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Introducing Sonos Move, Brilliant Sound Anywhere

  • 5 September 2019
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Introducing Sonos Move, Brilliant Sound Anywhere

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davidblack,
Just a different viewpoint from me..!

I have two Sonos ‘Move’ speakers and some old legacy Sonos speakers too ... no regrets here whatsoever.

I will likely shift mine to the ‘modern’ setup when that happens in May. 

I don’t see the point in whinging about a speaker that’s portable and designed to move around, out & about the home anyway.

The speaker is a great portable sound system on its own, one of the best on the market, I think. 

My glass is the one on the right, when if comes to the Sonos Move…

 

I guess it depends on how you use them

I largely use my move in a workshop where I am regularly wandering between the workshop and the office.  Office has two “legacy” products.

There is some sound “overlap” between the areas so I need to have the same playing in both areas.

I need to be able to move the unit around the workshop and I don’t have spare power points.

Hence Move was ideal

If i wanted a stand-alone Bluetooth speaker I would have spent A$500 less 

 

I tend to use dual mono Bluetooth across both of mine, albeit rarely.

My garden area has 5ghz WiFi built-in with our camera/security system so I piggy-back off that when taken outside. Otherwise they're on 5ghz in the house. In any event your ‘Move’ speaker will just continue to work exactly as it does now, post May 2020, so dunno what you’re complaining about here? Sonos have promised any security updates and patches, just no further features for the older legacy products.

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davidblack,
Just a different viewpoint from me..!

I have two Sonos ‘Move’ speakers and some old legacy Sonos speakers too ... no regrets here whatsoever.

I will likely shift mine to the ‘modern’ setup when that happens in May. 

I don’t see the point in whinging about a speaker that’s portable and designed to move around, out & about the home anyway.

The speaker is a great portable sound system on its own, one of the best on the market, I think. 

My glass is the one on the right, when if comes to the Sonos Move…

 

I guess it depends on how you use them

I largely use my move in a workshop where I am regularly wandering between the workshop and the office.  Office has two “legacy” products.

There is some sound “overlap” between the areas so I need to have the same playing in both areas.

I need to be able to move the unit around the workshop and I don’t have spare power points.

Hence Move was ideal

If i wanted a stand-alone Bluetooth speaker I would have spent A$500 less 

 

I tend to use dual mono Bluetooth across both of mine, albeit rarely.

My garden area has 5ghz WiFi built-in with our camera/security system so i piggy back off that when taken outside. Otherwise their on 5ghz in the house. In any event your Move speaker will just continue to work exactly as it does now post May 2020, so dunno what you’re complaining about here? Sonos have promised any security updates and patches, just no further features for the older legacy products.

Dude he clearly says because he can't integrate the move with his legacy speakers unless he forgoes updates. He may as well have bought a $100 Bluetooth speaker.Sonos is holding his updates hostage unless he spends more money replacing old units. 

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In any event your ‘Move’ speaker will just continue to work exactly as it does now, post May 2020, so dunno what you’re complaining about here? Sonos have promised any security updates and patches, just no further features for the older legacy products.

 

Except that I will never be able to update the Move firmware (whilst I want to use it in a group with legacy units)

 

So as soon as say a streaming service needs a firmware update I can no longer use that service on the Move

 

if I ever update the Move firmware (deliberately or by accident) I will not be able to move it with ‘legacy’ products

 

In any event your ‘Move’ speaker will just continue to work exactly as it does now, post May 2020, so dunno what you’re complaining about here? Sonos have promised any security updates and patches, just no further features for the older legacy products.

 

Except that I will never be able to update the Move firmware (whilst I want to use it in a group with legacy units)

 

So as soon as say a streaming service needs a firmware update I can no longer use that service on the Move

 

if I ever update the Move firmware (deliberately or by accident) I will not be able to move it with ‘legacy’ products

 

That’s speculation on your part… I would wait to see the detail. You might not be able to ‘accidentally’ switch to modern mode. You may even be able to switch back to legacy mode.. let’s wait and see. The announcement says the speakers “will still work exactly as they do now”, that’s if you choose to do nothing. It almost feels like paranoia is setting in here for some people, without even seeing the detail.

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It’s not speculation - it’s what Sonos have said !

Can two of these be used in a surround configuration when on WiFi (I.e. like Sonos Ones)?

 


Do you mean bonding it with a home theater Sonos speaker like a Beam? If so, no. Move is designed to be portable, and the portable nature of it makes more permanent pairing like as a home theater surround give a poor experience.

 

This is a killer for me. My lounge doesn’t have power to the rear left so I can’t have a permanent speaker there so a speaker I could undock and move there as I need would be a fantastic feature.

Can two of these be used in a surround configuration when on WiFi (I.e. like Sonos Ones)?

 


Do you mean bonding it with a home theater Sonos speaker like a Beam? If so, no. Move is designed to be portable, and the portable nature of it makes more permanent pairing like as a home theater surround give a poor experience.

 

This is a killer for me. My lounge doesn’t have power to the rear left so I can’t have a permanent speaker there so a speaker I could undock and move there as I need would be a fantastic feature.

I’ve since looked into this some more and it appears that Play 5s can be used as surrounds which seems to rule out the point about the soundstage of the Moves not being suitable.  I’d really like to see this functionality added to the Moves as it would improve my investment and give me the surround functionality which i’d otherwise be unable to achieve with a permanently powered speaker.

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I’ve since looked into this some more and it appears that Play 5s can be used as surrounds which seems to rule out the point about the soundstage of the Moves not being suitable.

 

 

How?  The Move and play:5 are not identical speakers and have different sound stages.

 

 

I’ve since looked into this some more and it appears that Play 5s can be used as surrounds which seems to rule out the point about the soundstage of the Moves not being suitable.

 

 

How?  The Move and play:5 are not identical speakers and have different sound stages.

 

 

No, I was referring to people using 2 x Play 5s as surrounds. If the soundstage on those is suitable than sure 2 Moves would be OK from the soundstage point of view.

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I’ve since looked into this some more and it appears that Play 5s can be used as surrounds which seems to rule out the point about the soundstage of the Moves not being suitable.

 

 

How?  The Move and play:5 are not identical speakers and have different sound stages.

 

 

No, I was referring to people using 2 x Play 5s as surrounds. If the soundstage on those is suitable than sure 2 Moves would be OK from the soundstage point of view.

 

But your logic is incorrect.  You can’t conclude that what works for the play:5 also works for the Move.  the Move is actually designed with the speakers more directed outword to the sides give a more wider sound.  That sort of setup is more suitable for outdoors or from a soundbar setup.  Surround sound speakers should me more directional, where the sound is clearly coming form behind you rather than around you.  I have no doubt that Sonos tested this out, as they clearly would be happy to sell you a pair of moves for surround sound if it worked out well.

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I swapped a Sonos Move for my Play:5 using the trade-up scheme.  I love it, except for two things:

First, microphone sensitivity.  It sits on a shelf 6 feet behind me.  In order to get it to respond to voice commands, I have to turn round and raise my voice a lot to get it to respond.  And when I do so my echo dot 25 feet away in the other room thinks I’m talking to it

It’s even worse when there’s music playing.  I suppose that’s expected with the extra ambient sound emanating from the same device.

Any tips please?

Second, why can’t we use Alexa and Google Assistant at the same time?

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