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Introducing Sonos Move, Brilliant Sound Anywhere

Introducing Sonos Move, Brilliant Sound Anywhere
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Introducing Sonos Move, the durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening. Powerful and versatile with smart, adaptable sound, Sonos Move is available starting September 24th.



Sonos Move delivers surprisingly deep bass, an ultra-wide soundscape, and Automatic Trueplay tuning that perfectly balances the sound for where you are and what you're listening to.

Move features two Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture. It also has one downward-firing tweeter into a custom-designed waveguide that disperses sound evenly, along with one mid-woofer integrated into the cabinet for deep, rich bass.

Connect Move to the rest of your Sonos system at home on WiFi to stream music in one room or in sync with other speakers throughout your home. Play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free with Alexa and the Google Assistant built right in. Switch to Bluetooth when you’re away from home or on the go and play music directly from your mobile device.


Details on Sonos Move:
  • Move slides seamlessly into the included charging base and features an ergonomic handle, making it easy to pick up and carry.
  • Move has a tough durable shell and an IP56 rating, meaning it can stand up to falls, bumps, humidity, rain, dust, UV rays, and extreme heat and cold.
  • Responsive touch controls on the top of the speaker makes it easy to play, pause, skip, adjust the volume, and group rooms when on WiFi. There's also a mic button that can easily turn the microphones on or off.
  • Move also has a join button, power button, and WiFi/Bluetooth mode button on the back, just under the handle.
Power and battery:
Move’s battery will last for up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playback. If left off the charging base and unused, Move will automatically go into suspend mode to reserve battery for up to 5 days. The battery is rechargeable with an included indoor charging base or with any USB-C charger with the following output levels: 12V/3A, 15V/3A, or 20V/2.25A. After about three years, or 900 charges, Move’s battery can easily be replaced so you can keep listening for years to come.

Pre-order today on Sonos.com in shadow black for $399 US (€399 EUR), available worldwide starting September 24.

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Anyone not sure about investing 400 on the new, portable and Bluetooth enabled Sonos Move; because I too cringed at the price, comparing other high quality units from industry leaders like Bose or Apple, and not seeing an equivalent value for the cost or considering the fact that I could, for the same money, buy 2 or 3 times the speaker other places for the same amount. Ultimately, though, these considerations didn’t help me make my decision to go with the Sonos Move any easier. In fact, I must confess that after receiving and experiencing my Move, the $400 investment is a bargain on a multitude of different levels. Sound quality is really an already known variable, so I won’t go there. This unit’s mobile ability allows you to take, share and experience any music at the highest possible quality anytime, anywhere! You'll be shocked to learn that most of your friends, family and acquaintances have never had the opportunity to enjoy music with such depth of superior sound. Also, the durability and build quality are first rate, preserving the longevity of this speaker while protecting everything you love from it for years to come. Another thing, and it may sound trivial to you now, but as far as Bluetooth speakers are concerned, Sonos stands alone, further ahead than any competition not only because of everything I mentioned already but also particularly  because of the “charging ring stand” included with the Move. The problem or shall I say inconvenience of charging Bluetooth speakers across the board is an annoying obstacle that I believe Sonos has provided the solution to in this amazing new tech. The idea of this ring, which is a sort of cradle the base fits into, becomes second nature instantly in ease. Moreover, the practicality if such an awesome concept allows you to almost forget about completely the hassles and nuances of finding a charging cord that fits, dealing with the newfound limited mobility of your plugged in speaker; or maybe you just have no options if stranded, making your Bluetooth speaker into a super sized paperweight while the music you were enjoying escapes into the ether, never to return! Well,  not until you get home. I’m not suggesting the Sonos Move will never die, but this whole ring base charging stand concept works in a way that easily keeps the speaker fully charged without even thinking about it. It is truly amazing! Finally, I’d like to speak to the idea that some believe is a negative attribute for the Sonos Move, and that is this notion that the Bluetooth doesn’t work making/answering  phone calls. Look and listen, this product has the blood sweat and tears of top musicians, engineers and masters to make it the best of the best in your experience of music and sound. This, I firmly believe, supersedes all else. Anyone can buy an echo dot or some other such thing to make or receive calls. Not everyone can produce the kind of magical sound, versatility or innovation coming out of the Sonos Move. Get one now! If you’re not satisfied, you can easily get close to what you paid on eBay; and in all actuality, within 30 days of purchase, this wonderful company will issue you a refund while amazing you with their five star service department! The Sonos Move is truly a sure bet, a win win! 

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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?

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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

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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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

 

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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. 

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 

 

 

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…

 

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Now, let’s try and keep this topic on point. If you have questions about the Move, feel free to ask, but legacy discussion should be kept in the places where it belongs. There’s no need to spam threads with the same messages, or add incorrect information to posts that are meant to be informative.

The legacy discussion applies to all products. Current and legacy. Sonos has made its bed, so it must lie in it. All products have an expiry date, but Sonos doesn't like to talk about that until they have taken your money. If buying anything from Sonos, customers must be made aware that they won't last within reasonable expectations.

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Ryan - i understand but it is important that potential Move purchasers understand the current position.

