Sonos’ new compact portable speaker features a waterproof design and built-in voice control for $169

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  • The Sonos Roam is the company’s new portable, waterproof speaker.
  • The compact speaker features up to 10 hours of playback and includes voice assistant support.
  • You can preorder the Sonos Roam now for $169, and first shipments are set to arrive by April 20.

Roam (small)

After giving portable speakers a go with the impressive but rather hefty Sonos Move in 2019, Sonos is back with a lighter, waterproof, and much more compact model called the Sonos Roam.

The size of the Sonos Roam is similar to a water bottle, making it an ideal fit for mobile listening. And, despite its small footprint, the speaker is designed to pack a punch with up to 10 hours of playback and a drop-resistant body.

The Sonos Roam also comes with Sonos’ Trueplay feature, meaning it’s keen on its surroundings and adjusts its sound to match the scene. The model is waterproof as well, so you can submerge it in up to three feet for 30 minutes. Sonos also continues its dedication to quality sound via the speaker’s two Class-H digital amps, mid-woofer, and tweeter.

It also lets you use voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Alexa. The Sonos Roam can connect to your Wi-Fi at home, and when you get out of range it can pair via Bluetooth to your phone. The speaker is simple to charge, as well, as you can simply place it on top of a Qi wireless charger.

You can find full price, preorder, and specification details for the Sonos Roam below.

Sonos Roam price

Sonos will release the Sonos Roam on April 20. You can preorder the speaker right now for $169.

When you buy products through Sonos, you can set up a monthly financing plan to spread out your payments. The purchase comes with free shipping across the US and, if you’re not a fan, you can return the Sonos Roam within 45 days.

You can buy either the matte black or matte white version, and deliveries are expected to arrive to customers by April 20. We’ll update this article with additional retailer options once they’re available.

Roam (button)

Sonos Roam specs

Sonos Roam Specifications
Dimensions: 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches
Weight: 0.95 pounds
Battery: Up to 10 hours of playback
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Apple AirPlay 2
Voice assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Drivers: One mid-woofer, one tweeter
Design: IP67 waterproof and dustproof
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What is Sonos S2? Here’s what you need to know about the latest app and operating system for Sonos audio devices

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The newest operating system for Sonos speakers is Sonos S2.

  • Sonos S2 is the newest version of the Sonos operating system and family of mobile apps, replacing Sonos S1.  
  • Sonos S2 includes support for higher quality audio, Dolby Atmos, and other features that will appear in future Sonos devices. 
  • Not all older Sonos products are compatible with Sonos S2, but some new Sonos speakers won’t work with Sonos S1. 
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Sonos S2 is the latest version of the Sonos music platform’s operating system and apps. It’s a major update to the system, one that represents a major shift in the way Sonos treats product compatibility. Instead of all products working together, some new products require Sonos S2, while some old products require Sonos S1. 

What to know about Sonos S2

Sonos S2 is the latest version of the Sonos app and operating system, and it’s generally referred to as simply Sonos.

 

If you are continuing to use the older version of the software, though, the app is renamed Sonos S1 Controller (for Android and iOS) to more clearly differentiate them. Sonos S2 apps (on Android and iOS) are referred to as “Sonos.” 

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Sonos S2 is referred to as simply “Sonos.” Only Sonos S1 is described with a version number.

The major changes in the Sonos S2 operating system are behind the scenes, designed to facilitate features found in new and future Sonos products. The S2 version fixes bugs and enhances the overall security of the system, while also increasing the bandwidth for music to support higher fidelity and better-quality audio. S2 also includes support for Dolby Atmos surround sound (which is now found in the Sonos Arc sound bar). 

The app is also substantially redesigned with a simplified interface and the ability to save room groupings so it’s easier to play music in multiroom situations with just a tap or two.

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You can now set up room groups and save them for future use using the plus sign.

Compatibility with Sonos devices

If you have the Sonos S1 system installed, Sonos will offer to upgrade to S2 when you start an app to control a speaker. You can defer this till later and keep using S1, but if you choose to upgrade to Sonos S2, you cannot go back – the upgrade is permanent. 

Before you upgrade, you should be aware of compatibility issues between Sonos S1 and S2. Most of the contemporary products in the Sonos family will work fine regardless of whether you are using Sonos S1 or S2.

These products are compatible with either version of the operating system:

  • Amp
  • Beam
  • Boost
  • Connect (Gen 2)
  • Connect:Amp (Gen 2)
  • Move
  • One (Gen 1 and Gen 2)
  • One SL
  • Play:1
  • Play:3
  • Play:5 (Gen 2)
  • Playbar
  • Playbase
  • Port
  • Sub (Gen 1 and Gen 2)
  • Symfonisk 

A few Sonos products only work with Sonos S1:

  • Bridge
  • CR200
  • Connect (Gen 1)
  • Connect:Amp (Gen 1)
  • Play:5 (Gen 1)
  • All ZonePlayers

Sonos products that only work with Sonos S2:

Finally, as of right now, there are a few new products that require Sonos S2 to work properly. In the future, Sonos will likely release more products that are only compatible with Sonos S2, so it’s a good idea to transition to S2 when possible:

  • Arc
  • Five 
  • Sub (Gen 3)

In the relatively unlikely case that you own Sonos speakers from both extremes – an old product that requires Sonos S1 and a new one that requires Sonos S2, it’s possible to maintain both Sonos networks in your home at once, but the two networks can’t work together, such as sharing room groups.

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