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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

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Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos has revealed its latest streaming speaker, the Sonos PLAYBASE, designed to slot underneath your TV and deliver better audio than your flatscreen's integrated speakers. While the company already has a speakerbar, the PLAYBAR launched a few years back, PLAYBASE is being described as a reaction to how the majority of people actually install their televisions. Rather than hang them on the wall, almost three-quarters of homes have them standing on a table, sideboard, or other piece of furniture.

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Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos' next wireless speaker, the Sonos PlayBase, has leaked, with the streaming music company's upcoming product apparently intended to sit under your TV. Speculation about the PlayBase has been circulating for some years now, after Sonos filed the name at the USPTO back in 2014. Now, courtesy of a - since pulled - BH Photo listing and some Twitter leaks, we have a better idea of what it looks like and how much it'll cost.

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Brexit fallout forces Sonos to raise prices in UK

Brexit fallout forces Sonos to raise prices in UK

Bad news for audiophiles who happen to be in the UK: Sonos hardware is about to get significantly more expensive. The company announced these pricing changes today, saying that they'll go into effect on February 23rd. If you've had your eye on some Sonos products, then, it's probably best to buy now instead of later.

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Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will see Amazon's virtual assistant supplant the current iOS, Android, and desktop remote apps for Sonos' popular speaker line-up. Still, according to Sonos it's not ready for primetime yet.

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Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Spotify users with Sonos speakers can now control their whole-house music playback directly from the Spotify app, with a new update pushed out today. Sonos 7.0 allows you to spend less time in the company's own app and more time where your playlists live. When you hit play, you can now choose one or more of your Sonos speakers as the output, rather than just streaming through your phone.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

By doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple has placed its iPhone eggs in wireless audio equipment basket. And not just wireless, Bluetooth headphones, but wireless speakers as well. When it comes to the latter, there is perhaps no brand that rings louder than Sonos. It was only natural that the two would eventually forge closer ties, which happens today as two of Sonos’ most popular connected speakers, the PLAY:1 and the PLAY:5, head to Apple’s online stores and, by next week, physical retail stores as well.

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Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

Sonos Amazon Alexa team-up official: Beta this year

This morning the folks at Sonos and Amazon have announced a team-up which will bring "a joyful life" to consumers everywhere. This announcement was made in part several months ago by Sonos - without naming names. Now at an event in New York City, Sonos has made clear how this connection is going to work.

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Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos is holding a press conference in New York City on August 30, and though the streaming speaker company is tight-lipped on what we might see, some sort of voice-control update sounds likely. The company confirmed the event in an invitation to media today, prompting speculation that it could well be a partnership with Amazon that sees Alexa gain a new home inside the company's PLAY speaker line-up.

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SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

When you think of music streaming services, you are most likely to think of brands like Spotify and Apple Music first. Maybe even Tidal because of controversy. Chances are, unless you're already an avid user, you aren't going to think of SoundCloud instantly. To help fix that situation, SoundCloud has proclaimed the arrival of its subscription-based, ad-free, label-supported SoundCloud Go service to Sonos, allowing subscribers to take their music with them anywhere in the house. From speakers, not just their phones.

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Sonos Controller gets tap to play on Android, adds Bandcamp support

Sonos Controller gets tap to play on Android, adds Bandcamp support

Sonos is rolling out a new beta for its Controller app, looking to streamline a few features and make streaming to different zones a bit easier. The update is rolling out as a beta to the Android version of the app, while those using the Desktop Controller on Windows and Mac will also get to enjoy the increased functionality it brings. Unfortunately, you iOS users are being left out in the cold for the time being, but we imagine that will change once the beta on Android wraps up.

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