On the park, on a ship, or in a cabin within the woods, the Sonos Roam doesn’t behave a lot in another way than your common moveable speaker. It could play audio over Bluetooth. It’ll survive a tumble on the bottom—and even a brief dip within the pool.
However if you deliver this new $169 speaker dwelling, you gained’t retailer it away with different just-for-the-outdoors gear. You’ll need to maintain it turned on, as a result of the Sonos Roam can work seamlessly together with your at-home audio setup, too.
It has Wi-Fi wi-fi capabilities and might grow to be a part of a wider Sonos speaker array when linked to your private home community. You’ll be able to arrange Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice management on it. The Roam can play audio from any Mac, iOS or Apple TV gadget over AirPlay 2. The speaker can routinely modify its sound based mostly on the surroundings utilizing the onboard microphone. You can even mix the Roam with different Alexa audio system in your house by the Amazon Alexa app. (Whereas the Roam could be arrange with Google Assistant, it could possibly’t be grouped with different Google audio system such because the Nest Audio.)
The Roam is the extra moveable, budget-friendly model of the $399 Sonos Transfer, a equally Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled, outside elements-friendly speaker. The Transfer is a favourite of my editor Wilson—in addition to Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Emily Lazar—for its sound high quality. Plus, it’s obtained such a giant battery, it may be used as a backup laptop computer charger, as Wilson found final summer time when Tropical Storm Isaiah brought about outages.
Nevertheless it’s extra of a yard speaker than a deep-woods speaker. The Transfer weighs over 6 kilos, whereas the Roam is available in at lower than a pound.