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Sonos - PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music - Black

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Sonos PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker: Fill your home with rich, dynamic sound with Sonos Play:3, a speaker that's versatile enough to put just about anywhere. Position it horizontally or vertically for a perfect fit in tight spots around your home like on bookshelves or a nightstand.

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    What's Included

    • Owner's manual
    • Power cord, flat Ethernet cable
    • SONOS PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3193 out of 3271)


    Integrated, multiroom control

    If you have multiple Sonos music players, you can control what's playing in any room from anywhere in your house. You can use any Sonos Controller to control the music and the volume in all of your rooms.

    Control your music from the palm of your hand

    Download the free Sonos Controller app on your compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac to search for songs and stations, choose music and control the volume on your Sonos PLAY:3 wireless speaker.

    Works with Amazon Alexa

    Voice control your music by telling Amazon Alexa what to play

    Wireless streaming lets you access all the music you love in one place

    Enjoy your music library, radio stations and online services through the Sonos Controller app.

    Play a different song in every room, at the same time

    Tune in to an Internet radio station in the bedroom, stream a music service in the kitchen and play a song from your music library in the living room — simultaneously.

    Stereo pair

    If you purchase 2 PLAY:3 speakers, you can create separate left and right channels to generate bigger and deeper sound.

    Dynamic sound in any type of room

    The Sonos PLAY:3 includes 3 state-of-the-art digital amplifiers paired with 3 integrated speakers to bring pure, clean sound to a kitchen, bedroom, office or just about any room in your home.

    Compact size for portability

    The Sonos PLAY:3 speaker is portable and easy to move to the backyard, garage or any other room.

    Rubber feet

    Lets you place the PLAY:3 on any kind of surface without fear of scratches or scrapes.

    Simple setup

    Put your Sonos PLAY:3 wireless speaker in any room where you want music and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network using the Sonos Controller app. With the touch of a few buttons, you're ready to enjoy multiroom music.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3271 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Speaker!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought the Play 5 as my first Sonos purchase, and absolutely loved it. Days later I found myself in the store purchasing two Play 1 speakers to add to my set. Within a week I ended up purchasing 2 of these speakers (the Play 3) as well as another Play 1, totaling my count to 6 speakers, (one Play 5, two Play 3s, and three Play 1 speakers!) At the start, I had 0 intention of buying so many speakers, especially because they seem pricey, however they are really priced well considering their features. The fact that they connect so easily to my home network, and the software is really easy to use, and I had no static or any issues with the wifi (they are crystal clear even at the loudess settings, and they stream instantly as if they are wired). Additionally, I was originally looking at Bose, but doing a side-by-side comparison in the store, I chose to invest in Sonos because I really didn't hear a difference, plus Sonos was less expensive, and the salesperson told me that the software interface is more user-friendly, which is great because I'm fairly tech-savvy but even the non-tech people in my family have been able to use this system with ease. At first, I thought it would be a set-back that you cannot stream via iTunes, or computer sounds, per say - you MUST use Sonos's app/program, therefore only songs loaded into Sonos's library can be played (as well as the multitude of free, actually extremely useful, streaming radio stations.) However, the program (for pc) and app operate very similarly to iTunes, so it's really intuitive to use. All I had to do is direct Sonos to my iTunes folder (or any other folder where your music is saved) and it saves it to it's library - it won't literally copy the files, so you don't need to worry about it taking up any extra space, it just looks in that directory. I have several wifi devices as well as computers and I can control all of the speakers from any of the devices (even multiple devices simultaneously) without any delay. I have a speaker in my basement, and the moment I click Play while being upstairs (2 stories up, but on the same network) it starts playing instantly, as if it were wired. Lastly, I added on a Seagate Central (NAS) hard drive to my network recently, and decided to move my music library to that wireless hard drive. I redirected Sonos to the folder on there and it works just as well as if it were on my computer - there's no difference...the actual benefit to this is that I don't need to leave a computer on to play from the Sonos. So now my set up can be easily controlled from a tablet, my phone, iPad, iPod touch...pretty much any device with Windows/Android/iOS without the need of accessing my PC. I have about 50 gbs of music and when adding to the Sonos app, it took about 5-10 minutes for it to load - but this is just an initial load to allow Sonos to read all of the album art, and build an index. From there everything else is instant. I tested it out by first only adding a few gigabytes and it took about 30 seconds to a minute to build the index - again this is only for the initial setup of the music directory. All in all I am thrilled with the entire Sonos speaker set, and definitely plan to add more in the near future because I have them all spread out throughout my house so that in times of a party, etc there is continuous flow of music and they are well hidden - at a mere fraction of the cost of what a piped-music system would cost! A final note I forgot to mention above is that all of the speakers can be controlled simultaneously as a group (where you can have them all set to the same volume, or even adjust each volume to different levels) or individually, simultaneously - meaning that from the app, I can play a different song on each speaker simultaneously - there's no sort of "log in" per speaker, each can be controlled on the fly. I definitely recommend any of the Sonos Play Speakers to everyone!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sub. Really rumbles

