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Sonos PLAY:3 Mid-Sized Wireless Smart Speaker for Streaming Music (White)
- Delivers richer and deeper sound than PLAY:1, making it perfect for spots where you have more room.
- Play different songs in different rooms at the same time. Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home.
- Set-up in five minutes using your home Wi-Fi. Easily expand your home audio system over time by adding wireless speakers to additional rooms whenever you’re ready.
- Wirelessly Stream all your favorite music services like Prime Music Unlimited, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify.
- Versatile design fits great in almost any space. Place it vertically or horizontally. Can be used as home theater rears and as a stereo pair.
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SONOS is the wireless Home Sound System that fills your entire home with great-sounding music. Use one app to stream different music to SONOS speakers in different rooms. Or send one song all through the house.
Contents: PLAY:3, power cord, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide, and Legal/Warranty information.
Sonos PLAY:3. The mid-size home speaker with stereo sound.
PLAY:3 delivers richer, more robust sound than PLAY:1. Deeper bass, too. All of which makes it just right for places like bedrooms, kitchens, home offices and dining rooms.
Single Speaker Stereo: PLAY:3 plays your favorite songs in full stereo. Three Class-D amplifiers and three custom-built drivers create a full, wide sound stage so the instruments and vocals really shine.
More Powerful Bass: A rear-firing bass radiator pumps out exceptional deep lows for a speaker its size.
Trueplay Speaker Tuning: This exclusive SONOS feature fine-tunes your PLAY:3 to make sure you get the very best sound in any room, no matter where you place it.
Sounds Great In Any Position: Stand it vertically or place it on its side, PLAY:3 optimizes its sound based on your preferred orientation.
Stereo Pair With Another PLAY:3: Turn each speaker into separate left and right channels for wider, bigger and deeper stereo sound.
Simple setup. Better over time.
Put your speaker wherever you want. Plug it in. Tap the free SONOS app – it connects to your home WiFi and you’re ready to rock.
Regular, ongoing software updates bring new features and services to your PLAY:3. So the longer you own it, the better it gets.
WiFi, not Bluetooth
With SONOS, the songs stream from your WiFi network (not your phone), so there's never any of the dropouts, delays or interruptions associated with Bluetooth.
One room of streaming music is great. But a house full is even better. Fill more rooms with music by simply adding more SONOS speakers. They all work together seamlessly so you can play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere.
Rekindle your love for music
SONOS makes it easy to bring music back into your life. Enjoy old favorites or discover something new. With SONOS, music wakes you in the morning, surrounds you all day, and fills every moment with the full body joy of listening out loud.
All the music on earth
SONOS plays everything - the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, your favorite podcasts and audiobooks, your go-to collection of downloads - whatever you love to listen to.
Access all the music on earth through the SONOS app, or control SONOS directly from the Spotify app.
One app. Complete music control.
Choose what to play, where to play it, and how loud. In one room or all over your home. Track down songs across all your music services with a single search. Create playlists in an instant. The SONOS app does it all.
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|Dimensions (HxWxD)||6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in||5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 in||8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 in|
|Weight||4.08 lbs (1.85 kg)||5.71 lbs (2.6 kg)||14 lbs (6.38 kg)|
Wirelessly stream your entire music library, favorite music services, and thousands of radio stations to any room. Place the SONOS PLAY:3 Wireless Hi-Fi System vertically or horizontally, mount it on a wall or hide on a shelf. Set up simply, and expand until every room in your home is packed with music. Control the SONOS PLAY:3 Wireless with free apps for your phone, tablet, and computer.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all ... setup is ridiculously easy. Literally took me 10 minutes to setup a Play3 and a Play1, download the app to my iPad and have music streaming through my home. And when I downloaded the app to my iPhone later, it found my Sonos system, connected, and brought me right to the playlist I had paused.
Secondly, the sound is amazing. I have a reasonably expensive blue tooth speaker (I won't say which one) that is good, but this blows away. My wife, not a music buff at all, simply replied "wow" when she walked into the family room.
Third, quality is exceptional. Even just the feel of the speakers.
Fourth, some have complained about the proprietary nature of the system, but I easily connected to the 4 music sources I cared about, Apple Music, Pandora, Sirius, and the music on my iPad.
Fifth ... the app is very good. The ability to have the speakers work in groups, or individually, and to control the sound differently (I have it a little louder in the family room than the dining room) is perfect.
Upside: for my aging parents the app is wonderful. They don't have to go hunting through menus and apps to find thier music. With the Sonos app everything is unified into a simple menu. They have learned how to create play lists and the whole setup is really full proof when it comes to streaming years of music they have collected.
This is not like a Bluetooth speaker. You cannot connect to the speaker directly. You must connect through a wireless access point and then to the speaker through the app. Like everything, there are hacks and apps that supposedly alow you to watch YouTube videos and whatnot. However, out of the box, this speaker is not for that. This is meant as a good listening experience for music. I won't knock off a star for this since the speaker is not advertised as anything else, just know going in, it's a closed system that does what it's supposed to very well.
If I were to purchase one for myself I would go with the Sonos 5. My rooms are a bit larger and the 3 seemed to struggle to fill them with sound. For a small room or bedroom the 3 seems to do a good job.
