The Sub Mini is a much smaller and cheaper way to add bass to your Sonos system

Sonos has long offered a wireless subwoofer as part of its home theater, a large and powerful product that also costs a whopping $749. For someone with a smaller room or a smaller budget, it was a bit of a stretch. Sonos is giving bass lovers a new option today: the rumored Sub Mini is legit – and at $429 it costs a lot less than its bigger brother.

The Sub Mini is a cylindrical speaker with a “center tunnel” cutout to move the air. It is a foot high and about 9 inches in diameter; It’s not exactly light at 14 pounds, but that’s more than 20 pounds lighter than the Sonos Sub. It’s compatible with all Sonos amplified speakers, apart from portable products like the Move and Roam, meaning you can pair it with audio speakers like the Sonos One or Five, as well as home theater soundbars like the Beam and Ray. (Sonos recommends pairing its high-end Arc soundbar with the full-fledged Sub, but there’s no technical reason why you can’t use it alongside the Sub Mini.)

Along with that center tunnel, the Sub Mini includes two 6-inch force-cancelling woofers and two Class-D digital amplifiers, as well as a 5GHz wireless connection and a 10/100 Ethernet port if you prefer to hardwire your speakers. As with all Sonos products, you set up the Sub Mini via the Sonos mobile app – from there you tell it which room the Sub is in and pair it with a soundbar or speaker set.

As with other Sonos speakers, you can adjust the Sub Mini once it’s set up to properly balance your system’s sound with Trueplay. You need a compatible iOS device to use Trueplay, as it uses the device’s microphone to hear the room and optimize audio quality based on your room’s acoustics. My experience with Trueplay has always been positive, so it’s worth taking this step if you have an iPhone or iPad.

Available in black or white, the Sonos Sub is available to pre-order today and will be available everywhere on October 6th. As with any speaker, we’ll have to hear this one before we can recommend it, but it’s good that Sonos finally has a more affordable option for enhancing the bass in its products. It should also be appreciated by anyone with a smaller room or setup – I’ve long wanted a little more bass from my pair of Sonos One speakers, for example, but the larger sub would be massive overkill. The Sub Mini, on the other hand, might be spot on.

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