Readers who subscribed to my examination for the Sonos Move remember, know that I wasn’t quite taken with the affair. Now the Sonos Roam was presented and I could see it. Y’all tin can read here why I liked this one better.
The Sonos Roam is a speaker for on the become. Information technology comes with Bluetooth, which means you can connect quickly and wirelessly on the go. In your own four walls, it tin then be controlled via WLAN with the Sonos app or with AirPlay 2.
This package is similar to the Sonos Move, which the manufacturer presented at IFA 2019. Sonos markets the Move with the slogan “Experience sound everywhere”, which I didn’t actually agree with afterwards my test. My conclusion:
Unfortunately, the globe is not that perfect either, in my opinion there is notwithstanding a petty bit of fine-tuning. Well, the Move should be portable – but it wouldn’t take it any farther into the garden than mine. This is due to the heavy weight. Although there is a handle, it does not make the device any lighter. In addition, I don’t always find the audio perfect.
The move was just as well hard for me. That’due south why I however recall that this product is at nigh suitable for use in the garden or on the balcony.
This is where the Roam comes into play, with which the manufacturer is going a completely different way. It’southward a whole lot more than compact and too much lighter than its bigger sibling. Yous can now read in this review why I like this approach for a portable speaker more.
Unboxing and initial setup
Merely before you can beginning using it, the device must starting time exist unpacked and set up.
The packaging is surprisingly small, information technology is a lite-colored cardboard box with a few pictures and inscriptions. Basically, the box is hardly bigger than the loudspeaker itself. To access the contents, the tabs on the underside have to be removed. Sonos only included the essentials, once the speaker itself in a fabric jacket, a compact quick-showtime guide and small print and a USB-C cable for charging the Roam.
For my test, I also got the charging station, which can be purchased separately. The box of this looks more than or less the same as that of the loudspeaker itself, the seals take to be removed again in order to open them. The charging station, a power supply unit and a USB-C cable are included hither. Here we already have the first point of criticism: Why is a ability supply not as well included with the Sonos Roam? Not everyone volition buy this charging station, it would have been applied. The company offers one in the online shop, but it costs some other 19 euros.
The initial setup takes identify in the Sonos app, which is available for iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows and macOS. It is important to use the S2 app, equally the other is only compatible with older models. The process itself is very uncomplicated and shouldn’t have more than 15 minutes to consummate. When opening the app, a pop-up should usually appear with the request to ready up, provided that both devices are found. Otherwise, the coupling procedure tin can be started via the settings in the app. Then the roam plays a audio to plant the connection. A connection to the domicile WLAN is then established and any updates are installed. Once this is washed, nothing stands in the fashion of enjoying music.
Design and workmanship
Equally you lot may accept noticed by this point, we have a very small-scale speaker hither. The Roam is just 168 millimeters high and 62 millimeters wide, and at just 430 grams it is too very light. Thanks to its ergonomic shape, the device can be carried very easily with one hand. It also fits in bags of any size – then transport is ever very pleasant, no matter where and how you take the item with you. I often caught myself putting the thing in my pocket and walking around the house. The disadvantage here, all the same, is that there is no resonance torso and the sound is slightly worse as a result. Sonos offers the loudspeaker in two different colors, one in white and one in blackness.
All important control options take been placed on the peak, which is made of silicone. In that location are buttons for starting and stopping playback and for adjusting the volume. Furthermore, a button for a voice assistant is hidden here, the user can choose between the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in the app. The pressure level bespeak of the keys is really very soft. However, yous accept to use some force to trigger this.
A third of the sides are taken upwardly past the loudspeaker grille. There are four knobs on the left, which are intended for setting upwards the Roam. Basically, you are flexible on the right when setting up the cylinder, equally it is equally stable on all sides. The silicone layer on the underside hides the coils for wireless charging with Qi applied science. Either you use the accessory from Sonos or yous use charging pads that support the standard. On the back we have a USB-C port and the ability button, which also functions every bit a pairing push.
My stance on processing is twofold. Basically, the Sonos Roam makes a robust impression. It is also protected against shocks and was as well designed against the ingress of h2o, whereby we are dealing with an IP67 certification. Thanks to these 30 minutes, the loudspeaker should be able to withstand water that is one meter deep. So far, so good, simply I’m a little skeptical about the meridian and lesser with the silicone. Information technology is not flush with the sides of the roam and there is a small-scale gap betwixt the silicone layer and the rest of the housing. I doubt whether these parts remain intact when they hit sharp-edged surfaces or elements.
There is definitely no lack of connection options with a smartphone, tablet or computer. In that location is a suitable pick for every conceivable situation.
