PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and CONNECT AMP for superior comfortable bass all-around. Sonos always looking for ways to improve the experience with new products. The Sonos SUB is an addition to your existing Sonos setup that claims to add exceptional superior comfortable bass all-around and low-frequency response to improve the speakers you already own. It’ll be of specific interest to Sonos customers those are looking to add 3.1 or 5.1 cinema sound to their media rooms.
Here we are presenting maximum information regarding design through this Sonos SUB review. The Sub is designed to integrate into an existing Sonos setup, which is one of the most popular types of multi-room music system on the market. The Sonos SUB is not the small bit of kit, nor is it light but it is very well-designed with measuring 15.83 x 14.96 x 6.22 (HLW) inch, and weighs 16kg. The Sonos SUB is available in a black & white gloss finish casing with a white Sonos logo on the black case and black logo on the white case. The Sonos SUB glistens and shines as light hits it. As with all Sonos devices, the SUB takes a simple approach when it comes to design. Square box shape SUB features a small single pairing button on the side, a quadrangular hole in shape rounded corners in the center and the Sonos logo on the front.
Sonos is an audio company that has always had their eye on the lifestyle viewpoint. However, multi-room audio is fundamentally a “lifestyle” object. As such, the ‘Sonos SUB’ subwoofer is in all likelihood a proportionally smaller than most hi-fi subs.
Just 6.22 inches thick and around 14.96 inches high, it’s not something that will take over the floor of your room. And Sonos has assured it’s not the dumpy cube that most subwoofers are. The Sonos SUB is perfect glossy finished by nine layers of paint and with a stylish out looking silvery cut-out in the middle, it could live a second life as an up-to-date take on an art decor seat.
The cut out in the middle is where you find the two drivers. Part of the reason of Sonos SUB stays so slim is that these drivers are not exactly round but stretched-out vertically.
There are two drivers are also smaller than those of most subs. They fire straight at each other as part of some sort of sub-bass Mexican stand-off. Sonos claims this action withdraws the force produced by the speakers. Above and below the drivers are ports that help to siphon-off the expanse of air pushed out by the speakers.
The design and the special combination that makes up the SUB’s body cuts much of the vibration make happen when pumping-out those low-frequency bass follow-ups. The thing only vibrates lightly in use, even when cranked up. This design also makes it less finicky than most hi-fi subs about where it’s positioned. If you hear the Sonos SUB put on a table – and even though overcrowding the cutout right against a wall will affect bass response, it shouldn’t make it boom through the roof. Even by the standards of “style” 5.1 systems, this subwoofer is tasteful and attractive. You can stand up or lie down the SUB, sound effects would be the same.
We are trying to let you know the major features into this Sonos SUB review. The Sonos SUB discloses that doesn’t have any perceptible inputs to speak of, except for an Ethernet port on the bottom. This port allows the SUB to deal with an Internet connection to another device, such as your set-top box or gaming console, you should need a manageable way of pass-through along with a different Internet-enabled device. It’s a completely wireless component, and it’s designed to work only with other Sonos components. Sonos does mention that the SUB works with all Sonos components amplified from all generations, except for Connect/Zoneplayers 80 and 90. Missing of RCA jacks as it rejected the possibility of any direct comparisons to other subs, but of course, Sonos users have no questions about the lack of that jack.
At the center of the unit, there are two oval, 6-inch drivers in a push-pull procedure which setup Sonos says eliminates cabinet rapid-fire. To connect it to the rest of your system, the SUB has only one control button, and as a result, there are no borders, phase switches, or other difficult knobs to worry about; the software takes care all of that. The software gives you the option of which one you’d like to connect of your multiple Sonos systems in your house. It’s a little difficult to assign it to another system with the software, but it can be done.
The SUB does have some other practical features, such as its placement-flexible design. You can place it like a customary SUB, for example, standing up and placed anywhere in a room, or laid down flat and placed under or next to a couch.
Sonos also utilizes a force-canceling design for those above-mentioned differing woofers, which is said to virtually reject unwanted vibrations from the cabinet. Other features include two class-D amplifiers though power rating not specified by Sonos, internal DSP-controlled standardization circuit board, and single-button setup. The enclosure is made out of a solid, resin-like material instead of the more outmoded MDF, which is fundamentally responsible for the Sub’s complete heft and solid feel.
Sonos SUB works with Alexa for turn it up. With an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more. On any Sonos speaker in any room or your home.Software:
The party trick of the SUB is its family member authority to glom on to any speakers in the network. It requires a break in the pairing with its current parent while switching between speakers and walking through the software once again and usually, carrying the Sub across the home — it’s quick enough that there’s not often difficult. It’s good if you plan later on that, your bedside speaker doesn’t need earth-shaking bass in the living room. SUB controller apps will always identify which speaker set is attached to the Sub if there’s ever any uncertainty as to which room is getting the most oomph.
You should not completely repeat the playback feature of the Sonos Controller apps other than to point out a seriously improved desktop app that arrived between the Play:3 and SUB launched windows. Long-time listeners will continue to be annoyed at push your way through the deep pecking order for certain categories, like internet radio. However, there’s now a combined search that will show all related results filtered by service, not to mention a party mode and an overall cleaner, easier to understand crossing point. The Android and iOS apps have lacked that upgraded search and are a bit clunker due to limited screen area, but they can be used for every feature in a Sonos series short of sharing locally stored music. For example, primary setup of the SUB took place, especially within the Android app. You should keep in mind as a warning: there are no changes to the subwoofer’s output short of going back through the setup process once again, even if it’s something you’ll likely only ever do once or twice.
