Sonos’ long-rumored portable Bluetooth speaker has finally arrived. The Sonos Move is a large, but very powerful Bluetooth speaker that also connects to wi-fi and brings with it all of the typical Sonos features you’ve come to expect from their popular Sonos One.
Speaking of the Sonos One, the overall look of the Sonos Move is very similar to the Sonos One, but it’s larger and features a built-in battery so that you can easily grab it and move it around. On a single charge, the Sonos Move can last up to 10 hours. It also comes with a charging base to rest on. That said, its battery is replaceable, which is quite unusual for a Bluetooth speaker, and certainly a welcome feature since it will help improve the longevity of the speaker.
The Sonos Move is super durable too. It’s IP56 rated and it can withstand drops, water, dust, sweat and more. So yes, it can handle a pool party.
“We have a unique point of view with this speaker… people want something that is wireless and portable but they want it to have all the characteristics of a home speaker system… the Sonos Move is [such] a Sonos point of view on a portable speaker.” – Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Software at Sonos.
When it comes to sonics, the Sonos Move packs in 2 class d amplifiers and its design allows it to evenly disperses sound around it. It also has a built-in accelerometer, which allows it to adapt its sonics when placed in a different environment. But more on that in a bit.
The sonics coming out of the Sonos Move is incredibly powerful yet balanced. But what we’re most impressed with is how its Auto Trueplay technology so perfectly adapts to different environments. To that effect, most outdoor speakers simply don’t sound very good indoors, and vice versa, but thanks to Auto Trueplay, Move is able to adapt to both outside and inside environments. Trueplay is a standard feature that comes with all Sonos speakers, but this is the first time that it has been implemented where it automatically works to adapt to a new environment. That said, this feature is a necessity being that the Move is designed to take with you.
The Sonos Move will be available starting September 24th for $399 USD / $399 Euro.
Sonos One SL
Sonos also made two additional product announcements today at IFA. First, is their new privacy-focused Sonos One SL which offers the same look, feel, sound, and features as the Sonos One, but sans a mic. Priced at $179, it will retail for a bit less than the Sonos One.
Sonos has announced the Sonos Port, which replaces their aging Sonos Connect. The new Sonos Port offers a much more modern aesthetic, and like its predecessor, it’s designed to let you stream to and from traditional audio equipment.
The Sonos Port will retail for $399 USD and it won’t be available until January 2020.