Sonos in March introduced a new portable smart speaker called the Sonos Roam, which is priced at $ 169, making it the most affordable Sonos speaker to date. We were able to check out the Sonos Roam to see if it’s worth the price request and how it compares to other portable speakers on the market.
At just under a pound, the Sonos Roam is lightweight and can be taken anywhere, from the living room to the pool to the park. It is not ultra-small, but it is smaller than a water bottle, which makes it easy to transport. Sonos Roam offers IP67 water and dust resistance, so it can survive splashes of water and even a thump if it accidentally falls into a pool. Depending on how you use it, the speaker can be set upright or laid on its side thanks to the triangular design.
In terms of design, it fits in with other Sonos speakers, and it immediately becomes known to those in the Sonos ecosystem. Although it is light, it has a first-class feel and you can get it in black or white.
Sonos says there are two Class H amplifiers inside, along with a custom racetrack midwoofer, a tweeter and a high-efficiency engine. There are built-in beam-forming microphones, and an adjustable EQ. When it comes to sound, the Sonos Roam is amazing for its size. Roam is slightly larger in size than the HomePod mini due to the design, and it comes over in the sound quality. The sound quality is always subjective, and it will not match larger speakers in higher end, but it does provide the sound you expect from a premium Sonos product.
An automatic Trueplay feature allows Roam to customize the sound based on the environment it is in and the music being played. The microphones detect which song is playing and then adjust the EQ based on the environment for a balanced sound profile.
Sonos is known for its WiFi-connected speakers, and Roam works like many other Sonos speaker options, but it also supports Bluetooth. When you are at home, the speaker connects to WiFi and can be used as a standard Sonos speaker, but when it is out of WiFi range, it connects to an iPhone via Bluetooth. For those in the Apple ecosystem, the Sonos Roam supports AirPlay 2, which is rare for a portable speaker. With PAirPlay 2, Sonos Roam can be paired with other AirPlay 2 enabled speakers in the home for easy multi-room sound, and it also makes it easy to play songs to your device from a iPhone.
There are physical controls and a Sonos app to control music, plus the speaker also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The battery in the Sonos Roam lasts up to 1
Two of the Sonos Roams can be paired together to create a stereo pair, and it is also capable of interface with other Sonos speakers. Sonos supports more than 100 streaming services, including Apple Music, so you can also stream directly from Apple Music using the Sonos app.
If you’re already in the Sonos ecosystem or want a portable AirPlay 2 speaker experience, you’ll not be disappointed with the Sonos Roam even at a $ 169 price point because of the build quality and impressive sound of a small speaker. There are few other AirPlay 2-enabled portable speakers on the market, and due to portability and Bluetooth / WiFi switching functionality, the Sonos Roam is more versatile than Apple’s own HomePod mini, which must be connected to work.
Sonos plans to start selling Sonos Roam on April 20, and it can be pre-ordered for $ 169 before that date.