Psst…the word on the street is Sonos is getting ready to launch a new portable speaker this spring with an announcement today March 9th. The new speaker is called the Sonos Roam and it will be smaller than the Sonos Move costing around $169. It appears the new speaker will resemble the UE Boom which is currently one of the more popular portable Bluetooth speakers on the market. Like its predecessor the Sonos Move, the new Roam will have an optional charging dock that will run around $49.
The Sonos Roam will use the company’s S2 platform introduced last year, and support audio over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Roam will be able to link with other Sonos speakers for multi-room playback, and can pair with another Roam when in Wi-Fi mode.
There will be support for Alexa, Apple’s AirPlay2, and Google Assistant and will be waterproof making it perfect for outdoor use. You can also expect about 10 hours usage on a full battery charge.
Other features include automatic trueplay, and sound swap. Automatic trueplay means that the Roam will be able to calibrate its audio performance according to the surrounding environment. The sound swap feature allows you to pass music from the Roam to other Sonos speakers.
Launch date for the Roam is reported to be on April 20th. This new portable speaker will be a great offering from Sonos as was the Move although it was more expensive than its competitors. The Roam will come at a better size and better price and will measure 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches weighing in at about a pound.
So what do you think? Is this something you will buy? Let me know in the comments.