Sonos Music System
Sonos Music System
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: The Sonos Play:3 brings
great sounding music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring
project through SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: SonosNet, a proprietary
wireless mesh network technology, provides superior wireless range for
whole-house coverage, ensures synchronous music playback, and avoids sources
of wireless interference. The transmitting range of the Play:3's built-in
wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your home's layout. In
addition to the Play:3, you will need a Sonos
Bridge (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via a
- WiFi Wireless Network: The Sonos Play:3 can also operate over
your home's existing WiFi network (802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz). Because you are
connecting wirelessly to your home's existing WiFi network, you do not need
to hardwire a Sonos Bridge to your router/modem. The Play:3's range will be
dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Play:3 devices manufactured
after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready to go out of
the box for WiFi connectivity. All Play:3 devices manufactured prior to
that date will require a first wire connection to facilitate a firmware
upgrade and hereafter they will be able to work over WiFi.
Note: You cannot connect the Play:3 via both SonoNet and
WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos recommends using its proprietary
SonosNet wireless mesh network over WiFi when applicable. SonosNet will
provide a more secure wireless connection with fewer interruptions for
optimum performance. WiFi is subject to greater interference from other WiFi
and 2.4GHz devices on your network. WiFi connectivity is not compatible with
5GHz and N routers (you will have to use SonosNet in this case).
Multi-Zone Compatibility: You can place a PLAY:3 in each
zone where you want to listen to music. The Sonos Digital Music System can
accept up to 32 Sonos players. With multiple zones, you can play the same or
different songs in different rooms. The PLAY:3 can be combined with other Sonos
components; including the Play:3 or PLAY:5 amplified wireless music players,
ZP120 amplified zone player, and ZP90 zone player.
Music Streaming Services: The Sonos PLAY:3 gives you access
to unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services,
and thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Pre-Loaded Internet Radio: The Sonos PLAY:3includes
TuneIn, an Internet
Radio Service, that provides immediate access to 100,000 Internet radio
stations and broadcast programs. You can easily find radio stations from all
over the world broadcasting music, news, and variety programming, including
archived shows and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: The Sonos PLAY:3 works
Amazon Cloud Player,
of Space, iHeartRadio,Murfie,
SiriusXM Internet Radio,
Wolfgang's Vault, plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free
tracks (service availability varies by region). Check out the
Sonos website for
the latest online music services.
(Some online services require a paid subscription.)
- Music Library: The PLAY:3 supports playback of music
from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home
network where you have shared music folders. The PLAY:3 can play music
stored on up to 16 PCs, Macs or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices on
your home network, supporting the most popular audio formats. The PLAY:3
indexes your music folders so you can view your music collection by
categories (such as artists, albums, composers, genres, or tracks). The
PLAY:3 supports the following audio file formats - MP3 (compressed), WMA
(compressed), AAC (MPEG4), iTunes, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple
Lossless, FLAC (lossless), WAV (uncompressed), and AIFF (uncompressed).
- iTunes Music: The Sonos PLAY:3 supports the playback of music and
playlists managed with your iTunes account (playlists are limited to 40,000
tracks). The PLAY:3 can access your iTunes music files from your network
computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device (4.0+) running the
Sonos Controller app.
Sonos Controller: The Sonos PLAY:3 allows you to control its
audio setup, playback functions, and search features through the Sonos
Controller software for Windows and Mac computers, or from the Sonos Controller
app for Apple iOS and Android devices. You'll have access to thousands of
pre-loaded nternet radio stations, dozens of online music services, your iTunes
music, and your network music library; all from one control app on your
computer/laptop or smartphone/tablet.
- Sonos Controller for Windows/Mac: The Sonos Controller
software allows you to control the Sonos PLAY:3 from your computer. Simply
download the Sonos Controller software from the Sonos website onto your
Windows PC or
Mac computer. The Sonos Controller software is compatible with Windows
XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Macintosh OS X (10.6 or
higher) operating systems.
- Sonos Controller for Apple iOS/Android: You can also
wirelessly control the Sonos PLAY:3 from your Apple iOS device (4.0+) or
Android smartphone/tablet (2.1+) running the Sonos Controller App from the
iTunes App Store or
Google Play Store.
Note: The Sonos PLAY:3, computer, and Apple iOS/Android
device must be connected to the same home network.
