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Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

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Pre ordered pretty much straight away, the move was excessive for me but this is perfect. 

Does anyone know what this means? 

Seamless connectivity also unlocks Bluetooth streaming for your entire system, with the Sonos app allowing you to group any of your Sonos speakers to Roam when streaming with Bluetooth.

You can stream music via BT to the Roam and if the Roam is grouped with other Sonos speakers it will use SonosNet to play the music on all the speakers.

I have my doubts about whether SonosNet would be used, at least not in all setups for all connections.  The Move cannot connect to SonosNet and I expect the same is true of the Roam.  But that is technical detail for nerds like me - the practical effect is what matters and I think this could be a big positive feature for many users.

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Hey everyone, 

 

I thought I’d try to answer all the questions in this thread so far. Let us know if you have any other questions, and we’ll try our best to answer them!

  • Does stereo pairing work on Bluetooth as well as WiFi?
    • No, though we realise it’s something our customers would like to see, so we’ll be looking into this in the future.
  • Does it work with any Qi compatible charger?
    • Yes!
  • If you long press play/pause on the Roam when it’s not playing music, will it join a group that’s currently playing music in your system?
    • ​​​​​​​Holding the Play/Pause button on Roam will activate the Sound Swap feature, which lets you push or pull sound to/from another player on your system. Holding the button near a player that’s playing music will pull the music to the Roam.
  • Will the Roam be able to perform the rear surround duties in a home theatre room?
    • ​​​​​​​No. Roam is designed to be used on the go and is unable to be used with the Sub or in Home Theater configurations.
  • What is the voltage/amps of the charger?  Can it be charged with a typical phone or tablet charging setup?
    • ​​​​​​​You can charge Roam with any 10W (5V/2.1A) USB power adapter. A 1.5A USB power adapter can work, but 2.1A is recommended. Charging via USB-C may have varying speeds depending on the wattage of the charger.
  • Are there wall mounts or other accessories, besides the charger, coming for the Roam?
    • Not right now, though we’re always looking to see what our users want, so let us know!
  • Are any of these new features applied to the Move?
    • ​​​​​​​Automatic Trueplay on Bluetooth is available on Move right now (S2 version 13.0+)! We’re looking into applying the other new features, such as Sound Swap, in the future but have no further information to share at this time.
  • Will you be able to ‘speaker swap’ from the Move to the nearest Sonos speaker? 
    • ​​​​​​​Check out this article to find out more about Sound Swap.
  • Will the Move be able to be in BT and WiFi concurrently?
    • ​​​​​​​No, this feature is exclusive to Roam.
  • Will the Move be able to auto Trueplay in BT mode, as the Roam does?
    • ​​​​​​​Yes!
  • Does Roam work with Sonos S1?
    • No, Roam is only compatible with Sonos S2.
  • Can the Roam safely be used as a shower radio daily?
    • ​​​​​​​Roam is IP67 rated, which means it can withstand being in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Roam would make an excellent bathroom/shower speaker, though you should make sure it’s 100% dry before charging as the charger is not water resistant.
  • Is the battery easily replaceable like Move?
    • ​​​​​​​In order to make Roam fully waterproof, we had to create a sealed architecture for the battery which means it is not customer replaceable. We are working on a factory replacement service, but have no further details to share today.
  • How long can I expect the battery to last when playing/sleep/powered off?
    • From a full charge, you can expect the following from Roam's battery under these conditions:

    • On and in use = 10 hours (temperature and device volume can impact the overall result)
    • On but not in use = 1 day
    • Sleep mode = 10 days
    • Off = 70 days
 
 
 
 
 

I want to ask if this new Sonos Roam can be use with a computer?. I wanted to say if it can be the speaker of my computer?

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I want to ask if this new Sonos Roam can be use with a computer?. I wanted to say if it can be the speaker of my computer?

Thanks in advance for your replay

Yes as a general answer….. but just how good the experience will be is to be seen and will depend of a number of other factors.

