Sonos PLAY:3 Vs PLAY:5

THE SONOS PLAY:3

Sonos Play:3 ReviewThe Sonos Play:3 is the mid-range speaker of the Sonos family and the popular choice for customers who want to immerse themselves into the world of digital music streaming for the first time.

The first question we normally get asked is ‘How loud does it go and what is the bass like?’ Our usual response is ‘ you will be pleasantly surprised!’ Most people have seen the Sonos PLAY:3 and assume it may fail to meet their expectation of a wireless music system, given its small form. Well, as most people who own these units will tell you, it adheres to its strapline given to it by Sonos – “The smaller, sexier, tuck-in-the-corner and blow-your-roof-off, all-in-one player”.

As with the Sonos PLAY:5, it is available in black, as well as white, and connects wirelessly to your router.

Another highlight of the PLAY:3 is that it is easily placed within any and all rooms within your home. It is perfectly powerful enough to drive an average size living room, bedroom or kitchen. If, however, you have a more open plan lounge dinner or a bigger room that you wish to fill with music, then you may need to consider the Sonos PLAY:5 or 2 x PLAY:3s paired in stereo mode.

THE SONOS PLAY:5

Sonos Play:5 ReviewThe Sonos Play:5 was Sonos’ first entry into the all-in-one wireless music system market, and we think it remains to date the best value all-in-one music system.

With all Sonos products, the build and sound quality is 1st class. While the Sonos PLAY:5 is still small enough to be discreet in a room, it is also powerful enough to really rock a big room. We have never experienced customers complaining that the sound does not fill the room adequately.

The PLAY:5 will fill your room with more bass compared to the PLAY:3, as the bass driver is bigger in size, which in turn pushes more air to give a deeper bass. An everyday advantage of this over the PLAY:3 is that you will experience a fuller sound, whereas with the PLAY:3 would require you to increase the levels to in order to try and match the same bass of the PLAY:5.

The PLAY:5 has the added advantage of having a line input. This can be used to plug in a games console, SKY TV, DJ mixing desk, computer or even a mini disc or a tape deck. Having this function gives the system added value over the PLAY:3.

So which Sonos system do you go for – the PLAY:3 or PLAY:5? If you are looking to get into digital streaming music and want to see what the Sonos system is like, then try the PLAY:3. As many of our customers have found out – the sound from something this size is astonishing. If at a later date you want to treat yourself to a PLAY:5, you can always put the PLAY:3 into the bedroom and use the built-in alarm clock to wake you up to your favourite music!

If you have a slightly bigger room or have more budget to play with, you will certainly not be disappointed with the Play:5. It also gives you the added extra of a line in socket.

Either way, as most independent reviewers agree, both Sonos systems are highly rated five star products.

Flexson VinylPlay

Flexson VinylPlay

Bring your old Record Collection into the Streaming Age.

Sonos fans, Lovers of vinyl, prepare to be amazed! Not only is the record coming back but there is now a way to stream it directly through your Sonos!

Presenting the Flexson VinylPlay turntable, available in black or white. This remarkable innovation of a vintage classic in audio, is an obvious choice for anyone who loves their music. Featuring an analogue-to-digital converter, this is the perfect piece of equipment for anyone who is looking to back up their record collection to a digital format. The Flexson VinylPlay also comes with a phono amp. This makes it compatible with most modern speaker equipment, including Sonos Play:5.

Bringing your 33 and 45 rpm albums to the modern world has never been simpler. Not only is the VinylPlay able to run flawlessly with a Sonos Play:5 but can also connect to the Sonos Connect AMP. This allow the VinylPlay to work with smaller Sonos and other AV speakers. With its quick start guide you will be operational and rocking out to Pink Floyd in mere moments. Listen to the classics through the clear, awesome power of Sonos multiroom speakers.

Modern day dilemmas such as backing up your albums and keeping them dust free are reduced. A clear hinged lid adds a touch of class as well as a practical function in keeping your new equipment clean and spill/scratch safe. You can also transfer your classic records to the computer via phono stage and digitalise them for all eternity!

Other ingenious accessories from Flexson also include the stylish turntable shelf. Very simplistic art deco in nature, it comes in Sonos signature black or white and creates a wonderful stand for a VinylPlay. With cable management this functional design is not only aesthetically pleasing but wall mountable and able to hold 40kg. Linking in with the Sonos theme, Flexson also do a wide range of stands and wall mounting brackets for all Sonos units, including power source extenders and a reinforced plate stand for the Sonos Playbar.