 

If I’d known 4 weeks ago what I know now I wouldn’t have purchased the Move

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Now, let’s try and keep this topic on point. If you have questions about the Move, feel free to ask, but legacy discussion should be kept in the places where it belongs. There’s no need to spam threads with the same messages, or add incorrect information to posts that are meant to be informative.

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I would like to address your post too, for that matter. If you decide to keep your Move in the same system as your legacy devices, it’ll keep on functioning long into the future. These devices are not getting shut down, they just won’t be getting regular updates. While legacy Sonos products won’t get new software features, we will keep them updated with bug fixes and security patches for as long as possible. The limiting factor will be the hardware of those legacy devices. 

You also can separate your Move from your system and use it as a modern device, updating and getting new features.

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This WAS what I was waiting for Ryan, but no longer, will never spend another penny on Sonos products. Why did you delete MrSwadges question? It’s completely valid.  Deleting what you don’t want to see isn’t going to work in this instance. Long time supporters of your products have a right to question you guys. You can’t ever sell new products again without questions like being asked! Get used to it. 

@kerrih Interesting, what was deleted? I've tried to be fair and balanced.

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Until recently I might have been interested. I'm concerned that it will be nothing more than an expensive post apocalyptic garden ornament now 🙄

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They effectively End of Lifed my new Move today (I’ve had it 4 weeks)


I bought it to use as part of a larger Sonos network – now I have to either spend $4k+ to upgrade my other units, use the move as only a standalone player or accept that the Move can’t ever receive software upgrades.

 

Selling me a move 4 weeks ago without telling me about this is close to deceptive practice

 

I can return my Move for a refund – but they won’t reinstate the zp100 I ‘recycled’ when I bought the Move !

 

fraud

 

I’ve been loyal to Sonos for 15 year. Now my advice to everyone is avoid them like the plague !

 

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@davidblack do you mean this post? https://en.community.sonos.com/what-to-get-228989/in-effect-sonos-have-end-of-lifed-my-4-week-old-move-6836062 It hasn’t been deleted. Perhaps it was moved to a different board?

Hi Ryan - no, I did also post in here to alert potential Move purchasers to the issues around Sono’s treatment of recent Move customers and the impact of the recent announcement

Odd, I don’t see any deleted posts here from you. And your account doesn’t register any deleted comments at all.

 Very strange - I’ll repost it in that case.  Thanks 

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@davidblack do you mean this post? https://en.community.sonos.com/what-to-get-228989/in-effect-sonos-have-end-of-lifed-my-4-week-old-move-6836062 It hasn’t been deleted. Perhaps it was moved to a different board?

Hi Ryan - no, I did also post in here to alert potential Move purchasers to the issues around Sono’s treatment of recent Move customers and the impact of the recent announcement

Odd, I don’t see any deleted posts here from you. And your account doesn’t register any deleted comments at all.

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@davidblack do you mean this post? https://en.community.sonos.com/what-to-get-228989/in-effect-sonos-have-end-of-lifed-my-4-week-old-move-6836062 It hasn’t been deleted. Perhaps it was moved to a different board?

Hi Ryan - no, I did also post in here to alert potential Move purchasers to the issues around Sono’s treatment of recent Move customers and the impact of the recent announcement

I think 5 years of support for a product after ‘date of last manufacture' is a good deal.. it does not mean that at at that point things stop working. It just means no more updates. I have several far more expensive TV’s that haven’t been updated in years and they are still working fine. I don’t see Sonos doing anything different in that respect.

I prefer to see a company like Sonos be innovative and be ahead of their game, rather than watch them standstill.

You either love technological challenges and advancement (modern), or you choose to live in the past (legacy) … I’m all for driving things forward, personally speaking.

But Ken, it does mean my system, that I have been building over the years will eventually stop working. I’m no techie but people on here aren’t happy. Do you work for the Sonos PR department?

No, I’m just a customer, perhaps like yourself and live in the U.K. and I most probably have more Sonos products in my home than the average Sonos user, but I see the recent announcement as being no different than most things that I own these days. I just purchased the LG C9 OLED TV for example and I very much doubt LG will provide updates two, or three, years from now for that TV and who’s to say the Apps on that TV from Amazon, Google, Netflix etc; will suddenly then stop working… I see that as equally unlikely. 

Sonos on the other hand, are promising 5 years, or longer, support here and updates on their products after they stop manufacturing them and I suspect their in-built services in the Sonos App will continue to work and generate revenue for the services for a good many years … I just see people here who are reading things as they want to read them and seeing “red mist” and stirring others up to follow their lead. 

I am quite calm about it all and I have over 23 (plus) Sonos products, both legacy and modern, but I’m not fooled by this mob-like negativity. In fact I find it quite funny that some behave so irrational and in this way… I guess it’s just my attitude of choosing to “Keep Calm and Carry On” whilst others here stress themselves out over something that is most likely not going to affect me for a good many years still to come… in any event, I will get over it and try to ‘live happily ever after’. Time to go and listen to my music and I’m quite confident my Sonos devices will still be playing next year and for many years after that too. 😁

 

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