Review: Sonos Roam Portable Speaker Can Really Boom

Allan I. Fleming

Moveable speakers can leave a great deal to be preferred, if you are an individual who likes to drop yourself in audio. Which is correct whether you are attempting to overpower neighboring beachgoers’ songs or trying to get to hear your most loved podcast all through the property when you do chores. The Sonos Roam a lot more than satisfies those issues, and redefines what is feasible in a portable speaker.



What It Is and Why We Like It

The Roam functions total audio thumping bass and prosperous, obvious tones whether listening on a deck, dock, or deep in the woods. It is also aesthetically pleasing, feels superior to hold, and at six.61x two.44 x two.36 inches, it’s definitely portable. It is ready to cope with the use and abuse of remaining tossed in with your tenting equipment or retained in the hold of your boat. The water-and-dust-resistant speaker is IP67 rated and clocks in below a pound with a rugged casing that can survive accidental spills. For this assessment, I took it canoe tenting, and propped it on my tailgate gearing up for a day of downhill in the Killington Bike Park parking great deal.

A black semi-cylindrical Sonos Roam portable speaker.

The Roam’s audio packs a punch simply because of what is inside of: two Course-H digital amplifiers tuned to the drivers and speaker’s unique acoustic architecture, a tweeter for crisp superior-frequency response, a mid-woofer for playback of mid-vary frequencies that also maximizes low-finish output, a much-field microphone array that takes advantage of highly developed beamforming and multi-channel echo cancellation for speedy voice assistant activation and automatic tuning, and a 18Wh battery that can ability this speaker for up to ten hrs.

A great deal of speakers drop the bass when you are outdoor. This 1 does not. But it also has excellent audio in your dwelling area, relatives area, and kitchen. Turns out it’s also stellar in a rental automobile with a busted radio. The bass boom as much as you want, and podcasts play evidently and crisply. Where ever you play songs on Roam, it quickly tunes alone to your setting, whether you are on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. So, when I hosted a huge-screen outside film in my backyard and streaming the audio in excess of the Roam, It was like remaining in the theater, not like remaining inside of a tin can. There was no straining to hear the soundtrack.

To play songs, you require the Sonos application, which pairs with streaming services including Spotify, Apple Tunes, Pandora, Amazon Tunes, TuneIn, and Sonos Radio.

And if you presently have a Sonos audio method at dwelling, it connects and integrates. Once you’ve paired the speaker to the application, the speaker pairs quickly when you bring the Roam inside of.

Roam’s form issue is as superior as its audio. The rounded, baguette-shaped speaker can be positioned on 1 aspect or the finish, so it matches into most areas, it’s unobtrusive whether it’s dwelling sitting on a coffee table or on a beach blanket.

A large image of the Sonos Roam showing the controls on the top.


The downsides to the Roam are minimum. Controls are couple and they’re multifunctional, so there is a understanding curve around how very long to hold buttons to get the device to reset, pair, and toss audio to a distinct speaker. Buttons on Roam play, pause, regulate the quantity, skip tracks, replay tracks, flip the mic on and off, and manually pair a Bluetooth unit.

The Roam functions with Google Assistant and Alexa. Mail audio specifically from your Iphone, iPad, or Mac to Sonos using AirPlay two, then ask Siri to flip it up or skip a song.

The Roam comes with a USB-C charging cable. Sonos also sells a magnetic charging base, which is a great option if you will plug this speaker in at dwelling.


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