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Sonos Play:5 vs. Stereo Pair of Play:3

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I'm having a hard time deciding between one Play:5 as opposed to a stereo pair of Play:3s.
  • The Play:3 pair would sound better.
  • The Play:5 has Line-In.

I'd prefer the Play:3 pair, but I want Line-In to hook up a CD player and for greater flexibility. I'm thinking about setting up a NAS to replace the CD Player so the need for Line-In might be negated 3 months from now (or whenever I setup the NAS), but I still think having the option of Line-In is beneficial so that I'm not necessarily locked into playing everything through the Sonos software.

What are your thoughts?
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Originally Posted by Russell Bell View Post

I'm having a hard time deciding between one Play:5 as opposed to a stereo pair of Play:3s.
  • The Play:3 pair would sound better.
  • The Play:5 has Line-In.

I'd prefer the Play:3 pair, but I want Line-In to hook up a CD player and for greater flexibility. I'm thinking about setting up a NAS to replace the CD Player so the need for Line-In might be negated 3 months from now (or whenever I setup the NAS), but I still think having the option of Line-In is beneficial so that I'm not necessarily locked into playing everything through the Sonos software.

What are your thoughts?

I own both and have been thinking about taking the Play 3 back for a Play 5. The Pay 3 holds it's own if not directly beside the Play 5. As far as the line-in thing goes, why not just go ahead and digitize your cd's? It's best not to have moving parts. I like that about the system.
post #3 of 7
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I may digitize even if I do get the Play:5 and don't necessarily need to. I still would like the option of Line-In for Youtube videos, a friends mp3 player, etc. Hence my dilemma . . .
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Originally Posted by Russell Bell View Post

I may digitize even if I do get the Play:5 and don't necessarily need to. I still would like the option of Line-In for Youtube videos, a friends mp3 player, etc. Hence my dilemma . . .

Spend a few more bucks and go for stereo Play 5's. It will pay off in convenience alone. The speakers are solid and should last quite a while even though they cost about $100 too much each imo.
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Originally Posted by Prime316 View Post

Spend a few more bucks and go for stereo Play 5's. It will pay off in convenience alone. The speakers are solid and should last quite a while even though they cost about $100 too much each imo.

I am also considering that. However, if I wanted to in the future I could use the Play:3 pair as part of a surround sound setup.
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Originally Posted by Russell Bell View Post

I am also considering that. However, if I wanted to in the future I could use the Play:3 pair as part of a surround sound setup.

By all means. Having the soundbar and a couple Play 3's as surrounds would be cool. Maybe even throw in the sub for another $700...lol.
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Debating adding one of these to my system as well, but can't seem to find the answer to this question:

Does the unit always have to be plugged in via AC or can it be portable like the Bose Soundocks?

The brochure shows the Play 5 out outside on a patio table with no visible cord but I can't find anything specific written anywhere?
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