Sonos SUB review 2020: Sonos has slowly built up an empire of loyal customers that can easily use the entire system, not just the quality of the company’s wireless speaker device lineup. For many of these people, Sonos represents the last piece of the sub-puzzle — user don’t start with this speaker device, obviously, but it is the part that takes user enjoyment of the whole system to the next level. At 99 699, the sub is not even remotely cheap. But it adds amazing low-frequency depth, from subtle bass anchoring to intense deep bass thunder, and the Sonos app lets user easily adjust bass levels without leaving user seat. So even though the price is high, the results are undeniably amazing.
Sonos SUB Review 2020 | Complete Overview
Sonos Play: 5’ have even superior bass authority and relaxed bass all-around, giant customers might think to pair 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 manufacture always looking ideas for better experience with the new products. The Sonos SUB is an addition to user existing Sonos setup that claims to add exceptional superior comfortable bass all-around and low-frequency response to improve the speaker devices user already own.
It will be of precise interest to Sonos customers those are looking to add 3.1 or 5.1 cinema sound to their media areas.
Here we present the maximum information about the design through this Sonos SUB review. Sub is designed to integrate into the existing Sonos setup, making it one of the most popular multi-room music systems on the market.
The Sonos SUB is not a small bit kit, not lightweight but it is well designed and measures 16.83 x 14.96 x 6.22 inches and weighs 16 kg. The Sonos SUB comes with the Black Sonos logo on the black case on the black & white gloss finish casing and the black logo on the white case.
The Sonos SUB shines and shines when light is struck. As with all Sonos devices, the Sonos SUB takes a simple approach when it comes to design. Square box shape Sonos 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.
Single pairing button on the side
Sonos is an audio company that has always been there from a lifestyle standpoint. However, multi-room audio is basically a “lifestyle” object. As such, the Sonos SUB telephone subwoofer is proportionally smaller than most high-fi subwoofers.
Just 6.22 inches thick and 14.96 inches high, this is not a matter of capturing the user room floor. And Sonos assures that most subwoofers are not a dumpy cube. The Sonos SUB is fully glossy with nine layers of paint, and with a stylish out silver cutout in the center, can live up to its second life in the art deco seat.
The cutout in the middle means the user finds two drivers. The reason the Sonos SUB is so thin is that these drivers are not exactly rounded, but are stretched vertically.
Both drivers are smaller than most subs. They fire directly at each other as part of some sort of sub-boss Mexican stand-off. Sonos claims this action withdraws the force produced by the speaker devices. Above and below the drivers are ports that help to siphon-off the expanse of air pushed out by the speaker devices.
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. If user 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. User can stand up or lie down the SUB, sound effects would be the same.
Power connection & Ethernet port on the bottom
We are trying to let user know the major features into this Sonos SUB review. The Sonos SUB reveal that does not have any audible 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 user set-top box or gaming console, user should need a manageable way of pass-through along with a different Internet-enabled device.
It is completely wireless, and is designed to work only with other Sonos components. Sonos notes that the SUB works with all Sonos components extended from all generations except the Connect / Zone Players 80s and 90s.
The loss of RCA jacks, however, does not mean that Sonos customers have questions about the lack of that jack because they reject the possibility of direct comparisons with other subs.
In the center of the unit, the push-pull system consists of two oval, 6-inch drivers, which eliminate the cabinet’s Rapid-Fire setup, Sonos said. To connect it to the rest of user 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 user the option of which one user would like to connect of user multiple Sonos systems in user house. It’s a little difficult to assign it to another system with the software, but it can be done.
The Sonos SUB does have few other practical features, for example its placement-flexible design. User 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 uses a forced cancellation design for the different woofers mentioned above, which virtually reject unwanted vibrations from the cabinet. Other features include two Class-D amplifiers, but not specified by the Power Rating Sonos, an internal DSP-controlled standardization circuit board and single-button setup.
The cover is made out of a solid, resin-like substance instead of the more unfashionable MDF, which is basically responsible for the Sub’s total heft and solid feel.
With an Amazon Echo or Dot, user can use user voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more. On any Sonos speaker device in any room or user home Software.
The party trick of the SUB is its family member authority to glom on to any speaker devices in the network. It requires a break in the pairing with its current parent while switching between speaker devices 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 user plan later on that, user bedside speaker device doesn’t need earth-shaking bass in the living room. SUB controller apps will always identify which speaker device set is attached to the Sub if there’s ever any uncertainty as to which room is getting the most oomph.
Sonos SUB works with Alexa for turn it up
User 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 user 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 Sonos suites short of distribution locally stored music. For example, main setup of the Sonos SUB took place; especially within the Android application.
