Review: Mini-Baguette-Size Sonos Roam Speaker Can Really Boom

Portable speakers can leave a lot to be desired if you enjoy getting lost in the sound. This is true whether you are trying to overwhelm the music of the neighboring beach goers or listening to your favorite podcast all over the house while you do chores. The Sonos Roam more than meets these challenges and redefines what is portable in a Loudspeaker is possible .

What it is and why we like it

The Roam has a full sound; pounding bass; and rich, clear tones, whether you’re listening on a deck, dock, or deep in the woods. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, feels nice, and is really portable at 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches. It is capable of handling use and abuse when thrown with your camping gear or stored in the hold of your boat. The water and dust resistant speaker is IP67 certified and has a robust housing that withstands accidental spills. For this review, I took it canoe while camping and put it on my tailgate for a day downhill in the Killington Bike Park Parking.  A black, semi-cylindrical Sonos Roam portable speaker. Sonos

The sound of the Roam is convincing because of what is inside: two digital Class H amplifiers that work on The drivers and speakers are matched to a unique acoustic architecture, a tweeter for a clear high-frequency response, a mid-bass driver for reproducing medium frequencies that also maximizes bass output, a far-field microphone array with advanced beamforming and multi-channel echo cancellation for quick activation of the Voice assistant and automatic station search as well as an 18 Wh battery that supplies this speaker with power for up to 10 hours.

Many speakers lose their bass outdoors. Not this one. But it also offers superior sound in your living room, family room and kitchen. It turns out to be excellent even in a rental car with a broken radio. The bass booms as much as you want and podcasts are played clearly and crisply. No matter where you play music on Roam, it automatically adapts to your surroundings, whether you use Bluetooth or WiFi. So when I hosted an outdoor film on the big screen in my garden and streamed the sound over the roam, it was like being in the theater, not like in a tin can. It was no effort to hear the soundtrack.

To play music you need Sonos app , which works with streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, TuneIn and Sonos can be combined with radio.

And if you already have a Sonos sound system at home, it is connected and integrated. Once you’ve paired the speaker with the app, the speaker will automatically pair when you bring the roam in.

The form factor of the roam is as good as its sound. The rounded, baguette-shaped speaker can be positioned on the side or at the end so that it fits in most rooms, inconspicuously, whether at home on a coffee table or on a beach blanket.

 A large picture of the Sonos Roam with the controls above. Sonos


The disadvantages of roam are minimal. There are few controls and they are multifunctional so there is a learning curve in how long it takes to press buttons to reset, pair and output sound to another speaker. Roam buttons for play, pause, volume control, skip tracks, play tracks, turn the microphone on and off, and manually pair a Bluetooth device.

Roam works with Google Assistant and Alexa. Send sound to Sonos directly from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with AirPlay 2, then ask Siri to turn it up or skip a song.

The Roam comes with a USB-C charging cable. Sonos also sells a magnetic charging station which is a great option when you connect this speaker at home.

[$ 169, ] Get it

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