Multi-room audio expert Sonos has unveiled the SUB, a wireless subwoofer that will give extra body and bass to most existing Sonos setups. It will be available from June and will cost £599. A less snazzy-looking £499 matt version launches in October.
In recent years, Sonos's products have become more accessible. Where once they were designed to work with Hi-Fi style separate speakers, the affordable one-box Play:5 and Play:3 are now its premier products. A more iPod dock-like approach isn't always good for sound, though, and to improve what a Sonos setup is capable of, the SUB wireless subwoofer has been introduced.
Sporting a striking, fairly lounge-friendly design, the Sonos SUB uses two large bass drivers positioned towards each other, which Sonos claims has a force-cancelling effect, eliminating cabinet buzz. The SUB's body is made of a proprietary resin intended to make the unit as sonically inert as possible. Just 15cm thick, it's a good deal smaller than most Hi-Fi subwoofers. Sonos has produced a natty video of the box in action -
The Sonos SUB uses class-D amplifiers for its dual drivers, and each has its own port to help sculpt bass response. It will work with most recent Sonos devices, including the Play:3, Play:5 and ZonePlayer 120. However, it does not work with older ZP80 and ZP90 units. Like other Sonos speakers, you'll be able to control the level of the SUB subwoofer from within the Sonos Controller app.
The first version of the Sonos SUB to launch will be the glossy black lacquer edition. Available in June and set to retail for £599, it costs twice the price of the Sonos Play:3. Wait a few months and you can save £100 on the matt black version, available from October.