What Sonos Sub (Gen) do I have?

  • 9 October 2021
  • 6 replies

I have a Sub that - from the beginning of the serial number - was manufactured in February 2014. The packaging and cosmetics of the Sub match those of a Gen 1, but when I check my system details online, it says it’s Gen 2.

I double checked with an online Sonos rep and they confirmed the same thing. Even though the product image on my ‘System” page doesn’t match the actual Sub I have.

Did Sonos release the Gen 2 in the beginning of 2014 WITHOUT changing the cosmetic design?

My Sub with the packaging

Mod Edit: Removed serial number

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To my knowledge, there’s been zero externally visible differences between all three “generations”.

Not sure they make the white version any more, but I’ve not really looked, either.

And, perhaps more importantly, I don’t think it matters a whit, since they all work with S2.

There is one snag if you are bonding two SUB’s to a home theater system, one SUB must be Gen 3.

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It’s interesting that the Sonos rep and your System indicates that it is a Gen 2 even though it has a 2014 manufacture date. If I had to guess by the packaging and 2014 date, I would have said it was a Gen 1. According to Sonos, the Gen 1 was first sold in 2012 and the Gen 2 wasn’t released until 2016.


@Airgetlam The Join button on the Sub Gen 3 is pretty different compared to the previous two generations:


It's a Gen 1. 

On Gen 2 the port frame is black. 

Thanks for all your help 👍