You won't be able to get a multiroom Sonos setup for $500, but you get Dad a Sonos starter set with the Sonos Play:3.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 7 user reviews
Starting at: $299.00
The good: You can control the Sonos Play:3 single-speaker streaming-audio system from any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android smartphone using a free app. It offers good sound, its compact, elegant design cuts down on cord clutter, and it can stream Internet-based radio and audio services, plus your own digital music collection, from any Mac, PC, or NAS drive. Also, it's simple to set up, particularly if you already own a Sonos system, and linked Sonos players (purchased separately) can cover up to 31 additional rooms.
The bad: The Play:3 has almost no stereo separation and doesn't offer the detail and clarity of the step-up Play:5. Also, while it can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless Sonos Bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component.
The bottom line: While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.
April 18, 2012 4:50 PM PDT
Photo by: Sonos
| Caption by: David Carnoy
Conversation powered by Livefyre