What are the best Sound Bases of 2019?
The sound bases are an excellent option to catapult the sound quality of the televisions. However, these TV speakers have not had the full support of some sound enthusiasts. We do not care. We are cool. And we think that every product fulfills a function and has its parish.
We believe that for some they are still an excellent alternative to sound bars . Especially for those who want it all in one. Or run away from the cables. Or do not have much space. And it’s an excellent way to enjoy the sound of home cinema. Yes, it is true that when choosing you must have some things clear, such as weight, the number of speakers and the placement of the sound base. They are straightforward and quite apparent things, but we should know since each of these points will affect the final sound.
● Weight Supported: 35 kg
● Power: –
● Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
● Connections: Optics, Ethernet
● Length: 72cm
Design and quality:
The sound bases are, in essence, a broader and narrower sound bars, basically a box. They are designed to hold the TV on top. The Sonos Playbase has a design that has seduced us: discreet, modern and exquisite. It is like an ace in the sleeve that does not clash either in the salons of classic design or in the most daring and contemporary.
Sonos products are always minimalist and sober. However, with the Playbase, they have gone a little further. It seems that the entire sound base has been cut from a single block of granite. But it is not made of stone, it is made of polycarbonate, and it is available in white and black.
It has an application that works on both Android and Apple and is very good. Recognize the base at once and offer you a lot of options – up to 30 – to choose from. Society, Apple Music, Google Play Music … Everything will work through the Sonos app.
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The sound of these auxiliary television speakers is excellent. It has such an enveloping sound that makes one doubt that there are no other speakers scattered around the room. Sonos rarely disappoints, and this time it was not going to be less. The sound frequencies are perfectly balanced, without any protruding or dirtying the others. This translates into a natural sound, which hooks and surprises. Also, if you are one of those who want powerful bass you have pre-selected equalization options for you.
The default selection is a joy, natural and clean, very balanced. On the other hand, the mid tones are soft and direct, the voices have a convincing weight, they are not shrill, and they are not forced.
It does not have HDMI, which is a shame in a product of this price and this quality. However, if one thinks about what the sound bases do and pretends to keep the product as minimal as possible, it is true that it may not be necessary. The optical input is sufficient and with the built-in Ethernet and Bluetooth options … It also has a Wi-Fi connection and can easily be integrated with other Sonos devices you have and manage them all from your True Play app, which as I have told you before is combined with several streaming music services.
It is clear that for the price that this sound base has, you can buy a more sophisticated system, like a Home Cinema in conditions. But the Sonos Playbase has some unique elements that make it worthwhile. It is not just an improvement for your TV, it is a sound experience in itself and will make the sound of your TV a pleasure. Also, you can quickly expand it, in case you want to turn it into a Home Cinema.
● Weight Supported: 34kg
● Power: –
● Connectivity: Bluetooth
● Connections: Optical, RCA
● Length: 86 cm
Design and quality:
The plan is very similar to that of previous models, with matt black finishes and black metal grid. Below the silver logo of the brand appear two indicator lights, one for the ignition and one for the Bluetooth. It is healthy and active so that it can support virtually any TV on the market. Of course, you have to be careful and leave it well aligned with the TV if you want to get the most out of the sound. It is designed, like the biggest of sound bases so that it does not occupy much space and so that it does not stand out, nor is it too flashy. Besides, the Bose Solo 15 has a universal remote control.
One of the most attractive options of this Bose model is the dialog mode, which makes the voices sound better, more precise and more defined so that you do not have to adjust the volume continuously. It also has TrueSpace technology, so the sound spreads through the room like a Home Cinema.
The separate speaker system makes the frequencies sound definite and bright, with powerful bass and natural mid-tones. If anything shines above all are the voices thanks to the Dialogue Mode. However, all frequencies sound clear and balanced.
Maybe if you have a large room, you need something more than the Bose Solo 15. However, for everything else, it is a good improvement for the sound of your TV. Besides, thanks to the option for dialogues, those with hearing problems will notice a definite improvement.
The Bose Solo 15 has three optical, coaxial and RCA connection options. Again we have a model without HDMI connection. In this case, the best connection option is optics, since it is the one that achieves the best sound quality. It has Bluetooth to connect it to your music devices, in this case, the Bose Solo 15 allows up to 2 simultaneous connections.
It is a good option, although it may not be up to the other TV sound bases on this list. It has some attractive options, yes. The sound of Bose is always great, clear and natural, bright in the high tones and with the bass. Also, with the option of dialogues, you will still understand what they are saying, without the need to raise and lower the volume every two times.
● Weight Supported: –
● Power: 350 W
● Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
● Connections: HDMI, Analog, Digital
● Length: 80 cm
Design and quality:
At first glance, it looks like a simple black box. However, when we get closer, we find that it is much more than that. First of all, its finish is striking: that brilliant black that turns it into a jewel. It is an exquisite design, which sets the base into something decorative. It has texts on display, which will allow you to read without problems. All the speakers are under the front grille. The base is quite thin and resistant.
When you play movies, you find an intense and enveloping sound, full of details and surprising basses. Thanks to its speakers the sound is clean and direct. Besides, the basses have a great punch thanks to the incorporated sub-woofers.
It has many EQ modes to choose from. Everyone plays an important role. A movie will not be the same as playing music, but if you want a way to forget everything, you have the ClearAudio +, which will bring out the best in every moment. In theory, it will modify the sound adapting it to the type of music you are listening to at each moment.
