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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: The New Sonos SUB Subwoofer
Sonos, one of today’s leaders in multi-room wireless audio systems, recently introduced SUB, a subwoofer designed to work with all amplified Sonos components, including: CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:5, and PLAY:3.
The striking, modern-looking SUB is now available in a high-gloss black lacquer finish that should fit elegantly with the rest of your home theater setup and home audio system. (A black matte version will also be introduced in September.)
Sonos SUB Features
Built for seamless integration with your Sonos System, the subwoofer is packed with great features, including: two force-canceling speakers for powerful, clear, zero-vibration all-digital sound; a pair of Class-D digital amplifiers; and wireless one-button setup. Weighing 36 pounds, with dimensions of 15.8 x 6.2 x 15 in. and bass frequencies that are non-directional, the SUB can be installed virtually anywhere in your home, either standing up or lying down, and still produce high-quality, room-filling sound.
The SUB also gives users access to over 100,000 free radio stations, shows, and podcasts – all for free; depending on your region, the subwoofer also works with AUPEO!, Deezer, iHeartRadio, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, Slacker® Radio, Songl, Spotify®, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TuneIn, Wolfgang’s Vault®, WiMP, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks.
According to an Engadget review, the new Sonos SUB is “one of the better subwoofers in the field… It adds forcefulness without turning the sound into mush.” “The demo was pretty impressive,” adds David Carnoy of CNET. “When the SUB’s integrated into your (home audio) system, it automatically adjusts its sound according to what speakers you’re using.” The Guardian, meanwhile, praises the subwoofer for its “easy setup, fantastic sound, wireless capability.”
The high-gloss black lacquer Sonos SUB subwoofer is available for $699. The black matte version will be available in September for $599. What do you think? Is it too pricey for your home audio installation or is it worth the investment? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.