Sonos wireless speakers buyers guide

Sonos provides a range of wireless speakers, from small, medium, and large single speakers. to a soundbar and sub for home theater, to interfaces for your existing sound systems. More than wireless, though, Sonos is connected. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and you can use it to stream almost all of the popular music services, including Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime, Pandora, and more!

But which Sonos speakers are right for you? A lot of that depends on where you want to place them and how you want to use them.

Here are all the options!

Sonos Play:1

Sonos Play 1

The Play:1 is Sonos' entry level player in its roundup. With its two dedicated amplifiers, single tweeter, and mid-range woofer, it produces a crisp high fidelity sound for your audio enjoyment. It is wall-mountable and humidity resistant, so you can place it in your bathroom without worrying about moisture damaging its components. While you can't get stereo sound out of one Play:1, if you buy two, you can set them up as a stereo pair of left and right speakers.

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Sonos Play:3

Sonos Play 3

As Sonos' middle-of-the-pack offering, the Play:3 offers more features and a more robust architecture than the Play:1. The Play:3 is larger than the Play:1, while still compact. Inside, it contains three amplifiers, one tweeter, two mid-range woofers, and one bass radiator. While you can pair two Play:3s as separate left and right stereo speakers, one Play:3 is all you need to get stereo sound. Other cool features of the Play:3 include the ability to change its orientation either vertically or horizontally without changing the quality of its sound and that it comes with rubber feet so that you don't have to worry about scuffing up your nice furniture.

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Sonos Play:5

Sonos Play 5

The Play:5 is the most expensive and the largest player Sonos has on offer. With the heftier price tag, comes more features and bigger sound out of one player. Boasting six amplifiers, three tweeters, and three mid-range woofers, one Play:5 is all you need for big stereo sound. Like the Play:3 and Play:1, you can create a pair of stereo speakers with separate left and right channels, but it's not necessary for a stereo effect. Also like the Play:3, you can place it either vertically or horizontally without sacrificing sound quality. Like the Play:1, it is humidity resistant, so take one into the bathroom with you while you shower.

Unlike either the Play:1 or the Play:3, it has a separate line-in jack to which you can connect any device that produces sound and has a 3.5mm audio connector. For instance, you could connect any MP3 or CD player to your Play:5 and listen to music from those devices on any Play 5 in your home, even those to which the devices are not connected.

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Sonos Playbar


The Playbar consists of nine speaker drivers: three tweeters and six midrange woofers. It also has nine separate amplifiers to boost its sound output. Using Dolby Digital Audio as the encoding for its virtual surround sound, it offers a superb home theater experience. It connects directly to your television via an optical cable, which is included. (How refreshing!)

Are you a night-owl while your significant other is an early bird? Do you have children? If so, you can benefit from the NightSound feature of the Playbar. NightSound reduces the volume of crashes and bangs while ensuring that softer sounds remain audible, so that you can watch the latest superhero movie late into the night without disturbing the rest of the house.

It also functions as a music player, which like the other players, connects to any device with WiFi capability and the internet to stream music through it and any additional players you have in your house.

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Sonos Sub

Sonos sub

The Sub is Sonos' subwoofer and adds richness and power to the bass notes in your setup, whether its a home theater system, a music system, or all of the above.

With its two force-canceling speaker drivers set up so that they face each other, the Sub is capable of frequencies as low as 25 Hz without any cabinet noise.

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Sonos Connect

Sonos Connect

The Sonos Connect is your gateway to wireless music. It's compact and connects to any receiver via analog, optical and coaxial digital audio outputs. The Connect only comes in white, so be prepared for it to stick out a bit if the rest of your setup is black. It essentially turns your receiver into a wireless receiver, so that you can pump your music out of your current speakers straight from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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Sonos Connect:Amp

Sonos Connect:Amp

As its name suggest, the Connect:Amp is the amplified version of the Connect. It still connects to your existing system and enables you to wirelessly play your music via the Sonos Controller app. It functions in place of a receiver and can power large or small speakers with 55 watts, per channel. That's pretty good for such a compact package.

There's also a super cool feature of the Connect:Amp is that, if you add a subwoofer to the system, it's smart enough to send the low frequencies to your sub and the high frequencies to your speaker(s).

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