As always with purchases as expensive as this, I researched sound docks and music players a lot before taking the plunge into the world of Sonos... this is one purchase I will not, and have not regretted.
Initially, I was very disappointed to discover the Play:5, which was my first choice, wouldn't fit on the shelf of my TV stand - a mere 3mm too tall! With the TV stand being new, my wife was not too keen on me buying a new one to accommodate the Sonos, nor was she keen on me altering the TV stand so that it fit on the shelf. I guess I was left with no option but to go with the Play:3!
Now, reading that, you might think I'm making this out to be a bad position to be in. It's not. The Play:3 is excellent. The disadvantage being that the Play:3 has no line in. I'm not sure why Sonos decided to not include line in support for the Play:3, given this is a relatively new addition to the Sonos family, but it ruined my initial plan to use the Sonos device as a sound bar for the television too. It also limits the ability to play any external device (phone, mp3 player) directly through the speaker.
That being the only real negative I have found with this device, it took about 30 minutes to unpack it from its box, get it connected to the network and configured to play my music. Remarkable. There aren't many devices available that truly are this easy to set up.
My setup consists of a Synology NAS containing all of my music, and a premium account with Spotify. These combined with online radio make for a limitless supply of music.
Now, I'm no audiophile, and most of my music is purchased digitally these days rather than physical media, but to me, the sound from this little box is absolutely outstanding. Coupled with the control software available on my iphone, and it becomes a hugely convenient device to use. My wife was concerned this was going to be another overly complex thing for her to get to grips with, but within 30 seconds of downloading the Sonos controller app to her phone, she was creating playlists and picking songs herself!
If it wasn't for the lack of line in, which I find a very strange omission from what is essentially an expensive digital speaker, the Sonos Play:3 would have received 5 stars. That being said, I would highly recommend Sonos, and I'm extremely happy with my purchase.