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Sonos Sub Mini review: The practical sub we’ve been waiting In 2023

Along with the Sonos Beam and Ray, it works flawlessly.

The Sub Mini from Sonos is a subwoofer that is more reasonably priced and useful for smaller spaces. Only ten years were needed to get here. The most dedicated fans of Sonos have always been the focus of the company’s original wireless Sub, which made its debut in 2012. It cost $699 at debut, making it equally as expensive as the Play bar, the company’s flagship product, and its vast size rendered it unnecessary for apartments. Due to pricing increases by Sonos recently, it now costs $50 extra.

Sonos Sub Mini

If I had the ability, I would show you my cat’s startled expression as I played the opening car chase from Baby Driver on the Sonos Arc in my family room. Although Sonos may not be the most cost-conscious manufacturer, it has consistently produced excellent speakers. This is also true with the Sub Mini.

Now that I know, if you possess an Arc, you’d probably choose the more robust Sonos Sub. Even while the sound bar already produced some fantastic low-end sound on its own, I was nevertheless surprised by how much the smaller subwoofer contributed. At the start of Baby Driver, muffled shotgun fire rattled my walls (and made one cat leap into the air). Every time Baby used the emergency brake for a tight bend, I could feel the weight shifting, the impact of the engines, and the roar of the motors. The Sub Mini made the movie I was merely watching into something I was actually experiencing.

Because the Sub Mini is a rather small cylinder, I was actually astonished by how loud it sounded. It has two six-inch woofers that face inward and weighs 14 pounds, which is 22 pounds less than the large Sonos Sub. Its sealed design offers a crisper bass response while preventing it from pushing out a lot of air like ported subs. The start of Blade Runner 2049 smacked me square in the gut thanks to the Sub Mini’s ability to go down to 25Hz.

That makes sense for the tiny Roam speaker, but when I found out the Sub Mini doesn’t support the larger Move, I was actually upset. I’ve recently come to enjoy that speaker because it makes it simple for me to play music in my backyard. It’s unfortunate that Sonos was unable to make the Sub Mini function when the Move was plugged into its charging station. How is it different from a speaker with a plug at that point?

The Sub Mini appears to be a good fit for houses with lots of Sonos speakers despite that irritation. It took about 30 seconds to move it over to a Play:5 in my living room. And once it started, it immediately gave some of my regular test songs an astonishing level of depth. Tan Dun’s “Night Battle,” which can be found on the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack, gave me the impression that I was holding a traditional drumming event in my house. Another one of my cats fled into another room as I played the low-end testing staple “Zodiac Crap” by Flying Lotus.

Even though it’s wonderful for music, I predict that most Sub Mini purchasers will connect it with a Sonos speaker to get superior movie and TV quality. That Baby Driver chase scene sounded twice as loud on the first-generation Beam in my bedroom, so it undoubtedly made a significant difference. Certainly, I wouldn’t want thundering bass in that space all the time, but it’s good to have the choice.

That’s the main lesson I learned. After ten years of waiting, Sonos users now have a practical, affordable choice for enhancing their audio. Also, if you’re fortunate enough to own several Sonos systems, you can effortlessly relocate that bass magic about your house.