Sonos Roam Review: With a bold sound of a funny speaker
Like portable speakers Sonos ’new Roams are the funniest when the world is open for exploration. They take your favorite music to Yosemite Airbnb, to a Hawaiian beach or, as I recently learned Lewis Hamilton’s obsession with Bose speaker—All important land race tracks.
In many ways, Roam is one of the first gadgets I tested in 2021 that sparks optimism. It serves as a reminder of the company’s most elegant, inexpensive, and portable speaker, so that soon we can hear music back to normal, both indoors and outdoors.
It took an amazing amount of time for Sonos to jump beyond Wi-Fi convenience. With more than a decade of history, Roam is only the company’s second speaker designed to leave your home network. Now, an integrated Bluetooth connection means Roam before came the greater Movement, you can play almost any audio to any location with your mobile phone connection.
The roam itself is a small cylindrical round triangle the size of a 16-ounce can of beer. A large Sonos logo is glued to a thin grille with rubber buttons on the sides and small rubber feet to support the surface hotdog style. It’s amazingly undescribed, especially on the side similar size options Ultimate Ears and JBL, which scream with bright colors.
I prefer Roam’s classic gray, though finding it in a dark bag makes it harder to touch. The size is also very comfortable to take with you anywhere. Unlike the larger move, this is basically the same size as the locked home Sonos One (and more expensive), you want to bring.
But the dominance of Sonos in the home speaker market is not the speakers themselves. How easy it is to use the ecosystem and how agnostic the service is. Download the Sonos app for your iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and you can easily play it from Apple Music, Spotify, or almost any other major platform. Roam also supports AirPlay 2.
It’s easy to set up in the Roam app. You can choose a room in your home to tie when it is not in the bag. You can then use the app to adjust the volume or play and pause music. Of course, you can do the same thing by pressing the rubber buttons on the top of the speaker.
It has a power button and a USB-C port for charging in the back. A full charge will give you 10 hours of listening time before you reconnect or sit on a Qi-certified wireless charger. A wireless charging dock is a great option if you want to keep it in the same place inside without any problems with cables. Osos charges $ 50 for this supplement, though you can easily find something cheaper.