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Sonos Move Portable Wireless Speaker

MSRP 399 USDExt score 82%

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Product Overview

Sonos Move is the marque's first wireless speaker designed for both indoors and outdoors. Like other Sonos speakers, the Move supports both WiFi and Bluetooth and integrates a range of smart speaker functions.
As such, the Move is also the first Sonos speaker powered by battery. In this case, a large 36Wh unit that is able to drive the powerful speaker for 11 hours. It features a sleek, oval design in a case engineered to be tough, able to withstand falls, bumps, moisture, dust, UV, and extreme temperature. Its robustness is certified by an IP56 rating.
The Move comes with an elegant charging stand that allows it to be integrated seamlessly when it is being charged.
Naturally, the Move can pair with other Sonos speakers via WiFi to form a multi-speaker audio system.
In 2021, Sonos introduced another portable wireless smart speaker, the Roam.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Works with other Sonos speakers
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Doesn't sound quite good

What external reviewers found***

Ext 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Lacks Bluetooth bells and whistles
  • No aptX support
  • Not the most detailed performer
  • No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity
  • Not a full 360-degree speaker
  • No speakerphone
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 4 + Bluetooth

Construction

Battery | Capacity
36 Wh
Colors
Shadow Black or Lunar White with matte finish
Drivers | Tweeter
1x down-firing tweeter
Drivers | Woofer
1x woofer
Microphone
Far-field microphone array

Dimensions

Size | Depth
126 mm / 4.96 inch
Size | Height
240 mm / 9.44 inch
Size | Width
160 mm / 6.29 inch
Weight
3 kg / 6.61 lbs

Function

Amplifier
2 Class-D digital amplifiers
Voice Assistance
Amazon Alexa, Google Assitant
Weather Resistance
IP56 water and dust resistance

Performance

Battery Life
11 hours

Production

Availability
2019-09
Debut
2019-09-05

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
At 9.44 inches tall and 6.6 pounds, the Move is significantly larger than the Sonos One. It's Wi-Fi-enabled and can be linked to other Sonos speakers in your home system. Its sound isn't big enough to power an outdoor dance party, but it will fill a patio with music.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Tough, durable exterior
  • Great Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
Cons
  • Dirt and other particles found in the grille

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
Sonos Move is a portable Bluetooth speaker with 10-hours of battery life. It's a Wi-Fi speaker with AirPlay 2, and a smart speaker with your choice of Alex or Google Assistant onboard. At $399, the Sonos Move isn't as affordable as some had wished it would be.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy to use
  • Built-in Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Lacks Bluetooth bells and whistles

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
Sonos Move is a durable, battery-powered smart speaker for taking your music on the go. As well as being part of the Sonos system on Wi-Fi, it also has Bluetooth. The speaker features two Class-D digital amplifiers, one downward-firing tweeter, and one mid-woofer. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built right in.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful sound
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Sonos Move is a powerful multi-room speaker with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It works with an app that allows you to tweak the sound signature to a degree. While Bluetooth is instrumental in allowing you to use the speaker on the go, so is its built-in battery.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sculpted, sculpted sound signature
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
  • Built-in battery
Cons
  • No speakerphone

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sonos Move has a very well-balanced sound profile and is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. Unfortunately, the soundstage is quite narrow due to its mono design, but it still performs decently for a non-360-degree speaker. It has a room correction feature that can be used to calibrate its audio delivery when connected to Wi-Fi.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very well-balanced sound profile
  • Decently loud
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not a full 360-degree speaker
  • Soundstage isn't the widest

t3[6]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Sonos Move sounds very good in all but the most unpromising locations, and very much like the Sonos One in more favourable conditions. It projects a lot of bass from a relatively small box, and has a much wider sound field, although not full 360º sonic projection. The mixture of downward firing tweeter and well-braced woofer – braced so that dropping it doesn't destroy it – seems to cover a multitude of lower quality sources.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Automatic TruePlay room tuning
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No aptX support
  • App is unwieldy

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The Sonos Move is the first Sonos speaker with Auto Trueplay. This means the speaker can tune itself based on its surroundings. The sound quality is excellent with a rich feel that has powerfull bass. It's loud so it can serve well as an outdoor speaker for parties in even large gardens or if you take it to the park.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Works with two devices simultaneously
Cons
  • Can’t be used as a rear surround speaker

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sonos Move is very much a match for the Sonos home range, but let loose thanks to its battery. The mid-range driver offers forceful and space-filling low end, even when competing with the acoustics of a wide open space. There's no drop off in vocal clarity that can often occur with lesser portable speakers. The speaker more than holds its own in the great outdoors too.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Powerful TruePlay system
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Sonos Move packs two popular virtual assistants: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Move's battery life lives up to Sonos promise of 10 hours on a full charge. With an IP56 rating, the Move is dustproof and waterproof enough to withstand coarse sand or a rainy night when forgotten outside.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Built-in Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No call or Alexa Drop-In

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Sonos Move sounds very good, has plenty of features and is simple to use. 2.4GHz and 5.6GHz wireless bands are supported, but Bluetooth is only 4.2. Compared to the Marshall Tufton speaker, the Move has plenty more detail than its ‘outdoor’ counterpart. It can lose its composure at high volumes, but if you’re in a big, open space, this is unlikely to be an issue. A price of £400 is a steep price to pay for a portable speaker.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful sound
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity
  • Not the most detailed performer

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The Sonos Move has all the streaming smarts and app support of its siblings. It has direct access to over 30 music services, including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. You can add full compatibility with Sonos's own app to that list, as well as Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, portable design
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Automatic Trueplay
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

wired[12]

Sentiment Score 93%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The Sonos Move delivers on most of its portable promise, but its limitations have occasionally frustrated me. Though the Bluetooth works well, you won't be able to use the Sonos app to play music or control the speaker settings unless you're on your home Wi-Fi. Some Alexa Skills and Google Assistant features that won't work with Sonos.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Powerful bass
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Can get wet
  • Touch controls can get nuts

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sonos Move review: Hefty portable speaker brings big Sonos sound to the outdoors. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/sonos-move-review/. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
2. ^ Sonos Move review: Great outdoors. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/speaker-reviews/sonos-move-review/. 2020-06-17. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
3. ^ Sonos Move hands-on: a first foray into battery-powered speakers for the outdoors. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/sonos-move-hands-on. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
4. ^ Sonos Move Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sonos-move. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
5. ^ Sonos Move Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/sonos/move. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
6. ^ Sonos Move review: Sonos just burgled Google Home and drowned out Echo. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/sonos-move-review. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
7. ^ Sonos Move review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/sonos-move-3701848/. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
8. ^ Sonos Move review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sonos-move-review. 2021-02-08. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
9. ^ Sonos Move review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sonos-move. 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
10. ^ Sonos Move Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sonos-move. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
11. ^ Sonos Move review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sonos-move-review. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
12. ^ Review: Sonos Move. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/sonos-move/. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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