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Sonos Play:3At $300, the Play:3 is a tad pricey, but it's an attractive, well-built speaker that's definitely a good addition to the Sonos line.
-Hi, I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the Sonos Play 3 wireless network speaker. If all the company at all or having existing Sonos system, you know that this is the second stand alone speaker in the Sonos line and at $300, it's smaller and more affordable in the step up Play 5, formally known as the S5. As you see, this is a pretty compact speaker and it comes in white or black. [unk] is that it can be laid down horizontally or propped up vertically and an internal sensor to detect its position will stereo mode to mono. The idea behind that is that you can add 2 Play 3 in the same room and stereo pair them with 1 Play 3 set to be dedicated left channel speaker and the other to be the right. You can do this with a pair of Play 5's as well. Obviously, stereo pairing 2 Play 3's gets pretty expensive, but it does dramatically improve stereo separation and boost the overall sound quality. As for connectivity, there is no audio input, but you do get an Ethernet connection around back for a wired connection to your home network. You can mount the speaker and no hardware is provided. We're not going to get in to any of the setup in this video. It suffice to say that one of the big selling point of Sonos is how easy it is to quickly put together a multi room audio system linking play 3's, play 5's or other Sonos components and having the same music play simultaneous in various rooms or of different tracks playing in different rooms. It's good idea to buy a Sonos bridge, would cost $50 to built out your system because they make set up that much easier in the system as a whole not much more reliable. Sonos does offer a separate remote to control your system. If you have an Apple or android mobile device, you can download free Sonos app and turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote. One of the other big appeal of the system is the ability to stream your iTunes music collection and easily connect to such streaming services as iheartradio, Napster, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Spotify, and Wolfgang's Vault. In terms of sound, the play is good for a compact speaker and definitely plays loud for its size and doesn't distort at volumes. Face is relatively full and well defined, but where falls a little short is on detail and clarity because the internal driver or space so closely together and offers very little in the way of stereo separation. At $300, the Play 3 is a tad pricey with an attractive well-built speaker that's definitely a good edition of the Sonos line. I can see similar setting of a play 5 in larger room such a living room and going with Play 3's speakers in the kitchen, bedroom, home office, or bathroom. That's said, the Play 5 does offer better sound and I recommend spending the extra $100 of step up model if you can afford it. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Sonos Play 3 wireless network speaker. Thanks for watching.