According to an exclusive report from The Verge, Sonos is planning on launching a $169 Wi-Fi speaker named the Roam in April, this year.
According to an exclusive report by The Verge, Sonos is planning on releasing a cheaper, $169 portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker named the Sonos Roam. The speaker is to be much smaller than the current Sonos Move, the company’s first try at a portable speaker. The Verge’s photos of the product show it to resemble something more along the lines of uber-portable, take-anywhere Bluetooth speakers.
The Roam is expected to measure 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, weighing in at about a pound. It’ll also come with a nice, modern USB-C cable, with wireless charging enabled through a $49 charging dock. The speaker will be available in either black or white, like many other of their offerings.
The newest speaker in Sonos’ line had first appeared in an FCC filing, with Sonos later confirming that a new product was to be announced on March 9th. Current estimates and plans expect the Roam to ship out starting April 20th, a month and 11 days after its announcement.
Such as the company’s previous portable speaker, the Move, the Sonos Roam will have the ability to play audio over WiFi, in cases that offer WiFi, such as at home, with Bluetooth as a connectivity option on the go. Through WiFi, the speaker will work throughout any regular multi-room audio system, working off of Sonos’ S2 platform.
The speaker has built-in microphones for hands-free Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands, with support for AirPlay 2 as well. There’s also the ability to connect two Roam speakers through a stereo pairing, at least in WiFi mode.
Current battery life estimates are placed at around 10 hours on a full charge, a large amount for any Bluetooth headphone users, but relatively common in comparison to other 8-14 hour speakers. The speaker’s also completely waterproof, adding in a rugged look for the quality speakers.
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With the addition of the Roam, Sonos will help to expand their lineup of quality speakers into new markets, both the mid-tier speaker market, and the WiFi/Bluetooth market. While their previous standalone speaker definitely wasn’t subpar, this could be a great introduction for millions of families into Sonos’ lineup, with endless possibilities for the portable speaker.
This looks like it could be a great speaker, and even one that I might look into purchasing if/when it comes out. Check back on Statural.com for more news, especially if we hear that this speaker is to officially launch soon.
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