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We analyze the Sonos Play speaker: 3, the quality is not up to size

We analyze the Sonos Play speaker: 3, the quality is not up to size

Building your high fidelity equipment or your home theater system means, if you want something of quality, an important initial investment. On the other hand you have wireless speakers that allow you to enjoy quality sound but with many limitations. The idea of ​​being able to build your own high fidelity system or home theater little by little but enjoying good sound from the beginning is ideal for many.

In this article we test one of the brand's most affordable speakers, the Sonos Play: 3, which in spite of its size and the simplicity of its design, it behaves like a large speaker capable of filling a large room with good sound, with a control application that integrates with the main streaming music and internet radio services, and with modularity and multiroom as great differentiating features of other models.

Simple and effective design

With a traditional rectangular design and only three physical control buttons it is difficult to think of another simpler design for a speaker. The Sonos Play: 3 is not intended to stand out in your home, rather to the contrary. And it seems to me a success, since a speaker what you have to do is sound good and go unnoticed. You will not see LEDs or other type of paraphernials on this speaker that really do not contribute anything. On the back the connector for the cable destined to connect it to the mains and an Ethernet connector in case you want to use this connectivity instead of the integrated WiFi that it includes.

Sonos Play: 3 is designed to be placed horizontally or vertically, as you prefer. It has for this in the lower part and on one of the sides of some rubber that prevent damage to the surface on which it is placed and that it can slide. The sensors that it has integrated detect the position in which it is placed and the sound will vary from stereo to mono depending on whether it is in horizontal or vertical positionrespectively. Because if you want you can add another speaker and have one carry the sound of the left channel and the other the right one.

The entire surface of the speaker is only interrupted by three small buttons and a minimum led on the top. A button to start or pause playback and two to increase and decrease volume are the only physical controls you have on the speaker, which is not intended to be controlled in this way, although It is a possibility that in certain situations is appreciated for not having to go find the mobile.

WiFi connectivity but not AirPlay

Sonos does not work via Bluetooth but using WiFi connectivity (802.11 b / g), thus avoiding the inconvenience of the former. The speaker connects to your home network through its application in a process that only takes about 5 minutes, including a software update that asked me to configure it, and it will be ready to run smoothly. Any device connected to your WiFi can control it with the Sonos Controller application that you can find both in the App Store and in Google Play. You also have applications for macOS and Windows that you can download from their website.

Sonos Controller (AppStore Link)

Sonos Controller

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Sonos Controller, an app that brings them all together

Sonos Controller is the application with which you must listen to music through your Sonos speaker. It is not a problem since it integrates with the main streaming music services, such as Apple Music or Spotify, as well as the main internet radio stations. You will have access to your lists, saved albums and Apple Music recommendations, but you must remember that you must use the Sonos application and not Apple.

Something very interesting about this application is that it allows you to create a favorite tab in which you can add all kinds of fonts. A list of Apple Music, two of Spotify, your three favorite radio stations … you can make a mix that you will access from this tab within the Sonos application and that will be more than useful for those who listen to music from different services.