Sonos pioneered multi-room audio long before Chromecast, AirPlay, and the other newer systems arrived on the scene. With all the Sonos speakers over the years, none of them have been portable until now. The aptly named Sonos Move is the first speaker from the company that you can haul around outside the house, but it’ll also work with your existing in-home Sonos system.
The Sonos Move is not to be confused with the recently released Sonos One. that smaller speaker supports voice control via Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s “portable” in that it’s small and light. You can move the One around your house, but it needs an external power source. The Sonos Move is a big, powerful speaker with its own internal battery and Bluetooth support for easy streaming away from Wi-Fi. The Sonos Move also supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa when it’s connected to Wi-Fi.
The Move is almost 10-inches tall, and it weighs more than six pounds (about 3 kilograms). So, it’s not exactly convenient to carry around like a smaller Bluetooth speaker, but you don’t have to take the whole thing with you. The Sonos Move has a handle in the molded plastic shell, and it disconnects from the charging base when you pick it up.
The base has two pogo pins that charge the speaker whenever it’s plugged in, ensuring you’ve got a full battery when you take the speaker on the go. There’s also a USB Type-C port on the back to juice the speaker up when away from the dock. Sonos made the battery replaceable, so you can get a new one if you wear the original out. Although, that’ll take a while; Sonos promises up to 900 charge cycles.
Sonos has always stressed audio quality in its speakers, which is why the Move is so weighty. It has two class-D amplifiers powering the tweeter and midrange woofer. Sonos claims the system is powerful enough to overcome audio falloff common when using speakers in outdoor spaces. The Move also has an integrated TruePlay tuning, which automatically adjusts the speaker’s output to the space. Previous Sonos speakers required you to set up TrueTone by walking around the room with a phone, but the Move can use its microphones to do that for you.
The Sonos Move is available for pre-order today at $399, and it will ship at the end of the month.