Sonos is launching the latest generation of its subwoofer—the Sonos Sub Gen 3—this June 10. Part of the brand’s multi-room wireless audio system, the newest model is set to replace the Sonos Sub Gen 2. Despite sporting practically the same design, the Gen 3 will come with updated internals, including increased processing power, memory, and even a new wireless radio. But will these enhancements be enough to choose the Gen 3 over the Gen 2?
Sonos Sub Gen 3 vs Gen 2 Comparison Chart
|Dimensions||389 x 402 x 158mm||389 x 402 x 158mm|
|Color||White or Black Gloss||White or Black Gloss|
|Audio||2x Class-D digital amplifiers|
2x force cancelling drivers
|2x Class-D digital amplifiers|
2x force cancelling drivers
|Frequency Response||As low as 25hz||As low as 25hz|
|Power||AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, universal input||AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, universal input|
|Ethernet Port||1x 10/100Mbps Ethernet port||1x 10/100Mbps Ethernet port|
Likewise, if you’re someone who wants a Sub in matte finish, the Gen 3 will only come in the same glossy black or white. The Black Matte Sub was discontinued five years ago, and there is no evidence it will make a comeback with the Gen 3. While it shouldn’t be an issue for those more concerned about sound quality, the piano-like gloss may not exactly blend with the discreet, lusterless finish of other Sonos devices like the upcoming Five, or the minimalist soundbar, the Arc.
As it stands, those looking for a radical update in the appearance of the new Sub may be disappointed with the new model. Nonetheless, because of the relatively unchanged frame, the Gen 3 still brandishes a slim 6.2” depth that allows it to be positioned upright or on the side. So it’s still a versatile subwoofer that’s easy on the eyes, and one which could be placed almost anywhere in the room.
Like its predecessor, the
Much like the design, the Gen 2’s audio features are carried over to the Gen 3. Inside the central cavity are two force-cancelling drivers with its own Class-D digital amplifiers that can boost the bass to powerful levels without any rattle or vibration. Given the specs, the Gen 3 can put out thunderous audio that would rattle the room while the subwoofer itself stays steady. As a result, expect your neighbors to be perturbed when using it at max levels.
Paired with other wireless speakers, the Gen 3 should be able to widen the sound especially in larger rooms, just like its predecessor. With a frequency response that can go as low as 25hz, the latest model will certainly add depth to the low end of the sound performance, making it not only more audible but also smooth, full, and punchy. This leaves the other speakers to concentrate more on the mid and high frequencies while the Sub provides the extra bass that should compliment all volume levels.
Set up properly, the Sub Gen 3 will definitely add richness to the sound of your wireless audio system. Paired with the Sonos Playbase, Playbar, and Beam, then expect an even more immersive sound that’s definitely made for a home theater.
The Gen 3 includes updated internals and the same Sonos ecosystem compatibility as its predecessor.
That being said, there aren’t enough new features in the
Other than that, most of the features will be the same. Both the
In terms of design, there is nothing appreciably different between the Sonos Sub Gen 3 and the Sonos Sub Gen 2. Both are still slim, squarish models in glossy finishes that should be less visually-obtrusive than a regular subwoofer. Both will still deliver room-rattling sound with zero-cabinet buzz. There’s an updated processor and increased memory in the upcoming model, although most consumers will probably not be able to tell the difference. While these enhancements will future-proof the Gen 3 more, the latest iteration will essentially work and sound the same as its predecessor.
For most users, the Gen 2 should suffice in adding some deep bass that will augment your current Sonos setup. So unless there are new software updates that the Gen 3 will handle better than the Gen 2, the current model should still be just as good while also coming in at $100 less.
Sonos discontinued the matte black variant of the Sub Gen 2 back in 2015. As expected, the latest Sonos Sub Gen 3 continues the trend, and will only come in a glossy white or black finish.
The Trueplay feature on the Sonos app is only available to iOS or iPadOS devices.