Sonos launches wireless Play:3 speaker system for £259

On Monday Amazon in the US accidentally let slip some info about Sonos’s new smaller Play:3 multiroom speaker system, but today we can bring you the full details.

The Play:3 speaker is the most affordable Sonos product to date, at just £259. It’s a smaller sibling to the Sonos S5 (now rebranded Play:5 at £349) and sports three drivers plus a bass radiator, and a compact design.

The speaker can be used on its own, or as a pair for stereo sound, and can also be flicked between vertical and horizontal, changing their tonal balance as they do so.

With a new brand logo to match the new names, it marks a fresh onslaught on the ‘wireless hi-fi’ (Sonos’s preferred term) market.

The Play:3 is available in black or white, and is fitted with three digital amps driving a tweeter, two midrange speakers and a bass radiator.

Designed for smaller rooms, a basic Sonos system comprising of one Play:3 (£259) and a ZoneBridge (£39) can now be had for £298. Additional Play:3s can be added as the user decides to expand the system to other rooms around the house.

There are free Sonos iPhone/iPad and Android apps to control the system, and an Ethernet connection for those who prefer to hard wire their multiroom system.

However, the Apple AirPlay extension available on the Play:5 is not available on the Play:3, and there's no line input.

“The development of the Play:3 means we can now compete with the likes of the Bose SoundDock and B&W Zeppelin,” says Sonos EMEA PR manager Fiede Schillmoeller.

“We are rebranding Sonos as the ‘wireless hi-fi system’ to give it more mass-market appeal.”

Also new is an update for the Sonos Controller for Android. Available immediately, the v3.5 software update crucially now allows users to install the app to an SD card, freeing up space on your mobile's hard disk.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.