Sonos has launched their first ever moveable speaker with a built-in battery: The $399 Sonos Move, which begins delivery to prospects on September 24. After spending just a few days with the Move, I can confidently say that it gives every thing that’s nice in regards to the Sonos wi-fi audio system, however with all of the added benefits of a speaker you possibly can freely transfer round the home – or take with you on the highway.
Size and sound
The Sonos Move will not be a small speaker – it’s about 6.61 lbs, and practically 10-inches tall by 6.3 inches extensive and slightly below 5-inches deep. If you have been possibly anticipating it to be across the dimension of the Sonos One, you’re in for a shock as a result of it’s fairly a bit larger, as you possibly can see from the photograph beneath.

Nor is the Sonos Move only a Sonos One stacked on an enormous battery and wrapped in a brand new exterior shell – the corporate tells me it’s a model new design when it comes to the internals, too. The firm set about designing a special speaker as a result of the Move will swimsuit totally different makes use of vs. the One, because it’s designed for use in all environments, together with exterior in open air.
The result’s a speaker that may get a bit boomier than the Sonos One, with deeper lows that appear to anticipate it having to compete with much more ambient noise. The sound profile can also be helped by a downward-firing tweeter which is used to create a large sound stage for the Move, which in apply means it does an excellent job of evenly blasting music at an expansion out group at, say, a picnic or a camp fireplace.
Indoors and out, the Sonos Move gives the sort of high quality audio you possibly can anticipate from any Sonos system, and it appears practically equally spectacular on each Wifi and Bluetooth modes in my testing, although Wifi does appear to have the sting when it comes to high quality. You also can pair two of the Move collectively for true stereo sound, thought since I solely had one evaluation system readily available I wasn’t in a position to personally check this out.
Wireless and weather-resistance
The Move’s spotlight function is its capacity to maneuver round and function on battery energy, and that’s why it gives two totally different connection modes. You can use it as a normal Sonos Wifi speaker, connecting it to your Sonos account and having it present up in your Sonos app the identical as another audio system made by the corporate, which you’ll be able to group and management as typical.

In Bluetooth mode, you pair it identical to you’d any Bluetooth speaker, on to the system from which you wish to play music. A button on the again switches modes, and the primary time you turn to Bluetooth the Move will robotically enter pairing mode, making it tremendous simple to attach your telephone. I used to be arrange on Bluetooth inside simply a few minutes.
A handy built-in deal with is situated on the again of the Move simply above the pair, energy and Sonos system join buttons. It’s one of many highlights of the design, and because it’s a part of the outside shell, it must be rock strong when it comes to sturdiness. Overall, the system feels prefer it’s extremely sturdily constructed, additionally, and Sonos advertises it as climate and shock-resistant speaker that isn’t afraid to take a tumble or deal with a bit of gentle rain.
In Bluetooth mode, you gained’t have entry to both Alexa or Google Assistant, even in case you’ve set these up on the Move to work with your private home system. Nor will it work in a stereo pair with one other Sonos in case you’d performed that, or present up within the Sonos app for multi-room management. But at house, you possibly can simply use the Wifi mode as you progress it round the home or to the yard and nonetheless reap the benefits of all these. While you’re out and about, you’re more likely to simply desire a fundamental wi-fi speaker anyway, so not getting access to these options on Bluetooth actually doesn’t have any impression on usability.
During my testing, wi-fi connectivity was strong on each Wifi and Bluetooth modes, with no dropouts or stutters. Even leaving apart the Sonos elements of the speaker, it’s additionally seemingly the best-sounding Bluetooth weather-resistant audio system I’ve ever tried, at this or another worth vary.
Voice assistants and auto Trueplay

The Sonos Move additionally options built-in help for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, each the digital assistants which might be additionally accessible on the Sonos Beam and the Sonos One. Built-in farfield mics do an excellent job of choosing up voice instructions, and in case you’ve used both of those assistants earlier than on different Sonos {hardware}, you’ll get the identical nice expertise right here – supplied you’re on Wifi and never Bluetooth, as talked about above.
Sonos has added a brand new trick to the Sonos Move utilizing the mics it consists of to be used with these voice assistants, too: Auto Trueplay. This is a model of its Trueplay sound tuning function, which it consists of in different Sonos audio system. Normally, nevertheless, you need to do the method manually utilizing your smartphone’s mic to judge the sound. The Sonos Move makes use of its personal mics to regulate robotically – and it does it continually, altering the sound profile to match your house as you progress it room to room, and even exterior.
In precise use, the impact is refined, which it must be because the sound is adapting over time. But I discovered that it undeniably made a distinction, and that listening to the identical track initially upon switching the Move’s location, after which after a time frame (I attempted an hour or so) produced apparent advantages when it comes to the sound of the second listening.
Charging and battery

Sonos has performed an excellent job with all issues associated to their first battery-powered speaker. The built-in energy supply is rated for as much as 10 hours of steady playback in line with the corporate, and in my testing, I really obtained north of that, however after all your mileage will differ relying on what sort of connection you’re utilizing and at what quantity you’re enjoying music.
Charging is dealt with two methods, which is a really welcome little bit of adaptability that fits the Move’s twin nature as each a Sonos community speaker and a conveyable audio system. There’s the charging base that comes within the field, which you’ll be able to see above. This has steel contacts that present energy by way of connection factors on the again of the Move, whereas offering a beautiful and steady base to be used in your Move’s extra everlasting ‘home’ location.
Then there’s a normal USB-C port situated on the bottom above the charging contacts, which is ideal to be used while you’re taking the Move on the highway, or in case you’re simply utilizing it exterior however close to an exterior outlet and don’t notably really feel like shifting the charging base. It’s one other instance of how the Move can do double responsibility with sensible design components that don’t require any compromises on the person’s half.

Where it matches within the Sonos line
The Sonos Move is in contrast to another speaker within the Sonos lineup. It performs good with the remaining, however solely to a degree: The Move can’t act as rear satellite tv for pc audio system or pair with the Sonos Sub, for example, one thing which the remainder of the lineup can all handle. Sonos says it is because the speaker was designed to maneuver round the home, so it doesn’t make sense for it to be tied to a extra everlasting set up, as in a house theater or sub-supplemented association.
That stated, it’s a strong selection as each an addition to an present Sonos community, or as your first Sonos system. In the primary case, it’s one of the simplest ways so as to add a patio-friendly Sonos-compatible speaker to your setup with out having to drill into your partitions or name house installers; within the second, it’s an excellent throughout wi-fi speaker if all you actually need is one, since it could actually observe you round the home, adapt its sound, and even pack within the automobile for highway journeys or a day on the seashore.

Bottom line
At $399, the Sonos Move is certainly costly for both a Bluetooth speaker or a wi-fi house sensible speaker. But when you think about that it’s each, and that it delivers all-day battery life on a single cost; clever adaptive sound to make sure it sounds finest wherever you’re utilizing it; and the flexibility to stereo pair and work with different Sonos units if you wish to increase your setup later, it begins to look much more economical – particularly when sized up towards equally priced audio system that lack half these options, like Apple’s HomePod.

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