For reference, my post is related only to listening to music.
I picked up a Play 3 today, mostly to explore the Sonos eco-system and gauge the quality of the product line. I am very impressed with the software/interface/capabilities of the Sonos systems.In fact, I am sold alone on the technical aspects of a Sonos system. I figured that if liked it, I intended to reuse the Play 3 for a small room, and spec out a solution for our living room/dining room area. This is the main area that I sit and listen to music. I should add, I dont have music just playing in the backgroud; one of my hobbies is sitting and listening to music for hours.
I have been a long fan of speaker systems that separate the highs and lows into dedicate speakers (satellite and sub style setups). For my ear, these deliver the sound quality I am fond of. So, for my living room, I am debating whether I would be best suited by two Play 1's (plus sub) or two Play 3's (plus sub). I can very much appreciate the mid tones that the Play 3 is delivering and think it would be a fine choice as the satellite speakers. On the down side, they take up more space (space is probably of more value than cost difference between the two products) and if I am not mistaken, the Play 3 is the oldest in terms of recent updates. On the other hand, my unfounded reservation of the Play 1's is that there will be an noticeable "gap" in the range between the satellites and the sub. Of course, much of this dependent on the crossover settings on the sub and mid range capabilities of the Play 1.
I must apologize for three things about this post:
1) I searched high and low for previous posts on this and while there is some discussion on these products, I wasn't able to gather anything close to a solid opinion on this. Often peoples personal setups/intended use was different from my intended use.
2) I know, personal preferences are vastly different. Just because you may feel strongly to one of the solutions, I don't have any unreasonable expectation that your experience is the same as mine. And I am very ok with this! My hope is just to hear details about your experience and how they relate (or conflict) with my goals.
3) I know the best way to answer this would be to hear the Play 1 and the Sub in person. Unfortunately this isn't an option. (although I do know about the 60 day return policy with Sonos).
A huge thanks in advance for you comments, thoughts and sharing of your experience. I welcome hearing details about your setups, your music specifics, and physical environments that have led you to love, like, regret or replace your Sonos purchases.