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.

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Sonos Play:3 review

Sonos may not inspire the sort of high-end audio lust that a company like Polk can, but it doesn't draw the ire of serious audiophiles the way Bose does either. It straddles a fine line between respectability and gimmicky, and rightfully so -- Sonos isn't really an audio company in the purest sense of the term. Rather than loading up its components with vacuum tubes and gold-plated connectors, units like the recently launched Play:3 make their mark by incorporating wireless streaming -- a feature that's actually painless to setup. They're for people who have embraced the digital music revolution, but don't want to be stuck sitting in front of the computer or tethered to an iPod when the mood to groove strikes. The Play:3 also happens to be the first accelerometer-packing speaker we've ever tested that dynamically changes the EQ based on its orientation. As usual all the details -- from connecting and controlling the player to whether or not it produces the sound quality to justify its somewhat lofty $299 price tag -- are after the break.

Pros
  • Painless to set upGood sound qualityPlenty of content sources
Cons
  • Frustrating software controlsSlightly priceyMuddy bass at top volumes
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
WiFi, Ethernet

General

Type
Wireless speakers

Speakers

Woofers
0
Midrange drivers
2
Tweeter
1

Connections

Connections
WiFi, Ethernet (no)

Controls

Controls
yes (Volume, Mute) (no)

Power

Has batteries
no
Power adapter
External

Other

Clock
no
Kickstand
no