 

I tried to use a pair of Sonos One’s as my Mac Mini computer speakers, but the experience was not that great…. but that was an issue with the way the computer worked more than the Sonos speakers.

 

The issues I had were with AirPlay, the Mac only seemed to want to send AirPlay 1 and not AirPlay 2, this resulted in latency when playing any videos.

 

The biggest pain was that the Mac would drop the Airplay selection if not used for a few minutes, so I kept having to manually reconnect to the speakers from the Mac.

 

I also borrowed a HomePod and the issues were exactly the same.

 

I have not tried bluetooth and Move.

 

In the end I decided to move the Sonos Ones to other rooms and bought a Beam in the sales to use as a computer speaker and it works great

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I want to ask if this new Sonos Roam can be use with a computer?. I wanted to say if it can be the speaker of my computer?

Hi @Rigcabl

 

Yes, if your PC has Bluetooth capabilities then you will be able to connect Roam to be used as a speaker. (That’s actually what I’ll be using mine for :wink: )

Hello, 

just a question about the roam as a surround speaker. Because off its size it would be great if this speaker could be used as a surround speaker, maybe even as a ceiling speaker.

Will this be able?

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Hello, 

just a question about the roam as a surround speaker. Because off its size it would be great if this speaker could be used as a surround speaker, maybe even as a ceiling speaker.

Will this be able?

No, it is not able to be used as a surround speaker with Sonos

 

  • Will the Roam be able to perform the rear surround duties in a home theatre room?
    • No. Roam is designed to be used on the go and is unable to be used with the Sub or in Home Theater configurations.

Source:-

 

Hello, 

just a question about the roam as a surround speaker. Because off its size it would be great if this speaker could be used as a surround speaker, maybe even as a ceiling speaker.

Will this be able?

No, it is not able to be used as a surround speaker with Sonos

 

 

Just my opinion, but if the Sonos quality is near Sonos One as Sonos is stating, then it seems like a version of the Roam that isn’t portable, but can be used as surrounds, seems like it would be a popular product. Drop the battery and related portable features, and allow connect in HT setup  The physical size and shape seeems to be rather appealing to many.  Call it the Sonos Point Five.

Is it the form factor that’s appealing, in that case? The price isn’t all that different than a Sonos One SL, after all. 

the main plus as a surround is the size off the speaker.

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Form factor would be one reason, I assume

 

I also like the idea of auto TruePlay for more static rooms, due to changes in the room where you may have more people, open closed curtains (drapes) etc. you wouldn't want to kill the mood by running another TruePlay… asking guests to be quiet whilst you wave your phone like a crazy person.

 

Also would be of benefit to the Android folks who do not have TruePlay.

Hi, will it be possible to use Roam as an external speaker for smart TV (Samsung QE50Q67T)? The TV has BT conectivity (BT 4.2) and in general should support external BT speakers.

 

Thank you

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Can I use this in my Sauna? The move can be used up to 40C degrees, how about this?

I am really excited by the Roam

Main reasons is the handoff to and from existing sonos setup. Sounds like you can pass off anything played on roam to ur whole sonos system so they all play it. And vice versa.

 

Even though i have a sonos setup i was using my phone to a wonderboom 3 speaker for playing stuff off my phone and avoiding the taps to play things through the sonos app.

 

So the roam really solves this for me. And love its portability.

The charger is way overpriced for me. Ill just be getting the Roam.

 

Im guessing the voice assistant works on as needs internet. 

 

But if u were outside can u also have the roam  connected to your phones tethered  connection. So that people can all request songs through the voice assistant on the speaker?

 

Hope there are some nice 3rd party cases that come out to carry it around and for travel etc

 

Is it the form factor that’s appealing, in that case? The price isn’t all that different than a Sonos One SL, after all. 

 

Yes, I think it is.  I imagine Sonos could also drop the price a bit and still have a healthy profit since they are taking away features like they did with the SL.

