Sonos is known for some of the best sounding multi-room speakers on the market. But if you want to get out of the house and bring your music with you, the Sonos Move is a little too bulky to travel comfortably. Enter the Sonos Roam, the company̵
With the size of a small table lamp, the Sonos Move is portable in name only. Of course you can take it with you to the terrace, but you don’t want to put it in a bag. The Sonos Roam is much smaller, at 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches and just under a pound. That makes it the smallest Sonos speaker to date. And at $ 169, it’s also the least expensive.
Size and cost aren’t the only improvements here. The Sonos Move can connect via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but not both. The Sonos Roam removes that limitation and lets you connect via both protocols at the same time. When you are at home (or anywhere else you are often) it will automatically connect to Wi-Fi and when you are on the go it will re-pair with your phone.
And of course, being a Sonos speaker, it supports whole-house audio and can connect to the other Sonos speakers in your house to play music, even if you’re playing audio to the Roam via Bluetooth. It uses ‘two Class-H amplifiers’, tweeters and a ‘custom racetrack’
mid-woofer to produce sound, but we’ll have to give it a listen to know if it’s on par with other speakers in its size class.
Being a portable speaker, it comes with a battery that Sonos says will last “all day.” That equates to ten hours of audio playback time. When not in use, it will last ten days before needing to be recharged. You can charge it on any QI wireless charging puck or via USB-C. Sonos plans to sell a Roam-specific wireless charger that attaches magnetically.
When outside, the environment is the enemy of electronics and the Roam must withstand occasional use. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and Sonos says it can survive for 30 minutes in a meter of water.
The Roam also doubles as an Alexa or Google Assistant speaker, thanks to the built-in microphones. And like other Sonos speakers, it can use those microphones to tailor its sound to the room or environment around it. It introduces a new feature: Sound Swap. Hold down the play button and the Roam will search for the closest Sonos speaker in your system and play music to it.
The Sonos Roam is available for pre-order today and will go on sale on April 20.