User Manual

User Manual
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Sonos PLAY:3
Product Guide
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Sonos PLAY:3™
The PLAY:3 is the most versatile Sonos wireless speaker that lets you use any Sonos controller to control and enjoy all the
music you want all over your home (see "Sonos Controllers" on page 3 for more information).
• Three custom-designed drivers (two mid-range and one tweeter), each with a dedicated amplifier.
• Position vertically or horizontally—software automatically adjusts the sound to ensure best performance.
• Works seamlessly with the complete range of Sonos products.
New to Sonos?
It takes just a few steps to get your Sonos system up and running—simply follow the setup instructions packaged with your
PLAY:3. Once you’ve got it set up, you can add additional Sonos products any time.
Adding to an existing Sonos system?
Sonos can be easily expanded room by room. If you are adding a PLAY:3 to an existing Sonos system, you can turn directly to
"Adding to an Existing Sonos System" on page 7.
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Your Home Network
To access music services, Internet radio, and any digital music stored on your computer or Network-Attached Storage (NAS)
device, your home network must meet the following requirements:
Home network requirements
Note: Your network must have a high-speed Internet connection, as the Sonos system is
designed to provide you with free, online software updates. Your Sonos system must be
registered to receive these updates so be sure to register during the setup process. We do
not share your e-mail address with other companies.
• High-speed DSL/Cable modem, or fiber-to-the-home broadband connection for proper playback of Internet-based
music services. (If your Internet service provider only offers Satellite Internet access, you may experience playback
issues due to fluctuating download rates.)
• If your modem is not a modem/router combination and you want to take advantage of Sonos' automatic online
updates, or stream music from an Internet-based music service, you must install a router in your home network. If
you do not have a router, purchase and install one before proceeding. If you are going to use the Sonos Controller App
on an Android™ or iOS device, or you are setting up Sonos wirelessly, you will need a wireless router. Please visit our
Web site at http://faq.sonos.com/apps for more information.
Note: Sonos communicates over a 2.4GHz home network supporting 802.11 b/g wireless
technology. 5GHz networks are not supported in a completely wireless Sonos setup.
• Connect a SonosSonos BRIDGE, BOOST or player to your router if:
• You have a larger home where the WiFi performance isn’t reliable and you want to strengthen the wireless
performance of your Sonos system.
• Your WiFi network is already in high demand with streaming video and web surfing and you want to create a
separate wireless network exclusively for your Sonos speakers.
• You want to pair a SUB™ and/or a pair of PLAY:1® or PLAY:3 speakers with your PLAYBAR® to create a 3.1 or 5.1 home
theater setup.
• Your home network is 5GHz only (not switchable to 2.4GHz).
• For best results, you should connect the computer or NAS drive that contains your personal music library collection to
your home network router using an Ethernet cable.
System requirements
• Windows® XP SP3 and higher (while Windows XP SP3 and higher are compatible with version 5.1, standard wireless
setup is only supported on Windows 7 and higher)
• Macintosh® OS X 10.6.8 and higher (while Macintosh OS X 10.6.8 and higher are compatible with version 5.1, standard
wireless setup is only supported on Mac iOS 10.7 and higher)
• Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices running iOS 6.0 or later, certain features require higher versions
of iOS
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• Android: 2.1 and higher, certain features require higher versions of Android (while Android: 2.1 and higher are
compatible with version 5.1, standard wireless setup is only supported on Android 2.3 or 4.0 and higher)
Note: For the latest system requirements, including supported operating system versions,
please visit our Web site at http://faq.sonos.com/specs.
Sonos Controllers
You can use any Sonos controller with the Sonos PLAY:3, including:
• Sonos Controller for Android—Touch the Play Store or Market button on your Android device to download the free
Sonos application from Google Play.
• Sonos Controller for iPhone or Sonos Controller for iPad—Touch the App Store button on your iPhone, iPod touch
or iPad to download the free Sonos controller application, or download the application from iTunes®. (If you download
from iTunes, you will need to sync before you see the Sonos logo display on your device.)
• Sonos Controller for Mac or PC—Download from our Website at: www.sonos.com/support/downloads.
• Sonos CONTROL (CR200)
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PLAY:3 Front
Note: The Sonos PLAY:3’s front grille is not removable. Tampering with the grille may result
in damage to your PLAY:3.
