The Sonos Roam is the brand’s second portable speaker, after the Sonos Move that appeared in 2019. The new feature of the Roam is that the speaker can automatically switch from WiFi to Bluetooth, which is useful when streaming music outdoors. The Roam can also be connected via WiFi and Bluetooth at the same time.
The Sonos Roam also has the new feature Sound Swap: by holding down the play / pause button, the music can continue to play on your Sonos speaker closest to you. That should make it easier to take music with you from one room to another.
The speaker can be controlled via voice with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and can also be controlled via Apple AirPlay 2 or from the apps of all kinds of popular music services, such as Spotify. The speaker can automatically adjust the sound to the environment with ‘Automatic Trueplay’.
The Roam can be placed both vertically and horizontally. The speaker has two class H amplifiers, a mid-woofer and a tweeter. The Sonos Roam is waterproof (half an hour at a depth of one meter) and is also dust resistant.
On a full battery, the Roam can play music for ten hours, and in standby the battery life is 10 days. Charging can be done via a USB-C cable or wirelessly with any Qi charger, or with a magnetic wireless charger, which is available separately (49 euros). “This is our most affordable speaker yet. The Roam gives millions of new customers the opportunity to start using Sonos,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence.
The Sonos Roam will be on the market April 20, in white and black, and costs 179 euros in the Netherlands.