As TVs get big­ger and bet­ter and as a new gen­er­a­tion of high end sound bars emerge, a prob­lem has arisen that has re­opened the door for the re­turn of sound­bases as they use to be called.

SmartHouse - - COMMENT - Writ­ten by David Richards

Dur­ing the past 18 months Aus­tralia has seen an ex­plo­sion in sales of Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TVs that are de­signed to de­liver 4K con­tent in their full glory.

At CES we saw an ex­plo­sion in both sound­bars and a new gen­er­a­tion of wafer thin TVs such as the new Samsung QLED or the LG OLED Wall TV.

Be­cause of this ex­plo­sion in TV sales, own­ers have also in­vested in a new gen­er­a­tion of net­work en­abled sound­bars that elim­i­nate the prob­lems of run­ning a 5.1 home theatre kit around a room.

The only prob­lem is that the bulk of sound­bars are taller than the bot­tom of the new TVs re­sult­ing in the RF in­put, that al­lows users to use a re­mote con­trol be­ing blocked from the line of sight of a TV re­mote con­trol.

This has led to some man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Blue­sound the maker of a 24bit sound­bar now sell­ing mounts that raise a TV over the height of a sound­bar.

Sonos on the other hand has re­leased the Sonos Play­base, it’s a speaker that sits un­der­neath your tele­vi­sion. The sys­tem is ba­si­cally a gi­ant speaker that you place un­der­neath your new TV.

It pro­vides an ex­cel­lent au­dio qual­ity whether you’re watch­ing the TV, watch­ing a movie or stream­ing music to other Sonos wire­less speak­ers in­clud­ing Play:1, Play:3 or Play:5.

It can con­nect to the in­ter­net via Wi-Fi and al­lows you to stream music from most pop­u­lar music plat­forms in­clud­ing Spo­tify, Pan­dora, Ap­ple Music or Google Music.

All you should do is use an op­ti­cal au­dio ca­ble, di­rect to your TV and you have the best of both worlds high end TV sound and music.

In this issue of SmartHouse we bring you the lat­est from CES as well as the first re­view of the Sonos Play­base and the all new Samsung QLED TV.

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