Sonos Move review – SoundGuys


Sonos is more than a brand: it’s a Jay-Z range. Jokes aside, few brands have entered pop culture with such success and have done so in such a unique way. Sonos has been the company to beat for home audio for years. Not necessarily because his products were the best, but rather because Sonos products are easy to use, sound good, and – let’s be honest – are just popular. Sonos is the default. But how does it apply after you leave the house? The Sonos Move is the company’s first version on a Bluetooth speaker, but is it worth it?

Who is it for?

  • People who live in a Sonos ecosystem. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but if you already have a Sonos ecosystem, the Sonos Move is a solid addition as it can be picked up and brought into the yard at any time.
  • Anyone with money to spend. The Sonos Move is a good speaker, but at $ 399, it’s hard to recommend it to anyone who just wants a good Bluetooth speaker. There are many that will not cost you as much. If you get the Sonos Move, it’s because you don’t worry too much about the price.

How is the Sonos Move built?

The Sonos move on a dark green sofa with a plant in the foreground.

The Sonos Move looks great and will blend in with the design of any situation.

Sonos is not known for its rugged speakers, but that changes with the Move. Sonos has increased the durability factor of the Move speaker: it has an IP56 waterproof construction and the company also claims to be shockproof. Although I didn’t drop it everywhere to test this, I accidentally dropped it from my bedside table (a three foot drop), and the speaker still works perfectly fine. That said, I wouldn’t feel comfortable dropping it on something like concrete, because even if it survives, I’m sure the soft plastic finish will be very scuffed. Most of the speaker is made up of the grille that wraps everything, but the top, bottom and back are all plastic. The bottom of the speaker is more of rubberized plastic, which is nice because it doesn’t get scratched too easily and provides additional grip.

In the photo, the buttons on the back of the Sonos Move with a yellow sofa in the background

On the back of the speaker are three buttons: the power button, the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth toggle, and the Sonos connection button.

This Sonos speaker also has touch controls on the top that work very well. I had no accidental breaks or readings while using the speakerphone, and even when I used the speakerphone as a platform for my phone, the playback was not disturbed by picking up my phone. The only criticism that I have is having trouble seeing the playback controls in a dark environment. There is a small LED light that provides status information for the speaker, rather than turning on the controls. Icons are not my favorites. The play / pause icon is fine, but the volume icons on each side are the same. It doesn’t matter because I’m sure you know which one will increase the volume, but it’s just a strange choice because the + and – signs are universal. Playback is fully controlled by touch: tapping the play symbol does exactly that, and swiping over the three icons from left to right will skip to the next song, while swiping from right to left will return to a previous song. The only buttons are on the back of the speaker. You’ll get the power button, the connect button and a small button between them to switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Close-up of the front grille lights on the Sonos Move

The Sonos Move fits perfectly into its charging cradle, which Sonos says will charge your speaker from 0 to 50% in one hour.

The Sonos Move can be moved due to the Bluetooth capabilities, but I didn’t move too much when using this speaker. For the most part, it stayed in the included charging stand throughout the day. I’m talking about it here because it’s my favorite part of the Move. This is a feature that I want every Bluetooth to be provided and it reminds me of how the cases of real wireless headphones store them, but also charge them. Having a minimal charge stand that holds the speaker while not in use is a great touch, which means that I never worried about whether the speaker was charged when you took it in another room. If you’re on the go and don’t have access to the charging cradle, you can also charge it with any USB-C charger, which is great.

Close up of the white Sonos logo on the black speaker

The Sonos Move logo keeps it minimal with a simple mark on the front.

Regarding the portability of the speaker, I found it to be good enough for use around the house and in the backyard, but I would definitely hesitate to bring this to the beach or when hiking. Of course, it is technically resistant to weather and impact, but it is also quite heavy at 3049 grams. While the grip is ideal for short distances, the combination of weight and the awkward shape of the integrated grip makes it less than ideal for long trips. If you’re looking for a speaker to take with you on your next adventure, you might want to try the Flip 3 or the UE Boom 3, but if you’re looking for a speaker to use in your living room throughout of the day that can be seamlessly transferred to the yard, this could be for you.

How to connect to Sonos Move on Android or iOS

Although the Sonos Move can connect via Bluetooth, I think most people will benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity because that is what Sonos is known for. Whether you add this speaker to an existing ecosystem or start with Move, Sonos is the best when using Wi-Fi. The range is much longer than Bluetooth and the speaker doesn’t need to tap your source device for audio. Instead, it extracts audio directly from the Internet. To take advantage of it, you’ll need the Sonos app.

Man holding iPhone 11 Pro with music playing in Sonos app

The Sonos Move sounds great at regular listening levels, but at high volume clarity it takes a hit.

Usually I avoid using a proprietary app like a plague, but the Sonos app is really useful. Not only does it walk you through the process of connecting the speaker to your Wi-Fi, it also seamlessly integrates with my choice of music streaming service (Spotify). In addition, it is available on Android and iOS and the process is more or less the same. As someone who switches between iOS and Android all the time, I appreciate the attention that Sonos gives to making sure that both apps are fully capable. As soon as you open the app, it prompts you to identify the speaker you want to configure. It then guides you through the process of connecting to your Wi-Fi. If you have password-protected Wi-Fi (which you should), make sure you have your password at hand. main because you will need it to connect the speaker.

