The New Sonos Sub Does Bass the Sonos Way

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Ever since I first heard a Sonos wireless music system I have been a fan. In fact, just 36 hours after receiving the review loaner unit, I ordered my own system. As I have written previously, my Sonos system is, by far, one of the best gear purchases I have ever made. Now Sonos is adding to their lineup and, in the process, adding some bass. As the release notes, “the Sonos SUB, a stunningly designed wireless subwoofer that takes the whole Sonos Wireless HiFi System one seismic step closer to the spine-curling, jaw-dropping, full body experience music was meant to be”.

The speaker works with all Sonos amplified components: CONNECT:AMP/ZonePlayer 120/ZonePlayer 100; PLAY:5; PLAY:3. (It does not work with the non-amplified Sonos CONNECT/ZP90/ZP80.) The SUB is 15.8 x 6.2 x 15in and weighs in at 36.3 lbs. and features

Two force-cancelling speakers positioned face-to-face: All the sound and energy from the music comes through loud and clear, and none of it is lost in cabinet buzz or rattle.

All digital sound: All filter settings, active equalization and time alignment are done digitally through state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) circuitry for zero-loss audio quality and energy.

Dual acoustic ports: Tuned to maximize the acoustic volume of the SUB and enhance bass resonance.

And, in keeping with Sonos’ philosophy, it is easy to set up and use. You simply place it in a room, plug it in, press a button and follow some simple prompts on your controller. From there the SUB will wirelessly connect to the rest of the Sonos system. As Sonos CEO John MacFarlane notes,

Like all of our products, our new SUB is designed from the inside out by Sonos. SUB has all the hallmarks of a great Sonos product: Clear, deep, all-digital sound, an incredibly simple setup, and beautiful design you’ll be proud to show off in your home.

The SUB will be available in mid-June in a high-gloss black lacquer finish for $699 USD ($749 CAD, $899 AUD, €699 EU, and £599 UK). The black matte finish will be available in October at $599 USD ($649 CAD, $799 AUD, €599 EU, and £499 UK). For details check out the product page here and the video here on the Sonos Blog.

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him.

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