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Technology always takes patience

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      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'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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Product

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Multi-Room Sound Option and Device Upgrade

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      When I think of wireless I think of "no wires," at all. And if you look at all of their advertising pictures, all you see is the component, sitting nicely on a table, counter, or shelf. But, these things are AC / electrical cord powered, so you do need to run the electrical cord from the device to an AC outlet. Once you know that, then you are ready to adopt these Sonos components/speakers as like one of your own children. These things are great, given their size, sound, appearance, and their (so far) 95% seamless operation. The only problem I had originally was that the speaker would cut out after about 4 1/2 minutes of playing. I was getting ready to return them when my wife dug into Sonos' online user manual and discovered that you could change the channel upon which the Sonos wireless network operates. What was happening is that the Sonos wireless network (it creates its own network for its own devices to link to each other) was interfering with our native home wireless network. But, we switched the Sonos wireless channel and voila! It has worked flawlessly ever since. This system is phenomenal in that: it can play different music on every different Sonos speaker in the system, or play all the same music, or play any different combination that you choose; it can read the music library from your computer or other device connected to your home network; with the Sonos Connect (which I also have) you can hook up your traditional home stereo system (so I now can play from my 300-disc CD changer, which requires some initial button-pushing on the receiver/CD changer each time I want to do this, but that's not a big downside); the components themselves are attractive and have a small footprint; the sound is great for speakers of this size (don't expect it to sound like a full-size speaker system, but it is exponentially superior to the poor sound you get out of a tablet, laptop, or smart phone - which that alone almost makes it worthwhile); and the controller app / software is pretty easy to use once you get used to it (which takes about 10 minutes and some playing around with the various functions). Another note: my family is buying a new-construction home and there was an option for whole-home music to be built in, but that would have cost us around $3,300 and not provide different music on different speakers (the latter option was $4,000). Sonos, on the other hand, will provide us music in the same number of rooms (4 - but that includes my hi-fi receiver and speakers already owned as 1 of the rooms) with the ability to play different music in each room, for about $1,046 (actually less because I made purchases during promotional periods so will be applying about $50 worth of Best Buy rewards). Overall, I am thrilled with this system and recommend it to anyone who wants "whole-home" sound without having to run wires through your walls or have overbearing speakers sitting on stands in corners or hacked into spots in your ceiling.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved it so much, I bought another!

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      I was looking for a wi-fi sound system for my home, and even though I didn't know much about it, I decided to give Sonos a try. I am very happy that I did. At first I was a little put off by the fact that you have to buy the bridge unit as well as the speaker unit, but this makes the system easy to expand. I love that the system unifies all of my music -- I can listen to all of the music stored on my computer and attached hard drives (it even read my existing iTunes playlists), and it logs into my Pandora and SiriusXM accounts. It would also access my Spotify account, but you have to have a premium subscription, It also accesses online radio stations and police/fire/ems feeds with LastFM. That was a very pleasant surprise. The ability to sit in my living room and use my phone to cue up anything that I'm in the mood for with my phone has literally changed my life. Setup was pretty straightforward. The hub plugged in and set up as expected, but I ran into a hitch getting the speaker unit going -- I'm not sure the buttons on the unit work exactly the way they are supposed to. After fiddling with it for a bit, I was good to go. Once the hardware was running, it took very little effort to get the software set up on my computer, scan my large music library, link it to my Pandora and SiriusXM accounts, and download and setup apps for both my iPhone and iPad. Hardware - I didn't expect much, and I'm not the most discerning audiophile, but I think that the sound is pretty good. The speaker has enough power that I can run it in one room and listen to it in another. Software - The software is not the most intuitive. It takes a little time to grasp the conventions that are used to browse all of the music sources, but it does a good job of searching my music library, so I am happy about that. The apps are polished and work well, once you understand how the software works. Expandability - I was so happy with the system, that I went out a few weeks later and bought another speaker for my office. Because the whole system is built around the bridge, adding another unit was a snap. Each unit can run independently or play the same music, so I can create a queue of Kanye to listen to while I'm working upstairs while my wife listens to old-timey radio shows on XM downstairs. Love the system -- I highly recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great general speaker

