I've been looking at additional Sonos One's, maybe Play1's and even considering the IKEA Bookshelf speakers.
Last night I came across some Sonos Play 3's for $229 each. That's only a little more than a Sonos One.
The Play 3's were already discontinued before I got into Sonos so i do not know anything about them.
Is that a good price and are they still a good buy considering their age and that they are discontinued.
Best answer by AjTrek1
The Play 3's are still supported by Sonos for updates and trouble shooting. The Play 3 was designed to offer a stereo image in a single speaker vs the Play 1 and Sonos One which are mono. The stereo effect was noticeable up to about 3-4 feet beyond that the stereo effect diminishes for the listener into a mono sound.
IMO because of the great sound of a single Play:1 and diminishing stereo effect of the Play 3 after a few feet it made good business sense to cease production of the Play 3. But as I said...that's JMO.
Play 3's can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Vertical mounting automatically changed the sound characteristics to mono. Vertical mounting was typically used to create a stereo pair or as surrounds. Note: A stereo pair could also be created in the horizontal mount position.
Bottom-line if you find a good deal on new Play 3's (as a result of overstock) I see no reason to shy away from the purchase. Even purchased "used" at a reasonable price they're OK. Of course the risk is greater. I suggest you contact Sonos to inquire about warranty provisions for new Play 3's sold by an authorized dealer.