Sonos Play:3: Fill your home with rich, dynamic sound with Sonos Play:3, a player that's versatile enough to put just about anywhere. Place it horizontally, such as on a bookshelf or counter top, or stand it up vertically to make a perfect fit into tight spots like on nightstands or in corners, for a music player that truly suits your home.
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Awesome pc. of equipment.
Posted by: techrookie from: Illinois on
I first bought a Bose and then learned about the Sonos. I had not yet set up my new Bose so I exchanged it for a Sonos Play 5 and set it up in my study. I LOVED IT! So I then bought 2 Sonos Play 3's for my bath rm. & kitchen. They are so easy to set up and use. I have set up my favorite radio stations in my library and have all my albums on my computer and iPhone. I use my phone mostly as the controler. I would like to figure out if I can play my audio books through them. That would be the ultimate. Just haven't had time to sit down and research it. I am no computer geek. For me, this was a simple set up and is easy to use.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Technology always takes patience
Posted by: mjones74 from: Illinois on
Like anything unfamiliar, you have to be patient and learn what it's about and get your self used to using it. The 1 star reviews I think are due to not wanting to put in the effort to make it work. No it doesn't stream from the ipod but it does play your entire iTunes library.. which is better IMO and what is already on your ipod/ipad. The software is simple to install and user friendly. The set up is literally the push of a button (two really). You'll have to install some apps, update some things, put in username and passwords for services like Sirius, Pandora but with 15-20 minutes of work you're done - for good. I have it on my deck, garage, kitchen, bedroom. My wife listens in the kitchen while I'm listening in the garage. You need to know what unit is best for your situation. I have the connect amp for the deck as I bought boston outdoor speakers..it's incredible. The garage I have the connect amp as I use my bose bookshelf speakers, the kitchen is play5, it delivers incredible sound and fills the kitchen and the entire downstairs for that fact and the bedroom I run (2) play 3's in stereo, 1 on either side of the bed. With free apps like Songza, bed time has never been so peacefully. I also use the bridge which was free with the play3 purchase to boost my wireless signal. Buy a great wireless router if you're going to run multiple sonos components. It's an incredible system and you'll keep upgrading if you buy just one and try it in a room. You can buy an Ipod dock but that's all you're going to get. The remote app on the iPhone/ipad is awesome and with out bugs/glitches and its free. People come to my house and it's a conversation piece and have found a few of them purchased a play5 after the visit and discussion... they plan on doing their house. Don't be intimidated by the low reviews, remember to read and be patient. It's worth it in the end. The cost is about $50 a unit higher than I would like to pay but don't buy an entire house system at once. Piece by piece.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great sub. Really rumbles
Posted by: AverageJoe1234 from: Baltimore, MD on
After reading hundreds of reviews on the internet about the sonos line of products, I decided to dive in head first. I bought several speakers including this one (to the tune of nearly $3,000) and have not been disappointed. Are they expensive? Absolutely. Is the sound quality on par with buying an actual receiver and real speakers? Absolutely not. As long as you are aware of this going in, I think you can be satisfied with joining the masses of sonos customers.
Don't get me wrong, the sound is great. But it wasn't as good as I expected for the money. I think the sound quality is fine if you're buying individual speakers to put music in several rooms of your house. However, if you're buying these speakers to replace a true surround sound system, you'll be disappointed.
What they lack in hifi sound quality though, they more than make up for in ease of access. I have instant access to more music than I could ever want at the swipe of a finger using only my iphone. This is where the high price gets its justification. Even my technophobe wife loves doing it. There is nothing like coming home and cracking open a beer on the front porch while listening to pandora. And I can do this without 5 remotes, turning on multiple amplifiers, etc. It's all right there from my iphone. I never have to get up to change a channel, or even point a remote, I can listen to radio stations in california or I can listen to my own music stored on my desktop. It;s brilliant,
I'll never have studio quality sound blaring from my speakers. My simulated 5.1 surround sound will always leave a little to be desired. But we listen to more music now - and a greater variety of music now - than we ever have.To me, that has made this purchase more than worth it. In fact, I would agree with many customers that sonos is a life changing purchase. One of the better ones I've ever made, despite the high pricetag.
If you're an average joe like me that enjoys tech gadgets and loves listening to music in every room of your house, you won't be disappointed. If you're an audiophile nerd who must have the clearest sound money can buy, then look elsewhere. This product is not for you.
