Those in search of cheap Sonos home cinema speakerscan already get £70 off a Sonos Sub at Amazon and £70 off a Sonos Playbase, also at Amazon. However there's another deal that's been kicking around for a while that you might not be aware of. What, you don't religiously check our Best Sonos deals page on a daily basis?
Sonos Playbase (black) | £549 | Was £699 | Save £150
As with all Sonos speakers, Playbar is easy to setup and offers compatibility with a vast range of streaming services, as well as easy streaming from iOS devices and PCs and Macs running iTunes. It's also, of course, compatible with all other Sonos speakers as part of a multi-room setup, and can be used alongside Sonos One, Play 1 and Play 5, and Sonos Sub (woofer) as part of a 5.0 or 5.1 Dolby surround sound system. It sounds the bee's knees and this is a copper-bottomed D-E-A-L. Spells deal. View Deal
What is Sonos Refurbished?
The full details are on Sonos' site, but Sonos Certified Refurbished products are to all intents and purposes the same as brand new ones. Usually, they will be returns via the brand's 100-day money-back guarantee. And more importantly, they come with that same guarantee, plus a standard two-year Sonos warranty and 'full access to Sonos Customer Care'.
Sonos for home cinema
As noted, Amazon has trimmed £70 off the cost of Sonos' home cinema big hitter, the Playbase. This doesn't have Alexa built in, although as with practically all Sonos speakers, if you buy any Echo device (the always-affordable Dot, or the Echo (2nd generation) for instance).
Sonos has delved heavily into the world of home cinema in recent years, and you can combine various of its speakers to make surround systems.
As well as the Playbase, Sonos makes the Playbar which, as you may have guessed, is a soundbar and the Sub, which is powerful subwoofer, for those who are totally addicted to bass (we mean the low notes, not the fish).
You can wirelessly combine a Playbase or Playbar with a pair of Sonos One of Play 5 speakers, with the additional speakers doing duty as rear surround speakers.
Any of these combinations muster up a very convincing degree of bottom end but if you want real mega bass, the Sub can supply it.
Sonos only supports Dolby Digital 5.1 – not Atmos or DTS – but it does a very good job with compatible soundtracks. Dolby Digital is still the standard for most broadcast and streamed TV in the UK, although Atmos is creeping on to some platforms and DTS remains popular on Blu-rays.
If a different surround codec is used, or the broadcast is in stereo only, the Sonos system will apply a fairly decent simulated surround effect, but it definitely sounds best with Dolby Digital material. The other thing to note here is that if you use an external box to watch movies and shows, your TV will need to support Dolby Digital passthrough if you want to plug your Sonos in to your telly via optical digital or HDMI.
There's no way we can give a comprehensive guide to which TVs do or do not support passthrough but on the whole, older TVs and cheaper TVs do not, while newer, more premium TVs do. Get your manual out, or search online.