Sonos offers a software feature called Trueplay that aims to make your existing Sonos speakers sound better. The software is designed to allow users to place their Sonos speakers wherever they like, even a cupboard, and still achieve good sound quality.
Trueplay enables you to tune your Sonos speaker to the room it is located in using a simple step-by-step process through the Sonos app. We8217;ve detailed the Trueplay process below but if you want more information on how the process works, you can read our Trueplay explained feature.
Trueplay requires an Apple device running iOS 7 and above for the tuning process, as well as users getting up off the sofa. The tuning setup cannot currently be done with an Android device because there is too much variation in terms of microphones but Sonos has said it is working on it.
Move the Sonos speaker you are about to tune into the position you plan on leaving it in. The Trueplay process will tune the speaker specifically to its placement so if you move it, even to the other side of the room, it is worth retuning to ensure you are getting the best possible sound.
To retune a speaker, head to Settings > Room Settings > Select Room > Trueplay Tuning. There will be a red dot next to Trueplay Tuning if the speaker has been moved and requires retuning.
Your iOS device needs to be held in a certain way for it to pick up the test sounds accurately. The microphone needs to be at the top so you8217;ll need to turn your iPhone or iPad upside down.
The microphone on your iOS device will then make sure the room you are tuning is quiet enough. No talking, no TV, no music. Super silence is necessary for Trueplay to work.
If there is too much noise going on in the room, an error message will appear pretty much telling you to shut up in a nice way. You can either select try again or cancel tuning if the time isn8217;t quite right for being quiet.
There is a very short video (under a minute) that will guide you through how to perform the tuning technique. It8217;s worth watching to make sure you do it right first time as otherwise you8217;ll have to repeat the entire process.
Once you press start, the Sonos speaker you are tuning will begin to emit the series of test sounds. You8217;ll then need to walk slowly around the room and wave your device smoothly up and down, as the video shows.
No running and no waving your arm like you8217;ve just seen a long lost friend. You8217;ll have to do it again if you get carried away or you don8217;t bother moving properly in the first place. It8217;s simple, but an art. Tap Start when you8217;re ready.
For the Playbar, Playbase and Beam, you8217;ll need to perform the tuning technique twice. The first time, you will sit in the place you would normally watch your TV, allowing Sonos to balance the sound from your speaker. The second time, you8217;ll walk around as described above, following the same procedure as other Sonos speakers.
You need to keep waving and walking until the test sound stops so don8217;t even think about pressing start and sitting back down on the sofa.
If you can8217;t handle 45-seconds of walking and waving then you can cancel the tuning process by hitting the cross in the centre. But if you make it to the end, without the error screen appearing, you8217;ve successfully tuned your speaker to the room and you should notice a difference in sound. The more you listen, the better the speaker should sound.
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