The sonos sub wireless subwoofer is Everything you expect from a home cinema experience and more

Sonos SUB. An absolute show-stopper of a piece of kit but at a price tag of £699, you may be wondering if it's truly worth it.

In this blog, we explore how SUB can dramatically improve your listening experience with Sonos.

What makes Sonos SUB unique?

Unlike most subwoofers, Sonos SUB comes in the form of an aesthetically-pleasing box shape acting as the bass HQ for your content. The opening in the centre of the unit, passes air out of the enclosure, so you won't just hear the difference, you'll feel it.

The low frequencies of sound get converted into deep, rich bass, giving you that rumble, vibrating sound effect you might hear more clearly in a cinema.

Read more about how science can explain why we love bass.

Older subwoofers are renowned for being ugly, taking up large amounts of space in the living room, with wires running everywhere, not to mention producing high amounts of vibration and rattling if touched.

A good perk about SUB is that it's face-to-face drivers cancel out all vibration so there's zero cabinet rattle. And it's so easy to set up - simply plug it in to power and pair wirelessly with any Sonos speaker.

Now we are in the Sonos SUB gen 2 phase, its looks have been slightly updated.

SUB now comes with two colour choices: gloss black or the newer Sonos Sub white. Cosmetic changes to the first generation come in the form of a newly painted oblong slit in the middle and a slightly smaller Sonos logo.

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And as of 2018, you can now calibrate your Sonos SUB G2 to your room in the initial set up. Using test tones, you can increase or decrease the "boom" of your SUB on a scale from -3 to +3.

This is particularly useful if your SUB will be positioned in the corner of the room or in a slightly awkward place.

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How do you add a sub to a Sonos speaker

It's very easy to add the Sonos SUB to any existing Sonos speaker. Simply power the SUB up and then open the Sonos App. From the App, simply select add a new speaker and you will be done in a few simple steps.

It couldn't be easier or quicker to add  SUB to your existing Sonos speakers.

Our ideal Sonos speaker & SUB choices

As mentioned previously, SUB will pair with any Sonos speaker you own but it pays to be smart about which speakers you pair it with. 

A stereo pair of Sonos One's or PLAY:1's - A pair of PLAY:1s or Ones is one of our most popular purchase choices due to them being so versatile, affordable and maintaining surprisingly powerful sound. However, the smaller physical size of the speaker comes at a cost to the bass response.

Adding a SUB to this set up produces one of the highest levels of difference and your music will thank you for it. 

Beam, Playbar or Playbase - Sonos SUB works perfectly with any of these components. Due to them both being physically wider speakers, the soundstage is naturally better than what you’d find in a PLAY:1, PLAY:3 or PLAY:5. Couple this with the extra layer of boom you get from Sonos SUB and you’re on to a winner.

This is hands down one of the best combinations you will hear and is perfect for music or TV/films alike. 

Finishing off a Sonos Home Cinema - SUB provides the final 0.1 in the Sonos 5.1 Home Cinema experience. If you've got a Playbar, Playbase or Beam at the moment, maybe with a pair of Play:1s or Ones as rears, SUB will integrate seamlessly into this zone and provide the finishing touches you need for your content to sound as close to a cinema experience as possible.

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FAQ: Should I add SUB to my Sonos PLAY:5?

We are an honest retailer and would never want our customers to unnecessarily overspend. When we get asked this question, we say, 9 times out of 10, it’s a bit overkill for most people.

Unless, you are a passionate basshunter or like to throw many parties in a large area where you need killer sound, the PLAY:5s as a stereo pair would provide more than enough bass for most customers.

FAQ: Does it matter where I place SUB?

Sonos SUB has the added benefit of being non-directional meaning wherever or however you place the SUB in the room, has no impact on the resulting sound for that room.

That means you have full flexibility to put it literally anywhere in the room, as long as it has enough clear space to push the air out from.

Most customers choose to position it standing upright on the floor, next to the TV but there is nothing stopping you from laying it flat underneath your sofa if you wanted to!

Just make sure you don’t hide it in an enclosed cabinet as this will limit its effect.

FAQ: Should I worry about how loud Sonos sub is for my neighbours?

Sonos SUB is undoubtedly a very powerful piece of equipment which sometimes raises concerns for customers about noise, especially if it is going into an apartment.

Our advice would be to try and position the unit near a wall where there are no adjoining properties to restrict the amount of bass that can be heard through the walls.

There are also settings in the Sonos app that let you adjust the volume of the SUB or apply Night Mode.

This will reduce the impact of extremely low frequencies that penetrate through walls such as explosions or particularly bass-heavy parts of a track, so you don’t wake the neighbours or the kids if you’re listening at night.

Sonos SUB Verdict?

The difference you hear between a Sonos speaker with and without a SUB is drastic. Just have a read of some of the reviews of the SUB from our customers.

Granted, the SUB is £699, but it will continue to provide you with exceptional cinema-quality sound for many years to come. £699 spread over 10 years suddenly starts to sound more appealing.

SUB will ensure you're getting the very best out of your Sonos speakers, and I can assure you, you won't be disappointed with what SUB can achieve.

Many customers start off with a Beam, PLAYBAR, or PLAYBASE then add the SUB at a later date and round off the set up with two PLAY:1s or Ones as surround rears or vice versa.

The good thing about the Sonos system is there is no pressure to buy all the equipment at once as it is very easy to build a complete syetm in your own time.

Take a look at a recent review from one of our Sonos subwoofer customers below:

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If you would like to find out more about the Sonos SUB or other Sonos speakers please get in touch by either calling us on 0800 677 1100 or by live chat at the bottom of the page.

Can I hear it before I buy it?

Of course, words will never be as effective as coming in and listening to it with your own ears. That’s why we opened a dedicated Sonos listening pod in Cheltenham so you can come in and make your own mind up about it. Find out more about the pod here.

About Smart Home Sounds

Smart Home Sounds is a UK Sonos specialist. We provide expert advice on the full Sonos range, from a single Sonos One to a full Sonos surround system with Beam, SUB, and PLAY:1's. In addition to being Sonos experts, we offer an extended 6-year warranty on all Sonos products as standard, for your peace of mind. We don’t charge a penny for next day or weekend delivery and offer interest-free pay monthly options and a rewarding loyalty scheme. Talk to one of our friendly advisors today to find out more.