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Hey everyone, ….w

  • How long can I expect the battery to last when playing/sleep/powered off?
    • From a full charge, you can expect the following from Roam's battery under these conditions:

    • On and in use = 10 hours (temperature and device volume can impact the overall result)
    • On but not in use = 1 day
    • Sleep mode = 10 days
    • Off = 70 days

@James L. , this sounds good.  The ‘Off = 70 days’ especially so.  This suggests it can be fully switched off with confidence and that it should still be OK at least some weeks later.  Can you confirm if the Roam uses a different Power Management ‘routine’ than the Move as the Move is not close to that?  If so, is there a possibilty to apply this to the Move too?

 

Also, can you confirm the Roam connects directly to the WiFi router and onwards into Sonosnet - as opposed to directly into the Sonosnet matrix like other speakers (except Move)?

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Hi, will it be possible to use Roam as an external speaker for smart TV (Samsung QE50Q67T)?

While this should work, and there are customers who have achieved this with their Move, not all TVs transmit via Bluetooth in the same way, so it’s possible there may be some challenges with that sort of setup. 

Can I use this in my Sauna? The move can be used up to 40C degrees, how about this?

Roam has an operating temperature range of 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F) so I’m afraid that’s probably a no-go for a sauna.

Im guessing the voice assistant works on as needs internet. 

But if u were outside can u also have the roam  connected to your phones tethered  connection. So that people can all request songs through the voice assistant on the speaker?

You guess correctly; Roam needs to be connected to WiFi to use voice assistants. Setting Roam up on a mobile hotspot should enable that functionality on the go.

I am really excited by the Roam

Main reasons is the handoff to and from existing sonos setup. Sounds like you can pass off anything played on roam to ur whole sonos system so they all play it. And vice versa.

 

Read this article that James posted above.  When using the speaker swap features, there are limitation.  It appears that you can still group the Roam to your other speakers for any content.  You just can’t swap speakers for any content.

Although I can kind of understand the limitations from a technical point of view, but that makes the speaker swap feature not very useful to me. I can see where this will be useful if you’re playing your Roam in the backyard, in WiFi range, and come into the house wanting the same music playing.  Since I have outdoor speakers, I don’t see myself using this.  The other way I see it used as sort of a remote control to transfer music to a different room without using the app.  Most of the time, I’ll just use the speaker button to add the new room to the group, leaving it playing in the old room.  

 

 

 

Even though i have a sonos setup i was using my phone to a wonderboom 3 speaker for playing stuff off my phone and avoiding the taps to play things through the sonos app.

 

So the roam really solves this for me. And love its portability.

The charger is way overpriced for me. Ill just be getting the Roam.

 

 

I don’t know that this will allow you to BT to the roam, then group with your other Sonos speakers without using the app.  Perhaps you can configure it so BT sources automatically play/group with a different room, similar to what you do with Aux input?

 

 

Im guessing the voice assistant works on as needs internet. 

 

yes

 

 

But if u were outside can u also have the roam  connected to your phones tethered  connection. So that people can all request songs through the voice assistant on the speaker?

Yes, I believe you can already do this with the Move.  I honestly haven’t tried it before.

 

 

 

Hope there are some nice 3rd party cases that come out to carry it around and for travel etc

 

 

One thing I haven’t seen asked yet...can the Roam be used as a speaker phone?  The Move could not, so woudn’t be surprised if that’s the case for the Roam as well.

 

Also, what happens with the Roam is connected via WiFi, playing streaming audio, but also connected via BT to your phone?  If you initiate audio on the phone, or maybe just receive a phone call, will the Roam automatically switch to BT audio, or does it need to manually be done?  If it’s automatic, will that cause you to ‘lose’ your WiFi stream. (I’m guess it’s manual for that reason)

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Can you confirm if the Roam uses a different Power Management ‘routine’ than the Move as the Move is not close to that?  If so, is there a possibilty to apply this to the Move too?

I'm not privy to the exact power management system of Roam so can't comment on how it differs from Move.

Also, can you confirm the Roam connects directly to the WiFi router and onwards into Sonosnet - as opposed to directly into the Sonosnet matrix like other speakers (except Move)?