I connected all units wirelessly without a bridge and have not experienced any problems.
Here's the problem with Sonos. Most of these reviews are worthless for a new customer as they have no concept what the various components do, how they fit together and what they should get! In fact, I will say that Sonos could significantly improve the messaging of their products. Think about it -- is a new customer going to have any idea what ZonePlayer or Bridge means. Even their website is quite confusing for someone new to all of this stuff. For example, they sell a ZonePlayer120 and ZonePlayer90, which have vastly different functionality. Sonos should just get rid of their marketing folks and hire some people from Apple to fix the messaging confusion. My advice for folks who want to learn more about Sonos is to find a friend with one or go to local stereo shop. Fortunately, the folks on the tech-side of Sonos know what the heck they are doing and why I give this 5 stars!
OK, I just bought a new Black Play:3 along with the Bridge. In a nutshell, here is probably all you need to know:
- Why... The Play:3 is essentially for folks who want to listen to their digital music through a high-quality speaker system that is wirelessly connected to sources of music. Typically, the music is coming from your computer's library (e.g., iTunes) or some internet service such as Pandora or TuneIn (internet radio). How do you control all of this -- by using one of their nifty free apps which run on iPhones, iPod Touch, Androids, iPads (with more to come).
- The Play:3 is your speaker component where sound comes out of. The only connection to worry about is AC power. The beauty of this is that you can move your speaker anywhere in your house at will just as you would with a clock radio.
- The Bridge is a little white box that connects to your WiFi router. It functions to stream music from the source to your Play:3 speaker, wherever that may be. Sure, you don't really need this $50 box as you could plug your Play:3 into your router, but then you defeat much of the purpose for getting a Sonos (wireless portability).
- Sonos makes setup of everything about as easy as possible. If you have a firewall (e.g., at workplace), then things become a little more complicated (you're best off just calling tech support instead of wasting hours figuring it out, which I know many have done).
- I decided to copy my entire iTunes library to a network (NAS) drive and just have Sonos access this. Essentially, I have a portable 500GB Western Digital USB drive connected to my Apple Airport Extreme base station. It is ridiculously easy to setup. The advantage of this is that my music is always available instead of needing my computer to be turned on. Also, much of disk space on my Macbook Pro is used for photos and videos. I should say that another reason I did this was because I am running Mac OS Lion, which is not yet supported by Sonos (but this will be addressed very soon).
- The nice thing about Sonos is that I can easily expand my system later on. For example, I can buy another Play:3 so that I can setup the two in stereo. Or I can create multiple zones in my house (e.g., bedroom, living room) with each Play:3 playing different music at the same time.
- The main limitation of the Play:3 is that there is no line-in jack. This means you cannot connect an outside audio source such as a CD player. And because of this limitation, you cannot configure it using an Apple Airport Express to stream from your iOS device using Apple's Airplay technology. The Play:5 system has a line-in if you really some of these features. Personally, I would love to see Sonos come out with a cheap little white box that just has some line-in audio jacks (including optical). This box could address some of the Play:3 limitations as well as offering an easy way to connect the Sonos system to an Apple TV.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase and will likely buy another Play:3 shortly to further enhance my system. It just works...and sounds great!
*** Update January 1, 2015 ***
I wanted to do a brief update on a number of things.
- OK, many folks have pointed out that Sonos no longer requires you to have a Bridge as you can use your existing WiFi (since Summer of 2014). I still prefer using the dedicated Sonos network as it has better range than my WiFi although the new Boost component can address this issue in a similar manner if using WiFi. The other thing to know is that Sonos often offers bundles where the Bridge is free ($49 normally). So try to get one of these deals if you can, but I wouldn't pay extra unless you know your home has areas where the WiFi signal is not strong and you might want to have a Sonos component there.
- There seems to be a lot of confusion these days comparing a Sonos speaker like the Play:1 and other wireless Bluetooth speakers like those made by UE, Jawbone, and Bose. First off, we should be clear that the term "wireless" refers to the connection between the speaker and sound source. All Sonos speakers require power from an electrical outlet whereas many Bluetooth ones are powered by battery. The other difference folks misunderstand is that Sonos does not directly output sound that's coming from your computer like a Bluetooth speaker can. It primarily accesses the music library (e.g., iTunes) on your computer (or from a NAS drive). If you want to stream what is playing from your computer to Sonos, you need a Sonos component which has a line-in. Most folks use either a Play:5 or a Connect. You can certainly have a wired connection between your computer and the line-in port of your Sonos component, but I like to use my Connect with a dedicated Airport Express so that I can stream wirelessly via AirPlay. I also use the Connect to stream to my older home stereo.
- I recently picked up one of Neil Young's Pono players so I can start listening to more high definition lossless music on the go (e.g., FLAC, ALAC files). One of the things to be aware of with Sonos is that while they do support many of these file formats, they are limited to 16 bit files. A CD that you rip to a lossless format such as Apple's ALAC will have a 44.1/16 sampling rate, which Sonos, Media Player and iTunes support. If you want to purchase higher quality music such as 44.1/24, 96/24 or 192/24, which you can get from Pono Music Store, HDTracks or Archive.org, Sonos does NOT currently support these formats. The reason I bring this up is that I do think these formats will become more popular in the future so folks should know Sonos limitations.
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