How to Achieve the Best Sound with a Sonos PLAY:3

Introduction

Sonos is a home sound system of Wi-Fi connected speakers that lets you listen to anything you want, wherever you want.

PLAY:3 is the mid-size speaker with stereo sound from Sonos, and their most versatile player.
A set of Sonos Play:3 speakers

This guide will help you understand how your speaker works and how to set it up for the best sound.

1 Orientation

The Sonos Play:3 can be placed in multiple orientations (horizontal and vertical) allowing some flexibility with regards to placement. However if set in the vertical position it will not play in stereo. It will only play in mono.
Sonos Play 3 orientations

2 Speaker Location

Each room is unique, and there is no hard and fast rule for speaker placement. There are many variables that can affect the sound of your speakers, such as furnishings, room size and shape, listener preferences, and even more.

Regardless of where your speakers are placed, you can use the Sonos App to run Trueplay tuning to adapt the speaker to the acoustic qualities of your room.

Surround sound speaker placement

In general, you want to have your speakers pointed towards you for better sound.

The Sonos Play:3 has a threaded mounting hole on the back. If desired, you can easily wall mount your Play:3 using a suitable mounting bracket (not included). Choose a location to mount the speaker in, taking care to avoid heat, steam, dripping water or hidden wiring, and follow the instructions included with the wall mount kit.
A wall mounted Sonos Play 3

3 Multiple Speakers

Purchasing multiple Sonos speakers can lead you to wanting to connect them all together. By doing this you could produce surround sound, or have the same music play in all rooms of your house.
Multiple Sonos speakers

You'll need to make sure your speakers are the same model and orientation when using the Sonos App to create a surround sound group.

Surround sound speaker placement

While you can chain Sonos devices together, it is recommended that you connect them all individually to a network device for best performance.

4 App Overview

Choose what to play, where to play it, and how loud. In one room or all over your home. Track down songs across all your music services with a single search. Create playlists in an instant. The Sonos app does it all.
  • You can control your Sonos speakers using the lock screen on your smart device. It will appear automatically while the connected speaker is being used.
    Sonos lock screen
  • The Sonos app lets you search for songs across every music service linked to your account, as well as your personal digital collection.
  • Using the settings to your speaker in the app, you can change bass and treble.

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Sonos is a home sound system of Wi-Fi connected speakers that lets you listen to anything you want, wherever you want.

PLAY:3 is the mid-size speaker with stereo sound from Sonos, and their most versatile player.
A set of Sonos Play:3 speakers

This guide will help you understand how your speaker works and how to set it up for the best sound.

The Sonos Play:3 can be placed in multiple orientations (horizontal and vertical) allowing some flexibility with regards to placement. However if set in the vertical position it will not play in stereo. It will only play in mono.
Sonos Play 3 orientations

Each room is unique, and there is no hard and fast rule for speaker placement. There are many variables that can affect the sound of your speakers, such as furnishings, room size and shape, listener preferences, and even more.

Regardless of where your speakers are placed, you can use the Sonos App to run Trueplay tuning to adapt the speaker to the acoustic qualities of your room.

Surround sound speaker placement

In general, you want to have your speakers pointed towards you for better sound.

The Sonos Play:3 has a threaded mounting hole on the back. If desired, you can easily wall mount your Play:3 using a suitable mounting bracket (not included). Choose a location to mount the speaker in, taking care to avoid heat, steam, dripping water or hidden wiring, and follow the instructions included with the wall mount kit.
A wall mounted Sonos Play 3

Purchasing multiple Sonos speakers can lead you to wanting to connect them all together. By doing this you could produce surround sound, or have the same music play in all rooms of your house.
Multiple Sonos speakers

You'll need to make sure your speakers are the same model and orientation when using the Sonos App to create a surround sound group.

Surround sound speaker placement

While you can chain Sonos devices together, it is recommended that you connect them all individually to a network device for best performance.

Choose what to play, where to play it, and how loud. In one room or all over your home. Track down songs across all your music services with a single search. Create playlists in an instant. The Sonos app does it all.
  • You can control your Sonos speakers using the lock screen on your smart device. It will appear automatically while the connected speaker is being used.
    Sonos lock screen
  • The Sonos app lets you search for songs across every music service linked to your account, as well as your personal digital collection.
  • Using the settings to your speaker in the app, you can change bass and treble.
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Searching for the Sonos app. Illustration.
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    Sonos app page with the install button highlighted.
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    Sonos app page with the Open button highlighted.

If you use an iOS device with your Sonos app you can use Trueplay. With the built in mic in your smart device the app will measure how the sound reflects off walls and furnishings. It then adjusts speaker's audio settings for the best sound in your room.

To Access Trueplay:

  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos icon
  2. Tap the More tab.
    Sonos App with more tab
  3. Tap Settings.
    Sonos app settings
  4. Tap Room Settings.
    Sonos room settings
  5. Tap the room you wish to tune. If tuning has not yet been performed for a room, a red dot will appear next to the room name.
  6. Tap "Trueplay Tuning" and follow the in-app instructions to complete tuning.
    Sonos Trueplay
Don't want a light flashing away while you're trying to watch a movie or trying to sleep? Sonos speakers only have little LED light indicators, but you can still turn them off if you want some peace.
  1. Open the Sonos app.
    Sonos icon
  2. Tap the More tab.
    Sonos App with more tab
  3. Tap Settings.
    Sonos app settings
  4. Tap Room Settings.
    Sonos room settings
  5. Tap the room you want to adjust.
  6. Toggle White Indicator Light off.
    Sonos turning off indicator light

Though the Sonos Play:3 doesn't have a built in mic, with the Amazon Echo, you can use it with Alexa. If you have an Echo or similar device and want to connect it to your Sonos Play:3, follow these steps.

  1. Make sure both your Echo and Sonos device are setup.
  2. Open your Alexa app.
    Amazon Alexa app icon
  3. Select the Menu.
    Alexa App showing the menu icon
  4. Select Skills.
    Amazon Alexa menu showing skills selection
  5. Search for Sonos, select it to open the Sonos Skill Detail Page.
    Sonos Alexa search results
  6. Select Enable Skill or sign into your Sonos Account.
    Sonos Alexa skill selection
  • Sonos products are not water resistant. Do not leave them outside during a rain storm or position them near water.
  • Certain surfaces can affect the WiFi signal. Avoid placing Sonos products on metal, concrete, brick, or marble surfaces to receive the best wireless signal.
  • Do not place Sonos products on top of, or directly next to, other wireless devices (e.g. WiFi router, cordless phone, baby monitors).
  • Stereo Pairing allows you to group two Play:1, Play:3 or Play:5 speakers in the same room to create a wider stereo experience. In this configuration, one unit serves as the left channel and the other serves as the right channel.
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Clicking this button will open a new guide that will provide you with steps to resolve your issue.

  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    screenshot of the sonos app in the app store with get highlighted
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button

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