As already mentioned at the beginning, WLAN is available for employ in the habitation. This means that, on the one manus, it can be controlled via the Sonos app. At that place you get admission to every imaginable music service, yous tin quickly and easily create multiroom configurations and control the sound using equalizers. Yous tin also use the “SoundSwap” feature with other Sonos speakers stored in the app. “SoundSwap” works in such a way that you lot go to some other loudspeaker with the Roam, press the play / pause button and the playback is automatically passed on to the respective other product. When it comes to such functions, I am ordinarily skeptical (looking at you, dwelling pod mini), but here I was really pleasantly surprised at how reliably the whole thing works.
A good alternative to the Sonos app is AirPlay 2. This has the smashing advantage that information technology is natively integrated in Apple tree devices and the audio tin come from any app. Coupling with products from other manufacturers that support the standard is also possible. On the negative side, I noticed more often that there are yet some teething issues here and there. For example, it oft happened that after a short pause, playback was only connected for one link in the connectedness.
For situations where in that location is no WiFi connectedness, Bluetooth v must be used. I don’t think in that location is much need for explanation here, you lot couple the smartphone or some other device and start playback. The Roam and a playback device always constitute each other very quickly in my exam and there was non a single crash. The only thing that is a chip abrasive is switching from Bluetooth to WLAN operation. The Roam does not appear automatically in the app or for AirPlay if it is connected via Bluetooth. You are forced to either restart the Roam or conciliate the Bluetooth on the playback device.
Battery life and charging station
As a mobile device, the Sonos Roam requires a battery and the manufacturer specifies x hours as its runtime. But I made the experience that it was ofttimes over later eight hours at a volume of effectually 50 percentage. That is a major divergence that shouldn’t actually exist. With the (partial) lockdowns and other restrictions still going on, this was of footling event. After about 1,5 hours, the Sonos Roam is fully charged again, although it takes a piffling longer with wireless charging.
Let’southward finally get back to Sonos’ own charging station. Every bit already mentioned, this is sold separately, although I think it should be part of the scope of delivery for a small-scale extra accuse. It is shaped like the roam and sticks magnetically to the underside of information technology and is perfect for utilize at domicile. Despite use, you always accept a full bombardment and the whole thing looks more than elegant than a plugged in cable.
I was really excited about the audio beforehand. As you saw with the HomePod mini, the audio can be decent even if the case that houses the drivers isn’t that spacious. In addition, the Roam is more than or less twice equally expensive, which raises expectations again.
My impression of the sound quality here is also similar to that of the competition from Apple. This is perfect for the size, but the Roam merely can’t keep up with larger speakers – and doesn’t want to. Notwithstanding, smaller rooms tin be filled with audio without difficulty. And: It is audibly more powerful than the Apple HomePod mini at the same volume.
For testing purposes I once again listened a little more closely to some of the songs. I was able to gain the post-obit insights:
from v Seconds of Summer (Popular):
Here the bass is very powerful and at the same fourth dimension reserved. If you plough it up really loud, it starts to oversteer a piddling. Even the softest guitar tones come beyond nicely and the voices sound fine.
Expressionless To Me
from Whales and Fraxo (EDM):
This song is characterized by the different volume levels in different sections. These differences are always noticeable, loud and placidity passages are very articulate and natural. With larger speakers, the song always carries you away, just if you keep the size in mind, you tin also be satisfied with the roam here.
from Alltta (Rap):
Here, also, everything fit. The bass hammers properly, but the voices and the higher notes practise not distort. In addition, small details in the background come into their own.
What would definitely take been swell is 360-degree sound. The reason for this is that, for example, the loudspeaker is not positioned optimally on the go or that you are constantly moving in the garden. It would still be not bad if y’all were directly exposed to the music. All in all, the Sonos Roam doesn’t have to hide at all, despite the compact form cistron, outstanding tones are produced.
Prices and availability
The Roam is bachelor directly from Sonos, from Amazon, from MediaMarkt and a few other locations. The recommended retail price for the loudspeaker is 179 euros. A separate power supply is available for 19 euros, for the charging station you have to put 49 euros on the table.
- Purchase Roam from Sonos
- Purchase Roam on Amazon
Sonos Roam: Decision
In my stance, the marketing of the Sonos Movement is more in line with the Sonos Roam. Don’t get me wrong, I recollect information technology’s expert that you don’t have to rely on a power outlet and WiFi with the Move either, but I just wouldn’t have the speaker with me either. The Roam, on the other paw, is modest and calorie-free and can therefore be carried past paw. You even have up to eight hours of playback time before y’all have to become back to the socket or power bank.
The fiddling speaker comes with a few things that I actually liked. Including the charging station for at home, the multitude of connection options, the excellent sound with regard to the compressed space in the housing and “SoundSwap”. I also have a small listing of points of criticism. This includes, amidst other things, the accessories and scope of delivery policy, the processing of the silicone surfaces and the overestimation of the battery life.
Overall, the Sonos Roam is a loyal companion on the go and a skilful addition to an existing Sonos arrangement.
Cheers for providing the Sonos Roam, Sonos One and the charging station for the Roam.