Let’s face it—wires suck. It’s 2011 and WiFi is everywhere, so there’s no reason the floor of your living room needs to look like C-3PO puked all over it.
That’s why we were eager to test drive the new Play:3 from Sonos. Unlike a lot of wireless speaker systems, this one is light on components (no bulky subwoofers taking up precious shelf space) and price (the base unit begins at $300).
Sonically speaking, the Sonos holds its own against a lot of higher end models, thanks to three Class-D digital amplifiers within each speaker. You can even group two Play:3s in the same room—one as the left channel, the other as the right—or connect several components through a bridge ($50), place them in different rooms and hook up your whole abode.
But what really stands out about the system is the ease at which you can access all your music services, including Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm, Rdio, Sirius and on and on, controlled by Sonos’ nifty free mobile apps. Perfect for those that live on the “cloud.”
For the rest of us? A little freedom from wired tyranny will do just fine.
$299 at Sonos.com.