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conclusion:We like it

88

With each new device, Sonos has managed to make their internet-enabled wireless music systems smaller, sexier, and less expensive, all without sacrificing sound quality or features. The Play:3 is our favorite to date: a tiny package capable of pumping out big, clear sound from just about any internet or network audio source imaginable. (Our favorite these days is Rdio.) Note: Sonos is most easily controlled from a tablet or smartphone, but if you don't have one you can always use a computer.

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Critic reviews

8.0
7 reviews
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    8.7
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    8.0
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    8.0

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User reviews

9.6
13 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 1, 2011

It's clear, loud, and punchy enough to start up a small dance party ... setting them up couldn't have been any easier. The software controls did leave us scratching our heads ... if they felt a tad more polished, we'd probably be more than willing to overlook the somewhat inflated sticker price.

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8.0
CNET Aug 10, 2011

In the end, while Sonos may have done the best it could within the parameters it set for itself, audiophiles will be quick to note that the Play:3 shows its limitations.

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8.0
Wired Jan 28, 2013

Thanks to an onboard accelerometer, the speaker can sense whether it’s placed vertically or horizontally and can subsequently auto-correct from stereo to mono. This means you get even more flexibility, and can slip one into a bookshelf or group two together in the same room.

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7.0
PC Mag Aug 17, 2011

Overall, the Sonos Play:3 is an excellent-sounding wireless speaker, but it is not a versatile product. If you’re already a Sonos owner, you probably care less about the Play:3’s aux input and wireless limitations.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 26, 2011

The Sonos Play:3 sounds great, is easy to setup, and will happily sit in you kitchen or on your bedside table replacing that digital radio that doesn't do anything apart from play what's being broadcast now.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 29, 2011

The Play:3 is an excellent multi-room option and brings the Sonos system slightly closer to the realms of the common man's bank account; worth saving up for? We think so.

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9.0
Let's Talk Tech Oct 3, 2013

Is it for everyone? – probably not, but for someone who’s serious about music and takes real pleasure out of good sound – I don’t think you can go wrong with it. When it’s all said and done, Sonos’ reputation continues to stand strong with the Play:3.

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9.0
dave dave

The Sonos Play:3 is a great device for anyone who loves to stream and listen to internet-based music services in their home. Previously, my routine was to come home, load up a random music service on my iPhone (hey, Rdio!), setup a playlist and then plug my phone into a speaker dock. This was...

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10
AgentAwesome AgentAwesome

The Sonos Play:3 is the latest addition to the Sonos lineup. The sound quality is excellent for such a small footprint. This is the perfect size for a bedroom or office. Bigger rooms would benefit from the larger Play:5. Setup is very easy if you have an established Sonos network in your...

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9.0
stevenpm stevenpm

I sometimes wish I could turn it one from the speaker and not have to take out my iphone. I wish it supported Apple Airplay.

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9.0
thewellington thewellington

I have three of these in my Sonos system. I love them, they are a nice entry point to Sonos. They fill a room with sound quite capably. You can set two of them up in a stereo pair and fill a larger room. If you are sold on Sonos, these speakers are a must for your system.

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10
kevina2 kevina2

I use the S3 as my bathroom unit and for a small room it is perfect. Not sure about a larger room. This S3 has never cutout or caused me anything but joy at the sweet sound.

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10
navrasa navrasa

The quality of sound with such a small form factor blows my mind. It is sheer genius to have software supported stereo paring when you have two PLAY:3s available.

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9.0
ImportSport ImportSport

The Play:3 is my first Sonos product and I'm considering moving it from the living room to a bed room and picking up a Play:5 as well. That alone should be testimony to my positive experience. To be specific, the Play:3 has a small footprint, impressive build quality, and acceptable sound...

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10
nielej nielej

What great sound from a little speaker. So solid in every respect. I have three now and they are so versatile.

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10
cmtnez cmtnez

I think it's the best purchase I have done in recent time. It has a great sound, really loud (I never turned it up higher than 30% of the volume). The setup is really easy, it works perfect with both Android and iPhone and plays all of the music from my NAS.

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10
sjfee sjfee

Easy to set up & integrate will all my controllers (Laptops, iPad, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7). Surprisingly responsive controls w/virtually no lag. Works great with Spotify, Pandora, and Songza. Best of all, excellent room-filling sound. Great for apartments. Worth the price.

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