Sound is OK, but setup and control is a nightmare. And NO Bluetooth.
I bought a sub, 2 play 3's and a soundbar for the TV. From the start, setup was a nightmare. Fighting my way through an app that asked so many questions. Eventually I got there, but ran into a problem. The app needed updating and when this happens, the whole system stops until you update. It's just a complicated pain. To top it off, there is no Bluetooth. I have some audio gear like a turntable etc I was hoping to hook in via a cheap bluetooth receiver. Nope. No RCA connectors, no Bluetooth receiver. I can however, spend ANOTHER $500 on a purpose built $ono$ amp, but this still has no bluetooth. Just RCA connectors. There are plenty of rival systems out there with simple to use bluetooth connectors. I regret buying the sonos.
SONOS no more!
We have had SONOS for a few years now and bought more of their products to boost our music playing throughout the house. Changes in internet providers, routers etc have meant that the system has been unused for months. I finally sat down to reconfigure it all, reenter the correct email address, find an ethernet cable to plug in etc etc BUT oh no, wait another update required...I had two minutes of music finally until the update ended it all. It was then I found out that I can no longer play my music from my iphone.
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Excellent sound, easy to use.
We’ve had the Sonos Play 3 and Play 1 speakers for three years and been very happy with the choice. Nice full sound with the Play 3. Easy to set up and use, and the sound quality is very good. Compared to Bose (which we originally investigated buying), they are good value. We listen to much more music than we used to.
Cons: the Sonos app asks you to update it annoyingly often.
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Big, clear sound
We purchased one of these for our office, to replace a smaller Bose speaker.
The set was very easy. Just download the app, go through some simple steps, and you're wired for sound.
The sound is fantastic. Much better than the Bose, although it's not exactly comparing like for like.
It can play all of yours (and your workmate's) music apps and iTunes.
I resisted these wireless speakers for a long time, believing that you need big speakers for big sound. But I'm a convert now.
We've been so impressed by the Play 3, that we've decided to buy another one.
Sounds good but doesn't work reliably with Spotify
When it works, the Sonos system sounds fine.
However, as a relatively infrequent user who has had my Sonos speaker for several years, I find that every time I try to use it to play Spotify, there is some kind of problem. The Sonos system just does not reliably play Spotify.
Either an update is required, or there is the generic (and very frequent) "the connection to Spotify has been lost" message and consequent loss of music. It's not a wireless issue - all connections are via ethernet and its not an internet connection issue- I've got a cab...
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Sonos Play 3 - overpriced and unreliable
The sound from this unit is amazing, (if you can get it to work that is). The setup is unnecessarily complicated, however it did work after some perseverance. I changed internet providers which required a new router, and that's when the Sonos failed to connect to my ipad. Having reset the controller (ipad) I went through the exact setup procedure over 10 times, and the Sonos Play 3 failed to connect properly. It constantly return error messages relating to connection with the ipad. I have finally returned the unit for refund. Consumer products should not be this complicated or unreliable. After this experience I can't recommend this product at all.
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We love our Sonos Play 3
We bought two Sonos Play 3 Units in November 2012 and a Bridge from Harvey Norman. The Play units cost AUD$465 each and the Bridge was AUD$70. A big spend for us but I had been considering buying separate speakers and wiring them throughout our house and connecting to our desktop computer. Sonos was the perfect solution. We use them mostly as separate units in separate rooms but have used them as a stereo pair on occasions. They have never missed a beat and we love the sound quality.
Could not be happier
I was looking for a wireless solution for my stereo needs, but I was stunned buy the sound produced by these amazingly small but capable speakers. I love music and quality sound is very important. I have paired 2 x Play 3 speakers with a Sub, and haven't looked back. The controller App is a breeze to use.
I have several sonos speakers (playbar, play:5 and this play:3). Have posted a couple of reviews for the other models so won't repeat myself here. I'm really happy with them all. I move the play:3 around depending on where I am or where I want music; Study, kids bedroom or outside near the spa or bbq areas. Its really flexible. The sound quality isn't as good as the 5 or Playbar, but for its size it puts out good sound quality.