The sub is probably the one sonos speaker where I would say sound quality matches the pricetag. Even without the sonos functionality, this powered sub puts out base that is worth the $700 pricetag. Would recommend it, but only if you already have the playbar.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Wolfgang76 from: West Bend, WI on
I am a huge fan of Sonos and was pleased to see them develop the Play 3. This is a perfect speaker for a smaller room or bedroom. Fantastic sound and, typical of Sonos, incredible build quality. What I really appreciate is the fact that it took me less than 10 minutes to set up the speaker including opening the box. I highly recommend using an iPad, if available, to control the system. The Sonos remote is great, but save the money if you have an iPad and download the free app.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Rzrback81 from: Fayetteville, Ar on
I must first start by saying that I typically do not provide online reviews but I rely heavily on them. If you are like me, you like to read countless reviews about any purchase of a product over $100.00. I value other people's opinions, experiences, and general outlook about products they have tried. I have been looking at a few options to add a speaker in our bedroom. I was looking at 1) a speaker dock 2) a bluetooth speaker or 3) a wi-fi speaker. I began to think about what I would value most in my new speaker. Portability, or quality? After I spent several hours reading online reviews, as well as a trip to my local Best Buy store, I came to my conclusion. I valued the online reviews more in helping me make my decision over my hands on visit to my Best Buy store. The store display at my best buy store wasn't set up and working for the SONOS speaker. After I seen the bluetooth speaker options at my Best Buy store, I couldn't believe how small they were and the quality simply wasn't what I was in the market for. I narrowed the purchase down to wi-fi speakers. Pioneer's A4 or the SONOS play 3. I couldn't have made a better decision. The actual set up took me about 30 minutes after I got it out of the box to establish the network SONOS requires. After that, the connection of the speaker was a minute at the very worst. I was blown away by the quality of music this little guy put out. The app that I installed for my iPhone 5 worked flawlessly. I was up and listening to all sorts of music within minutes. If you are looking for a wi-fi speaker, SONOS is the way to go. You will pay more for the speaker, but if you want sound quality within a buget, SONOS simply is the best option and you will not regret the purchase. What's even better is that I can expand my collection at my pace and have excellent sound throughout my entire house. Try it for 30 days but I'm confident you will not return it.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
not even close to the play:5
Posted by: SteveGNJ from: NJ on
I had 3 Sonos 5's (now called the play:5) and I wanted to add 4th. The play:3 came out so I decided to save the $100 or so and go for the play:3 after reading all the reviews of it. I had the unit exactly 30 minutes before deciding to return it. It's not even close to the 5's. Volume is control is jumpy, not linear like the 5's, power is about half of 5's and once the volume is over 50% the sound starts to get real tinny.
Bottom line is if you don't have anything to compare the play:3 against you may be perfectly happy with it, but if you have any 5's in the mix you will be disappointed. I'm a huge fan of sonos but the play:3 just doesn't cut it and is way too expensive for the sound quality.
23 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Great component for an average room
Posted by: LarryOC2822 from: Bellingham WA on
I own both Play 5 units for our living space, and a Play 3 that we use in our bedroom. For the size of the room, I'd actually rate the sound slightly better than the Play 5, although I mean no dissatisfaction regarding either.
The fact is that the Sonos concept allows me access to my hundreds of CDs anywhere in the house, grouping units or listening independently, and has given us the opportunity to use Pandora, Rhapsody, and Spotify to first find similar artists to our favorites, then to listen to our new finds in depth before buying new releases.
The Play 3 does sonic justice to every style of music we enjoy.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great way to expand Sonos system
Posted by: jbabin from: Philadelphia, PA on
I am a huge Sonos fan and the Play:3 keeps up the rep of the entire family of products. Assuming you're adding to existing Sonos system: take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on, press mute+vol up, and you are good to go (total setup ~2min).
I use (2) Play:3s to add 2 additional zones to existing Sonos system with ZoneBridge, ZonePlayer 120, and S5. Use whole system to stream Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora and Napster, as well as NPR via IheartRadio and also connect to NAS to play from music library. Great sounds, no cables/wires, great coverage throughout house.
Build quality of Play:3 not quite as nice as Play:5 (fka S5), but still solid and higher quality than most consumer electronics. Sounds great. Sonos is expensive, but if you're looking for wireless system and streaming, it's great value, and Play:3 is excellent.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Enjoy music from radio stations around the world.
Posted by: WorldRadioMusic from: Pennsylvania on
Sonos does not provide a discount to buy a second unit. However, they give the bridge away as a promotion. But you only need one bridge.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great Sound From Little Box
Posted by: noGGin from: on
The sound that this thing produces is outstanding. It can fill a large room at 50% volume and easily satisfy a small room at 25%. Yes it's expensive but worth it.