Plan of the Sonos application running on an iPhone 11 Pro by hand

The Sonos app acts as a hub for all of your audio content and it works great.

Once your speaker is properly connected, you can start adding your streaming services. As a Spotify user, logging in to my Spotify account gives me full access to my library, all of my playlists, and even custom playlists created by Spotify. Of course, it also works with other services and I was able to connect not only my Spotify account, but also my Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pocket Casts and Audible accounts.

The app acts as a hub for all of my audio content and works perfectly.

If you pay for an audio streaming service of all kinds, it connects to Sonos. The app serves as a hub for all of my audio content and works so perfectly that I found myself opening the Sonos app more than the dedicated apps in order to access my music or podcasts. The Sonos Move is also compatible with AirPlay 2, so if you prefer to use it when you’re in the app of your choice, you can easily do it. As far as Bluetooth codecs are concerned, there is not much to see here. You will only get SBC which is the standard codec for all Bluetooth and AAC devices which is suitable for iOS users, but which can be a problem for Android users.

What voice services does Sonos Move support?

Close-up of the microphone rocker on top of the Sonos Move

The Sonos Move has multiple microphones on the top to work with your favorite assistant, but you can turn it on or off.

Of course, you don’t have to open an app at all if you don’t want to. You can also connect the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa and control the speaker with your voice. I only connected the Google Assistant during my tests and I found that the microphones on top of the Sonos Move recognized my voice better when playing music than the Google Home speakers. If you’re not a fan of the speaker that constantly uses its microphones to listen to the keyword, you can do what I do and just turn off the microphone when you’re not using it. Then when I know I’m going to use it and listen to music, I will turn the microphones back on and use them as intended. I was able to skip songs, play albums, set timers and all that Google Home speakers can do.

How long does the Sonos Move battery last?

The charging stand for the Sonos Move shown on a black surface

The Sonos Move comes with a super simple charging cradle, but it also has a USB-C input on the back for charging on the go.

Sonos claims an autonomy of 10 hours in constant reading when you are not connected to the charging base. In our tests, we got 6 hours and 24 minutes of constant reading, which is fine if you don’t plan on being out all day, but not great if what you’re looking for is a really portable speaker. We did our tests at a constant 75 dB output at a distance of three feet, which is loud enough for most situations, but if you play the speaker at maximum volume, it probably won’t last that long. However, since I think most people will use it in the home anyway, I don’t see how long the battery life is too much of a problem. If you are going out for the day and want to take the Move with you, it should last long enough for you to get the most out of it before you go home. If you’re looking for a super durable speaker for your next multi-day hike, you’re probably not looking at something like the Sonos Move anyway.

How does the Sonos Move sound?

Sonos Move frequency response graph showing slight boost in bass around 100 Hz with a dip after 1 kHz

The Sonos Move has a slight boost in the bass, which helps to listen to music outside.

Although the Sonos Move can be connected to the rest of your speakers if you’re in the Sonos ecosystem, I used this speaker more as a portable Bluetooth speaker during the tests, because that’s why ‘It was conceived. If you want two speakers to complement your surround sound setup, you can still just use the Sonos One or the One SL. The Sonos Move sounds as if it was intended more for enjoying music with friends than for a movie in your living room.

There is a slight bump at the bottom which gives the bass an extra boost which is handy when you are outdoors. Impactful drums and bass throughout the song projector by EDEN have just the right amount of power, although there have been times when some voices were muted due to the lower volume of the midrange notes.

The highs were also de-emphasized, which means there weren’t too many times when the speaker got harsh. That said, it was not my favorite sounding speaker at higher volumes. Music sounds good at regular listening volumes between 40 and 70% of the volume, but once you’ve reached the maximum, the Sonos Move just can’t seem to keep up with the output. In the song So many details by Toro y Moi, it almost sounded like the music was getting louder but more distant. The clarity took a dip and it was only resolved when the volume was lowered again.

Should you buy the Sonos Move?

The Sonos Move speaker on a TV stand next to a Roku TV and a Playstation controller

The Sonos Move can be connected to the rest of your Sonos speakers, but it stands out as a Bluetooth speaker that you can take with you in the yard.

The Sonos Move is a great speaker that most people shouldn’t buy. If you want to make your way into the Sonos family, you’d better choose something like the Sonos One that costs only $ 150. You can get one for the house and still have enough money to buy a great Bluetooth speaker. I’m not saying he’s not a good speaker because he is. It’s also a very expensive speaker. It looks good, has an IP56 protection rating that makes it durable enough for outdoor use, and also has seamless Wi-Fi connectivity so you can use it at home with your other Sonos speakers. If you already have a Sonos setup and want a speaker that you can pick up in the living room and bring with you to the backyard, this speaker might be perfect for you. Plus, it has a solid Bluetooth connection, so if you have to get away from your home internet connection, you can still listen to music.

That said, as a portable speaker, the Move is just a little too heavy at 3 kg for what I would consider portable. If you are going to the yard, this is not a problem, but any trip to the beach or to a remote location will be a problem. In addition, the handle is not at all ergonomic; so unless you have a bag or a chest to throw it out, it will be difficult to carry it. If you are looking for good sound in a portable speaker, you can choose from many other options. None of these other speakers are made by Sonos, which is the big selling point here if we’re real. The Sonos Move is a great speaker that may not be for you, but if you do, you won’t be disappointed at all.


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