Portable audio system like Sonos’ new Roam are most enjoyable when the world is open for exploration. They convey your favourite music to an Airbnb in Yosemite, a seashore in Hawaii, or—as I lately realized of Lewis Hamilton’s Bose speaker obsession—each main race monitor on Earth.
In some ways, the Roam is one of the primary devices I’ve examined in 2021 that conjures up optimism. The firm’s sleekest, most cost-effective, most transportable speaker serves as a welcome reminder that quickly we’ll be capable to take heed to music collectively extra usually once more, indoors and out.
It took a surprisingly very long time for Sonos to leap past the consolation of Wi-Fi. In its decade-plus historical past, the Roam is just the corporate’s second speaker designed to depart your private home community. Now, a built-in Bluetooth connection means the Roam, just like the bigger Move that got here earlier than it, can stream just about any audio wherever you need by way of a cellular phone connection.
The Roam itself is a small, cylindrical rounded triangle that’s concerning the measurement of a 16-ounce beer can. A giant Sonos emblem is affixed to a skinny grille, with rubber buttons on the edges and little rubber toes to carry it hotdog-style on a floor. It’s surprisingly nondescript—particularly in comparison with similarly-sized choices from Ultimate Ears and JBL, which scream in shiny colours.
I favor the stylish grey of the Roam, although it does make it a contact more durable to seek out in a darkish bag. The measurement can also be very handy for taking it with you anyplace. Unlike the bigger Move, which is actually the identical measurement as a home-locked Sonos One (and costlier), you’ll truly need to convey it alongside.
But the hallmark of Sonos’ dominance within the house speaker market isn’t truly the audio system themselves. It’s how simple the ecosystem is to make use of, and the way service-agnostic it’s. Download the Sonos app to your iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and you’ll simply stream from Apple Music, Spotify, or just about each different main platform. The Roam even helps AirPlay 2.
Setting up the Roam within the app is straightforward. You can select a room in your home to affiliate it with when it’s not in your bag. Then, you need to use the app to regulate quantity or play and pause music. Of course, you are able to do the identical by simply urgent the rubberized buttons on high of the speaker.
It has a single energy button and a USB-C port for charging on the again. A full cost will get you about 10 hours of listening time earlier than it must plug again in or sit on high of a Qi-certified wi-fi charging mat. A wi-fi charging dock is a superb choice when you plan on protecting it in the identical place inside—no fussing about with cables. Sonos fees $50 for this accent, however you may simply discover one thing cheaper.