The Sonos brand needs no introduction but for people unaware, Sonos is a company that has been building speakers for over a decade. However, it has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years, thanks to its multi-room audio system, which lets you control the music of different speakers wirelessly through an app. Sonos offers three multi room audio systems dubbed Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5 along with home theater setups with its sound bar dubbed Playbar, music streaming system Connect and more. The Sonos multi-room audio system has gained a lot of traction, thanks to its excelling sound systems, support for almost all music streaming services (more than 60), easy setup and a great ecosystem.
However, not everyone can afford the Sonos speakers or setups, considering their high price. Plus, Sonos speakers still lack important features like Bluetooth or Airplay support and Sonos hardware does not work with any other company’s products. So, if you are looking for Sonos speakers alternatives, we have your back. We are listing down the alternatives to Sonos Play:1, Play:3 and Play:5.
Sonos Play:1 Alternatives
1. Denon HEOS 1
The Denon HEOS line-up of multi-room speakers is very similar to what Sonos offers. For Sonos’ Play:1, Denon offers its HEOS 1 speaker. The portable HEOS 1 speaker priced at $199 is the perfect alternative to Play:1. It packs in WiFi, LAN port, Ethernet jack, USB jack and analog input, so you can even directly connect your device to it. The compact speaker supports high resolution audio and comes with a rechargeable battery rated for 6 hours of continuous usage. Moreover, the HEOS 1 comes with Bluetooth integrated, so you can play your favorite tracks via Bluetooth as well.
The HEOS 1 can be controlled via the HEOS app available for Android, iOS and Kindle. Also, it supports a number of music streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Tunein, SoundCloud, Rhapsody, Tidal etc. However, it lacks a few services like Apple Music, Google Play Music and more, which are supported by Sonos.
2. Bose SoundTouch 10
Bose has always boasted of great speakers and its SoundTouch multi-room speaker line-up is no different. The SoundTouch 10 speaker competes with the Sonos Play:1 and its unique features include Bluetooth support, remote control bundled with it and the ability to set custom presets for buttons with the app. You can set these buttons to start a particular music offering or even radio stations, so that you can quickly start listening to your favorite music.
Apart from that, the Bose SoundTouch 10 offers massive sound, considering its small size, thanks to its full-range driver. While the Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker brings the aforementioned unique features, it lacks a bit when it comes to support music services. It includes support for Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeart Radio and SiriusXM. Like Sonos, the SoundTouch app is available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.
3. Philips Izzy BM5B/37
If you want an affordable and simple multi-room system when compared to Sonos, the Philips Izzy BM5B/37 multi-room speaker is your best bet. The Izzy multi-room speaker lets you stream your favorite music via Bluetooth and before you scoff, it features a range of 100 meters in open spacing. You also don’t need an app to pair these speakers, you can do so easily with the group button in the speaker. You can pair up to 5 Izzy speakers for the multi-room experience. When it comes to sound, it outputs decent volumes and you’d certainly be surprised by the bass, thanks to its dual 2.5″ drivers. Plus, the speaker is almost half the price of the Sonos Play:1.
4. LG Music Flow H3
LG’s Music Flow is another multi-room speaker line-up that has been trying to dethrone Sonos’ offerings. While its higher end offerings have been marred with mediocre reviews, we like H3 as a decent speaker. The compact speaker looks great, offers great sound quality and supports high resolution audio but lacks a bit when it comes to bass. You can control the Music Flow speakers with the Music Flow app available for Android, iOS and Windows.
Moreover, the Music Flow speakers come with Google Cast support, so you can use most of the popular services like Spotify, Play Music etc. You can cast music from Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows or even a Chromebook. While it’s all good, you will need to buy LG’s Music Flow bridge to set up the multi-room speaker experience, unlike Sonos.
Sonos Play:3 Alternatives
1. Bluesound Pulse Flex
Unlike most WiFi friendly speakers like Sonos Play:3, the Bluesound Pulse Flex comes with a plethora of connectivity options like Bluetooth, 3.5 mm analog input, Ethernet, USB and headphone output along with WiFi of course. Plus, it’s portable and rated to play music for 6 hours or more. It also produces great sound, thanks to its two-way setup, two custom full range drivers and digital amplifiers.
You can control the multi-room experience through the BluOS app, which also lets you stream music from services like Spotify, Napster, Deezer, Tidal, Qobuz, Slacker Radio and more. Moreover, you can stream audio in CD quality from your devices via Bluetooth, thanks to aptX.
2. Samsung Radiant360 R3
Samsung might have failed to take on Sonos speakers with its Shape line-up but it’s back and this time its offerings are a lot better. The Radiant360 R3 is a very capable speaker with features like 360-degree omnidirectional sound, tap & swipe control on the speaker, a 4.2″ woofer and a 1″ tweeter. All of these capabilities mean, you can be assured of room filling sound with sufficient base, which makes it a great Sonos Play:3 alternative at an even lesser price. Moreover, the speaker packs in Bluetooth and high resolution audio support.