On/Off
Your Sonos system is designed to be always on; the system uses minimal electricity
whenever it is not playing music. To quickly stop streaming audio in all rooms, select
Pause All from the Rooms menu. To stop streaming audio in one room, press the 
Play/Pause button on the player.
Status indicator
Indicates the current status of the PLAY:3. When the PLAY:3 is in normal operation, you
can turn the white status indicator light on and off.
For a complete list of status indications, please go to http://faq.sonos.com/led.
Play/Pause
Toggles between playing and pausing the audio in this room (defaults to restarting the
same music source when pressed unless a different source is selected).
• Press once to start or stop streaming audio
• Press twice to skip to the next track (if applicable to the selected music source)
Volume up (+) 
Volume down (-)
Press these buttons to adjust the volume up and down.
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PLAY:3 Back
Threaded mounting hole
1/4 inch 
20-thread
The Sonos PLAY:3 has an integrated mounting hole on the back of the unit so it can be wallmounted if desired (mounting bracket not included.) See "Wall Mounting the PLAY:3" on page 6
for more information.
Ethernet switch connector
Use an Ethernet cable to connect to a router, computer, or additional network device such as a
network-attached storage (NAS) device.
LED indicators:
• Flashing Yellow (network activity)
• Green (link connection)
AC power (mains) input 
(~100-240 V, 50-60 Hz)
Use only the supplied power cord to connect to a power outlet (using a third party power cord
will void your warranty). 
Be sure to insert the power cord firmly into the back of the PLAY:3 until it is flush with the
back of the unit.
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Selecting a Location
You can locate the Sonos PLAY:3 just about anywhere. Its compact size makes it easy to place the PLAY:3 on the kitchen
counter, or take it out to the patio with you. For maximum enjoyment, we have a few guidelines:
• The PLAY:3 can be positioned either horizontally or vertically to accommodate the desired space—the EQ (audio
equalization) will automatically adjust to create the best possible sound when the orientation is changed.
• The PLAY:3 is designed to work well even when placed next to a wall or other surface. For optimum performance,
maintaining more than 1 inch (2.5 cm) clearance around the back of the unit is recommended.
• Care should be taken if placing the Sonos PLAY:3 close to an older CRT (cathode ray tube) television. If you notice any
discoloration or distortion of your picture quality, simply move the PLAY:3 further from the television.
• The PLAY:3 is not water-resistant. Don’t leave it outside during a rain storm or position it near water.
Wall Mounting the PLAY:3
The Sonos PLAY:3 has a standard 1/4”-20 threaded mounting socket. If desired, you can easily wall mount your PLAY:3 using
a suitable mounting bracket (not included). Simply choose a location that’s close to an electrical outlet, taking care to avoid
heat, steam, dripping water or hidden wiring, and follow the instructions included with the mounting bracket.
Note: Be sure the wall mount bracket you purchase will support at least 10lbs. (4.5 kgs).
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Adding to an Existing Sonos System
Once you’ve got your Sonos music system set up, you can easily add more Sonos products any time (up to 32).
If your house has structured (built-in) network wiring, you can make a wired connection to the new Sonos product(s). If you
don’t have structured network wiring, our built-in wireless technology is ideal for you.
1. Select a location for your PLAY:3 (see "Selecting a Location" on page 6 for optimal placement guidelines.)
2. Attach the power cord to the PLAY:3, and apply power. Be sure to push the power cord firmly into the back of the PLAY:3
until it is flush with the back of the unit.
Note: If you want to make a wired connection, connect a standard Ethernet cable from your
router or another Sonos product (or a live network wall plate if you have built-in wiring) to an
Ethernet switch connection on the back of the new Sonos product.
3. Choose one of the following options:
• Using a handheld Sonos controller: Select Add a Player or SUB from the Settings menu and follow the on-screen
prompts to add this product to your Sonos system.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC: Select Add a Player or SUB from the Manage menu and follow the prompts
to add this product to your Sonos system.
Thick walls, 2.4 GHz cordless telephones, or the presence of other wireless devices can interfere with or block the wireless
network signals from your Sonos system. If you experience difficulty after positioning a Sonos product, try one or more of the
following resolutions—relocate the Sonos product; change the wireless channel your music system is operating on; connect
a Sonos product to your router if your setup is currently wireless.
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Creating a Stereo Pair
The Stereo Pair setting allows you to group two PLAY:1s, PLAY:3s or PLAY:5®s 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. You cannot
create a mixed stereo pair—the Sonos components in the stereo pair must be the same. 
