Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sonos

Play: 3

Snapshot: The Sonos Play: 3 doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

Play: 3
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$595

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Test results

Overall score
60
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Good ease of use.
  • OK sound signal.

But

  • Just OK sound.
  • No 3.5mm line input.
  • Isn't battery powered.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

System review

This speaker can be linked to other speakers to create a “network” or “system”.

The Sonos speaker system has good sound quality and you can use the speakers to extend your network. You can even use the system to create its own network. It doesn't work with Apple's AirPlay but it does work with Google Play Music.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$595

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
Treble on app
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
2563
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
×
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
×
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
134x268x170

Features

Controls

Play/Pause/Volume(+/-)

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a