Sonos Move review
Quick verdict: Sonos has delivered a speaker that feels comfortable in the home, with excellent sound quality and a strong design, and adds the ability to move the speaker around without sacrificing audio quality.
- Fantastic sound
- Trueplay is great
- Wi-Fi benefits, Bluetooth versatility
- Pick your digital assistant
- Too heavy for a portable speaker
- No colour selection
Sonos has always been a proper, in-home, multi-room audio solution, providing high fidelity music playing in perfect synchrony around the house. And Sonos has always delivered on that promise.
But what about the Sonos fans who want to listen outside the house? What about those who want to listen at the beach, or at a park or at a party? For that market, there is now a strange hybrid of a portable and a fixed speaker that is greater than the sum of its parts: the Sonos Move.
- Larger than you'd expect
- Solid, heavy build
- Integrated handle makes it easy to move
- Simple Wi-Fi/Bluetooth switching
- Incredible sound
- Automatic Trueplay gives the best sound in all environments
- Battery life lasts 9-10 hours
- Great for existing Sonos owners
- Too heavy for a lightweight portable speaker
- Versatility and sound quality overcome price
Should you buy it?
Sonos has created an incredible speaker in the shape of the Move. It manages to add a portable versatility to a traditional Sonos speaker, without sacrificing the performance Sonos customers have grown to expect.
The development of Trueplay is the real selling point of this speaker, with automatic calibration for every environment (so long as you're connected to your Wi-Fi network). The versatility across Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is also useful, giving you a device to take anywhere, even if it is best at home.
But given this speaker costs $649, that's a lot of money to spend, especially when you factor in that this isn't the type of Bluetooth speaker you throw in your luggage on an overseas trip (unless you enjoy paying for excess baggage).
Like so many Sonos offerings, this is best suited for customers already invested in the Sonos ecosystem who are looking to add a speaker to a missing room but want the versatility of a portable device.
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