It positive took lengthy sufficient, however the audio gurus at Sonos have lastly jumped into the moveable Bluetooth speaker area, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—up to now, the Move was well worth the wait.

Sonos invited us to a demo on a New York City rooftop final month, so we might see and listen to the Move, which is slated to go on sale September 24.

Granted, the $399 Move isn’t low cost (though that gained’t shock anybody who’s ever shopped for a Sonos speaker), neither is this cumbersome, six-pound good speaker one thing you’d need to toss right into a knapsack or purse.

We gained’t render a closing verdict till we’ve spent high quality time with the Move, however we actually appreciated the speaker’s loud and detailed sound, which was fairly spectacular given the out of doors setting.

Sonos’ entry into the premium moveable good speaker market comes only a couple weeks after Bose introduced its personal moveable good speaker. The $349 Bose Portable is ready to land on September 19, and it too boasts Alexa and Google Assistant baked in, to not point out AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect assist. 

Drivers and controls

Going again to the Sonos Move, let’s cowl the fundamentals, beginning with the drivers: a tweeter that fires down right into a waveguide to ship a large, omnidirectional sound stage, plus a customized mid-woofer that’s constructed straight into the Move’s inside cupboard.

sonos move portable bluetooth mid woofer Ben Patterson/IDG

The Sonos Move’s mid-woofer is constructed into its inside cupboard.

Sitting on the prime of the Move’s shadow-black, 9.44 inch-tall shell are buttons for play/pause, quantity up/down, and microphone on/off, in addition to an array of 4 far-field microphones.

When the Move is related to your Wi-Fi community (the Move’s antennas sit within the speaker’s silicon base to keep away from interference from the metallic grill), you need to use the Sonos app to fiddle with the speaker’s EQ settings, arrange multi-room audio, juggle varied music providers, or sync the Move together with your different Sonos audio system.

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