Sonos Play 3


A real pet peeve of mine, is the excessive number of remote controls we have in our living room.  I am not much of a TV person anyway, but when I want to watch it, I want doing so to be an easy endeavor that involves pointing a remote at the TV, pressing a button and watching whatever program I wish to watch.  Oh, if it could only be that simple.

We have one remote to turn the TV off and on, another to operate the APPLE TV, another for the Wii Fit, another for the outstanding Klipsh sound system, another for choosing the channel mode for whatever component we wish to use, and probably a half dozen others to do this and that.   blah.   Having to deal with all these remotes is no fun!  We have tried universal remotes, but they never work correctly.

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When I wish to listen to music, we have a fabulous. state of the art sound system, but that, too, takes several remotes to operate, and by the time I get everything ready to go, I find I’ve spent 20 minutes in the process and am, by that time, in a bad mood and don’t even wish to listen any more.

I can listen to music through my big iMac, or I can listen to it through my phone, via the whole conflated TV setup. However, being a bit of an audiophile, I cannot accept the sound quality of the Mac’s speaker system, nor that of my phone without going through the whole ordeal with the multiple remotes.

Enter the Sonos Play 3.

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It just arrived in the mail today.  I love its sleek, modern appearance that goes perfectly with the decor of our home. I bought the white version with the silver screen as shown above.

It took about 5 minutes to download the SONOS app and to synch it up with my Bluetooth system.  This wireless speaker is a step down from the top of the line, the very best being the Sonos Play 5, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a wireless speaker when, after listening to them both, the Sonos Play 3 sounds almost as good.

Despite what other reviews reported, I find that the SONOS 3 has great stereo separation.  The high ends are crystal clear.  The midrange is prominent and the bass is a nice, thumpy, deep bass that my guitarist friend tells me is a quality that women prefer more than men.  Whether or not this is true, I do not know….but I do like this wireless speaker, a lot.

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A base unit (shown above) allows us to stream music in any room of the house, which is nice.  I love to meditate in our bedroom, and it is nice to have pretty meditation music on in the background.

The Play:3 has 3 speakers powered by 3 Class-D digital amplifiers. There’s a single tweeter, two mid-range drivers and a novel bass radiator that uses energized air volume from within the Play:3 to generate low, bass frequencies. It really works, too, and it works well! The Play:3 can  be placed horizontally or vertically, with rubber feet to suit either orientation. Better still, the unit automatically adjusts its own EQ depending on its orientation, to make sure the best sound comes out of it.

Compared with the Play:1, which I also considered buying, the Play:3’s extra speakers and amplifiers add extra warmth, breadth and depth to whatever one plays  through it. Of course, the Play:3 is double the size of the Play:1. Also, the Play:3 costs $100 more than the Play:1, so it makes sense that the Play:3 sounds better. I think it does, amazingly so.

So, the SONOS Play 3 gets my vote of approval.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, this seems like a Nora Jones kind of day….so off I go to listen to some music.




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