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Audiophile here, have had the likes of B&W, Dynaudio, Martin Logan et cetera; Sonos, perfect
Now this is my first foray with SONOS. I took a chance and grabbed a Play:1 and a Play:3; let's start with the Play 3. Simply brilliant. A kindergartener could set this up. And being able to play lossless audio is astounding. I have read many negative reviews and I think much has to do with one very important thing: bandwidth of your home internet; if you are on DSL1, have speeds of maybe 5Mbps download speeds, don't bother with this audio system, it's just not made for that, unfortunately uneducation causes many more problems with products tha...n the products themselves. Now I have a extensive background in audiophile knowledge. I grew up with Hi-Fi audio, SACD's, Krell solid state amps, B&W 802's, 801's, and the amazing Nautilus'; Dynaudio Evidences; electrostatic speakers, Martin Logan etcetera. So I know what real hi-fi is and sounds like at home as a child and a teenager. My father listened to some serious audio gear. And it's been a passion since. Some can argue the quality of say B&O, or other "showy" audio products are the best. They are great, I won't deny that. But you'll never get the same sound out of a pair of B&W 801's/Dynaudio Evidence's, some good cardas speaker cable, a pair of Krell solid state amps as you would a B&O Beosound 9000 and Beolab 6000 speakers (they sound great by its like comparing the build quality of a Patek Phillipe watch with an Omega, both good, but one is outstanding). So after that background out of the way, we can speak of these lovely Play:3's. Hefty little guys, approx 2.6 KG's each, not light for their size, 132 x 268 x 160 mm. You can feel the quality, but feeling and sounding are two different things. To get started you plug it in. Follow the instructions on the App, in my case for my iPad (will get an iPad mini for the soul purpose to control the entire household systems). Press two buttons on the top and you are done. Being my first foray with SONO! I took a chance and grabbed a Play:1 and a Play:3; let's start with the Play:3. Simply brilliant. A kindergartener could set this up. And being able to play lossless audio is astounding. I have read many negative reviews and I think much has to do with one very important thing: bandwidth of your home internet; if you are on DSL1, have speeds of maybe 5Mbps download speeds, don't bother with this audio system, it's just not made for that, unfortunately uneducation causes many more problems with products than the products themselves. I set it in the lounge for the moment to see where it will eventually end up. Sonos also has some digital software than can 'tune' it for specific acoustical properties of where it will be. Although more of a gimmick in my eyes, but we will see once all is set up.
Good luck getting it to play more than 3 songs, it keeps reporting errors, but you can read more than 2 words of the sentence it put up and it disappears. It will not let you know how to resolve the problem..I use a brand new Samsung galaxy 4 , new modem, DSL2 , and have every thing set up next to each other.. You are better off going to the music shop and buy a triangle and Tamborine it will be more entertaining. Total waste of $500
OMG how awesome is this gadget!
mostly all I can saw is wow! The sound quality is amazing for such a small speaker. I now fully intend to buy extras to set up around my house. We love our music and this system allows us to have extra speakers set up around the house and to use them all separately or all together. finally I can listen to what I want and my son can listen to what he wants. A great product with great sound but also super easy to set up. We are very happy with our purchase and the guys at Harvey norman were very helpful and knowledgeable. very happy here :-).
Great sound system radio or music distribution
Just bought the first part of a system for a new house, a Sonos Play3. Compared the Play3 and Play5 at a home show and thought we could hear more instrumentation with the lower base of the Play3. Great sound and combined with ConnectAmp will play from many sound sources. Without the amp, it will play any of our music, or Internet radio stations. Controlled from our iPad, iPhone or computer, or android device, my wife changes stations or music with ease.
Sonos uses our network, and the sends signals wirelessly from its proprietary distribut...ion points or through Cat5 cable connecting the Internet or digital signals to great sound. Two of the Play3s will provide great sterio using six amplifiers and speakers Easy to control and fantastic sound
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