Sonos introduces a smaller, sexier, …all-in-one player

Posted in Hardware,News by Ruslan Ulanov on the July 21st, 2011

Sonos PLAY:3

Sonos has just announced a new model in its acclaimed and best-selling line-up of multi-room connected audio players – PLAY:3. It’s smaller and sexier then PLAY:5 model. And, what might be most important, at  $299 MSRP, it’s cheaper than any other Sonos player out there. With increased competition from Apple, and soon Google Android@Home, the price of entry into multi-room audio should drop even further.

PLAY:3 is a full-featured model with capabilities comparable to it’s larger PLAY:5 brother, but, as the model name suggests, loosing a couple of speakers (one tweeter and dedicated bass driver replaced with a radiator) compared to latter.

Like its peers, PLAY:3 still requires Sonos Bridge ($49) or another hardwired Sonos Zoneplayer for wireless playback of networked media. The PLAY:3 has minimalistic design with only volume buttons on the body of the player. But its playback could be remotely controlled from any iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC, MAC on the same network.

Here’s the quick specs of PLAY:3 player

AUDIO

AMPLIFIER

Three Class-D digital amplifiers

SPEAKERS

Three driver speaker system – one tweeter, two mid-range drivers, and one bass radiator. Each driver of the product is individually powered by a dedicated amplifier.

STEREO PAIR SETTING

Allows you to group two PLAY:3s in the same room with one PLAY:3 serving as the left channel and the other as the right channel.

MUSIC

OPERATING SYSTEMS (FOR STORED FILES)

Windows® XP SP2 and higher; Mac OS X v10.4 and higher; NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices supporting CIFS

MUSIC SERVICES SUPPORTED

Sonos works seamlessly with Anubis.fm, AUPEO!, Deezer, iheartradio, Last.fm, MOG, Napster®, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, Spotify®, Stitcher SmartRadio(tm), TuneIn, Wolfgang’s Vault®, and downloads from any service offering DRM-free tracks. (Service availability varies by region.)

INTERNET RADIO SUPPORTED

Streaming MP3, WMA

AUDIO FORMATS SUPPORTED

Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media downloads), AAC (MPEG4), Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless) music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files.

Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz, 16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.

Note: Apple “Fairplay”, AAC Enhanced and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported. Previously purchased Apple “Fairplay” DRM-protected songs may be upgraded.

ALBUM ART SUPPORTED

JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF

PLAYBACK MODES

Crossfade, shuffle, repeat

PLAYLISTS SUPPORTED

iTunes®, Rhapsody, WinAmp®, Windows Media Player®, and MusicMatch™ (.m3u, .pls, .wpl)

NETWORKING

ETHERNET PORT

A single Ethernet port that can connect the PLAY:3 to a wired home network or allow an Ethernet device to connect through Sonosnet

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

SonosNet 2.0, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network

GENERAL

STORAGE TEMPERATURE

4°F to 158°F (-20°C to 70°C)

POWER SUPPLY

AC 120/240V, 50-60Hz, auto-switchable

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Sonos PLAY:3, power cord, flat Ethernet cable, Sonos Quickstart Guide

WEIGHT

5.71 lb (2.6 kg)

TOP-PANEL LIGHTS

Indicate ZonePlayer status and Mute status

TOP-PANEL BUTTONS

Volume and Mute

DIMENSIONS (H X W X D)

5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 in. (132 x 268 x 160 mm)

PRODUCT FINISH

White with light metallic grille; black with graphite grille

MOUNT

Standard 1/4″ /20 threaded mounting socket

MULTI-LANGUAGE SUPPORT

Sonos System Software supports Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish

OPERATING TEMPERATURE

32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)

 

For more information visit http://www.SONOS.com

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