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Sonos Play: 3

We have collected and analyzed 70 expert reviews and 3730 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 83/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Nov 4, 2013. We have compared these reviews to 151822 reviews from other Audio Systems. The alaScore™ for this product is 96/100 = Excellent. Last update: Oct 7, 2015.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 user reviews of Sonos Play: 3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Audio Systems on Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and usability also get good views, but there are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, size, design, reliability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sonos PLAY:3 White - The Wireless Hi-FiSonos Play:3 - BlackSonos Play:3 HiFi Speaker System Wireless

Oct, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1990 user reviews of Sonos Play: 3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems on People are impressed by the design. The size is also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the reliability and price.

usability, size, design

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONOS - PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Small) - WhiteSonos PLAY:3 All-in-One Wireless Music Player with 3 Integrated Speakers (Black, NEW)SONOS PLAY:3 Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (White)

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Maclife (

Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speaker Review


Good sound for the size. Doesn’t distort at high volumes. Easy to set up and operate. Lets you access your iTunes library and tons of streaming content in one place.

Sonos Controller software for Mac didn’t support Lion at press time, though Sonos was working on a fix. No aux-in or USB port for charging an iOS device. Expensive.

At 300 bucks, the Play:3 is the most affordable path into Sonos’ multi-room systems. If AirPlay isn’t quite enough, Sonos’ pricey entry-level wireless speaker might be music to your ears.

Oct, 2011


Expert review by: Oliver Amnuayphol (

Sonos Play:3


Sonos has made quite a name for itself in the wireless audio game over the years, turning out some cleverly-designed components that magically transform your existing audio system and speakers into a whole-home, streaming audio network. Unfortunately,...

Huge, room-filling sound, small footprint ; Highly enjoyable sound with all kinds of music ; Multi-room setup is remarkably simple ; Sonos controller app a joy to use ; Solid, inert construction

Mids can sound a little distorted ; No standard speaker inputs, i.e. only compatible with other Sonos gear

Whether as a single unit or a stereo pair, in one room or many, no other network audio solution that we know of makes it this easy and this much fun to enjoy your favorite music. We can’t think of a higher compliment than that.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

Sonos Play:3


Strong audio performance. Can be paired with a second unit to make a stereo pair. Switches to mono output automatically when in vertical orientation.

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 Sonos Play:3 sounds fantastic and is finally affordable, but the omission of an aux input or the ability to dock or stream directly from a phone or iPod make the system less versatile than other wireless audio options.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Thomas Ricker (

Sonos Play:3 review


The Sonos Play:3 might be small for a speaker but it's a critical part of the company's strategy to increase its visibility. As such, the entry-level all-in-one "Wireless Hi-Fi" had better perform -- capable of impressing current Sonos customers...

Small powerful speaker ; Wireless convenience ; Really can stream “any song on Earth

Sonos’ cheapest all-in-one speaker at $299 is still pricey ; 49 Bridge or no $49 Bridge, that’s the question ; No line-in or headphone jacks like the bigger Play:5

Wireless Hi-Fi takes on AirPlay

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Terrence O'Brien (

Sonos Play:3 review


Sonos may not inspire the sort of high-end audio lust that a company like Polk can, but it doesn't draw the ire of serious audiophiles the way Bose does

Painless to set up ; Good sound quality ; Plenty of content sources

Frustrating software controls ; Slightly pricey ; Muddy bass at top volumes

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Kahn (

Sonos Play:3 Wireless HiFi System


If you want multi-room audio but don't want the expense or complications of a custom install, the Sonos Play:3 wireless HiFi system offers an easy-to-use alternative. But are you trading convenience for quality?

The Sonos system is easy to recommend to anyone looking for an easy to use multi-room system. What sets the Sonos apart is its ease of use. There are other systems that have similar or even better specifications, but fail to provide the intuitive, ease...

Sep, 2012

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Sonos Play:3 Review


There aren't a whole lot of speaker systems that have me grinning from ear to ear. But that's anything but the case with Sonos. Earlier this year, summer time to be more exact, the company introduced [...]

Ultra easy to setup and use – iPhone app is intuitive ; Easily add music to any room without the wires ; Great sound quality for their size

Don’t deliver room shaking bass ; 300 a speaker ; Still need to buy a box to connect them to your home’s wireless network

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Rachel Cericola (

Sonos PLAY:3Review


Sonos makes wireless music streaming more compact and a lot more affordable.

Having thousands of musical options at your fingertips isn't always cheap, but it's definitely fun. So if you want to start with something simple, the PLAY:3 is a nice way to get acquainted with what Sonos has to offer.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Electronic House (

Hands On: Sonos PLAY:3 Multiroom Audio Player

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Dan Cohen (

Sonos PLAY:3 Review


We have had a fair bit of coverage of the Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi System over the past few weeks. As I noted in my initial review of the system, I only had the review units in my home for 23 hours before I went and ordered my own. I was impressed by the...

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: Yes
PC Streaming:Audio
Progressive Scan: No
UPnP:No / UPnP
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Docking System:No / OTHER DOCKING
Ethernet:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
iPod Control: No
Number of Output Channels:2 (Stereo) / Not Applicable
PMP Docking: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: No
4K Passthrough / Upscaling: No
4K Upscaling: No
CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): No
Network Music System:Music Client
Product Type:Audio Home System
Sound Projector: No
Soundbar: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No


Dolby / DTS: No