If you would like to add surround speakers to a PLAYBAR configuration, see "Surround Speakers" on page 9 instead.
Optimum placement information
• When creating a stereo pair, it is best to place the two Sonos components 8 to 10 feet away from each other.
• Your favorite listening position should be 8 to 12 feet from the paired Sonos components. Less distance will increase
bass, more distance will improve stereo imaging.
Note: The Stereo Pair setting is for use with PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5 units only. You cannot
create a mixed stereo pair—both Sonos components in the stereo pair must be the same.
Using a handheld Sonos controller
1. Select Settings -> Room Settings.
2. Select a PLAY:3 to pair.
3. Select Create Stereo Pair, and touch Next.
4. Select the other PLAY:3 you wish to pair.
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5. Press the Volume Up button on the PLAY:3 you wish to use as the left channel.
The units automatically connect to form a stereo pair.
To separate a stereo pair:
1. Select Settings -> Room Settings.
2. Select the stereo pair you wish to separate (the stereo pair appears with L + R in the Room name.)
3. Select Separate Stereo Pair, and touch Separate to confirm.
Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
1. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC: Select Settings from the Manage menu.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac: Select Preferences -> Room Settings from the Sonos menu.
2. Select a PLAY:3 you want to pair from the Room Settings for drop-down list.
3. Click Create Stereo Pair and follow the prompts to set up the stereo pair.
To separate a stereo pair:
1. Choose one of the following:
• Using the Sonos Controller for PC: Select Settings from the Manage menu.
• Using the Sonos Controller for Mac: Select Preferences -> Room Settings from the Sonos menu.
2. Select the Sonos stereo pair you wish to separate from the Room Settings for drop-down (the stereo pair will appear
with L + R in the room name).
3. On the Basic tab, click Separate Stereo Pair.
4. Click Separate.
Surround Speakers
Adding surround speakers
You can easily pair two PLAY:1 or PLAY:3 speakers with a PLAYBAR to function as left and right surround channels in your
Sonos surround sound experience. You can either configure surround speakers during the setup process, or follow the steps
below to add them.
• Make sure the Sonos products are the same—you cannot combine a PLAY:1 and a PLAY:3 to function as surround
speakers.
• Pairing surround speakers with your PLAYBAR requires a wired connection so make sure you have a BRIDGE, BOOST or
Sonos player wired to your router with an Ethernet cable before proceeding.
• Be sure to follow these instructions to set up your surround speakers. Do not create a room group or stereo pair as
these will not achieve the left and right surround channel functionality.
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Using a handheld Sonos controller
1. From the Settings menu, select Room Settings.
2. Select the room the PLAYBAR is located in.
3. Select Add Surround Speakers.
4. Follow the prompts to add first a left and then a right surround speaker.
Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
1. Select Manage -> Settings (PC) or Sonos -> Preferences (Mac).
2. Select Room Settings if it is not already highlighted on the left.
3. From the Basic tab, select Add Surround Speakers.
4. Follow the prompts to add first a left and then a right surround speaker.
Surround settings
The default setting is determined by the calibration process. If you wish to make a change, you can follow the steps below.
Using a handheld Sonos controller
1. From the Settings menu, select Room Settings.
2. Select the room the PLAYBAR and surround speakers are located in. It appears as Room (+LS+RS) on the Room Settings
menu.
3. Select Advanced Audio -> Surround Settings.
4. Choose one of the following:
• Surrounds: Choose On or Off to turn the sound from the surround speakers on and off.
• Surround Level Adjustment: Drag your finger across the slider to increase or decrease the volume of the surround
speakers.
• Music Playback: Choose Ambient (default; subtle, ambient sound) or Full (enables louder, full range sound). This
setting applies only to music playback, not TV audio.
Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
1. Select Manage -> Settings (PC) or Sonos -> Preferences (Mac).
2. Select Room Settings if it is not already highlighted on the left.
3. Choose the room the PLAYBAR and surround speakers are located in from the Room Settings for drop-down.
4. Select the Surrounds tab.
5. Choose one of the following:
• Surrounds: Check to turn the sound from the surround speakers on; uncheck to turn it off.
• Surround Level Adjustment: Click and drag the slider to increase or decrease the volume of the surround speakers.
• Music Playback: Choose Ambient (default; subtle, ambient sound) or Full (enables louder, full range sound). This
setting applies only to music playback, not TV audio.