Yes, Sonos Roam connects directly to your WiFi network and does not connect to Sonosnet, just like Move.

 
 
 
 
 

Hi! 

Do we know if Roam can be used as an external battery to charge a phone (like the Anker SoundCore Boost, for example)?

Thanks!

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One thing I haven’t seen asked yet...can the Roam be used as a speaker phone?  The Move could not, so woudn’t be surprised if that’s the case for the Roam as well.

 

Roam behaves in the same way as Move in this regard; it is not able to be used as a speakerphone.

Also, what happens with the Roam is connected via WiFi, playing streaming audio, but also connected via BT to your phone?  If you initiate audio on the phone, or maybe just receive a phone call, will the Roam automatically switch to BT audio, or does it need to manually be done?  If it’s automatic, will that cause you to ‘lose’ your WiFi stream. (I’m guess it’s manual for that reason)

Roam still has 2 distinct modes - WiFi and Bluetooth - and holding the power button down for 2 seconds lets you switch between them. The LED next to the Sonos logo will show you which mode you’re in (White for WiFi, Blue for Bluetooth). This means that if your Roam is in WiFi mode, it doesn’t establish a Bluetooth connection to your phone, so your music won’t be interrupted by anything happening on your phone. 

Do we know if Roam can be used as an external battery to charge a phone (like the Anker SoundCore Boost, for example)?

Yes, it technically can provide power to an external device, but this is not a supported use-case for Roam nor would we recommend doing so.

What is the version of Bluetooth and Wifi? I prefer to use 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5 with AptX codec. The Move uses Bluetooth 4.2 and Wifi 802.11N. Considering that my phones all support BT 5 and 802.11AX, I don’t want to continue to use legacy wireless indefinitely.

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What is the version of Bluetooth and Wifi? I prefer to use 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5 with AptX codec. The Move uses Bluetooth 4.2 and Wifi 802.11N. Considering that my phones all support BT 5 and 802.11AX, I don’t want to continue to use legacy wireless indefinitely.

The Roam uses Bluetooth 5.0 and connects to WiFi networks with any 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4 or 5 GHz broadcast-capable router.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Also, what happens with the Roam is connected via WiFi, playing streaming audio, but also connected via BT to your phone?  If you initiate audio on the phone, or maybe just receive a phone call, will the Roam automatically switch to BT audio, or does it need to manually be done?  If it’s automatic, will that cause you to ‘lose’ your WiFi stream. (I’m guess it’s manual for that reason)

Roam still has 2 distinct modes - WiFi and Bluetooth - and holding the power button down for 2 seconds lets you switch between them. The LED next to the Sonos logo will show you which mode you’re in (White for WiFi, Blue for Bluetooth). This means that if your Roam is in WiFi mode, it doesn’t establish a Bluetooth connection to your phone, so your music won’t be interrupted by anything happening on your phone. 

 

 

Thanks for the answers James!  So given the information above, what is the procedure sharing an BT audio stream with the rest of your Sonos system?  I’m going to guess that when you put it in BT mode while in WiFi range, you are still connected to the rest of your Sonos system.  So, put it in BT, start streaming to the Roam over BT, then go to the Sonos app and group the Roam with other Sonos rooms?

Feature set seems complete except for one that exists in competitor's products - the ability to group speakers over bluetooth (like PARTYUP on UE products or JBL Connect+). The Roam product page states that grouping can only be accomplished via WiFi. 

I hope that is not a hardware limitation and can possibly be enabled via software at some point. I pre-ordered two Roams and would love to have two or more of these bad boys working in concert wherever I decide to setup camp this summer!

I am not sure what “Create a stereo pair with two matching Sonos speakers” really means. But I think it would be awesome if we could group multiple Sonos Roam speakers over BT. Imagine a bike party with a bunch of people who also have Sonos Roam. I am really curious to know if it is possible to do that.  Pairing multiple Sonos Roam over BT would be pretty sweet.

 

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