Delivering Powerful Sound from Down Under – PLAYBASE by Sonos

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PLAYBASE is Sonos®’ latest addition to its wireless home sound system and home theatre line-up. As most home users struggle with space to place their speakers or soundbars on their decks or on wall mounts, the thin and sleek PLAYBASE sits discreetly under the TV while promising powerful sound when the TV is turned on and music all the time when it’s off.

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Design and Drivers
At just 58 mm in height and packing 10 drivers, PLAYBASE challenges conventional expectations of sound in the form of a thin speaker, with no visible seams, an ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill. This unique sound system’s unique production includes a complex insert molding process and a custom-designed glass-filled polycarbonate exterior to keep vibrations to a minimum and withstand the weight of a TV set on a long-term period.

The 10 custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers – six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer – are powered by software to precisely control the sound coming from each transducer. The result is a sound stage much wider than the speaker itself.

Flexible Controls

With software, PLAYBASE is also able to deliver flexible control experiences – with a TV remote, Sonos app, or selected partner apps—and add new features over time. This includes Trueplay*, recently available for Sonos’ home theatre products, which adjusts the sound of PLAYBASE to the specifics of any particular room. In addition, Dialogue Enhancement and Night Mode, both options within the Sonos App, provide enhanced vocal clarity or toned down bass for loud action scenes.

PLAYBASE is easy to control and set-up using just two cords (optical and power). It expands to other rooms when wirelessly connected to a Sonos home sound system, and is equal parts TV speaker and music speaker, with access to more than 80 music services. Later this year, like every other Sonos speaker, users will soon be able to control PLAYBASE using their voice and any Amazon Alexa-enabled device.

The PLAYBASE is priced at US$699 and is available globally in both black and white.

*Trueplay analyses room size, layout, décor, speaker placement, and any other acoustic factors that can impact sound quality. Then it perfectly adjusts how each woofer and tweeter produces sound.

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