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Sonos Play:3 Wireless & Bluetooth Speaker

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Play:3
A Sonos compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system.
Description
A Sonos compatible WiFi wireless home speaker system.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Sound quality

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.

 /  5
Ease of use

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.

 /  5
Versatility

Versatility

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

 /  5

About

The Sonos Play:3 is part of the Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers 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 Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features.

Features

WiFi content sharing technology

WiFi content sharing technology

The communication systems used to transfer (stream) data via a WiFi network. The Apple AirPlay streaming system can stream audio to one AirPlay compatible device from a mobile device running AirPlay (i.e. iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) and up to six different AirPlay compatible devices from a computer running iTunes. The Sonos system can stream audio from Internet radio or the audio files from the home network computer to Sonos speaker systems and other Sonos components in up to 32 separate rooms. The maximum number of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible devices that can send/receive audio streams is not specified - it depends on the WiFi network bandwidth.

Sonos
Optional multi-room sharing

Optional multi-room sharing

Can be used as one of many speakers in a multi-room speaker set up that allows audio to be streamed wirelessly via a WiFi network to different rooms.

Yes
Remote

Remote

Comes with a remote control, or an optional remote control and/or an optional remote control app is available for the system that can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet.

Optional
Power source

Power source

The unit can be operated on AC, batteries, or either as specified.

AC
Adjustable tone settings

Adjustable tone settings

Indicates if system has bass and treble controls, selectable pre-set tone settings, or a graphic equalizer controls that can be used to adjust the speaker's tonal balance to improve tonal accuracy and/or suit personal preference.

Yes
Sleep timer

Sleep timer

Can be set to shut off at a predetermined time or after a predetermined time period.

Yes
Wake timer

Wake timer

Can be set to turn on at a predetermined time or after a predetermined time period.

Yes
Speaker phone w/built-in mic

Speaker phone w/built-in mic

Can be used as speakerphone speaker when paired via Bluetooth to a cellphone.

No
Updatable software/firmware

Updatable software/firmware

Firmware or software can be update to incorporate new features that become available for the system.

Yes
Warranty (mos.): parts/labor

Warranty (mos.): parts/labor

Indicates the length of the manufacturer's warranty for parts and labor, in months.

12/12
Other features

Other features

Other features that may be included are listed here.

Can steam to other Sonos components, but does not receive content via Wi-Fi unless used with at least one other Sonos component; the least expensive option for Wi-Fi operation is the Sonos Bridge ($50). Stereo audio output when oriented horizontally, mono when oriented vertically. Software installed on the home network computer during setup acts as system control. A free remote control App can be downloaded to iPhone or Android smartphones. The Sonos system can stream audio from Internet radio, the home network computer, and iPhones/iPod Touches/iPads or Android smartphones or tablets that are being used as remote controls. Audio can be streamed to additional Sonos speaker systems in up to 32 separate rooms from up to 32 different sources. Optional analog audio input (can conect analog audio device and than stream to Sonos speakers) via Sonos Play:5 ($399), Sonos Connect ($349), or Sonos Connect:Amp ($499) used on the same network. Two Play:3s can be used together as a two speaker stereo system, a Sonos Sub ($699) can be added to create a 2.1 channel system (single Play:3 and Sub or two Play:3s used as a stereo pair and Sub), and two Play:3s can be used with the Sonos Playbar ($699), with or without the Sonos Sub, as the rear channels of a 5.0 or 5.1 channel system.
Included accessories

Included accessories

Indicates what additional accessories are included.

Sonos Setup and Control program, AC cord, LAN cable.

Specs

Claimed battery life

Claimed battery life

The manufacturers claimed battery life of this product in hours.

NA
Wireless type

Wireless type

The type of wireless technology used. Bluetooth works from device to device over a relatively short distance; it is well suited for wireless connections between devices in the same room. WiFi works from devices to device using an existing WiFi network; it's range is the range of the network and it is well suited for wireless connections between devices in different rooms of a house.

WiFi
Audio format

Audio format

"Mono" systems provide audio information from a single speaker array in one enclosure. "Stereo" systems provide two channels of audio information either as two separate speaker arrays in two separate enclosures, or as two separate speaker arrays that are both housed in one enclosure.

Stereo/Mono
Dimensions HxWxD

Dimensions HxWxD

The height, width, and depth of the system, in inches.

5.25 x 10.75 x 7.5
Weight

Weight

Total weight of unit with power supply if separate.

Connections

Stereo analog audio input

Stereo analog audio input

Has a jack for a two-channel analog audio input connection from another device such as a MP3 player, TV, cable box, or satalite receiver.

Optional
Optical digital audio input

Optical digital audio input

Has a jack for an optical digital audio input connection from another device such as a TV, cable box, or satalite receiver.

No
Headphone jack

Headphone jack

Headphone jacks let you listen to audio output through standard stereo headphones.

No
Active subwoofer pre-amp out

Active subwoofer pre-amp out

Has an output connection for a subwoofer with a built-in amplifier.

No
Other connections

Other connections

Other connections not mentioned above.

LAN (for wired Network connection)
iPod Docking

iPod Docking

Allows you to physically connect and charge your iPod, iPhone, or iPad and perform at least basic functions like play, pause, and skip.

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