The end of the Sonos PLAY:3 makes your choice of next Sonos speaker easier

Despite the Sonos PLAY:3 being the oldest music speaker in the Sonos line-up released in July 2011, its appealing form factor and affordable price for the sound quality, gave it credibility even in today’s competitive market of HiFi equipment.

Now in its 7th year where the list of features available for a smart speaker is accelerating rapidly, Sonos has decided 2018 marks the end of its journey as the item is now showing as Discontinued on their website.

It was superior to the PLAY:1, being a stereo speaker in its own right, dual orientation, great bass and half the price of the all-guns-blazing PLAY:5, positioning itself as the middle sibling of the family.

That’s why it featured in thousands of medium-sized rooms such as bedrooms, studies, kitchens and more across the world.

However, with recent new technologies like Amazon Alexa and AirPlay 2, the PLAY:3 will never be able to support these technologies through a software update, due to its lesser processing power to the newer speakers in the range like Sonos One.


We speculate, however, Sonos may look at developing a similar size speaker to replace the PLAY:3 in the future, with all the modern tech like Amazon Alexa and AirPlay 2 built-in.

PLAY:3s size would also be perfect for an outdoor speaker too. Is this how they will position their next speaker in the Sonos family?

At the moment, only the Sonos One and Beam have both AirPlay 2 and Amazon Alexa built into the unit.

What are my Sonos play:3 alternatives?

If you love the Sonos eco-system, but on a budget, we’re confident you’ll love the sound of the PLAY:1 and love the price even more at £149.

Double it up to make a stereo pair, and you’ve got yourself a crystal-clear, room-filling stereo sound, for only £50 more than the PLAY:3.

As an honest retailer, we genuinely believe you will hear the sound difference for the additional £50.


Alternatively, if you are looking for a smart speaker set up with the latest technologies such as AirPlay 2 and voice control, two Sonos One speakers will offer all this and much more for £398.

If you are looking for an extra special sound and will accept no compromises, look no further than the PLAY:5. There’s really enough said.

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