May 22nd 2012 9:11 am

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Great sound quality, if you can afford it

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From our experience, the Sub is one of the better subwoofers in the field, wireless or otherwise. It adds forcefulness without turning the sound into mush. Making it worth the cash outlay is the challenge, even if it's much less of a problem than we first thought going in. It's not just the audio quality disparity that gives us pause; it's also the idea of pairing the $299 Play:3 with a subwoofer that costs more than twice as much and won't necessarily sound proportionately better. Keeping that in mind, the Play:5 or two Play:3s result in a very effective combo when a Sub rides sidesaddle. Sonos, as always, is asking for a premium to get the full effect -- our ideal mix of a Play:5, a Bridge and the Sub costs an eye-watering $1,147. That being said, it very literally feels worthwhile if it's replacing a full, conventional home audio arrangement, not just a pair of bookshelf speakers. As long as you're genuinely committed to the idea of networked speakers rather than just dipping a toe in the pool, the Sub is transformative enough to validate the price.

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$699.00

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Critic reviews

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8.0
Engadget Jun 19, 2012

It's a lot to pay for a subwoofer that can't be used with non-Sonos hardware. If you can swing the cost, though, you'll get a tremendous boost to sound quality that integrates smoothly with a full Sonos network.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jun 19, 2012

If you can afford it and you're already invested in Sonos, then yes ... If you're not rich, buy the Connect:Amp and hook it up to a good set of speakers. But you should probably buy Sonos, because it makes you listen to more music—which is the highest compliment you can pay a piece of music gear.

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9.0
TechCrunch Jun 19, 2012

All told, this is an impressive piece of hardware. Audiophile it isn’t, but in terms of convenience, sound field, and fidelity you could do much worse.

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9.0
Macworld Jun 19, 2012

What makes the Sub attractive is its relationship with other Sonos components ... Therefore, if you own a couple of Play:3s or Play:5s and feel like the music coming from them lacks range and definition, adding a Sub could improve the sound greatly

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8.0
Wired Jul 20, 2012

Yes, the price is very high. And yes, you can buy a subwoofer as good as this one for far less than $700. But you’re not paying the premium to get superior audio quality, you’re shelling out for the Sonos experience.

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7.0
CNET Jun 26, 2012

The bottom line: The Sonos Sub provides an instant upgrade to your Sonos Play speaker system, but it's quite pricey.

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10
PC World Australia Jul 26, 2012

Sonos's SUB provides a very welcome low-frequency kick for the already-impressive Play:5 wireless speakers, and the effect would be more pronounced with the smaller Play:3. Seamless integration with an existing Sonos system makes it a very easy upgrade.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 19, 2012

This isn't for everyone, something even Sonos admits, but for those that are intrigued to pay double what you would a regular sub-woofer you won't be disappointed.

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8.0
CNET UK Jun 19, 2012

A fantastic-sounding sub for people already with Sonos gear that are looking for better overall sound. You will need plenty of disposable cash to make it worth your while, but if you fancy treating yourself this month your ears will thank you.

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8.0
SlashGear Dec 5, 2012

If you’re willing to pay $699 for a component in your hi-fi speaker arrangement, you certainly wont be disappointed in the SUB.

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8.0
Gear Diary Jun 19, 2012

If you love deep, bass-filled music, already have a Sonos system you are happy with, and have discretionary money then the SUB may be a good purchase.

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6.0
T3 Jun 19, 2012

On one hand you've got a mouth-wateringly expensive accessory for an already pricey range of products. On the other, you've got a truly brilliant piece of audio engineering that will transform turn your living room into a super club. If you can afford it, buy it.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jun 19, 2012

There's a lot of clever technology inside and it's incredibly simple to configure, but £599 for a subwoofer is a lot of money ... Still, if you want a rounder, warmer and more balanced performance from your Sonos system, there's no doubting the quality of the SUB.

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9.0
Amlbeats Amlbeats

This sub not only sounds great but it sounds great anywhere. As a commercial AV installer I find endless applications for this kick ass subwoofer.

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