Sonos Sub Mini review: Big bass for a smaller price

Sonos Sub Mini: Specifications

Price: $429 / £429 / AU$699
Colors:
Black; white
Speakers: 2 x 6 inch woofers
Output power:
Unspecified
Wireless:
Wi-Fi (5GHz)
Room calibration:
Yes (iOS only)
Dimensions:
12 x 9.1 inches
Lester: 14 pounds

The Sonos Sub Mini is the latest addition to the company’s entry-level lineup and follows the Sonos Ray soundbar introduced to the lineup earlier this year. It’s been rumored for some time, and now that it’s arrived we can safely say that it’s one of the best compact subwoofers we’ve ever tested – and an essential component for Sonos setups in small rooms.

Everything that makes the Sonos experience so successful is here, and many will feel a sense of pride in owning its speaker models thanks to the high build quality and finish that blends seamlessly with the rest of the Sonos models. ‘company.

I’ve reviewed many dedicated subwoofers, and many ignore the fact that many people don’t want a massive woofer taking up valuable floor space next to the TV or in the corner of the room. There’s a lot to admire about how Sonos handles its products, and Sonos is to be commended for realizing the appeal of compact, high-performance speaker designs.

More than just a pretty exterior, the Sub Mini also enhances the audio experience, sounding unified and confident when integrated with a Ray soundbar or Sonos One speakers – it’s got the punch to power a Hollywood blockbuster like you’ve never heard before when hooked up as part of a TV sound setup, and has deft communication powers to ensure music sounds more engaging too.

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Sonos Sub Mini review: price and availability

The Sonos Sub Mini is priced at $429 / £429 / AU$699. It is available for pre-order now via the Sonos website (opens in a new tab) as well as online retailers, including Best Buy (opens in a new tab) and world stereo (opens in a new tab). It’s slated to go on sale from October 6 in most territories, and while the Sub Mini is more expensive than expected, it’s more affordable than competing wireless subwoofer models found in the system lines of Denon HEOS multiroom speakers or Bluesound.

This does not mean that it is without competition. Bose, Sony and Yamaha are just a few of the top alternative brands that make wireless subwoofers designed to go along with their own speaker systems and best soundbars, with several models selling for less than Sonos doesn’t ask for it.

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Sonos Sub Mini review: Design

  • Compact design with great build quality
  • Force-cancelling speaker layout

As the name suggests, the Sub Mini is designed for smaller rooms and joins the larger Sonos Sub in the lineup. Sonos says the Sub Mini is an ideal partner for a Sonos Beam or Ray soundbar, as well as the company’s One smart speakers. The larger Sonos Sub is the perfect pairing for a Sonos Arc or Beam Gen 2 soundbar (again), or setups using the Sonos Five premium speaker(s) as well as speaker arrangements passives connected to a Sonos Amp.

Unlike the slightly bulky design of the Sonos Sub weighing around 36 pounds, the Sub Mini is a compact, cylindrical design measuring 12 inches tall and with a diameter of 9.1 inches. It weighs only 14 pounds. The attention to detail is superb, and the finish blends seamlessly with other Sonos components, right down to the infinite wireless pairing button placed between the elliptical bass ports that emit sound from opposite sides.

Inside, two 6-inch woofers face each other in a force-canceling arrangement designed to maximize power output. Sonos doesn’t quote total wattage output for the Sub Mini (or any of its active speakers) for reasons it knows best. What we do know is that the Sub Mini is powered by two Class-D amplifiers and the low-frequency extension is claimed to reach a heartbreaking 25Hz, although Sonos doesn’t specify the upper low-frequency limit.

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Sonos Sub Mini review: Setup and features

  • Seamless installation and system integration
  • Efficient Trueplay Tuning (via iOS only)
  • Turns on instantly with paired speakers

Once you’ve unpacked the Sonos Sub Mini from the box, you’ll have a good idea of ​​where to place it in your bedroom. As an active speaker, it needs to be near a power outlet, and while Sonos says it can be placed anywhere in a room, it’s a good idea to make sure you put it there. place away from obstacles that may interfere with the sound.

