Bluetooth speakers are the go-to choice for "cheap but good" wireless audio options. But if you want better audio quality -- and something that can serve as the beginning of a multiroom audio system -- go for the Sonos Play:3. Access nearly any online audio service, using your iOS or Android phone or tablet as the remote. It's a perfect gift for any music lover.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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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.
October 31, 2012 10:27 PM PDT
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