Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speaker Delivers Big Sound In a Smaller Package
14 April 2014
Excerpt: Sonos released its smaller but still powerful Play:3 all-in-one speaker this week. We tried the new speaker side-by-side with the larger Sonos Play:5 (formerly the S5) to determine if there's any sacrifice to spending $299 on a Wi-Fi compatible speaker compared with the Play:5's $399 price. These wireless (except for an electrical cable) speaker systems can be configured either as single speakers or in stereo pairs, and placed throughout the home.
Excerpt: I love music and make my living off of that love, in print and on the air. But when it comes to audio quality, I’m tuned out. In the family room, I’m just fine with Boston Acoustic A60s in the bookshelves above the stereo—just two of them. 5.1 is 3.1 more than we need. And in my office, I make do with a pair of Bose Companions.
Conclusion: Sonos has a real winner on its hands with the Play:3. Its blend of excellent sound, smart style, dependable operation and ease of use makes it a standout performer in the world of wireless audio. And considering just how much you get for your money, the Play:3 has to be the best value component yet to come down the Sonos pike.
Pros: Huge, room-filling sound, small footprint, Highly enjoyable sound with all kinds of music, Multi-room setup is remarkably simple, Sonos controller app a joy to use, Solid, inert construction
Cons: Mids can sound a little distorted, No standard speaker inputs, i.e. only compatible with other Sonos gear
Excerpt: When it comes to making Wireless HiFi Systems, Sonos has been leading the pack for years. Their latest system, the Sono PLAY:3 offers the same great Sonos package ...
Pros: Amazing sound at this price point, polished apps, easy to set-up and use, great size for apartment dwellers, combination of 2 speakers adds another dimension – but single system alone is very powerful.
Cons: Now Sonos is more affordable than ever, but you still need to shell out money for the, . Would be nice if there was an easy way to integrate it into pre-existing stereo setup.
Sonos PLAY:3, a Highly Tempting Wireless Speaker Proposition
31 March 2012
Excerpt: Psst, looking for some speakers? You might want to think about giving Sonos’s new wireless PLAY:3 speakers a try – for $300 you get a wireless sound system consisting of three wireless speakers and three digital amplifiers. You can put the speakers anywhere in your house and, assuming that you have a Wi-Fi connection, stream whatever music you want to them.
Summary: The Sonos Play:3 might be small for a speaker but it's a critical part of the company's strategy to increase its visibility. As such, the entry-level all-in-one "Wireless Hi-Fi" had better perform -- capable of impressing current Sonos customers already accustomed to a premium wireless music experience that just works, while attracting mainstream attention from consumers increasingly seduced by Apple's AirPlay siren.
Pros: Small powerful speaker, Wireless convenience, Really can stream “any song on Earth”
Cons: Sonos’ cheapest all-in-one speaker at $299 is still pricey, $49 Bridge or no $49 Bridge, that’s the question, No line-in or headphone jacks like the bigger Play:5
Excerpt: Long before AirPlay was on the scene, Sonos products made streaming music wirelessly throughout the home an easy affair. The company’s new Play 3 ($299) speaker is no exception. Designed to act on its own as a small but mighty audio solution for apartments, or as part of a larger Sonos system, its 5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch frame contains three Class-D digital amplifiers, which individually power one tweeter, and two three inch mid-range drivers, while a passive, rear-firing...
Summary: The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.
Pros: Nicely balanced sound, Easy to set up, Reasonably affordable way to start with Sonos, Plenty loud, Stereo or mono depending on orientation, Portable, Can create stereo pair, High quality connection to Mac and iOS devices, Single cable from Mac cuts down clutter, Can charge Apple laptops, FireWire 800, USB, and ethernet connectivity, Beautiful and useful Vari Angle 3-inch LCD, Wireless flash transmitter for multiple flashes, Robust movie recording options including ful...
Cons: Requires at least one Sonos unit connected to router via ethernet, Doesn't work work with all iOS guitar apps, Reflective screen limits display placement, Stand lacks flexibility, Few customization options, Some physical controls (such as Display button) oddly placed, Lack of single button movie recording, Auto White Balance struggles in most indoor lighting conditions--a traditional Canon weakness
Conclusion: The Sonos Play:3 sounds fantastic and is finally affordable, but the omission of an aux input or the ability to dock or stream directly from a phone or iPod make the system less versatile than other wireless audio options.
Pros: Strong audio performance. Can be paired with a second unit to make a stereo pair. Switches to mono output automatically when in vertical orientation.
Cons: No aux input for direct listening from a mobile device. Needs the Sonos Bridge to function wirelessly (not included). Sonos Desktop Controller does not automatically update your music library.