Sonos Music System
Sonos Music System
Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio: The PLAY:3 is part of the
Sonos wireless multiroom music eco-system consisting of a family of wireless
network speakers, players, and amplifiers. Start with a single PLAY:3 speaker
and add more over time, or add other Sonos products throughout your house -
PLAY:5 wireless speakers, the
Connect:Amp zone player (ZP120), the
Connect zone player (ZP90), and the
PLAYBAR soundbar speaker (all sold separately). With multiple zones, you can
play the same or different songs in different rooms of your home. Up to 32 Sonos
devices can be connected in one system.
Two Ways to Connect Wirelessly: Sonos brings great sounding
music wirelessly to any room in your house, without a big wiring project through
SonosNet or WiFi.
- SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network: Sonos can utilize its
own SonosNet proprietary wireless mesh network technology to provides
superior wireless range for whole-house coverage, ensure synchronous music
playback, and avoid sources of wireless interference. The transmitting range
of the Sonos wireless system is approximately 100', depending upon your
home's layout. In addition to the PLAY:3, you will need a
Sonos Boost (sold separately) connected to your network router/modem via
a Ethernet cable.
- WiFi Wireless Network: Sonos 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 Boost to your router/modem. The Sonos system's wireless
range will be dependent on your home's existing WiFi network. Sonos products
manufactured after March 2014 are loaded with the proper firmware and ready
to go out of the box for WiFi connectivity. All Sonos products 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.
- You cannot connect the Sonos system via both the SonosNet
proprietary mesh network and WiFi; you will need to choose one. Sonos
recommends using its proprietary SonosNet wireless mesh network over
WiFi when applicable.
- The Sonos proprietary mesh network 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
(you will have to use the Sonos wireless mesh network in this case).
Ethernet Port (10/100 Mbps): In addition to built-in WiFi,
the Sonos PLAY:3 is equipped with one Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps). Use it to
wire directly to your router to operate Sonos if WiFi is unstable, or use the
Ethernet port to provide Internet accessibility to non-wireless devices if
you're using a SonosNET Boost setup.
Music Streaming Services: Sonos gives you access to
unlimited music; such as your iTunes library, your favorite music services, and
thousands of Internet radio stations, shows, and podcasts.
- Online Music Services: Sonos works seamlessly with
Google Play Music,
SoundCloud, and more;
plus downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service
availability varies by region.) Click
the latest online music services. (Some online services require a paid
- Music Libraries: Sonos supports playback of music from
any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network
where you have shared music folders. Sonos 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. Sonos indexes your music folders
so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists,
albums, composers, genres, or tracks). Sonos 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 wireless music system supports
the playback of music and playlists managed with your iTunes account
(playlists are limited to 40,000 tracks). Sonos can access your iTunes music
files from your network computer or directly from your Apple iPod iOS device
(4.0+) running the Sonos app.
Sonos Controller App: Sonos allows you to control its audio setup, playback functions, and search
features through the Sonos Controller app for
iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.3+ devices, or the Sonos Controller software for
Windows PC (7-up) and
Mac OS X 10.10-up computers. You'll have access to thousands of pre-loaded
internet radio stations, a variety of online music services, your iTunes music,
and your network music library; all from one control app on your
smartphone/tablet or laptop/computer. The app is divided into 5 screens.
- Main Menu: The main menu is the gateway to your world
of Sonos music. Browse your music services, favorites, internet radio,
personal music library and playlists. You can also find settings to easily
add new Sonos components.
- Now Playing: The Now Playing screen features album art,
basic controls, and easy access to all of your music on the Sonos network.
From the Now Playing screen you can also access the main menu, control songs
and volume by room, access more options from the Info View, and add songs to
- Room Modes: You can choose to play different songs in
different rooms, choose to group all rooms together to hear the same music
throughout your home, or choose to group only certain rooms together for
music playback. You can also crank up the volume for each room individually
or together. You can even adjust bass, treble, balance, and loudness for
each room location.
