Whether we're listening to Morning Edition or New Edition, one thing is certain: We want fantastic sound, but we don't want to fiddle with a lot of settings and remotes. Oh, and we also want to play music from various online sources and we don't want to miss a beat when we move from the kitchen to the living room.
In other words: We're buying the brand-new Sonos Play:3.
Since 2003, Sonos has been making user-friendly home music systems, and we've long loved their intelligent, affordable products.
The Play:3 ($300 plus the required $50 bridge) follows in this tradition, connecting instantly with your wireless network and allowing you to play just about anything--podcasts, XM radio, iTunes, Pandora, even our newest obsession, Spotify--directly from any computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device. Basically, as long as you can use the Internet, you can use Sonos.
Once you've got a single system in place, you can add additional speakers to other rooms in your house. These can be synced up (for parties!) or controlled individually.
Plus, unlike its larger predecessor, the five-by-ten-inch Play:3 works both vertically and horizontally, meaning you can tuck it virtually anywhere for eyesore-less enjoyment.