Sonos Play:3 review

New wireless music system is cheaper but is it still as cheerful?

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The Sonos wireless system is so easy to set up and use that it's difficult not to rave nonsensically about how wonderful it is; and despite the lower price tag, the Play:3 doesn't let it down.

We liked:

The easy set up, the wealth of music options (digital radio, MP3s, Spotify, etc.) and the size of the Play:3 are all major positives.

Being able to slot the unit into a nook or cranny where, previously, we'd have had to make do with a low-quality wired speaker is brilliant, and we're absolutely in favour of the lower price point.

And despite that, you don't lose out much on sound quality with a full, filling sound that offers the depth and breadth of a larger system.

The free control apps for Android and iOS devices offer a brilliant remote control experience at no extra cost.

We didn't like:

We're still not massive fans of the price; for a system that is intended to be built up and added to, you're still looking at over £500 to kit out two rooms; and that's not even counting the premium Spotify account (£10/month) or any additional extras like the remote.

While the Play:3 is brilliant for incidental rooms, like the kitchen or the bedroom, you're not going to want to replace your high-end living room hi-fi system with the dinky little speaker, and audiophiles will no doubt notice the grating trebles and slightly hollow bass more than most.

We'd really like to see Sonos rethink its desktop software, which isn't very beautiful to look at and could be clearer to use.


The Play:3 is an excellent multi-room option and brings the Sonos system slightly closer to the realms of the common man's bank account; worth saving up for? We think so.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Audio Player
Wireless LANYes
Internet StreamingYes
iPod SupportedYes
Brand NameSONOS
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible 4, Apple Lossless, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, APE
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
Height132.1 mm
Width269.2 mm
Depth160 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
FeaturesPC Streaming
ManufacturerSonos, Inc
Product NamePLAY:3 Network Media Player
Product LinePLAY:3
Manufacturer Part NumberPLAY 3 BLK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PLAY:3 uses 3 state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with 3 speakers to deliver great sound to any room. The wireless music system delivers a pure, clean sound that is perfect for bringing room-filling music to your kitchen, bedroom, office, or any room in your home. A bass radiator produces powerful low notes while two mid-range drivers and one tweeter fills out the sound.

From the recording studio to your home the music is reproduced as the artist intended. All filter settings, active equalization, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there's absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Package Contents
  • PLAY:3 Network Media Player
  • Power Cord
  • Flat Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)2.59 kg