Once you’ve got your spot, grab your Android or iOS device and download the Sonos app. It’s a free download for Android and iOS and will give you access to everything you need to start integrating your Sonos speakers with your streaming services and controlling your setup. Other than the pairing button on the front, there are no physical controls for integrating the sub with your chosen Sonos speakers or soundbar.

As with all Sonos wireless speakers, setting up the Sub Mini and integrating it into a new or existing Sonos speaker system is seamless using the sophisticated Sonos S2 app.

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The whole setup process is a breeze – as long as your phone is connected to your Wi-Fi network – and the Sonos S2 app guides you through the process of connecting the Sub Mini to your network and its integration with other speakers in your room.

To get the best sound, you’ll need to tune the Sub to the room it’s placed in via Trueplay (iOS devices only). This optimizes the management of the sub’s crossover frequencies and the speakers it’s paired with to achieve the best sound integration for your room and listening position.

It’s remarkably efficient and takes about a minute to complete and adjust your speaker setup in your room. An in-app control toggles Trueplay optimization on/off to let you decide if you like the optimized sound – you can run the Trueplay tuning as many times as you want (perhaps by moving the sub- sailor in a slightly different position each time) until you achieve a sound balance that suits you.

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Sonos Sub Mini review: Performance

  • Dynamic performances with TV sound and music
  • Effectively extends the low frequencies of the Ray soundbar
  • Stable Wi-Fi connectivity

The Sonos Sub Mini is remarkably adept at improving the performance of the Ray soundbar I paired it with. I’ve been using the Ray for a while now and appreciate the more even tone and clarity it brings to my TV viewing, sounding superior to my TV screen’s built-in speakers.

Perhaps most impressive is the unity the Sub Mini brings when integrated with the Ray’s low frequencies. As previously stated, Sonos hasn’t mentioned the frequency range in which the Sub Mini operates (except to say that the bass output extends down to 25Hz) and doesn’t provide any crossover controls to let you adjust the frequency point where a speaker passes the hand. to the other. All of this is seamlessly taken care of during the speaker pairing and tuning process, optimizing frequency management to sonically match your environment.

This is all academic, however, as I doubt having an adjustable crossover control improves the integration between the Ray and the Sub Mini than the Trueplay tuning process.

Granted, I had to go through the process twice to get a balance I enjoyed in my bedroom and sitting on the couch, as my first attempt resulted in output so zealous that the high bass output shook the living room windows during the opening sequence of “Top Gun: Maverick”.

A second attempt at Trueplay tuning tamed the output to a more subtle level, while useful sublevel control in the Settings menu via the Sonos S2 app provided the fine tuning sometimes needed when a bit more texture and of bass timbre were needed.

That’s the thing about adding a sub to a setup, the more you appreciate the benefits it brings to your level of audio engagement, the more you’ll want to experience it with all kinds of content. Subtlety always wins the day, and with the output properly optimized for the environment, the Sonos Mini will deliver without putting you in your face.

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Musically, the Sonos Mini Sub was more adept than I expected, bringing energy and rhythm to tracks that can sound a bit lifeless through the soundbar. Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” showcases the sub’s penchant for good rhythm and allowed me to follow Nile Rodgers’ guitar playing as the upbeat, driving beat does its bouncing energy in the background. The track just has more funk with the Sonos Mini Sub in place, and the music sounds more engaging.

This sense of musical engagement continues across a wide range of musical material, and the vocals simply carry more weight and are more believable. Even with tracks like Minnie Riperton’s “The Flowers” – a bassless recording – the sub adds a useful degree of warmth and lends more presence and richness to the thin vocals.

Sonos Sub Mini Review: Verdict

If you already have a Sonos Ray soundbar or a Sonos One speaker (or two), then the real highlights of pairing them with the Sub Mini are sure to charm and delight you. The price can be off-putting, as it adds significantly to a system’s overall costs, but when you consider the hassle-free integration, seamless control via the Sonos S2 app, and outright sound amplification it brings a time you hear it. action, the Sonos Sub Mini seems like a very worthwhile investment.