Ease of use
Design and form factor
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 house. It took a total of 5 minutes from unboxing to listening to add the Play:3 to my existing Sonos environment. The ability to pair two Play:3 systems into a stereo pair is a nice feature that has been available on the Play:5, but makes more sense with the slightly less expensive Play:3. Lack of AirPlay support is a minor complaint, but adding the iPod dock accessory to the system works beautifully and is about the same price as adding an AirPort Express to a Play:5 as Sonos recommends.