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Sky offers £50 off a Soundbox when you upgrade to Sky Q Multiscreen

Tuesday, February 13th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

Sky is offering customers an additional £50 discount on its critically-acclaimed Soundbox if they take out a Sky Q Multiscreen subscription.

Introduced last year, the Soundbox is pitched as a cost-effective, hassle-free sound system that enhances Sky’s sport, entertainment and movie content. The Soundbox has received rave reviews since it was made available and is seen as a way of attracting and retaining Sky TV customers.

It costs £799 without a Sky subscription, with a £500 discount making it just £299 for Sky customers. The additional £50 reduction for Sky Q Multiscreen makes it a wallet-friendly £249.

But the relatively cheap price tag betrays the Soundbox’s audio credentials. Sky partnered with audio firm Devialet for the device, which combines the latest speaker technology with smart software that optimises sound for viewers.

The Soundbox promises “home cinema quality” from a single speaker, offering powerful bass and dynamic volume without the need for an external subwoofer. On top of this, Sky’s software automatically manages volumes and speakers for the best possible audio.

Of course, some of the listening modes are only possible while watching Sky Q, but there is also Bluetooth support for mobile devices.

Advanced TV platform

As for Sky Q, it’s the broadcaster’s most advanced television platform. Viewers can watch up to six shows while recording a seventh if they have the 2TB edition of the Sky Q box, which can store up to 1,000 hours of HD.

The cheapest deal for Sky Q costs £20 a month with the Entertainment pack and Multiscreen is an additional £12. This allows you to watch live TV and recordings on a compatible smartphone or tablet, while one complimentary Sky Q Mini box lets you watch programmes on another television in another room.

As many as four Sky Q Mini boxes can be connected to a single Sky Q box, although this will incur additional costs, and they even act as wi-fi signal boosters for Sky broadband customers.

There is of course the small matter of an 18-month contract, while other services such as sport, cinema, broadband and phone packages obviously increase the price.

The Soundbox competes with rival systems from the likes of Sonos and Bose, who are specialists in the field, as well as smart speakers such as the Amazon Alexa, Google Home and the Apple HomePod, which went on sale in the UK last week.

The HomePod offers superior sound quality from services such as Apple Music, combined with smarts from Apple’s Siri voice activated personal assistant. It comes with a hefty £319 price tag, which makes it more expensive than not only the discounted Sky Soundbox, but also the devices from Amazon and Google.

However, Google is prepping its own large speaker, the Google Home Max, which still does not have a firm UK release date.

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