With its tremendous sound, sturdy build, and outstanding connectivity features.
And smart home control, the Sonos Roam is our pick for the best portable speaker on the planet.
Its bass-heavy audio performance makes it excellent for outdoor use, while a clever Automatic Switching feature allows it to be used indoors as well.
– However, audiophiles may be put off by the overwhelming low frequencies and rhythmic handling.
The Sonos Roam is the multi-room audio company’s latest wireless speaker.
And its CEO Patrick Spence considers it “the smartest speaker we have ever developed.”
Following in the footsteps of the Sonos Move, the Roam features Bluetooth.
And Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to function as a portable speaker as well as a part of a larger multi-room Sonos system
— And with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, it can also function as a smart speaker.
It’s the cheapest and smallest Sonos speaker to date, costing $179 / £179 / AU$299.
And hence the most affordable entry point into the brand’s multi-room audio ecosystem.
Despite its (relatively) modest price, you get a lot of bang for your buck here.
The Sonos Roam has a sleek appearance that won’t look out of place in your home, and it’s durable and waterproof.
And dustproof construction, as well as reasonable battery life, make it ideal for listening to music outside.
Is Has Assistant Features!
And use it to control your other smart devices.
The Sonos Roam is our vote for the best portable speaker of 2021.
Because of its combination of class-leading connectivity features, and robust sound.
With outan standing design, however, it falls short of the best wireless speaker, the Sonos One, in terms of audio quality.
Price and Availability For Sonos Roam
The Sonos Roam is available for $179 / £179 / AU$299.
Which is $20 / £20 / AU$20 higher than its original launch price in April 2021.
Following a nearly product-wide price hike announced by Sonos.
It is the cheapest Sonos speaker to date in the United States and the United Kingdom, undercutting the Sonos One SL.
Which costs $179 / £179 (AU$269). It’s also less expensive than Sonos’ first portable smart speaker.
The Move, which sells for $399 / £399 / AU$649
— a price that places it firmly at the upper end of the Bluetooth speaker market, despite its array of Sonos smarts and powerful audio.
What About The Design?
While the Sonos Roam maintains the brand’s minimalist look
It is nonetheless a significant departure for the audio industry, with a focus on robustness and mobility.
It’s longer and thinner than the squat Sonos Move.
And it’s around the same size as a water bottle. It’s also much lighter than the Move, only 0.95lbs / 0.43kg.
So you can easily carry it in your hand or throw it in a bag when you’re out and about.
It’s more portable than its predecessor, yet it’s tough enough to weather the elements, thanks to its light build.
And IP67 water-and-dust resistance classification. Sonos claims that it can withstand being three feet underwater for 30 minutes.
Audio Performance By Sonos Roam
Despite its compact size, the Sonos Roam produces a robust auditory performance with noticeable bass response.
Two class-H amplifiers, a unique racetrack mid-woofer.
While the sound isn’t quite as immersive as the larger Sonos Move.
The Roam comes close thanks to some creative transducer design decisions.
Sonos Roam is all about connectivity.
Despite its portability, the Roam is an integral part of the Sonos ecosystem, allowing you to utilise it as part of a larger multi-room audio setup or to pair two speakers for stereo sound.
Holding down the play/pause button on the Sonos Roam allows you to pair it with other Sonos speakers.
However, you won’t be able to use two Sonos Roams as a pair of back channels for your home theatre system.
We expected this to be the case, as it is with the Sonos Move – the company attributes this to sync concerns.
And the risk of a directional soundtrack losing focus if a speaker isn’t properly positioned in a room.
Sonos Roam is a voice assistant from Sonos.
You may use your voice assistant of choice to operate the speaker hands-free, control your other smart home devices, check your calendar, and ask questions.
The Sonos Roam with Google Assistant is simple to set up, with the Sonos app guiding you to the Google Home app to complete the process.
Even with music playing at a medium volume, the mics were able to pick up our voice fairly clearly.
Battery life On The Sonos Roam
The Sonos Roam’s advertised battery life is 10 hours, though we found it to be closer to nine hours while playing music at a medium volume.
And the company claims the speaker can survive for up to 10 days in sleep mode
— it’ll go into sleep mode automatically when you stop playing music.
That battery life is roughly identical to the 11-hour battery life of the Sonos Move.
And most decent portable speakers on the market.