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Sonos deals for Cyber Monday and beyond

Get an Amazon credit or a free Sonos Bridge when you order a Play:3 or Play:5 wireless speaker.

Sonos/screenshot by John P. Falcone

At CNET, we've long ranked the Sonos family of products near the top of our favorite wireless audio gear. The secret to the bulletproof wireless streaming of the Sonos -- it operates free of dropouts -- is that the audio streamers uses their own proprietary mesh wireless network, which is separate and distinct from your home's Wi-Fi network. Up to 32 separate Sonos units can operate in your home, wirelessly communicating with one another -- and without the constrictions of Wi-Fi.

But there's one hitch: while the Sonos system is wireless, the first Sonos unit in your home needs to be hardwired to your network. (In that respect, it's just like a cordless phone system, where the main phone base station needs to be connected to a walljack.) Sonos has a workaround in the form of the Sonos Bridge: the $49 Bridge plugs into an Ethernet jack, creating the initial wireless point to communicate with a Sonos music player, which can then be placed anywhere within the Bridge's resulting wireless bubble.

Still, when you're playing $300 to $500 for your first Sonos music player, spending an extra $49 can sting a bit. Thankfully, there are three deals that can reduce that price to free:

Free Bridge with any Play:3 or Play:5 from Sonos.com: Buy a Sonos Play:3 or Play:5 from Sonos.com, and the company will throw a Bridge in at no additional charge. This deal should be in effect straight through Christmas. Shop at Sonos.com

$100 Amazon credit with the purchase of any Play:3 or Play:5 from Amazon: Buy a Play:3 or Play:5 at Amazon, and the online retailer will reward you with a $100 credit. But this one has some catches: (1) it's only in effect through the end of Cyber Monday (11:59 p.m. PST on November 26); (2) the credit isn't awarded until 33 days after your items ships; (3) the credit must be used by April 30, 2013; and (4) it's only valid "while supplies last." Still, if that all works for you, you could buy a Bridge and still have $51 left over. Shop for Sonos at Amazon

$100 Target gift card with purchase of Sonos bundle: As a reader points out in our comments section below, Target is running a similar deal right now. On Cyber Monday, you get a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of either a Sonos Play:3 or Sonos Play:5 bundled with a wireless bridge. The gift card will be shipped separately. Offer expires November 26 at 11:59pm ET. Shop for Sonos at Target.com

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Updated 11:15 a.m.: Updated to include the deal at Target.