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Sonos Play:3 wireless speaker

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About - Sonos Play:3

The Sonos Play:3 is part of the wireless speaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, wireless speaker models like the Play:3 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Sound quality:
Sound quality represents the speaker systems tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for the most balanced sound.

Ease of use:
Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on the speaker and/or it's remote control.

Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features.
About This Brand

Sonos, which helped pioneer the multiroom wireless speaker category, has a lineup of Wi-Fi speakers that can be used either independently, as part of a multichannel sound system, or as a speaker in a multi-room system. Prices range from low to high.

Features & Specs - Sonos Play:3
info Wireless type WiFi
info Wi-Fi content sharing technology Sonos
info Optional multi-room sharing Yes
info Audio format Stereo/Mono
info Remote Optional
info Power source AC
info Stereo analog audio input Optional
info iPod Docking No
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User Reviews - Sonos Play:3
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Dont waste your time
Road Block At Every Step
Wont Run With Windows 8
Best Uses
Don't even think about buying this if you are running windows 8, it will waste about 6 hours of your life until you take it back to the store. Almost Impossible to down load the app, once you do this, it fails at every step trying to play music. In the end it could not even recognise the computer it was loaded on too .figure that out. <br /> Absolute night mare. The site says simply down load the app, that is a blatant lie and a miss representation of the reality
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Great sound and great flexibility
Easily Expanded
Great sound
Priced right
Simple to set up
Best Uses
Streaming Music
Whole Home Stereo
We love this product. We started out with two Play 3's. We've since added two Play 5's, two Sonos Playbars, the Sonos subwoofer, a Sonos Connect, and three more Play 3's. We live in a two-story house with a basement and we were initially concerned that our router would be on the 2nd floor of the house and that we would have a good portion of our system in the basement. No concerns at all. It connects 99% of the time and stays connected. The mesh system utilized by Sonos is much more reliable that any bluetooth system, and we thoroughly explored that possibility. I highly recommend connecting two Play 3's as the stereo output does sound better than just one Play 3. If price is a concern for you, you're probably better off getting two Play 1's than a single Play 3, but you'll probably eventually want to expand the system, so the single Play 3 might be the better way to go for the short term. In our basement, we hooked up two of the Play 3's to a Playbar and the subwoofer. The sound is pretty awesome, however, even though Sonos advertises this set-up as a 5.1 Dolby Digital configuration, realize that 99% of the TV's being sold today down convert the 5.1 signal from your dvd player down to 2 channels. Sonos then upconverts it to a great sound, but it is most definitely not dolby digital, and you will hear the difference. This is the one slight negative if you're thinking of this setup as an eventually 5.1 solution. The Sonos software is great and easy to configure by yourself. I did it in less than 15 minutes. The only other thing to remember is that even though this is a wireless system, you still need to plug the speaker into a wall outlet or hardwire it, so you will need a power source. We can't say enough good things about this system and the Play 3's are a great compromise between price and sound quality.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not a Good Choice for City People
Best Uses
Very frustrating product. Drops constantly due to interference with other signals. Controllers need constant resetting. Signals can't can't be found. Not good if you live in a metro area like NYC. Constant issues- if you buy this product expect this. Customer service reps are good but the problem is out of there hands. I would suggest looking at good wireless speakers you can play from your computer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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