6. Close the Settings window when changes are complete.
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Removing surround speakers
Using a handheld Sonos controller
1. From the Settings menu, select Room Settings.
2. Select the room the surround speakers are associated with. The room name appears as Room (+LS+RS) on the Room
Settings menu.
3. Select Remove Surround Speakers.
4. Select Next to drop the surround sound speakers from your surround system. If these were newly purchased PLAY:3s
they will appear as Unused on the Rooms menu. If these PLAY:3s existed in your household previously, they revert back
to their previous state.
You can now move them to another room for individual use. If you want to add them back as surround speakers, see "Adding
surround speakers" on page 9 for help.
Using the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC
1. Select Manage -> Settings (PC) or Sonos -> Preferences (Mac).
2. Select Room Settings if it is not already highlighted on the left.
3. Choose the room the PLAYBAR is located in from the Room Settings for drop-down list. The room name appears as Room
(+LS+RS).
4. From the Basic tab, click Remove Surround Speakers. If these were newly purchased PLAY:3s, they will appear as
Unused in the Rooms pane. If these PLAY:3s existed in your household previously, they revert back to their previous
state.
Playing Music
You can use any Sonos controller to select music—simply touch
to select from the music menu on a handheld
controller, or click to select from the MUSIC pane within the Sonos Controller for Mac or PC.
Radio
Sonos includes a radio guide that provides immediate access to thousands of free Internet radio stations and broadcast
programs. You can easily find radio stations from all over the world—music, news, and variety programming, including
archived shows and podcasts.
To select a radio station, simply select Radio and choose a station.
Music services
A music service is an online music store or online service that sells audio on a per-song, per audiobook, or subscription basis.
Sonos is compatible with several music services - you can visit our Web site at 
www.sonos.com/howitworks/music/partners for the latest list. (Some music services may not be available in your country.
Please check the individual music service’s Web site for more information.)
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If you are currently subscribed to a music service that’s compatible with Sonos, simply add your music service user name and
password information to Sonos as needed and you’ll have instant access to the music service from your Sonos system.
1. To add a music service, touch Add Music Services from the Sonos music menu on your handheld controller.
2. Select the Sonos-compatible music service you would like to add.
3. Select Add Account, and then follow the on-screen prompts. Your login and password will be verified with the music
service. As soon as your credentials have been verified, the music service displays on the Sonos music menu.
Free music service trials are available in some countries. (Please check the individual music service’s Web site for more
information.) If there is a music service trial visible on the Music Services menu, simply touch it to select. Touch Add
Account -> I’m new to [music service], and then follow the prompts to activate the music trial. After the trial period is up,
you will need to subscribe to the music service to keep the music playing.
Local music library
The Sonos system can play music from any computer or network-attached storage (NAS) device on your home network
where you have shared music folders. During the setup process, you are guided through the process of accessing your local
music library (such as your iTunes library). Over time, you may wish to add or remove folders from this list.
To make changes to your local music library, select the Settings menu from a handheld Sonos controller and then choose
one of the following options:
• To add a new music folder, select Manage Music Library-> Music Library Setup -> Add New Share.
• To remove a music folders, select Manage Music Library -> Music Library Setup. Touch the share you wish to remove
and then select Remove.
The Sonos system indexes your local music so you can view your music collection by categories (such as artists, albums,
composers, genres, or tracks.) If you add new music, simply update your music index to add this music to your Sonos music
library.
• To update your music library, select Manage Music Library -> Update Music Index Now. If you’d like your music library
to update automatically each day, select Schedule Music Index Updates and then select an update time.
Wireless iTunes playback
You can select and play music and podcasts stored on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that’s on the same network as your
Sonos products. Playback is perfectly synchronized, in any or every room of your home. Simply choose This iPad, This
iPhone, or This iPod touch from the Sonos app on your iOS device to make audio selections and then you can use any Sonos
controller to control playback.
Wireless playback requires Sonos Controller App for iPhone or iPad version 3.8.3 or higher and devices running iOS software
version 6.0 or later.
Wireless playback from Android devices
You can select and play music stored on any Android device that’s on the same network as your Sonos products. Playback is
perfectly synchronized, in any or every room of your home. Simply choose This Mobile Device from the Sonos app on your
Android smartphone or tablet to make audio selections and then you can use any Sonos controller to control playback.
Wireless music playback is compatible with Sonos software update 4.1.1 and higher, and any device running Android 2.1 and
higher. (Wireless playback of podcasts is supported on Android 2.2 and higher.)
