Sonos Play:3 (white)
Manufacturer: Sonos, Inc. Part number: play3/wht
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- While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.00 - $379.95
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 08/10/2011
- Released on: 07/20/2011
The good: You can control the Sonos Play:3 single-speaker streaming-audio system from any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smartphone using a free app. It offers good sound, its compact, elegant design cuts down on cord clutter, and it can stream Internet-based radio and audio services, plus your own digital music collection, from any Mac, PC, or NAS drive. Also, it's simple to set up, particularly if you already own a Sonos system, and linked Sonos players (purchased separately) can cover up to 31 additional rooms.
The bad: The Play:3 has almost no stereo separation and doesn't offer the detail and clarity of the step-up Play:5. Also, while it can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless Sonos Bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component.
The bottom line: While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.
Great product that does what is advertised
by Alfonsog2 on September 3, 2011
Pros: This is a great speaker to play music from a NAS device, but even better for SiriusXM subscribers and/or Spotify or other similar services because you can almost literally stream every song. Totally worth it, in face I bought 2 just for my bedroom since
Cons: I wish it had a line in.
Summary: I think the sound quality is fine, but I'm streaming lossless music. It also sounds great if you like SiriusXM in your car and I think it makes a ...
Summary: I think the sound quality is fine, but I'm streaming lossless music. It also sounds great if you like SiriusXM in your car and I think it makes a great alarm clock. I stopped using my iHome for that. Spotify makes it even better; I'm a classical musician and it pretty much has everything ever even for classical.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Network Effect Undervalued in Other CNet Reviews
by sandiver on June 7, 2013
Pros: Walking from room to room w/ perfectly synced sound
Really great for busy kitchen counters tight spots
Can be mounted on the wall (the 5's can't)
Software is great - can share premium accounts w/ guests (everybody can add a tune to the playlist)
Cons: Sonos 5's sound better and are a better 'entry' point if your room is anything other than tiny (not really a knock on Sonos though)
Expensive as a pair (but I'd bet they'd sound great - I don't have a pair, so I don't know)
Summary: A couple of folks in the office got Sonos and seemed pleased. I bought a 5 (and bridge) for my kitchen originally and was blown away by the sound. I'...
Summary: A couple of folks in the office got Sonos and seemed pleased. I bought a 5 (and bridge) for my kitchen originally and was blown away by the sound. I'm no audiophile, but I find that I really enjoy listening to music.
In fact I listen to music at my desk at work all the time.
Here I can listen interchangeably from XM/Sirius, Mog, Spotify, Streaming Local and Global Internet all depending on my mood.
I love the feature of being able to Group (very easily by the way) speakers from one room to another. It's fun to build a playlist on the fly while I'm doing one thing in one room and my wife is doing another in another - we had an 80's mix off last night and it was fun (probably dating myself here).
These units are pricey. But they work out of the box, they support NAS perfectly (and you did back up your music to share on your home network didn't you?), and they set up in literally 5 mins.
The point that I thought was missed in the CNET (They touched on it at least) and certainly in these comments was that like any network, once you have one piece of Sonos, the addition of another and another INCREASES each one's value up to the point that you've filled your house.
There are two reasons I love Sonos - once is walking from room to room and hearing the same music synced - you really feel like you've made it. And the point is to enjoy music, isn't it? As CNET says there's really nothing else that competes there.
Second is the number of services, stations, and options that you have to play music. Sure I'd like to vote down songs that come up in my Mog stream, and I can't quickly load (maybe not even possible) the Mog radio for a particular artist or song like I can on Mog.com, but I will accept these limitations if the trade off is to switch from Satellite, Internet radio, my collection, Mog, spotify and whatever's next.
Our nanny can pull up our playlists without knowing a single password, too. So the kids are just a few clicks away from their playlists as well. Pretty cool when one of my toddlers starts bawling for his favorite song.
Just have align your value of what you get (easy operation and mega access) with the price. of course you have to 'like' the sound and not be underwhelmed...for a large percentage of us this is exactly what we want at a reasonable price.
Works OK, but proprietary software is a downer.
by HeathrowTerminal2 on August 27, 2012
Pros: Play music in all rooms. You can use two speakers for real stereo image.
Cons: Proprietary software mimics your own music apps. This is a disaster. Only one account per system - in a household with more people, this is a terrible problem.
Summary: The Sonos software is crap - I'd be bold and say that anyone wanting to duplicate the functionality of, say, Spotify, is always going to be one step behind. ...
Summary: The Sonos software is crap - I'd be bold and say that anyone wanting to duplicate the functionality of, say, Spotify, is always going to be one step behind. Now imagine trying to keep up building software that mimics countless music services and you have a very wobbly experience.
On top of the impossible interface (the Sonos Spotify app for example has a weird queueing system that you just cannot figure out) you can also only access the Sonos speakers with ONE account. Why is that important? It is important because households rarely only holds one person - my wife cannot access the speakers using her own Spotify account and so has to content with my abysmal music taste. This is a major problem.
Also, with the lack of Airplay functionality, you can't just play, say, a movie on your iPad and have the sound streaming. Even in our car this is possible (blue tooth). I hate to think that the sound setup in my car is more advanced than this - as the Sonos system really quickly adds up $$$-wise as you start adding speakers to your home.
I haven't even begun to figure out how to play music from my iPhone which is in my iTunes library....
Lastly, Sonos does a poor job at explaining how it works up front - for example you DO need the bridge.
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Not as convenient as I had hoped
by townsue on August 15, 2011
Pros: small size doesn't take up much space
Cons: Tinny sound quality on the 3, computer has to be on to access music library through IPod Touch or IPhone.
Summary: I think the Sonos system is very misleading. I was told that I could access my songs through an IPhone or IPod Touch and downloaded the apps for these devices. ...
Summary: I think the Sonos system is very misleading. I was told that I could access my songs through an IPhone or IPod Touch and downloaded the apps for these devices. I quickly found that my computer has to be powered on in order for the IPhone or IPad to be able to play music on the Sonos. Who wants to have to have their MacBook running just to play music? My computer is in a different part of the house than the Sonos, so now I have to find the computer, start it up, and go back into the room with the Sonos in order to play music!
1 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sonos, Inc.
- Part number: play3/wht
- Description: Stream your entire music library, music services, and radio stations Control wirelessly, easy to set up Start with one, expand everywhere Versatile enough to put anywhere - horizontal or vertical 3 driver HiFi speaker system
- Product Type Network audio player
- Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight 10.6 in x 6.3 in x 5.2 in / 5.71 lbs
- Width 10.6 in
- Depth 6.3 in
- Height 5.2 in
- Weight 5.7 lbs
- Color White
- Available Body Colors White
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Bass Control Yes
- Treble Control Yes
- Additional Features Smartphone remote controlled,
- Internet Streaming Services Amazon Cloud Player,
JB Hi-Fi NOW,
Slacker Personal Radio,
SiriusXM internet radio,
- Speaker(s) Speaker - Built-in
- Driver Details Speaker : 2 x Midrange driver,
Speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver,
Speaker : 1 x Bass driver
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xNetwork(RJ-45)-Rear
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Power cable,
- Cables Included Power cable
- Power AC 120/230 V