- Info View: For a deeper look into the music you're
listening to, the "Info View" screen gives you artist bios, album reviews
and concert listings. See related artist suggestions to discover a new band
for your queue. You can also add to your playlists, delete songs from your
library, and share tracks to Twitter or Facebook.
- Queue: The Queue screen gives you ultimate control in
listening to whatever you want, whenever you want. Choose any song from your
Sonos library and add it to your queue on the fly or create your favorite
playlists in a few seconds. From this screen you can also easily edit and
save playlists, shuffle and repeat music tracks, and access additional
controls like Play Now, Play Next, Add to Queue, & Replace Queue.
Note: The Sonos device, Apple iOS/Android device, Windows
PC, and/or Mac computer must be connected to the same home network.
Alexa Compatible: Through a free network software update
you'll be able to control your Sonos system through any Alexa-enabled device -
Echo Dot, Tap, and
Echo Show (all sold separately). Using the Amazon Alexa device as you
normally would; just say "Alexa" and the name of the Sonos room you want to play
a particular music service through when instructing Alexa to play music. Play a
song, skip forward and back through playlists, target one room or an existing
group of rooms, and adjust volume - all using your voice.
- Alexa supports Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, and
SiriusXM music services (Spotify control is coming soon). When instructing
Alexa to play a particular artist, the song will begin playing from your
default music service, set in the Alexa app, unless you specify the service
in your voice instruction.
- For a complete list of Alex voice commands you can use with Sonos, click
- Any non-music related commands will still play over your Alexa device
(weather, traffic, flash briefs, etc).
- You will need to search and enable the Sonos skill from the Alexa
app on your mobile device or computer.
- Your Sonos equipment and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices must be on the
same wireless 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 wireless router in your
home network. If you don't have a wireless router, you will need to purchase
and install one before setting up your system.
- You will need the Sonos Controller application for Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.3+, or the Sonos Controller software program for Windows PC
7-up and Mac OS x 10.10-up.
- 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.
- Make sure all of your Sonos components have the latest software update
Note: Although Sonos is compatible with most networking
equipment, some network devices are incompatible. Usually when networking
hardware does not work with Sonos, it's because it lacks support for the
network protocols that Sonos uses to operate, like UPnP, STP, and SMB/CIFS.
here for a list of networking equipment that is incompatible with Sonos;
be aware that the majority of this list is made up of older networking
equipment, but may still exist as part of a home network.
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 through the Sonos Controller app. 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.
Trueplay Tuning (for Apple iOS): The layout of a room, and
where a speaker is placed, can have a significant impact on the sound that you
hear. Trueplay, an auto-tune app within the Sonos App, uses the microphone in
your Apple iOS device to measure how sound reflects off walls, furnishings and
other surfaces in a room, and then fine tunes the Sonos PLAY:3 speaker to make
sure it sounds great no matter where you've placed it. The Sonos PLAY:3 speaker
already sounds fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how music
should sound. Completing Trueplay tuning for a room takes approximately 3
minutes from start to finish.
- Compatibility: Trueplay is compatible with the Sonos
PLAY:3, Play:5, and Play:1. In order to perform Trueplay tuning, the Sonos
app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or higher is required. This
includes iPhone 4s and higher, iPad 2 and higher, as well as iPod touch 5th
generation and higher. Trueplay tuning is not available if the VoiceOver"
feature is enabled on your Apple iOS device. Trueplay is currently not
compatible with Android.
- 1Ch/1.1ch & 2Ch/2.1Ch Tuning: Trueplay can be used with
a single speaker setup, two speakers configured as a stereo pair, or either
of these configurations with the Sonos Sub added.
Note: You will need to retune the Sonos speaker using
TruePlay, if you move the speaker within the same room or to another room,
change the orientation of speaker (horizontal vs. vertical), or change the
configuration of the speaker setup (going from a single speaker to a stereo
pair for example).
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: Two 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 (616SUB1,
sold separately). Now you don't have to run wires to a powered sub or rear
speakers to enjoy true 5.1ch audio.
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.