Sonos SUB review: Setup
Sub-woofer setup involved having to pull apart your current speaker system in the past, place in the sub into the loop and then turning a couple of knobs to get the right settings and the right levels to take full advantage of your bass.
Sonos being the experience is hugely different and much simpler. For placing the Sonos SUB in several positions, both horizontally and lying flat, it doesn’t make any change to the sound, and that’s good news if you’ve got a funny shaped space or wish to hide the Sub out of the way.
The SUB needs access to power but aside from that, and this element may hamper your placement. Plug the SUB into a power socket, open the Sonos app and head to the “More” tab in the bottom corner of the app, “Settings” tab and then “Add a Player or a SUB” and follow the simple instructions.
You just need a Wi-Fi connection for SUB, as you do with all Sonos speakers, and you have to use the Ethernet cable to connect the Sub to your router temporarily before you move it to its final position, good thing is that the app will let you know if you need to do this.
Eventually, setup takes only a couple of minutes and very little hassle for the end result. The Sub is also well-matched with Sonos ‘Trueplay’ software, which allows users to tune the device in harmony with their environments using an iOS device. This is, of course, another step to the initial setup but it only takes about a minute and it is well worth it.
Keep in mind that if you’re setting up a Sub with a Playbar or Playbase, as well as a pair of the same Sonos speakers for a stereo pair, you need to ‘Trueplay’ the full home cinema setup once you have set up all the devices to get the best sound.
Sonos SUB review: Product information
|Item model number||SUBG1US1|
|Dimensions||15.8 x 15 x 6.2 inches (LHW)|
|Item Weight||35.3 Lbs|
|Shipping Weight||38.9 Lbs (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Customer Reviews||4.6 out of 5 stars & 237 customer reviews|
Sonos SUB review: Warranty & Support
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You should carefully read this performance portion of this Sonos SUB review before finalizing your decision. The Sonos Sub works with any Sonos speaker or amplified component with two Class-D digital amplifiers and two force-cancelling speaker drivers (face-to-face), so while it is an excellent addition to the home cinema devices, making the already great Playbar and Playbase even better, it frequency response down to 25Hz and also adds deeper Bass to any of the Sonos speakers on their own too.
It’s also possible to deactivate the SUB through “Room Settings” within the Sonos app. You’ll requirement to head into “Advanced Audio” and “Sub Settings” once you’ve selected the room your SUB is in, after that, you can hook the Sub on or off and change the levels in your preferable room.
A similar sonic character ensures the Sub integrates well with the Play:3s, as well as both single and dual Play:5 configurations and there is consistent improvements in the sound no matter what Play speaker is running the show. Play Scam’s Air Miles and the bass line is controlled nicely, although a little on the heavy side. As a matter, the subwoofer also a little bit improves the whole performance by taking on the low-end frequencies that formerly had to contest for attention with mids and highs in the Play’s speaker drivers. Even though classical music can sometimes sound better, let alone the deeper sounds of types like drum-and-bass, dubstep or trance.
A quick look at 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. We appreciated this delicate, but important, the difference of the SUB’s output: it’s apparently fuzzy after you’ve set it up. Its host speaker always in sync with the bass, and it’s practically directionless. Unless you place the subwoofer at the opposite end of the room, you’ll never notice the separation; it’s just your existing sound, magnified by a notch or 10. While this kind of activities shows by other wireless subwoofers, it’s a peculiarly satisfying effect when the tiny Play:3 performs to be punching well above its weight class through a subwoofer that you might not even see.
The impression of the SUB does show a relationship almost accurately to the speaker it’s attached to, and that’s where you’ll have to be suspicious. Although the cleaner, the stronger sound is very perceptible with a single Play:3, it, on the other hand, feels like a mismatch between a very powerful bass unit and a comparatively meek one-piece speaker. We’d honestly consider two Play:3 units, or one Play:5, as the least possible to reasonably justify the SUB’s presence. If you want a truly impressive Sonos setup, try two Play:5 speakers pair off to a Sub — along with being clear even at high volumes, the three-piece setup is almost incredibly powerful. Overkill, maybe, but it would be a definite crowd-pleaser if you have to fill a large room or the outdoor party.
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Sonos SUB review: We like
Powerful, potent bass for such a small sub
Excellent extension and impact
Force canceling design eliminates unwanted vibrations
Solid, inert design
Easy to set up and use
Work with Alexa
Sonos SUB review: We dislike
Bass a little too thumpy at times
No standard line inputs, i.e. only compatible with Sonos gear
At the moment of writing this Sonos SUB review, Sonos SUB Wireless Subwoofer works with Alexa price were US$ 697.99
Through this Sonos SUB review, we shall let you know our final thought. The Sonos SUB isn’t for everyone, nor will it be required for everyone, but it is a device that is all about sound for the crazy music lover and it’s an extraordinary addition to the Sonos system if you can afford it. For those fascinated enough to pay double what you would a regular sub-woofer, you won’t be disappointed.
Allowing for all of its features, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Sonos SUB. And yes, we realize that, at US$699, it ain’t cheap. But no other sub that we’re responsive of combines such a small form factor with this kind of powerful, high-quality bass in one heck of an attractively pleasing package. Add in the seamless sonic combination, its placement flexibility, and its dependably rock-solid operation, and the SUB becomes a no-brainer for anyone looking to take their Sonos system to the next level. If you’re a die-hard Sonos fan and you feel like your Play:3 or Play:5 speakers aren’t giving you the bass weight you want, then the SUB will have a noticeable effect on your system. It will make the entire sound spectrum clearer and give your system the bass control you never had before. But one issue is that the Sub is almost too good to be partnered with the existing speakers.