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Google Play Music (Android devices)
You can play music to your Sonos system directly from the Google Play Music app on any Android device. This feature is
available for both Standard and All Access Google Play Music customers.
To play music directly from the Google Play Music app to your Sonos system, you must have both the Google Play Music app
and the Sonos Controller App installed on your mobile device. Sonos playback from Google Play Music is compatible with
Sonos software update 4.3 and higher, and with any device running Android 2.3 and higher.
Simply open the Google Play Music app and connect to a Sonos room or room group to start the music. When you are
finished, disconnect the Sonos room from the app.
Equalization Settings
The Sonos PLAY:3 ships with the equalization settings preset to provide the optimal playback experience. If desired, you can
change the sound settings (bass, treble, balance, or loudness) to suit your personal preferences.
1. Using a handheld controller, select Settings -> Room Settings.
2. Touch to select a room.
3. Select Music Equalization, and then drag your finger across the bass, treble, or balance sliders to make adjustments.
4. To change the Loudness setting, touch On or Off. (The loudness setting boosts certain frequencies, including bass, to
improve the sound at low volume.)
Basic Troubleshooting
Warning: Do not open Sonos products as there is a risk of electric shock. Under no
circumstances should Sonos products be repaired by anyone other than an authorized Sonos
repair center, as this will invalidate the warranty. Please contact Sonos Customer Support for
more information.
If a problem occurs, you can try the troubleshooting suggestions listed below. If one of these doesn’t remedy the problem, or
you are not sure how to proceed, please contact the Sonos Customer Support team and we’ll be happy to help.
Sonos product(s) not detected during setup
• Check to make sure the power cord is properly seated.
• A network issue may be preventing the product from connecting to your Sonos system. If this is a wireless Sonos
product, try moving the Sonos components closer together, or use an Ethernet cable to hard wire the product to your
router temporarily to see if the problem is related to wireless interference.
If you encounter this message while a Sonos product is connected to your router, you can try the steps below to resolve this
issue. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact Sonos Customer Support.
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1. Check the firewall
Firewall software installed on the computer may be blocking the ports that Sonos uses to operate. First, disable all your
firewalls and try to connect again. If this resolves the problem, you should configure your firewall to work with the Sonos
Controller for Mac or PC. Please go to our Web site at http://faq.sonos.com/firewall for additional information. If this does not
resolve the problem, you can try step 2 below.
2. Check the router
You can bypass your router’s switch to determine whether there are any router configuration issues by connecting a Sonos
product as shown below—in this BOOST configuration example, note that the BOOST and the computer still have Internet
access:
• Be sure that your cable/DSL modem is connected to the router’s WAN (Internet) port.
• Temporarily remove any other components that are wired to your network.
• Connect an Ethernet cable from the computer directly to the back of the Sonos component, and then connect another
Ethernet cable from that Sonos product directly to one of the ports on your router.
• When you make a change to your network configuration, you may need to power cycle the Sonos product by
unplugging the power cord, and then plugging it back in.
• If you are not using a router, you can visit our Web site at http://faq.sonos.com/norouter for more information.
3. Check the wiring
Check the indicator lights on both the router and the Sonos product. The link/status lights should be lit solid, and the activity
lights on the router should be blinking.
• If the link lights are not lit, try connecting to a different port on your router.
• If the link lights still do not light, try connecting a different Ethernet cable.
Sonos player is not operating properly
• If the status indicator is not lit and no sound is produced when the unit is plugged in, check to ensure the power cord
is properly seated.
• If the status indicator is solid white, make sure the volume is set to a suitable level; make sure MUTE is not on; if
CONNECT:AMP™, make sure external speakers are connected securely.
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• If the player has suddenly stopped playing music and the status indicator is flashing orange and white, pause or unplug
the player for a few minutes to allow it to cool. Check to make sure the vents are not blocked. See "Player Status
Indicators" on page 17.
• Check the link/activity lights on both the router and the Sonos product that is wired to your router.The link lights should
be lit solid and the activity lights should be blinking.
• If the link lights are not lit, try connecting to a different port on your router.
• If the link lights still do not light, try using a different Ethernet cable.
• Move your Sonos controller closer to a player.
• Check to ensure there are no obstacles to impede wireless operation.
• Check your network connections.
• The Sonos player may need to be reset. Disconnect the power cord for 5 seconds, and then reconnect. Wait for the
Sonos player to restart.
