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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

70
mstanescu
I would not recommend these speakers alone. You need to pair them with the Sub...read more
90
chuckst
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
cmtnez
I think it's the best purchase I have done in recent time. It has a great sound,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
70
PC Mag
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.
 
80
TechRadar
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.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
80
Wired
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.
 
90
Let's Talk Tech
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.