Depends on what your needs are. I originally started with a play 3, and I loved it. It does give a nice stereo sound, although it comes from a single speaker, but it gives much louder volume. If you plan to split your play 1's from corner to corner, to achieve an actual stereo pair, then get the play 1's. If you don't mind your stereo pair (the drivers) to be a few inches apart (as they are in the play 3) then get the play 3. Overall it really depends on what you want out of the speaker, and what you would prefer. 1 speaker on your entertainment center, or 2 speakers end to end/ mounted in the corners of a room.