Not all rooms are visible, or Sonos app doesn’t work in some rooms, or music
stops when I use my 2.4 GHz phone
You are probably experiencing wireless interference. You can change the wireless channel your Sonos system is operating on
by following the steps below.
• Using a handheld Sonos controller: From the Settings menu, touch Advanced Settings -> Wireless Channel. Choose
another wireless channel from the list.
• Using the Sonos Controller App for PC: Select Settings -> Advanced from the Manage menu. On the General tab, select
another wireless channel from the list.
• Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac: Select Preferences -> Advanced from the Sonos menu. On the General tab,
select another wireless channel from the list.
It may take several seconds for the switch to take effect. If you have music playing, a short music dropout may occur during
the wireless channel change.
I have a new router
If you purchase a new router or change your ISP (Internet service provider), you will need to restart all your Sonos products
after the router is installed.
Note: If the ISP technician connects a Sonos product to the new router, you only need to
restart your wireless Sonos products.
1. Disconnect the power cord from all of your Sonos products for at least 5 seconds.
2. Reconnect them one at a time, starting with the Sonos product that is connected to your router.
Wait for your Sonos products to restart. The status indicator light will change to solid white on each product when the
restart is complete.
If your Sonos setup is completely wireless, you will also need to change your wireless network password. Follow the steps
below:
1. Temporarily connect one of your Sonos players to the new router with an Ethernet cable.
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2. From the Sonos music menu on your controller, select Settings.
3. Select Advanced Settings -> Wireless Setup.
Sonos will detect your network.
4. Enter the password for your wireless network.
5. Once the password is accepted, unplug the player from your router and move it back to its original location.
I want to change my wireless network password
If your Sonos system is set up wirelessly and you change your wireless network password, you will also need to change it on
your Sonos system.
1. Temporarily connect one of your Sonos players to your router with an Ethernet cable.
2. Choose one of the following options:
• Using a handheld Sonos controller, select Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Wireless Setup.
• Using the Sonos Controller App for PC, select Settings -> Advanced from the Manage menu. On the General tab, select
Wireless Setup.
• Using the Sonos Controller App for Mac, select Preferences -> Advanced from the Sonos menu. On the General tab,
select Wireless Setup.
3. Enter the new wireless network password when prompted.
4. Once the password is accepted, you can unplug the player from your router and move it back to its original location.
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Player Status Indicators
Important Note: Do not place any items on top of your Sonos player. This may impede the
air flow and cause it to overheat.
Indicator Lights
Player State
Sonos Product
Additional Information
Solid white
Powered up and associated with a
Sonos system
BRIDGE, BOOST,
CONNECT™, SUB,
CONNECT:AMP, DOCK,
PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
If desired, when the product is in normal operation,
you can turn the white status indicator light on or off
by selecting White Status Light from the Room
Settings menu.
(The SUB indicator will reflect the same setting as
the player it is paired with.)
Flashing white
Powering up
BRIDGE, BOOST,
CONNECT, SUB,
CONNECT:AMP, DOCK,
PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
Flashing green
Powered up, not yet associated with
a Sonos system
BRIDGE, BOOST,
CONNECT, SUB,
CONNECT:AMP, DOCK,
PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
Solid green
Volume set to zero or muted
CONNECT,
CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:1,
PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
Slowly flashing green
Surround audio is off or 
SUB audio is off
PLAY:1, PLAY:3, SUB
Applicable for player configured as a PLAYBAR
surround speaker, or for a SUB paired with a PLAYBAR
Solid orange
During wireless setup, this occurs
while the Sonos open access point is
temporarily active. 
If you are not setting up your Sonos
system, this may indicate warning
mode.
CONNECT, SUB,
CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:1,
PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
If the orange light is on AND the player’s volume
level automatically reduces, this indicates the player
is in warning mode.
• Press the Pause button to stop the audio
• Check the vent slot for adequate cooling
• Check the room temperature to make sure it’s
less than 104°F/ 40° C
• If the player is in direct sunlight, provide
shade
• Allow the player to cool for several minutes
and then press Play to restart the audio
• If the problem does not resolve, please
contact Customer Support
For a SUB, this may indicate the SUB is not yet paired
with a player.
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Product Guide
Indicator Lights
Player State
Sonos Product
Rapidly flashing
orange
Playback / Next Track failed
CONNECT,
CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:1,
PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
Flashing orange
During SonosNet setup, this occurs
after a button press while the
product is searching for a household
to join.