Sonos unveils voice-enabled speaker, Sonos One

Sonos today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in consumer technology, announcing a smart speaker with support for voice services including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — the Sonos One.

The $299 speaker, coming to Australia October 24, will let users control their music with their voice and ask for music based on decade, genre, tempo, mood, or lyrics if they can’t remember the name of a song.

“It’s awesome, it’s the first speaker we’ve launched that has microphones embedded,” Wouter Boender, Product Marketing Manager told The Australian in an interview. “You simply ask and the speaker will start to play. It also unlocks voice control for your whole home, so if you have a Sonos one in your kitchen you can ask it to play music in other area of your home.”

Amazon’s Alexa isn’t available in Australia yet but it’s expected to be in the near future, and Sonos says the Sonos One will support it as soon as the service launches. Google Assistant support is coming next year.

Sonos also announced it would be rolling out software updates to enable existing Sonos speakers to work with Amazon’s Echo and Dot devices.

“I think the Sonos One is amazing value,” Sonos Australia boss Rennie Addabbo said. “It’s voice-ready and built for the future. “The folks who really get into their music are going to love it.”

Sonos also announced that it will begin supporting Apple’s Airplay 2 in 2018, making it possible to play any sound from an iOS device including YouTube videos and Netflix movies on Sonos speakers throughout the house.

Owners will also be able to ask any Siri enabled device to control music on Sonos speakers.

“We live in a golden age of streaming entertainment,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said.

“But so much of this great content is being pushed through smart speakers that aren’t designed with sound quality in mind. With our open approach to collaboration, agnostic approach to voice services, the strength of our many innovative partners, and a sound platform designed for the whole home, we’re helping people listen more and listen better.”

Sonos Speakers, which one is best for you?

 

SONOS Speaker Suite

The Play:1 is a great little speaker with so much potential beyond the speaker itself that we can’t recommend it enough as a starting place to embrace the Sonos system. It doesn’t sound as good as the Play:3, but this speaker is about getting the most out of your digital streaming music service without spending a fortune in doing so. You can pair the left and right for a stereo experience. It is available in black or white.

The Play:3 delivers a better sound than the Play:1, while offering the same advantages and a couple more, such as orientation choice. It is more expensive but the price jump is probably worth it for those that want the extra oomph or for those with a bigger room. You can pair the left and right for a stereo experience. It is available in black or white.

The Play:5 is for those that want the best sound offered by Sonos. If you have the cash to spend, the Play:5 is a fantastic option and a brilliant way to start a Sonos multi-room system with a big bang, or add to an existing one. You can pair the left and right for a stereo experience. It is available in black or white.

The PlayBar is a fantastic piece of kit that really delivers. While the price might seem high on the surface you are getting a speaker that replaces your AV receiver, a stack of speakers, and the ability to make it part of a bigger streaming system as well. Like the Model T Ford, it only comes in black.

The PlayBase is the second speaker in the Sonos home theatre portfolio, delivering big sound in a super-slim package. It is designed for sliding underneath your TV, rather than mounted to the wall like the PlayBar. It is both a music speaker and a TV speaker though so you get two-in-one for the price, like the PlayBar. It is available in black or white.

The main reason you would invest in the Sub with the PlayBar or PlayBase is to bring a more powerful sound to your TV, movies and music. It is available in black or white.

SONOS CONNECT – Bring your old Stereo into the Streaming age.

Sonos CONNECT A

Sonos CONNECT A

You may be one of the many people who have what’s known as a “first world problem”. That being, you have a perfectly good stereo system/home theatre setup at home, and can’t justify throwing it away, or relocating it to the garage. Also, older speakers are quite large, and may have become furniture and features in your home. However, you want to step into the new streaming age. So, what do you do?

Fortunately, SONOS have solved this for you with the SONOS CONNECT. It turns your favourite amplified audio equipment into a streaming machine so you can keep the stereo you love and play even more music with it.

Key Features

For anything amplified.

CONNECT works with the amplified audio equipment you already own. Like a stereo system, a home theatre receiver, or even a built-in speaker system with a centrally-located amplifier. Plus, the analog, optical, and coaxial digital audio outputs ensure that you can use it with all your existing gear.

Easy setup.

