Sonos has made a name for itself in the field of wireless audio over the years, creating well-designed components that convert your existing audio system and speakers into a whole-home, streaming audio network. I recently had the chance to review Sonos Play:3 and the Sonos Bridge.
When first handling the Play:3, I was immediately impressed with its surprising weight. I took to my digital scale to find out the Play:3 weighed in at a hefty 6 lbs., and at just over 10 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and 6 inches deep I knew I was dealing with a well-built piece of gear.
The Sonos Play:3 is only formatted to work with other Sonos products. So, there is no traditional speaker connections. In fact it’s sleek design only leaves room for an ethernet port and threaded mounting insert on the back. The Play:3 works with the Sonos Bridge.
The Bridge connects to a router to setup your Sonos wireless network. With the bridge the Play:3 can go anywhere within your wireless network. Making it, presumably, a great solution for all of your music listening needs.
The Sonos network allows for an unlimited number of compatible music player devices. That means you can have as many Play:3s in your home as you’d like. For example, you could simultaneously play iTunes music in your living room, let your guests listen to Spotify on the deck, and stream Pandora to your kitchen while you cook. You control it all from your smartphone, iPad, or any computer that’s connected to your home network.
I began my set up by first connecting the Bridge to my home computer network’s Wi-Fi router, then working on my laptop and following a series of prompts in the instructions. Once the software is installed on your computer, a P2P wireless network is setup between your computer and the Bridge, making your music stored on your computer available to the Sonos system. You can also add any streaming music service you’d like.
The Sonos Play:3 delivered a big, room-filling sound through just one speaker I had to review. I would recommend that if you purchase the Sonos Play:3 you should also invest in a subwoofer from Sonos as well. The sound was phenomenal for the most part, but I was left wanting a little more in terms of my music’s low frequencies.
Working for Electronics Design Group I am lucky enough to have the chance to review great products and the Sonos system is no different. Our technicians can incorporate Sonos into your next media room project or even as a stand alone installation. Get in touch with them and they can come out for a consultation.
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