I like my Sonos speaker system. I really do. I’ve run into a few snags since setting up the Linksys Velop mesh network, but it’s otherwise been immensely enjoyable. But what if you want a “soundbar” for your TV that doesn’t block the front of your TV? That’s where the Sonos PlayBase looks like it’ll slide into place.

Information (and the above image) of the upcoming smart speaker has been leaked on the Internet through a number of sources. There are leaks via tweets, leaks via a B&H listing, and some info from an FCC listing. We should still take these reports with a grain of salt, but it’s looking pretty good at this point.

From what we can gather, the Sons PlayBase will be very similar to the Sonos Playbar except that it is a “base” speaker. What this means is that you’re supposed to place your television directly on top of it. There are other base speakers already out there, but most audiophiles scoff at their sound quality (and vibration problems).

Based on what Sonos is able to produce with the likes of the PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, we should be reasonably confident that the sound from the PlayBase will be just as good.

But the “original” family of Sonos speakers grew up in a technological generation quite different from the current environment. “Smart” doesn’t just mean streaming online music and controlling things through your smartphone anymore. With devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, people want to talk to their speakers too. Will the Sonos PlayBase add that to its arsenal? We hope so, especially if Sonos wants to turn some things around.


If the leaked B&H listing is to believed, the PlayBase will retail for $700 next month. That puts it directly in the same range as the Playbar. Will it be worth it? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out!

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