User 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 user will likely only ever do once or twice.
Sub-woofer setup involved having to pull apart user current speaker device 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 user bass.
Sonos being the understanding is enormously 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 user has got a humorous shaped space or wish to conceal the Sonos Sub out of the way.
The SUB needs access to power but aside from that, and this element may hamper user placement. Plug the Sonos SUB into a electric socket, open the Sonos application and head to the “More” tab in the bottom corner of the application, “Settings” tab and then “Add a Player or a SUB” and follow the simple commands.
User just need a Wi-Fi connection for SUB, as user do with all Sonos speaker devices, and user have to use the Ethernet cable to connect the Sub to user router temporarily before user move it to its final position, good thing is that the app will let user know if user need to do this.
Keep in mind that if users are setting up a Sub with a Playbar or Playbase, as well as a pair of the same Sonos speaker devices for a stereo pair, user need to ‘Trueplay’ the full home cinema setup once user have set up all the devices to get the best sound.
|Item model number||SUBG1US1|
|dimensions||15.8 x 15 x 6.2 inches (LHW)|
|Shipping weight||38.9 Lbs|
User should carefully read this performance portion of this Sonos SUB review before finalizing user decision. The Sonos Sub works with any Sonos speaker device or amplified component with two Class-D digital amplifiers and two force-cancelling speaker device drivers (face-to-face), so while it is an outstanding addition to the home cinema devices, making the already huge Playbase and Playbar even much better, it frequency reaction down to 25Hz and also adds deeper Bass to any of the Sonos speaker devices on their own too.
By using the Sonos controller app the SUB able to raises the volume consequently in harmony, and user can also manage EQ levels at the push of a button as well as loudness. It is very simple and easy to use, as Sonos fans would be expecting.
It is also probable to neutralize the Sonos SUB through “Room Settings” within the Sonos applications. User will requirement to head into “Advanced Audio” and “Sub Settings” once user have selected the room user SUB is in, after that, user can hook the Sub on or off and change the levels in user preferable room.
A similar sonic features guarantee the Sub integrates well with the Play 3s device, as well as both single and dual Play:5 configurations and there is reliable improvements in the sound no matter what Play speaker device is running the show. Play Air Miles of Scam and the bass line is nicely controlled, but on a slightly heavier side. In fact, the subwoofer can also take a lower turn and improve overall performance, having previously competed for attention with mids and highs in Play’s speaker device drivers. Although classical music may sound good at times, let out deep sounds 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 user system. We appreciated this delicate, but important, the difference of the SUB’s output: it’s apparently fuzzy after user has set it up. Its host speaker device always in sync with the bass and it’s practically directionless. Unless user places the subwoofer at the opposite end of the room, user will never notice the separation; it’s just user existing sound, magnified by a notch or 10. Although this type of activity is shown by other wireless subwoofers, it is a strangely satisfying effect when the smaller Play 3 performs better than its weight class through a subwoofer that user might not even see.
The impression of the SUB does show a relationship almost accurately to the speaker device it’s attached to, and that’s where user will 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 device.
We would truthfully consider two Play 3 units, or one Play 5, as the slightest possible to logically justify the SUB’s presence. If user want a truly impressive Sonos setup, try two Play:5 speaker devices 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 user has to fill a large room or the outdoor party.
Pros and cons of Sonos SUB
- Powerful, strong bass for such a small sub
- Excellent extension and impact
- Trueplay compatible
- Force canceling design eradicates unnecessary vibrations
- Solid, inert design
- Easy to set up and use
- Work with Alexa
- Bass a little too thump at times
- No standard line inputs, i.e. only compatible with Sonos gear
Through this Sonos SUB review, we shall let user know our final thought. The SUB is not for everyone, nor will it be necessary 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 user can afford it. For those fascinated enough to pay double what user would a regular sub-woofer, user won’t be disappointed.
Allowing for all of its characteristics, we can enthusiastically recommend the Sonos SUB. And yes, we realize that, at US$699, it isn’t cheap. But no extra sub that we are receptive of combines such a small form issue with this kind of powerful, high-quality bass in one heck of an attractively pleasing package.
Add in the seamless sonic combination, its placement elasticity, and its reliably rock-solid operation, and the SUB becomes a no-brainer for anyone looking to take their Sonos system to the next level.
If user are a die-hard Sonos fan and user feel like user Play:3 or Play:5 speaker devices aren’t giving user the bass weight user want, then the SUB will have a noticeable effect on user system.
It will make the entire sound spectrum clearer and give user system the bass control user never had before. But one issue is that the Sub is almost too good to be partnered with the existing speaker devices.