Attach CONNECT to your amplified audio equipment using the analog or digital outputs. Plug it in. Then connect it to your WiFi using the Sonos app for uninterrupted wireless streaming.

Great sound, just the way you like it.

CONNECT streams the music you love at full CD quality. You can use the Sonos app or the controls on your audio gear to adjust bass, treble, balance, and loudness.

Grab your aux cord.

Hook a pre-amped turntable or any other amplified music source directly to your CONNECT to listen on your existing audio equipment. You can also send the music from the source to any other Sonos speakers throughout your home.

Never obsolete.

Ongoing software updates mean the Sonos product you buy today will be even better tomorrow.

If you are getting bored of your vinyl/cd connection, and don’t like your local FM radio stations, Sonos is for you.  It plays more than 30 of the most popular streaming services, on-demand services, internet radio, your favourite podcasts and audiobooks, your go-to collection of downloads­ – whatever you love to listen to.

Playbar vs Playbase, spoilt for choice.

The Ultimate SONOS question. To Playbar or Playbase?

Which will you choose?

Playbar vs Playbase. The SONOS debate.

If you are like me, deciding to stay in and watch a movie rather than battle parking and expensive snacks at the local theatre, is an easy decision.  However, to do so, you need cinematic quality sound. For me, I need to hear every explosion, music score, history making speech, and unforgettable one liner that a movie has to offer. With the addition of the playbase in April this year, the decision to playbase or playbar has left more than a few of our valued customers confused.

DESIGN & SPEC

The Playbase was designed specifically to offer a space-saving solution for your TV sound. We all know that today’s slim-line TV’s compromise on sound in order to be slim (but that’s another blog). Its engineering makes it sturdy enough to withstand the weight of your TV on top (up to 35kgs) and slim enough (3.8cm deep) to slide underneath your TV, so in effect, it takes up no more space than your TV.

The Playbar is ideal if your TV is already mounted to the wall. You can mount the Playbar to the wall directly underneath your TV with the addition of a wall mount, or you can attach the Playbar to your existing TV bracket with a range of accessories. It can also sit on furniture such as a TV stand but sitting at 85mm high, it does require more clearance than the Playbase and can intrude at the bottom of your TV screen. For my setup at home, the only option was the wall mount.

FEATURES

  • Both the Playbar and Playbase have identical connections – an optical port for audio, one power supply port, and an ethernet port. Sonos keep things simple without compromising on quality. It also means you can swap them and you should have little issue with understanding the connections.
  • The Playbase has 2 colour options – black and white. The Playbar like the Model T Ford, is only made in black.
  • Unlike the Playbar, the Playbase has the new touch sensitive controls on the base of the product, comparable to the PLAY:5, meaning you can pause, skip, play previous and volume up and down at the slide or tap of a finger if you happen to be walking past.
  • Both benefit from the Trueplay feature, allowing your speaker to calibrate and maximise performance based on your room’s dimensions. Trueplay also calibrates your personal seating position for an optimised audio experience.
  • Both benefit from Night Mode & speech enhancement. Night Mode limits the loud parts of the audio and amplifies the quieter parts. This is a great feature not to disturb the rest of the house while listening. Speech enhancement is a great feature if you are having a hard time hearing what’s being said. Enabling this feature keeps the dialogue at a consistent level and reduces the volume of any loud sound effects.
  • You can also pair your existing remote control for easy volume control.
  • Sonos will also be integrating Amazon Alexa voice control later this year allowing Playbar & Playbase to be voice controlled. Stay tuned for this!

SOUND

Let’s first look at the spec of each speaker. They are very similar, both of which containing 6 mid-range and 3 tweeters but the Playbase also has the benefit of a woofer to improve bass response. The Team at CTG listened to the two options side by side, and for us the Playbase got the nod. The playbase has piercing vocals, excellent bass response, of which the additional woofer really helps, and the wide soundstage created despite its form factor (close your eyes and it feels like sound is coming from each corner of the room as opposed to just centrally). The sound was crisp, crystal-clear and with zero distortion.

The PLAYBAR is wider in dimensions and as such, the sound travelled wider than the PLAYBASE offering a slightly further reaching sound stage. In real home usage, this means that if a car travelled from the right to the left of your TV screen the PLAYBAR will give a slightly more immersive effect due to its physical length. The sound from this speaker is deep, rich and completely unbiased, meaning it offers the perfect balance of low, medium and high frequencies.  It’s kind and unobtrusive to the ears and in our mini Vs test, it reminded us why this product has won so many awards. It also really does look fantastic placed underneath a wall-mounted TV too.

