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Sonos Play 3

Submitted by on July 29, 2012 – 5:04 amNo Comment

There aren’t a whole lot of speaker systems that have me grinning from ear to ear. But that’s anything but the case with Sonos. Earlier this year, summer time to be more exact, the company introduced the Sonos Play:3. At the time I didn’t think too much about the wireless speakers. I tested out their Play:5, and while I was relatively impressed I just didn’t see the versatility. However, after spending countless hours piping all my music through the Play:3 I can say that I’m no longer an Airport Express fan, but a converted, card carrying Sonos fanatic.

So what separates the Play:3 from the Play:5 is that it’s smaller; $100 cheaper ($399 vs $299); and sports 3 speakers instead of 5. The latter caveat aside, they can now be easily be placed anywhere, such as the top of a cabinet, on a shelf, by a bedside or a variety of other places that the Play:5 may be have proved to be too large. And while the Play:3 packs less speakers, which in turn means a bit less oomph in the sonic department, you can combine two of them and switch into stereo mode. Furthermore, a built-in sensor can detect when they’re placed vertically, ideal for stereo speakers, and will adjust the sound accordingly. But that’s not the only thing that makes the Play:3s one of the most convenient speaker packages for your entire home.

Like all of Sonos’ speaker offerings, the Play:3 is very easy to setup and operate. As with the Play:5 you can plug the Play:3 directly into your home’s router using an Ethernet cord. But if you’ve got more than one Play:3 or a desire to place it outside of the router’s general proximity, you’ll need to make an investment in Sonos’ Zone Bridge. The Bridge, which now costs $49 ($50 cheaper since my Play:5 review), plugs into your router and wirelessly connects all Sonos players in your home to your network, allowing you to control each Play:3 independently or as one set of speakers. On the converse, without the Zone Bridge you’ll be dragging Ethernet cords around your home and thus defeating the simplicty and ultra easy setup of the Sonos Play:3s. However, keep in mind that you’ll need an electrical outlet to power each Play:3 so where you place them will depend on that.

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