It has very powerful basses that shine in action scenes. It causes the explosions to fill the entire room. The Sony tones are always evident and bright, they leave room for balance and do not mix or get dirty. They always sound detailed and very powerful, filling any room. Its biggest drawback is that all that sound that fills the place is still not enveloping.
Sony, in addition to Dolby Digital, has integrated Sony S-Force Pro technology into this sound base, which creates an artificial and somewhat limited sound effect. You also have some preselections for sports, movies, games. You also have Sony’s ClearAudio + and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, to play compressed files.
On the back, we find three HDMI connections and one ARC, one digital optical output and another 3.5mm jack. You have WiFi and Ethernet connections. It also has Bluetooth with NFC technology that guarantees a pairing with your Android device almost immediately.
Many connectivity options, classy design, and a lively sound make the HT-XT2.1 one of the best sound bases on the market.
● Weight Supported: 27kg
● Power: –
● Connectivity: Bluetooth apex.
● Connections: Optical, coaxial, 3.5mm.
● Length: 35.5 cm
Design and quality:
At first glance, like the previous model, it looks like a simple black box. On the front panel, on the metal grid of the same color, you will find the logo of the brand and nothing else. In this sense, it is a clean design, with no additions or screens. Something that, on the other hand, is somewhat annoying, because, without a panel of LEDs, it is difficult to control the base.
The design itself, although it is robust, does not reach the height of other options on this list, since it does not support more than 27 kilos. This puts it behind many of the sound bases of this list. The problem is that it is also much thinner than most plates, so it does not support so much weight.
As the model that precedes it is excellent. It sounds even better. With a sound full of details, sharp and dynamic, creating a sense of space. Although some softness may be lacking, its sound is not as silky and pleasant as the Canton models. However, it is not worth as much as them.
The sound of the Denon DHT-T110 is full of details. The voices, even in the middle of the action, are distinguishable, sound good; separate and clear. The high frequencies of the sound, give a feeling of space very achieved, with textures and naturalness. The basses are impressive, healthy and with a lot of punch.
The number of pre-selections has been reduced to the minimum, with only three options: dialogues, music, and cinema. However, it has a Night Mode, which softens the volume and prevents jumps and sudden rises. It also has the Denon Virtual Surround that creates an involute sensation
As with most models, the connections are on the back. Once again we find a model that does not have HDMI, although in this case, the price goes with it. However, we see two digital inputs – optical and coaxial -. We also have a 3.5mm auxiliary input and a mini USB port that only serves to update the software. Luckily, it has Bluetooth with aptX, which is very welcome since you can connect your devices to listen to music in excellent quality.
It is clear that if you are looking for a high-end sound base, this option is not for you. It lacks the HDMI and in some points does not match the top models of the list. However, if you want a sound base that works and you get the best out of your TV at a reasonable price. This is your model.
The Denon has a superb sound, the best there is for that price. Full of details, bright and with powerful bass, you can not ask for more. It will fill your living room and, not only that, but it also offers you a pleasant feeling of space. You will give life to the flat and loose sound of any television. Its sound is bright and strong, with powerful bass. Also, its discreet and discreet design is a plus.
● Weight Supported: 30kg
● Power: 170W
● Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
● Connections: ARC, HDMI
● Length: 31 cm
Design and quality:
Not that you can do much with a black box, right? It is not that you have to do much to design something that will end up under a television. However, Sony has done an excellent job with the Sony HT-XT100. The metallic finishes, the panels and the glass used to give it an exquisite and distinguished look. Sober and, at the same time, discreet, ideal for any room.
It is somewhat thinner than many of the previous options on the list, which means that it does not support as much weight as its competitors. Apart from this, there is not much more to review, apart from its front LED panel, which gives an extra touch.
Its design is solid, and although it does not support 40 kilos like some models of this list, the truth is that it can easily withstand TVs of up to 50 inches. The top cover is made of a material resistant to scratches and has three buttons.
The sound of the HT-XT100 has strength; it is vigorous and bright. The sounds of Sony are always detailed and have a lot of power. Sometimes you may notice that you lack some coherence between the frequencies or that you get a little out of control, but the truth is that you will resuscitate the sound of your television.
The higher tones sound very clear; you can hear in detail the crackle of a fire or the patter of rain. In action scenes the Sony HT-XT100 brings out the best of high-pitched tones, making them very vivid and natural. However, in the mid-tones, you will find a somewhat messier, less detailed sound and, if you have high volume, maybe even annoying.
The built-in subwoofer makes the bass sound with much detail and a lot of punching. However, as with mid-tones, something may sound disconnected, out of place. It has Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, something that almost no sound base has. You also have Sony’s S-Force Pro Front Surround technology, designed to offer an immersive feeling to the user.
The connectors on these TV speakers are positioned behind. You have three HDM I inputs and one HDMI-ARC output to connect directly to the TV. It also has digital optical data and a 3.5 mm jack, in case you want to use your phone or your MP3. It also has Bluetooth connection with NFC to make it easier to connect the devices.
We have a perfect sound base in many aspects. It offers a lot of connectivity – something to be thankful for – and many options for equalization and sound options. Also, the sound is fabulous, even with its small failures. If you consider the price, we are looking at a more than good product. However, if you are looking for a TOP experience, this product is not the one that interests you the most. It is an attractive sound base, with a great design and many options, but with some failures that separate it from the top of the table.