We analyze the Sonos Play speaker: 3, the quality is not up to size

Building your high fidelity equipment or your home theater system means, if you want something of quality, an important initial investment. On the other hand you have wireless speakers that allow you to enjoy quality sound but with many limitations. The idea of ​​being able to build your own high fidelity system or home theater little by little but enjoying good sound from the beginning is ideal for many.

In this article we test one of the brand's most affordable speakers, the Sonos Play: 3, which in spite of its size and the simplicity of its design, it behaves like a large speaker capable of filling a large room with good sound, with a control application that integrates with the main streaming music and internet radio services, and with modularity and multiroom as great differentiating features of other models.

Simple and effective design

With a traditional rectangular design and only three physical control buttons it is difficult to think of another simpler design for a speaker. The Sonos Play: 3 is not intended to stand out in your home, rather to the contrary. And it seems to me a success, since a speaker what you have to do is sound good and go unnoticed. You will not see LEDs or other type of paraphernials on this speaker that really do not contribute anything. On the back the connector for the cable destined to connect it to the mains and an Ethernet connector in case you want to use this connectivity instead of the integrated WiFi that it includes.

Sonos Play: 3 is designed to be placed horizontally or vertically, as you prefer. It has for this in the lower part and on one of the sides of some rubber that prevent damage to the surface on which it is placed and that it can slide. The sensors that it has integrated detect the position in which it is placed and the sound will vary from stereo to mono depending on whether it is in horizontal or vertical positionrespectively. Because if you want you can add another speaker and have one carry the sound of the left channel and the other the right one.

The entire surface of the speaker is only interrupted by three small buttons and a minimum led on the top. A button to start or pause playback and two to increase and decrease volume are the only physical controls you have on the speaker, which is not intended to be controlled in this way, although It is a possibility that in certain situations is appreciated for not having to go find the mobile.

WiFi connectivity but not AirPlay

Sonos does not work via Bluetooth but using WiFi connectivity (802.11 b / g), thus avoiding the inconvenience of the former. The speaker connects to your home network through its application in a process that only takes about 5 minutes, including a software update that asked me to configure it, and it will be ready to run smoothly. Any device connected to your WiFi can control it with the Sonos Controller application that you can find both in the App Store and in Google Play. You also have applications for macOS and Windows that you can download from their website.

Sonos Controller

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Missing AirPlay support to send any sound from your iPhone or iPad, or from your Mac and Apple TV. The same as the presence of an auxiliary input connector to listen to music from another sound source, something that is present in other models. How do I listen to music then from my iPhone or iPad? Using your application as explained below.

Sonos Controller, an app that brings them all together

Sonos Controller is the application with which you must listen to music through your Sonos speaker. It is not a problem since it integrates with the main streaming music services, such as Apple Music or Spotify, as well as the main internet radio stations. You will have access to your lists, saved albums and Apple Music recommendations, but you must remember that you must use the Sonos application and not Apple.

Something very interesting about this application is that it allows you to create a favorite tab in which you can add all kinds of fonts. A list of Apple Music, two of Spotify, your three favorite radio stations … you can make a mix that you will access from this tab within the Sonos application and that will be more than useful for those who listen to music from different services.

With Spotify the thing changes, and here Apple Music has gained ground, since Your application is compatible with Sonos speakers without having to use Sonos Controller. From the Spotify app you can decide where you listen to the music in the same way that you control the rest of compatible devices. It is an option that I personally would like to also include Apple Music, but for which we do not know anything at the moment. An important detail that we cannot ignore: to listen to Spotify on Sonos speakers you must be a user of a Premium account.

If you want to listen to your own music collection without streaming services from behind use the application for Mac or Windows which will allow you to include your personal collection stored on any computer or even on your NAS.

High quality and powerful sound

I cannot compare the sound of this Sonos Play: 3 speaker with that of its older brothers, but it is certain that it will not disappoint anyone. Its three class D digital amplifiers, a tweeter and two media loudspeakers plus a bass radiator achieve a truly amazing sound for a speaker of this size, capable of filling a large room with sound without the slightest problem. The music sounds without distortion even at high volume, with more powerful bass than most speakers I've been able to try similar sizes.

Of course, to be able to enjoy a full stereo sound an additional unit will be necessary, since the size of this Play: 3 means that when it is used as a single speaker, stereo sound like the one we get with other larger ones is not achieved. But if you are looking for a compact speaker with good sound quality even at high volumes, this model will surprise you. In addition, its TruePlay system makes each speaker adapt to the room in which you are adjusting the sound so that the listener's experience is the best possible.

There are two features that are not unique to Sonos but that do make your speakers a reference: modularity and multiroom. The modularity is that you can add speakers of the brand and configure your own custom hi-fi system or your particular Home Cinema. Choose the different models you want to add and all will be joined in a network of speakers that will be perfectly combined, controlling all from the same application. The multiroom is that you can place speakers in different rooms, and from the same application make everyone sound the same or that each one reproduces a different source, as you like.

Editor's Opinion

Those looking for a quality speaker at a sustained price, this Sonos Play: 3 sure does not disappoint. Its sound is superior to what it might seem due to its size, with good bass and no distortion at high volumes.. The possibility of combining different speakers or even creating your own home theater equipment thanks to the different models available in the Sonos range, as well as using the multiroom function that allows you to control speakers in different rooms even with different audio source in each One of them are big points in their favor. As a negative point, not being compatible with AirPlay, which is largely offset by its own application that integrates the main streaming music and internet radio services. You have it available on the official Sonos website for € 349 and on Amazon for € 299.

€ 299 to € 349



Pros

  • Quality sound without distortion
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Application that integrates different music and radio services
  • Modularity and Multiroom system

Cons

  • Not compatible with AirPlay
  • Not integrated into Apple Music
  • No auxiliary input connection

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