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

The Sonos PLAY:3 has now been discontinued by Sonos.

The PLAY:3 was the oldest music speaker in the Sonos line-up, released back 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.

The PLAY:3 had filled homes with music for 7 years, but as the list of features available for a smart speaker accelerated rapidly, Sonos decided 2018 marked the end of its journey.

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 the Sonos One Gen 2 for £199.


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What are my Sonos play:3 alternatives?

We believe the all-new Sonos Move portable speaker is the closest replacement to the PLAY:3. Released in September 2019, it fits right in between the Sonos One and the Play:5 at £399.

With a 10-hour rechargeable battery and a high weatherproof rating of IP56, it's the most versatile speaker of the range, with Bluetooth and WiFi on-board so you can listen at home as normal, and take it with you when you're out and about.

It also has 2 voice assistants built in (Alexa and Google Assistant) when you're using WiFi as well as AirPlay 2.

This is a perfect investment if you love Sonos already but want the ability to listen wherever you are.


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If you love the Sonos eco-system, but on a budget, we’re confident you’ll love the sound of the Sonos One SL and love the price even more at £179.

Double it up to make a Sonos One SL stereo pair, and you’ve got yourself a zone of crystal-clear, room-filling stereo sound for years to come.


Alternatively, if you are looking for a smart speaker set up with voice control, two Sonos One speakers will offer all this and much more for only £40 more than the 2 x Sonos One SL bundle £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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By Jonathan, Sonos Specialist

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