Even though TVs have been getting better looking over the years, they still sound terrible. The thinner they get, the worse they sound. Thankfully, there are a slew of ways to enhance that audio experience almost anywhere.
Sonos has become one of the most popular audio solutions. That’s because this company can put stylish speakers anywhere and everywhere, thanks to wireless connectivity. Now they’re making plans to put sound into yet another area—underneath the TV.
The newly announced Sonos PlayBase packs six mid-range drivers, three tweeters, and one woofer into a cabinet that’s a mere 58mm in height. Specifically designed for TVs that aren’t wall-mounted, the PlayBase has just two cords (optical and power). Once connected, it can provide that great Sonos sound when the TV is on and music when the TV is off. Like all other Sonos speakers, it can tap into your Wi-Fi network for streaming stored music files or more than 80 online audio services. It can even wirelessly connect to other Sonos speakers in your space.
Of course, this is the first Sonos soundbase, which is not to be confused with a soundbar—although Sonos did release one of those (the PlayBar) back in 2013. Soundbars and soundbases are very similar, in that they produce sound from a single cabinet. However, they do have a few noteworthy differences.
If you think you’re going to mount your TV, a soundbase is not for you. This speaker is strictly made for resting underneath that. It almost looks like a pedestal and can support the weight of most TVs. It’s perfect for living rooms, the office, conference rooms, bedrooms, and other areas where you may not want to mount a TV.
Because soundbars are usually mounted on the wall, they are usually lighter than the average soundbase. Soundbases need to withstand the weight of a TV and are often heavier. This also means that the speaker drivers are often bigger, which can produce some booming sound. Most don’t even need a subwoofer.
Neither option can replace the type of sound experience you get with a full set of speakers, but they’ve come a long way since the product category was first released. Many soundbars and soundbases actually sound pretty good—and each one is certainly a better option than what’s coming out of your TV.
If you’re looking for a slim audio solution, contact EDG at 732-650-9800 for more information on ways to squeeze sound around your space.
[Photo courtesy of Sonos.]