With the move a loud rugged and theoretically portable speaker, you could tote around the house or bring out to the backyard. It sounds great, can survive in a rainstorm or in sub zero temperatures and lasts 11 hours before it needs to be charged. But a few things keep it from being a straightforward recommendation. It costs 400 and is too big to just throw in a bag and take with you anywhere enter. The sonos roam a slim light 170 dollar speaker that competes directly with bluetooth, enabled devices like the ultimate ears boom and mega boom options, despite its small size and lower price tag, though, chrome has a lot more features on board than the average bluetooth speaker and that Might make it enticing, especially if you already own other sonos devices? I expected the rom to be small, but i was still struck by just how tiny it feels the speaker is just over six and a half inches tall and weighs less than a pound. If sonos wanted to make something that people could take anywhere without thinking about it, they succeeded. I bring it all over the house as well as out on the few occasions, i’ve been able to leave the house lately anyway. Like most sonos speakers, the rome is primarily made up of a hard plastic with an intricately drilled front, grille and rubberized caps on the top and bottom. The top has buttons for volume up and down play, pause and muting the microphone, unlike other recent sonos speakers.
These are physical buttons, rather than touch surfaces, something the company says it did to avoid accidental presses, they’re, clicky and responsive, and i agree that having physical buttons makes sense for something you move around a lot or throw in a bag. While the roam has a usb c port, it also supports wireless charging. You can stand it up on any qi, compatible wireless charger or shell out 50 for sono’s own magnetic charging dock. I didn’t get to try the dock, but i definitely like the idea of being able to just pick it up and go without messing with cords. If you’ve ever used a sonos speaker before the setup process, won’t throw you just plug in the speaker, open the sonos mobile app and take it from there. It only took a few minutes to get the rom hooked up to my wifi network and ready to stream. After the speaker is connected, you can adjust eq settings and auto true play which lets the roam use its built in microphones to adjust sound output. Every time you move it, you can also add either google assistant or lux to the speaker, depending on your preference. Once the rom is set up on wi fi, it works just like any other sonos speaker. This means you can group multiple speakers together stream, audio from dozens of services, use, airplay, 2 or spotify connect and use a voice assistant to control playback. If you have two roams, you can pair them together in stereo as well, when you want to take the roam on the road holding on the button on the back turns on bluetooth mode from then on.
When you take the roam away from its wifi network, it’ll automatically switch to bluetooth and connect to your phone, making it a little easier to get straight to your music. The pitch for the rom is clear: it’s, a full fledged sonos device at home and a portable bluetooth speaker. You can toss in your bag at a fairly affordable price. Of course, none of this matters if the roam doesn’t deliver good sound. Fortunately, it sounds much better than its tiny size should allow. The roam includes both a tweeter and a mid woofer, rather than just a single driver, and that helps it produce clear highs and mids, as well as more of a bass thump. That seems plausible from such a relatively tiny speaker. It also doesn’t distort or get overly boomy at max volume. Audio quality stays consistent throughout the volume range it’s, not nearly as loud as the other speakers in the sonos lineup, but it’s more than enough for a medium sized room. If you want to power a large outdoor gathering, though the much louder move is a better choice. The auto true play feature is pretty subtle but useful. I noticed it most when i use the speaker while showering. Obviously, the acoustics in a bathroom are a lot different than those in an office and after a few minutes i could tell the speaker was compensating for the change. When i took the speaker out of the bathroom into my bedroom, the auto tuning again quickly tweaked the sound accordingly, my only real complaint about the roam sound is that it’s not nearly as immersive as other sonos speakers.
Its small size makes audio figures coming at me from a very specific point that complaint disappeared. When i paired two roam speakers in stereo, they provided a much wider, sound stage and extremely clear playback. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good they sounded when paired in stereo sonos promises. 10 hours of battery life from the rome, though that’ll vary, depending on things like volume and whether you’re using a voice assistant, but that 10 hour estimate was right on for me. As my room lasted almost exactly that long in multiple tests, that’s plenty of time for most people but it’s much less than speakers like the ultimate ears mega boom, which is rated for 20 hours of playback. The mega boom costs 30 more than the rome. But it has similar audio quality and is a lot louder. The megaboom is missing a lot of features compared to the room, but if portability and loudness are your priorities, ue’s speaker hits those marks. If you already have sonos products and want a portable speaker, the 170 roam is easy to recommend. It has all the best sonos features and just tiny enough that i want to take it with me and play songs wherever i go. If you’re, just looking for a pure bluetooth, speaker and don’t care about the rom’s special features like auto, true play or multi room audio, something like the mega boom might make more sense. But the roam offers a unique combo.
Its tiny size, versatility and strong audio quality.