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I am by no means an audiophile snob but I do own and appreciate some nice electronic pieces that I have had for many years. The Sonos is a great little general speaker that you can use throughout the house (we have ours in our living room) for some general music listening. These will not blow your mind, they will not make you hear things you never heard before and they will not be the talk of the neighborhood. They do sound nice, start up immediately (once you have them set up properly-which is a bit of a process) and have decent sound. The set up process is a little weird but it works. Trying to get the speakers to "go" when you turn on, say, Spotify, requires you to manually switch the "devices available" to the speaker. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Most of the time it does but it's that every so often that requires a little extra effort. Not complaining but I'm sure others will. Once on, the speaker sounds good. I have Martin Logan's as our home theater speakers so that's my comparison. That's comparing a $300 speaker to a $3,000 speaker. You get what you pay for. I'm not saying they don't sound good but don't expect your ears to be blow away. Compared to our JBL Flip speaker, the Sonos is amazing. We tried the 1, 3 and 5 at the store and there really is a difference between the 3. The 1 has little to no bass, the 3 has enough to make the music enjoyable at decent sound levels and the 5 really takes it to the next level. The 5 is a fairly large speaker which we didn't really want. The 3 almost disappears on a piece of furniture which makes my wife happy. I really like the fact that it's always on so all you need to do it turn on your source and switch it over and go. The convenience of playing your music from your phone is worth the drawback in the speaker sound. Overall we are very happy with our purchase. I'm about to buy another one for my mother. It will be perfect in a kitchen/living room/dinning room setting. The music will fill her entire house.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Portable, Streaming, Expensive can connect devices

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Aptly titled –a speaker that streams music and wireless. No bluetooth or MP3 capability. Sets up relatively easily and is uncomplicated to use. Sonos instantly played Pandora. The quickstart set-up guide gets by, but instruction- is atrocious. You must download their setup (PDF) plus their “How to Set up” from their web page. Movable from room to room. It reproduces good music; however, due to price, I rate only 4-stars. For this price, Sonos needs to provide as a unit a matched wired-speaker for stereo. Also, Sonos provide a cheaper wireless satellite speaker; i.e., modify Sonos 1 to be compatible with Sonos 3, . That being said, two Sonos 3’s for wire-less music in two rooms seems relatively cheap (at twice the cost). Also, with the cash available, plus some savvy about audio setup (or goggle it), you can add on, for example, your existing stereo system. Best Buy provided the Connect ($349) that wirelessly plays my stereo system through Sonos 3. Thereby, plays either CD, tape, or LP. An RCA Y-connector or switch box connects all three to Sonos, plus an added RCA Y-connector wire maintains existing CD to TV connection. I had to experiment with the sequence of getting it to play my CD, etc. In their manual on web page, you find, for example that there is no on-off switch (the button on top only pauses the sound). It’s instant-on when unplugged and plugged back in, but it’s unplugged anyway moving between rooms. I unplug all solid-state electronics when unused. As for quality, the bass is good and the mid-range and highs are good. It has more speakers than Sonos 1. I suspect that its less quality than a stereo system such my 70 watt speakers w/ 90 watt amp. I haven’t tried both side-by-side, but suspect the highest highs and lowest lows are not there. Has lots of acoustic power to listen in adjacent rooms with volume up. There are alternatives with bluetooth and MP3 format, USB/RCA input, etc. (Bose sound systems, Sony shelf stereo systems, Samsung Giga mini system). Depends on what you want; this one is portable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews

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