BRIDGE, BOOST,
CONNECT, SUB,
CONNECT:AMP, DOCK,
PLAY:1, PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR
Slowly flashing orange
and white
Fault mode
CONNECT,
CONNECT:AMP, PLAY:1,
PLAY:3, PLAY:5,
PLAYBAR, SUB
Additional Information
Indicates either playback or next track was not
possible
If the lights are flashing orange and white AND the
volume automatically mutes, this indicates the
player is experiencing a fault condition.
• Press the Pause button to stop the audio
• Check the room temperature to make sure it’s
less than 104°F/40° C
• If the player is in direct sunlight, provide
shade
• Allow the product to cool for several minutes
and then press Play to restart the audio
• If the problem does not resolve, please
contact Customer Support
Important Safety Information
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry soft cloth. Household cleaners or solvents can damage the finish on your Sonos products.
7. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus that produce heat.
8. Protect the power cable from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
9.
10.
11.
12.
where they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to Sonos qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in
any way, such as power-supply cable or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the
apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
The Mains plug should be readily available to disconnect the equipment.
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Sonos PLAY:3
13. Warning: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
14. Do not expose apparatus to dripping or splashing and do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
apparatus.
Specifications
Feature
Description
Audio
Amplifier
Three Class-D digital amplifiers
Speakers
Three driver speaker system - two 3" mid-range drivers, and one tweeter. Each driver of the
product is individually powered by a dedicated amplifier.
Bass Radiator
One rear firing bass radiator with a 60 sq. cm surface area
Stereo Pair setting
Allows you to group two PLAY:3's in the same room with one PLAY:3 serving as the left channel
and the other as the right channel.
Music
Audio Formats Supported 
Support for compressed MP3, iTunes Plus, WMA (including purchased Windows Media
downloads), AAC (MPEG4), AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, Audible (format 4), Apple Lossless, Flac (lossless)
music files, as well as uncompressed WAV and AIFF files.
Native support for 44.1kHz sample rates. Additional support for 48kHz, 32kHz, 24kHz, 22kHz,
16kHz, 11kHz, and 8kHz sample rates.
Note: Apple "Fairplay", AAC Enhanced and WMA Lossless formats not currently supported.
Previously purchased Apple "Fairplay" DRM-protected songs may be upgraded. See Apple for
details.
Music Services Supported
Sonos works seamlessly with 7 Digital©, 8 Tracks©, Amazon Cloud Player, AUPEO!, Batanga©,
Beats Music, blinkbox® music, Calm Radio, Concert Vault®, Dar.fm® Record Radio, Daytrotter,
Deezer, 豆瓣 FM (DoubanFM), 多米音乐 (Duomi), Google Play Music, Grooveshark, Hearts of
Space®, hotelradio.fm™, iHeartRadio, JB Hi-Fi NOW, JUKE, Last.fm™, Live365, MLB.com Gameday
Audio, Murfie, Napster by Rhapsody, Netease, Pandora®, Qobuz, QQ 音乐 (QQ Music),
radionomy, rara.com, Rdio™, Rhapsody®, RUSC, Shuffler.fm, simfy®, SiriusXM® Internet Radio,
Slacker, Songl, Songza©, SoundCloud®, Spotify®, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TDC Play Musik©, The
Hype Machine©, TuneIn, WiMP, Xiami, YouMusic©, Zdigital, and downloads from any service
offering DRM-free tracks (service availability varies by region)
Operating Systems (for stored files)
Windows® XP SP3 and higher; Macintosh OS X 10.6.8 and higher; NAS (network-attached
storage) devices supporting CIFS
Internet Radio Supported
Streaming MP3 or WMA
Album Art Supported
JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Playlists Supported
Rhapsody, iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player, and MusicMatch (.m3u, .pls, .wpl)
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Feature
Product Guide
Description
Networking*
Wireless Connectivity
Works on your home WiFi network with any 802.11b/g, 2.4GHz broadcast capable router
Also works on SonosNet™, a secure AES encrypted, peer-to-peer wireless mesh network
dedicated exclusively for your Sonos system to reduce WiFi interference
Network Bridging
One 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
Internet connectivity
Internet connection required for access to Internet radio stations, online music services and
software updates. (DSL, cable modem or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection required.)
Internet functionality may require payment of separate fee to a service provider; local and/or
long distance telephone charges may apply.