At low volumes, the sound quality between the Playbar and Playbase was indistinguishable but turn them up louder, and the Playbase tended to output a sharper vocal quality.

PRICE

The Playbar retails at $898, and Playbase at $999. We believe this pricing reflects a terrific investment, considering how easy the product is to use on a daily basis and the fantastic audio quality on offer. Of course, being part of the Sonos ecosystem, existing customers will also have the benefit of adding these to their current home setup. Customers completely new to Sonos can use it as the starting block to filling their home with music. Both Playbar & Playbase also have the upgrade potential to expand to a full 5.1 wireless surround system over time.

playbase

The Sonos PLAYBASE

The Sonos Playbase is here folks. It’s time to get excited.
Damn are we excited to get one of these bad boys into our office!

From the sleek, simplistic design to the crystal clear sound we have come to love from the wide range of Sonos products currently on the market.

Sonos has said that roughly 70% of TVs aren’t mounted on the wall and for this reason they have come up with the Sonos Playbase that is designed to sit on a TV stand or media center. The Playbase can also be combined with other Sonos wireless sub woofers to really enhance the ultimate audio experience within your home.

This one looks like a real winner and from all reports it will not disappoint!

Available from April 4th

The Sonos Playbase will be available for ordering from April 4th, you can place an order or find out more about the product here.

Place a pre-order today and receive a $50 iTunes Gift Voucher!

spotify

Sonos with Spotify

Sonos speakers can now run directly through the Spotify app.

Making it easier than ever before to play music straight from your phone to your Sonos devices.

Once your speakers are set up correctly through the Sonos’ app. You will then be able to set up your Spotify app to sync directly to your speakers.

You can see a step by step guide on setting up your speakers with Spotify on their website here: https://www.spotify.com/au/sonos/

Although, please note that the paid version of Spotify premium is required to enable this feature.

It is a worthwhile investment considering that you can now stream music from your phone, laptop or any computer within your house straight to your Sonos speakers.

 

Sonos Play:3

The revolutionary wireless smart speaker developed by Sonos.

That allows you to control your speak wirelessly from your Android Smartphone/iPad/iPhone.

Announced and released on July 20, 2011.

The first Sonos product to be able to be stood up vertically and be compatible with SonosNet.

The speaker also has a feature that allows the user to stereo pair, this links the speaker to another Play:3 to release a separate left and right channel for audio. This can also be further paired with a sub and Playbar to form a basic home theatre system.

The Play:3 is the mid-range speaker of the Play speakers in their respected product line. It has two mid-woofers, a bass radiator, a tweeter and 3 Class-D amplifiers. Therefore making it more capable of playback than the Play:1 which has 2 Class-D amplifiers, a tweeter and mid-woofer.

Services such as Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn and other streaming software can be used with the speaker.

The Sonos Play:3 retails for $449 and we stock it for $399 – free shipping Australia wide.

You can purchase a Sonos Play:3 here – https://ctgaudio.com.au/product/sonosplay3/

Or, if you would like to find out more about the product, please feel free to get in contact with us.

 

SONOS SUB Wireless Subwoofer

I was seriously surprised when I first played music through this thing! It has zero cabinet buzz or rattle.  Everyone has seen the subwoofers that rattle and shake all over the place. Not the SUB. Deep, amazing bass is all you will be able to hear coming from this amazing creation.

I don’t even know where to begin on how deep the bass is. You just have to hear it yourself to understand how truly powerful this thing is!

The great thing about it is also that you can place it anywhere and have it lying down or standing up straight. It definitely won’t be mucking up the feng shui of your place anytime soon.

It is also super easy to set up, with the simple one button setup. Even my father managed to get this thing going! You can set it up over WI-FI, control it with the app and away you go. It is as simple as that.

Also, I can’t forget to mention that this subwoofer can be paired with any other Sonos speaker. You seriously hear parts of music that you didn’t know existed before. The SUB makes sure to deliver those super low frequencies other speakers just wouldn’t manage to pick up.

The retail price for the Sonos subwoofer is $999. At CTG Audio, we have it for $898 + Free Shipping.

You can purchase one here: https://ctgaudio.com.au/product/sonossub/

Or, if you would like to find out more about the product, please feel free to get in contact with us.