FIRST LOOK: Stunning Sonos Sub Woofer Complete With Management Software

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Written by David Richards     19/06/2012 | 23:35 | Category name i.e.REAL HI FI

At SmartHouse we see a lot of products and every so often products come along that leaves us saying "Wow, now that is cool". This happened yesterday when we got to play with the new Sonos Sub Woofer.

When the first Sonos Wireless System was launched we were impressed. Now the US Company has gone one step further with a subwoofer that can be managed using software on a tablet, smartphone or PC.

The output and the experience that this device delivers takes owning a subwoofer to a whole new level.

This is how it works: firstly you need to get yourself a pair of Sonos speakers such as their Play 3 or Play 5, and then you fork out $999 for their new subwoofer that has been two years in the making and is a totally clean sheet design.

This will set you back around $1,900.

The only problem is that this sub is $699 in the USA so the Australian asking price is a bit rich at $995 which does include 10% for GST.

Despite this, the benefits are well worth the extra sting. The alternative is that you find a neat way of getting 16 kilo of sub into your luggage next time you go to the USA.

The first thing you notice about this glossy black sub is that it is really stylish and a device that you will want to put on show.

Secondly it has a massive oblong hole in the middle that is intrinsic to the Sub's acoustics which are stunning, especially when you put a $0.50 cent coin on the top and then really crank up the volume.


I half expected the coin to fall over, but it sat their rock solid as the base was cranked up.

The subwoofer improves the overall performance by delivering great mid and highs, achieved by taking out the low end frequencies. What you notice instantly is the deep clean sound the subwoofer delivers due to the bass always being in sync with the other Sonos speakers, which—despite being small—deliver a big sound experience.

The big difference is the audio ports are tucked inside the middle hole. This cancels out any unwanted vibrations as I found out when we took a first look at the device. Due to the design, the ports cannot be blocked which is rather clever.

A big benefit of owning this sub is it can be controlled using Sonos' software. All you have to do is pair it with the Sonos management system via a phone or tablet, and within seconds you can take over full management of the sub.

An inbuilt calibration system allows one to set up the device for a room. You can scale back or forward the bass levels which is good, especially as you may want to set up the device to face a wall or even inside a cabinet.

The Sub isn't just a wireless subwoofer; it's a piece of art that delivers a great music experience. It also accelerates Sonos well and truly into the world of quality Hi Fi.


The neat thing about owning a Sonos system is the software allows you to easily access the JB Hi FI Now music streaming service. You can also manage the speaker and sub output irrelevant of where your Sonos speakers are located in your home or office.

You can also access Internet radio but this can be a pain as there are so many layers to wade through.

Overall this product is a stunner: it's very difficult to fault the Sub's audio quality and I am confident that several mainstream audio Companies will lose business to Sonos now that they have a serious and very stylish sub-woofer. 

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Pros & Cons


Exquisite design; Delivers serious bass; Wireless management


The big letdown is the price, $300 dearer than the USA.