Gadget Review - Sonos wireless speakers

Dr Richard Harkness offers his view on the Sonos wireless speakers.

Sonos Play:3 (top) and Play:5
Sonos Play:3 (top) and Play:5

The number of wireless speakers available has exploded in the past few years, driven by the expansion of the mobile smartphone market.

Sonos is a well-established company and comes highly recommended in the audio and tech community. So much so, I chose it as the music solution for my lounge and kitchen. I loved it so much that within weeks I had bought a unit for my bedroom.

The sound quality from these relatively small boxes is nothing short of amazing. The bass is stunning. They are designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.

Sonos produces the Play:3 and Play:5 all-in-one wireless speakers and I use both. At its most basic you connect the speaker to your router to enable you to play music wirelessly from your devices. A range of extra components are available to make the system even more flexible.

Add in a Sonos Bridge, which you connect to the router, and the speakers become completely wireless, meaning you can have more speakers elsewhere in the house. Fancy playing different music in different rooms all controlled via your phone? Check. House party and you want the same music all around the house? Yup.

Double tap

You can listen to music upstairs and with two taps on your phone while walking downstairs have the same music greet you downstairs seamlessly and in sync. The first time I did this it put a huge smile on my face.

You can get rid of your old radio too as all the digital stations are there. If you have a Spotify subscription you also have access to an enormous library of music.

Downsides are few. Occasionally you can get lost in the menu but with practice you quickly learn. While you can play music on your phone direct to the Sonos, true Airplay does not work so you could not channel the sound from YouTube, for example. It does, however, have a standard 3.5mm jack input, so you could work around it this way. I am using this to put my TV audio through it.

If you are looking for a new audio set-up for your digital music, this is pretty much perfect.

Dr Harkness is a GP in Durham

The details

Sonos Play:3 Best for smaller rooms, £259

Sonos Play:5 Best for larger rooms, £349

Sonos Bridge Connects to your router to enable your speakers to be completely wireless, £39


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