You can control the Samsung Radiant360 speakers via Samsung’s Multiroom 2.0 app available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. It does lag behind Sonos (which speaker doesn’t) when it comes to music streaming services but it does support a few popular services like Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, 7digital, 8tracks, TuneIn etc.
3. Bose SoundTouch 20
Like the SoundTouch 10, the Bose SoundTouch 20 is a comprehensive offering when compared to the Sonos Play:3. Firstly, the speaker is aimed to full your room with sound and that it does. Thanks to its casing design, it produces some great bass and the sound quality here is exceptional too. And while it’s a little pricey, the speaker trumps Play:3 with added features like Bluetooth support, bundled remote control, ability to set six preset music services for the buttons in the speaker and an OLED display, that displays info about the music.
As we mentioned previously, the Bose speakers offers music services like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeart Radio and SiriusXM. Also, the SoundTouch app is available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.
4. Denon HEOS 3
The Denon HEOS 3 is a great alternative to Play:3 with the same price tag. The speaker brings dual wide range drivers and two channels of class D amplification, which means you get some great sound quality. Also, various reviews across the web suggest that HEOS 3 sounds better than the Play:3, arguably. Apart from that, both the offerings are pretty similar but HEOS 3, like other Denon products brings Bluetooth support but lags behind when it comes to the music streaming services offered by Sonos.
It offers services like Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Tunein, SoundCloud, Rhapsody, Tidal etc. Also, the HEOS app is only available for iOS and Android. So, you are out of luck if you want to control your multi-room speakers from your computer.
Sonos Play:5 Alternatives
1. Samsung Radiant360 R7
Samsung’s top of the line Radiant360 R7 speaker is a beautiful looking speaker (even though some would say it looks like a dinosaur egg) but it’s also a very powerful speaker. Like other RadiantR60 speakers, it features the Ring Radiator technology to bring 360-degree Omnidirectional sound, making sure the sound produced is well distributed in the room. It does bring some serious sound power, thanks to its 5″ woofer and 1″ dome tweeter. Other features of the app include high resolution audio support and Bluetooth.
As previously mentioned, the Samsung Radiant360 speakers can be controlled via WiFi or Bluetooth through Samsung’s Multiroom 2.0 app available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.When it comes to music streaming services, it does bring a few popular services like Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, 7digital, 8tracks, TuneIn etc. Overall, the sound quality and beautiful design make the Radiant360 R7 a winner.
2. Bose SoundTouch 30
The Sonos Play:5 is the most powerful speaker in Sonos’ multi-room family and the Bose SoundTouch 30 speaker is a great alternative to it, thanks to its power-packed top of the line features. Moreover, it looks great and premium, which is expected though, considering the price. The SoundTouch 30 packs in Bose’s waveguide speaker tech, which makes sure the sound produced is rich and clear. It also includes a couple of drivers and a powerful woofer built-in, which certainly makes up for a great sound experience.
Like other SoundTouch speakers mentioned above, it also comes with Bluetooth support, bundled remote control, ability to set six preset music services for the buttons and an OLED display. The SoundTouch app, that you can use to control the multi-room experience is available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. It supports music services like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeart Radio and SiriusXM.
3. Bluesound Pulse Mini
The Pulse Mini is another powerful speaker with features like dual-acoustic chamber, which makes sure it offers loud and clear sound. It’s certainly loud enough, as it offers 50 watts of bi-amplified stereo sound. Moreover, it includes 4″ woofers to make sure your party gets going with some pumped up music. The speaker is also high on performance with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 multi-core processor under the hood to handle lossless music files with ease.
Other than that, it uses the BluOS app to configure and manage the multi room experience. There are a number of music streaming services integrated in the app like Spotify, Tidal, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, Deezer, Napster and more.
4. Definitive Technology W7
The Definitive Technology W7 multi-room speaker is an audiophile-grade speaker, which packs some serious punch when it comes to the technology. It features a Tri-Polar configuration, which radiates sound off the walls making the sound feel more broad and resounding. Its specs include four 1″ tweeters, two side-mounted bass radiators and a 4″ bass driver. You get the multi-room experience on Definitive Technology W7 with the Play-Fi app, which is an open platform available for manufacturers to use.
The Play-Fi app is available for Android, iOS and Windows and it brings features like lossless audio support and AirPlay support. It also offers a number of music streaming services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Tidal and more. And the good news is, it’s more affordable than the Play:5.
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Try these Sonos alternatives for an amazing multi-room speaker experience
Let’s get this straight, Sonos’ multi-room speakers are the best right now when it comes to sound quality, app features and third-party services supported but if you still want an alternative, chances are, you have some solid reasons for it. The good news is, these alternative speakers should not disappoint you. While they lack the plethora of music services offered by Sonos, you wouldn’t use them all, right? If your current music streaming service is available with these speakers, we don’t see a problem. When it comes to additional products like the Playbar and Connect, you should buy their alternatives based on the multi-room speakers you have because only then you will be able to control them all with a single app.
Well, that sums up our list of the best Sonos alternatives and we hope we have helped you buy an alternative multi-room speaker. If you think there’s another speaker that we might have missed out on, do let us know in the comments section below.