July 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Sonos is expanding options for its home audio set-up. Streaming music, podcasts, and radio stations through a hardware and software combo that we raved about previously, Sonos now has the Play:3 audio speaker to make it more affordable and and easier to play audio in your home. The Play:3 is noticeably smaller than the S5 player that we reviewed, so users will be able to find more space for it in horizontal or vertical modes. Despite the smaller size, it still packs a punch in audio thanks to a 3-driver speaker system, 3 digital amps, 1 tweeter, 2 mid-range drivers, and 1 bass radiator.
The Play:3 costs $299, which is a more affordable option than the S5′s we reviewed. While I loved the Sonos system, I said the company would likely have to lower prices in order for more people to enjoy premium audio. There’s good news on that front as well. Sonos has since renamed its larger speaker the Play:5, and lowered the price to $399 to celebrate. That should help you audiophiles save a few dollars when looking to build a Sonos wireless audio set-up.
The latest Sonos Android app to control the speakers has also been updated. It now supports Apps2SD to free up more storage space, and has been localized to support the following languages:
- Simplified Chinese
Get more info on the Play:3 at the Sonos website