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Sonos Roam 2: Updated waterproof and advanced wireless speaker

Whether you're indoors or outdoors, the Sonos Roam 2 gives you the freedom to enjoy your wireless...

SONOS ROAM 2

The Sonos Roam 2 is an incredibly compact and smart wireless speaker that packs a punch. With up to 10 hours of battery life, it’s perfect for taking on the go. What sets it apart from other portable speakers is its unique features and durability. It’s designed to withstand the elements, making it dust and waterproof. Whether you’re heading to the beach or the pool, you can bring the Roam 2 without any worries. Its sleek matte finish and silicone end caps ensure it can handle countless trips in your backpack.One major improvement in the Roam 2 is its updated finish, which now matches the larger Sonos Era models and the Move 2. It’s also incredibly convenient to use, as it’s ready to play via Bluetooth right out of the box. No need to go through the hassle of setting it up with the Sonos app.

When it comes to sound quality, the Roam 2 doesn’t disappoint. It features a two-way speaker system with separate amplifiers for bass/midrange and treble. This is a rare find in portable speakers of this size, and it’s one of the reasons why the Roam 2 outperforms its competitors in the Bluetooth category. While it may not be a high-fidelity speaker for critical listening, it still delivers impressive sound considering its compact size.The Sonos Roam 2 is not only a great addition to your existing Sonos system, but it’s also a fantastic entry point into the Sonos experience. With the Sonos app, you can enjoy wireless music in every room of your home. It gives you complete control right at your fingertips.

Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the Sonos Roam 2 gives you the freedom to enjoy your wireless music. It’s equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it can seamlessly switch between them based on your needs. At home, you can even play music wirelessly from your phone via Bluetooth and easily transfer it to other wireless Sonos speakers using Wi-Fi.You can easily switch up the sound using the smart Sound Swap feature – just press and hold the play/pause button, and the music will seamlessly transfer to the nearest Sonos speaker. This way, you can pick up right where you left off when you get home. And if you’re heading out, you can switch from your home system to the Sonos Roam 2 and keep the tunes going via Bluetooth.

SONOS ROAM 2
SONOS ROAM 2

On the top panel, you can pause, skip, or adjust the volume without needing your phone. Connect the Sonos Roam 2 to other Sonos speakers in your home for a multi-room experience. Play different songs in different rooms or sync them up for a party vibe. Use voice commands to start the music while you’re busy cooking or ask for a volume boost from the bathroom. You can even request a specific lullaby for the kids at bedtime.When you purchase the Sonos Roam 2, you’ll have access to a wide range of features, including full app control (for iOS/Android) and compatibility with popular streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL, YouSee Musik, Deezer, and Napster. Trueplay automatically adjusts the sound to suit the environment, whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Just place the speaker wherever you like, and Trueplay will take care of the rest.

The Sonos Roam 2 comes in various colors and can be charged wirelessly with a magnetic charger (sold separately). It also includes a standard USB-C cable for charging, or you can use a Qi charger that’s compatible with many smartphones.

The infamous updated Sonos App

With the free Sonos app for Apple iOS/Android, you can access all the music in the world right at your fingertips – as long as you can get it working after the latest update. You can enjoy your personal music collection from your PC/Mac or network hard drive, as well as internet radio and streaming services like TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. The tablet app is especially impressive, offering a large screen for easy navigation and the ability to admire album covers in detail. Alternatively, you can control everything from your computer.No matter which option you go for, you’ll have a sleek and user-friendly interface that makes playing music throughout your home a piece of cake. The devices seamlessly communicate with each other, allowing each family member to control their own app in different rooms simultaneously.If you prefer to have your music on your smartphone, Sonos has got you covered. Simply open the Sonos app while on your wireless network, select “This Phone,” and start playing music from your portable library. Your phone or tablet is also a convenient place to store music that isn’t available on streaming services.

SONOS ROAM 2
SONOS ROAM 2

Features

Sonos offers the ability to stream top-quality sound and set up a fantastic hi-fi system. You can do this by streaming from a “lossless” music service like TIDAL HiFi or by using your own music collection stored on a PC or network hard drive if you have ripped your CDs in lossless quality.

The Amp and CONNECT:AMP wireless music systems can power a pair of great hi-fi speakers on their own, taking your audio quality to the next level compared to just using a single wireless speaker. For the ultimate Sonos experience, the CONNECT wireless music streamer can be connected to a separate full-size system, giving you a complete hi-fi setup with the convenience of wireless capabilities and app control.

Sonos is a brilliant multi-room music system that can fill every corner of your home with music. Whether it’s the living room, kitchen, bedroom, office, children’s room, or bathroom, Sonos has a music player or wireless speaker for every space. Setting up Sonos is quick and easy, and since there’s no need to install anything in the walls, you can easily move the entire system with you.To start, all you need is a controller (phone/tablet/PC) and a single Sonos music player or wireless speaker. If you want music in another room, just add another Sonos player or wireless speaker, press two buttons, and you’re good to go.For a more stable wireless network, you can use Sonos’ SonosNet instead of your own. In this case, one music player (or a BOOST network adapter) needs a cable connection to the router. SonosNet creates a mesh network with the individual components, providing better coverage throughout your home.

SONOS ROAM 2 CONTROLS
SONOS ROAM 2 CONTROLS

Trueplay

Trueplay is a clever feature that utilizes your iPhone/iPad and a set of test tones to enhance the sound quality of various Sonos speakers. Whether they are used individually, with a SUB subwoofer, in a “Sonos home cinema” setup, or with Sonos’ own built-in speakers, you can simply position the speakers where you want them and follow the instructions in the app. After taking a few measurements with the test tone, Sonos can automatically adjust the sound balance to provide the best possible audio experience in a wide listening area, eliminating the need for manual adjustments to tone controls. For those considering a sound system throughout the house during a new construction or renovation project, Sonos offers numerous possibilities. You can install built-in speakers in any room, conceal speaker cables within walls leading to a central technical cabinet or office housing your network router. By placing all necessary Sonos units and power amplifiers here, you can enjoy seamless sound throughout the house, complete with remote control and customized sound quality in each room. If you are envisioning a new home or renovation project with a sophisticated, discreet multi-room system featuring speakers discreetly integrated into walls and ceilings, exploring Sonos’ own built-in speakers in combination with an amp is a logical first step.

Pros

  • Plug-and-play via Bluetooth
  • Super compact, solid and waterproof design (IP67)
  • Top and bottom plate in robust silicone
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Wireless music both via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and Wi-Fi (incl. multi-room)
  • Wireless control via the Sonos S2 app (Apple iOS/Android) or PC/Mac
  • Push buttons on the top plate for on/off, playback, volume, microphone and Bluetooth
  • Two-way speaker
  • Automatic Trueplay room correction
  • Full wireless integration with the Sonos system, including internet radio and streaming services (TIDAL, Spotify, YouSee Musik, Deezer, Napster and many more)*
  • Voice control via built-in microphone (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)
  • Wireless charging via standard Qi charger or wireless Sonos magnet charger (both are optional accessories)

Cons

  • No connection for headphones
  • No playback from USB media
  • Does not play high-resolution 24-bit audio
  • Limitations in raw strength and deep tones due to size
  • USB charger or Qi charger are optional accessories
  • True hi-fi still requires a good amplifier and separate speakers