On Tuesday, Sonos will introduce its newest product known as the Sonos Roam, which The Verge extensively detailed a few days in the past. Now I’m in a position to share a bit extra about new performance that may debut first on the tiny, take-everywhere speaker.
My earlier report laid out the core specs of the Sonos Roam. Measuring 6.5 inches lengthy and weighing round a pound, the transportable speaker will supply as much as 10 hours of battery life on a cost. Similar to the Transfer, it would assist voice instructions for both Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Sonos plans to promote it for $169, and the Roam will ship in April.
However now on to the brand new stuff:
The Sonos Roam will embrace automated Trueplay.
Just like the pricier, bigger Transfer, Sonos is constructing its Auto Trueplay audio tuning function proper into the Roam. The speaker will use its built-in microphones to calibrate efficiency primarily based on its surrounding surroundings. This will make an actual distinction in echoey rooms.
You possibly can play songs over Bluetooth to your total Sonos system.
Sonos has designed the Roam in order that it may possibly use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth concurrently (with the Transfer, you had to decide on one or the opposite). Connecting to each without delay will will let you play a track out of your telephone or one other system close by to the Roam over Bluetooth — and that music can then even be performed throughout the remainder of your Sonos multi-room system.
“Sound Swap” will allow you to move off music from the Roam to a different Sonos speaker.
One other new function that’s unique to the Roam is what Sonos will name Sound Swap. In the event you maintain down the play/pause button, the Roam will ship the music it’s at present enjoying to no matter Sonos speaker is close by. I don’t know the complete particulars on this one, however my guess is that it entails utilizing Bluetooth Low Vitality to determine which speaker is closest.
The Roam is rated IP67 for mud and water resistance.
This implies it’s totally dustproof and waterproof in as much as one meter of water for as much as 30 minutes. That places the Roam on equal footing with the favored UE Wonderboom speaker.
No, you’ll be able to’t use it as a encompass speaker for the Sonos Arc or Beam.
The Roam can’t be used as a part of a Sonos house theater setup. That’s not altogether stunning, because the similar was true of the Transfer. In the event you’re in search of low cost surrounds for a Beam or Arc, your greatest choices stay the One SL or the Ikea Symfonisk bookshelf audio system.
The picture on the high of this story is one other new picture that makes for a simple dimension comparability between the Roam and the bigger, costlier Sonos Transfer. And right here’s what the non-compulsory wi-fi charger appears like:
The largest query I can’t reply is how this factor sounds. Can Sonos make good on its sound high quality monitor document with a speaker this small? I’m optimistic the reply shall be sure — however don’t anticipate miracles.
Automated Trueplay may assist the Roam set itself other than lots of the Bluetooth audio system it would compete in opposition to. A UE Increase or JBL Cost will at all times sound the identical regardless of the place you place them. But when the Roam can adapt in noticeable methods to its environment, that’ll be a differentiator. And that Sound Swap trick positive feels like it might be helpful for an eventual pair of Sonos headphones…
We’ll be overlaying every other information Sonos has to share on March ninth. Simply in case there are nonetheless some surprises on the way in which.