Home Network Requirements: To access Internet music
services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or
Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, your home network must meet the following
- High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection
for proper playback of Internet-based music services. If your Internet
service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience
playback issues due to fluctuation in download rates.
- If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take
advantage of Sonos' automatic online updates, or stream music from an
Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home
network. If you don't have a router, you will need to purchase and install
one before setting up your system.
- If you are going to use a Sonos controller application on an Android
smartphone, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other tablet, you will need a
wireless router in your home network.
- Connect at least one Sonos component to your home network router using
an Ethernet cable, and then you can add other Sonos components wirelessly.
Or setup your Sonos component wirelessly via WiFi without any hardwire
- For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that
contains your personal music library collection to your home network router
using an Ethernet cable.
Note: The PLAY:3 is compatible with Sonos software
versions 4.0 and later. If you are adding the PLAY:3 to an existing Sonos
system, be sure to check for software updates before adding the PLAY:3 to
your Sonos system.
Automatic Updates: The Sonos PLAY:3 supports free automatic
software updates so you will always have the newest features and music services
to enjoy. Simply register the PLAY:3 and Sonos will automatically notify you
when software updates are available. By simply pressing one button your system
3 Driver/3 Amp Speaker System: The Sonos PLAY:3 uses three state-of
the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with three speakers to deliver
great sound to any room. The wireless music system provides pure, clean sound
that is perfect for bringing room filling music to a kitchen, bedroom, office,
or just about any room in your home. A bass radiator produces powerful low notes
while, two mid-range drivers and one tweeter fills out the sound.
- Class-D Amp: The PLAY:3 employs state of the art, great sounding
amplifiers that are lightweight, powerful, and very energy efficient in
standby and use.
- Tweeter: One tweeter creates a crisp and accurate high frequency
- 2 Midranges: Two dedicated mid-range drivers ensure the faithful
reproduction of midrange frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals
- Bass Radiator: A bass radiator is tuned to use the energized air
volume inside of PLAY:3 to provide deep, clean and surprisingly powerful
bass from such a small package
DSP Circuitry: From the recording studio to your home, the music is
reproduced as the artist intended. All filter settings, active equalization, and
time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP
circuitry so there's absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.
Tone Controls: Optimize sound performance using zone-specific bass,
treble, balance, and loudness controls. Adjust volume by individual zone or by
groups of zones.
Stereo Pairing: The Stereo Pair setting allows you to group two
PLAY:3s in the same room to create a wider stereo experience. In this
configuration, one unit serves as the left channel and the other serves as the
right channel. When creating a stereo pair, it is best to place the two
Sonos components 8' to 10' away from each other, angled inward to form a
triangle with your favorite listening position.
Surround Speakers: The Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speakers can be used to
create a wireless 5.1ch surround sound experience with the Sonos Playbar
sold separately) and Sub
sold separately). Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or rear
speakers to enjoy true 5.1ch audio. You must setup your Sonos system via the
SonosNet wireless mesh network in order to connect a Sonos Playbar or Sub (not
compatible with WiFi).
Versatile Placement: You can place the Sonos PLAY:3 wherever
you find the sound most enjoyable. Its compact size makes it easy to place the
PLAY:3 on your desk, the kitchen counter, on your nightstand, or carry it out to
the patio with you.
- Horizontal/Vertical Mounting: Position the
PLAY:3 in a horizontal or vertical orientation to make a perfect
fit into tight spots around you home like on bookshelves, nightstands,
corners, or just about anywhere else. The EQ automatically adjusts
so the sound you hear is always great, not matter what orientation
you use. For optimum performance, maintaining more than 1"
clearance around the back of the unit is recommended. Integrated
rubber feet protect your furniture and keep the PLAY:3 secure.
- Wall-Mount (optional): The Sonos PLAY:3 has a 1/4"-20 integrated,
threaded mounting hole. If desired, you can easily wall mount the PLAY:3 using a
suitable mounting bracket (sold separately). Simply choose a location that's
close to an electrical outlet, taking care to avoid heat, steam, dripping water
or hidden wiring, and follow the instructions included with your wall mount kit.
Note: The Sonos PLAY:3 is not water-resistant; do not leave it
outside during a rain storm or position it near water. Care should be taken
if placing the Sonos PLAY:3 close to an older CRT television. If you notice
any discoloration or distortion of your picture quality, simply move the
PLAY:3 further from the television.