General
Power Supply
100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, auto-switchable
Front Panel Buttons
Volume and Mute
Front Panel LED Indicators
Status indicator and Mute status
Dimensions (H x W x D)
5.2 x 10.5 x 6.3 in. (132 x 268 x 160 mm)
Threaded mount
Standard 1/4”-20 threaded mounting socket
Weight
5.7 lb (2.6 kg)
Operating Temperature
32º to 104º F (0º to 40º C)
Storage Temperature
4º to 158º F (-20º to 70º C)
Product Finish
White with light metallic grille; black with graphite grille
* Specifications subject to change without notice.
Sonos PLAY:3
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Regulation Information
USA
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• All Sonos devices have in-products antennas. Users cannot reorient or relocate the receiving antenna without
modifying the product
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Caution: Modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer may void the user's authority to operate the equipment
under FCC rules.
The device for operation in the band 5150-5250 MHz is only for indoor use to reduce the potential for harmful interference to
co-channel mobile satellite systems.
Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003 and RSS-210. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
The installer of this radio equipment must ensure that the product is located such that it does not emit RF field in excess of
Health Canada limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada’s Web site 
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb. As mentioned before, the installer cannot control the antenna orientation. However, they could place
the complete product in a way that causes the problem mentioned above.
The device for operation in the band 5150-5250 MHz is only for indoor use to reduce the potential for harmful interference to
co-channel mobile satellite systems.
Be advised that high-power radars are allocated as primary users (i.e. priority users) of the bands 5250-5350 MHz and 56505850 MHz and that these radars could cause interference and/or damage to LE-LAN devices.
Canada
Cet appareil numérique de classe B est conforme aux normes NMB-003 et CNR-210 en vigueur au Canada. Son
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes : (1) Cet appareil ne doit pas créer d'interférences nuisibles. (2)
Cet appareil doit tolérer toutes les interférences reçues, y compris les interférences pouvant entraîner un fonctionnement
indésirable.
L'installateur du présent matériel radio doit veiller à ce que le produit soit placé ou orienté de manière à n'émettre aucun
champ radioélectrique supérieur aux limites fixées pour le grand public par le ministère fédéral Santé Canada ; consultez le
Code de sécurité 6 sur le site Web de Santé Canada à l'adresse : www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb. Comme indiqué auparavant,
l'installateur ne peut pas contrôler l'orientation de l'antenne. Il peut néanmoins placer le produit tout entier de manière à
provoquer le problème décrit ci-dessus.
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Product Guide
Les dispositifs fonctionnant dans la bande 5150-5250 MHz sont réservés uniquement pour une utilisation à l'intérieur afin de
réduire les risques de brouillage préjudiciable aux systèmes de satellites mobiles utilisant les mêmes canaux.
Les utilisateurs de radars de haute puissance sont désignés utilisateurs principaux (c.-à-d., qu'ils ont la priorité) pour les
bandes 5250-5350 MHz et 5650-5850 MHz et que ces radars pourraient causer du brouillage et/ou des dommages aux
dispositifs LAN-EL.
Europe
Sonos declares that this product herewith complies with the requirements of the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC, Low Voltage
Directive 2006/95/EC, Eco-Design Directive 2005/32/EC, RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC
when installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. A copy of the full Declaration of Conformance
may be obtained at www.sonos.com/support/policies.
Attention In France, operation is limited to indoor use within the band 5150-5350 MHz.
SonosNet is the propriety wireless mesh network architecture designed to provide robust transmission of high fidelity
streaming digital music. All Sonos players within the SonosNet mesh network act as both a client and access point
simultaneously. Each Sonos player expands the range of SonosNet mesh network because while each device must be within
range of at least one other Sonos player, they do not need to be within range of a central access point. In addition to
extending the range between Sonos products, SonosNet can extend the range of other data networking devices within the
home, such as Android devices directly connected to SonosNet. Due to the high network availability requirements of the
SonosNet mesh network, Sonos players do not have a standby or off mode other than removing the power cord from the AC
mains.
RF Exposure Requirements
To comply with FCC and Industry Canada exposure essential requirements, a minimum separation distance of 20cm (8
inches) is required between the equipment and the body of the user or nearby persons.
Recycling Information
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste.
Instead please deliver it to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By
recycling this product correctly, you will help conserve natural resources and prevent potential negative environmental
consequences. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local city office, your
household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
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