Editors Liked

  • Insane amount of music options
  • Very affordable for Sonos
  • Wireless is an option
  • Two boxes make a nice (and loud) "stereo pair"
  • Strong audio performance
  • Can be paired with a second unit to make a stereo pair
  • Switches to mono output automatically when in vertical orientation
  • 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
  • Painless to set up

Editors Didn't Like

  • Sound gets distorted at high volumes
  • No option to hook to a larger AV setup
  • Needs hardwired connection or $50 more for wireless
  • No aux input for direct listening from a mobile device
  • Needs the Sonos Bridge to function wirelessly (not included)
  • Sonos Desktop Controller does not automatically update your music library
  • The Play:3 has almost no stereo separation and doesn't offer the detail and clarity of the step-up Play:5
  • Frustrating software controls
  • Slightly pricey
  • Muddy bass at top volumes
  • Now Sonos is more affordable than ever, but you still need to shell out money for the $49 Bridge. Would be nice if there was an easy way to integrate it into preexisting stereo setup