The Sonos Play:3 features three Class-D digital amplifiers and three drivers--one tweeter and two 3-inch mid-range drivers, as well as one passive, rear-firing bass radiator. The cabinet has volume and mute control and it measures up 5.2 x 10.5 x 6.3 inches (132 x 268 x 160 mm) while weighing in at 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg).
Insane amount of music options.
Very affordable for Sonos.
Wireless is an option.
Two boxes make a nice (and loud) "stereo pair".
Strong audio performance.
Can be paired with a second unit to make a stereo pair.
Switches to mono output automatically when in vertical orientation.
You can control the Sonos Play: 3 single-speaker streaming-audio system from any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smartphone using a free app.
Painless to set up.
Sound gets distorted at high volumes.
No option to hook to a larger AV setup.
Needs hardwired connection or $50 more for wireless.
No aux input for direct listening from a mobile device.
Needs the Sonos Bridge to function wirelessly (not included).
Sonos Desktop Controller does not automatically update your music library.
The Play:3 has almost no stereo separation and doesn't offer the detail and clarity of the step-up Play:5.
Frustrating software controls.
Muddy bass at top volumes.
Now Sonos is more affordable than ever, but you still need to shell out money for the $49 Bridge. Would be nice if there was an easy way to integrate it into preexisting stereo setup.
By Digital Trends on November 20, 2012
Sonos has a real winner on its hands with the Play:3. Its blend of excellent sound, smart style, dependable operation and ease of use makes it a standout performer in the world of wireless audio. And considering just how much you get for your money,...90
By PC Authority on November 02, 2011
Can the latest gadget from the wireless streaming pioneer compete with its AirPlay-packing rivals?...83
By Whathifi.com on October 24, 2011
It might not feel like it, but has been around for quite a while. Perhaps the reason it always feels fresh and vibrant is because the company is constantly evolving.A recent rebranding exercise has resulted in the Play:3, which brings with it an all...100
By The Verge on October 12, 2011
The company signed Greg Perlot, Sonos' new Chief Brand Officer, to execute the second part of its plan. While we don't normally concern ourselves with marketing execs, it's worth noting that Greg is the former Microsoft director of...90
By Stuff.tv on October 01, 2011
Easy to install, sounds great and won't break the bank. Top marks all round...100
By theregister.co.uk on September 27, 2011
Sonos has at last built a wireless music box for the less well-off - and built a rather good one too. The Play:3 is physically small enough to be easily sited in any lounge, office or bedroom but produces a big enough sound to act as a primary...90
By CNET UK on September 19, 2011
The cheapest Sonos speaker yet, the Play:3, is as easy to use and as versatile as we'd expect. But, if you can lay down a few more notes, the Sonos Play 5 is worth the...80
By Computeractive on September 16, 2011
The new Play: 3 finally makes Sonos (relatively) affordable – and quality is great...100
By Big Picture Big Sound on September 16, 2011
The PLAY:3 isn't the best-sounding product that Sonos makes, but it's certainly the most compact, the simplest to use and configure, and the most affordable. On its own, in a single speaker configuration it doesn't quite belt out the music...88
By Macworld Australia on September 09, 2011
If you are looking for state- of-the-art sound quality mixed with the ability to have millions of songs at your fingertips, this is the system for you. The Play:3 is the most seamless wireless networking solution I have ever tried. Sonos does become...100