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- Painless to set upGood sound qualityPlenty of content sources
- Frustrating software controlsSlightly priceyMuddy bass at top volumes
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- 81AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsWired80Sonos Play:3Thanks 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.PC Mag70Sonos Play:3 ReviewOverall, 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.CNET80Sonos Play:3In 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.Engadget80Sonos Play:3 reviewIt'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.Pocket-Lint90Sonos Play:3 reviewThe 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.TechRadar80Sonos Play:3 reviewThe 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.Let's Talk Tech90Sonos Play:3 Review: The Affordable Way To PremiumIs 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.
- 95AVERAGE USER SCORE13 ReviewsEngadget Reader70November 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I would not recommend these speakers alone. You need to pair them with the Sub otherwise the base response without loudness enabled or EQ tweaking is inapropriate. (well does not have an active subwoofer) but i guess makes good companion with Sub (which i do not have).Depending on their position, even by the wall the rear bass radiator is quite weak. I did not "cage" them.Engadget Reader90May 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100May 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100August 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100April 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100March 19, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader90March 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100January 29, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!What great sound from a little speaker. So solid in every respect. I have three now and they are so versatile.Engadget Reader90August 21, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 quality. If I could improve one thing about the product it would be the quality of mid- to high-frequency reproduction. This small speaker handles high levels with ease and offers acceptable bass response at relatively high levels, but increasing these levels impacts the mid- to high-frequency response. The Sonos system is easy to setup. I attached the bridge to my wireless router, plugged the Play:3 into an outlet upstairs and it worked. During the setup process I tried a few different positions throughout the room and, in the process, changed power outlets. At some point I managed to put the speaker into a 'display mode' that made it unable to sync. After fighting with the bridge and speaker for two evenings (assuming the issue was my network) I called Sonos support and they had the speaker reset and functional within minutes. Obviously this was, on some level, my fault and quickly addressed. I was not able to find anything related to the issue on the Sonos website, however.Anyone considering the Sonos products should look into the apps before purchasing. In my household we have two iPhones and an iPad and use Spotify for music streaming. The Sonos app works very well with the iPhones and the iPad app is extremely well designed. It takes some time to get used to the fact that the Sonos app must queue songs before playing, it feels like creating a playlist from your playlists. The concept is slightly awkward and adding playlists from another service to the Sonos queue or playlists feels redundant. This does allow flexibility to create a Sonos playlist that includes music from multiple sources, a real plus for anyone that doesn't use a service as flexible as Spotify. I would and have recommended the Sonos products to friends and family. The company has designed high quality hardware and an app that plays nicely with a wide array of local and streaming media sources. There's still room to grow for Sonos and I would strongly urge this company to suck up the expense and sever their proprietary application requirement to integrate Apple's airplay into their next firmware build.Engadget Reader100August 2, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.
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