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Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

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One more question ... the spec says that the Roam works from
41 ° F to 95 ° F (5 ° C to 35 ° C)... is that a mistake or what should it look like in summer / winter? Are these temperatures reached quickly today?

 

I’ve seen it said a couple times by Sonos, so I don’t think it’s a mistake.  It is actually pretty similar to the Move as well.  As far as whether that range is acceptable, it obviously depends on where you live.  Where I’m at in Texas, we can get over 95 F pretty frequently in the summer, so it could be a problem, or at least I would need to try in place it in a shaded area.

I see little benefit by having 802.11ac since compressed audio streaming doesn’t utilize much bandwidth, but in the future the network hardware will be crucial to new features, glad to see Sonos forced to make the move, as many other speaker manufacturers have already specified 802.11ac since 2019.

will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

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will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

No, they cannot be used as surrounds in a Sonos system

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Does Roam work with Sonos S1?

comedy question award..yeah we’ll encourage you to keep on your old s/ware while bringing out a new component.. said no vendor ever..

 

will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

No, they cannot be used as surrounds in a Sonos system

will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

No, they cannot be used as surrounds in a Sonos system

where did you gather this info from as i cant seem to find anywher on sonos blurb

 

 

will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

No, they cannot be used as surrounds in a Sonos system

will the Roam sync with beam and movefor tv surround???

No, they cannot be used as surrounds in a Sonos system

where did you gather this info from as i cant seem to find anywher on sonos blurb

 

 

Post by Sonos staffer @James L. on p3 of this current thread. 

 

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@All-Ears It is also mentioned under the FAQ on the Roam product page:

 

Can I create a stereo pair with two Roams?

Yes. When you are on WiFi, you can use the Sonos app to create a stereo pair with two matching speakers and enjoy stereo separation and a wider soundstage for listening to music and other audio. A Roam stereo pair will not work as surround speakers in your Sonos home theater system.

https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/roam.html

Sounds interesting; presumably it can left always on charge when used in the home, leaving the battery fully charged for taking away at short notice whenever needed?

It would be interesting to see a listening test of a stereo pair properly set up and with true play done, to see if these can work as the prime system in the home. With the Sub added - and assuming that the Sub bonds to the pair.  And I assume that stereo pairing will automatically happen if a unit is returned to its place in the home after portable use.

If it sounds any where close to a play 1 pair, this is a nice addition that eliminates the need for another make portable for travel needs.

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If you stereo pair them I guess it wont be as portable anymore, at least not over wifi. As one is moved from its place the pair needs to be manually unpaired.

Yes, but it should be that any one from the pair can be taken away for portable/on the road use when needed, and when replaced it ought to revert to being part of the stereo pair. Lot more convenient that way for double use.

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I have preordered mine😀

Will Sonos bring the great Sonos Radio service to the Sonos Roam speaker Ussing bluetooth when away from home?

This would also be fantastisk to give Sonos costumers support for Android Auto with Sonos Radio in the Sonos controller app - and even better with all the same services that we have at home in one Sonos experience.

Will Roam connect to more than one WiFi (remember several SSIDs)?

Why would you use Bluetooth if you were inside with availability of WiFi? I don't really get it, I guess this finally allows you to stream YouTube via sonos.

beneficial if you have friends around who are not on your network. (I.e all visitors using a guest network in my place). So they can connect to the speaker via Bluetooth and can stream music. Other example would be that they are on your network but don’t have the Sonos app installed and not owning and iOS device to use airplay. 

I have preordered mine😀

Will Sonos bring the great Sonos Radio service to the Sonos Roam speaker Ussing bluetooth when away from home?

This would also be fantastisk to give Sonos costumers support for Android Auto with Sonos Radio in the Sonos controller app - and even better with all the same services that we have at home in one Sonos experience.

Will Roam connect to more than one WiFi (remember several SSIDs)?

I would love to use sonos radio on the go!

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I pre-ordered one,in Black yesterday….Currently,I have a pair of Play 5’s(gen 2) coupled with the sub and the sound is wildly good.I am hopeful that adding the Roam,behind the listening position will enhance the rear ambience effect.

I don’t want a pair,but if the dispersion is good and it is about 6-8 feet behind my seat,it should be quite interesting to hear it’s effects on music, like Peter Gabriel’s Biko and In Your Eyes(from the live performances...very dynamic stuff)…..Looking for some additional imersiveness,not that it’s not quite satisfactory already….Pumped-:)

Will Roam connect to more than one WiFi (remember several SSIDs)?

Yes, Roam (and all other Sonos S2 compatible products) can remember up to 16 SSIDs.

Sounds interesting; presumably it can left always on charge when used in the home, leaving the battery fully charged for taking away at short notice whenever needed?

Yes, that’s exactly how it’s designed :slight_smile:

It would be interesting to see a listening test of a stereo pair properly set up and with true play done, to see if these can work as the prime system in the home. With the Sub added - and assuming that the Sub bonds to the pair.

Roam does not bond to a Sub - either on its own or in a stereo pair.

 
 
 
 
 
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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!

  • 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
 
 
 
 
 


Hi James, are you able to explain the difference between ‘sleep mode’ and “on but not in use”? 

I understand Roam automatically falls into sleep mode, so what situation would keep the speaker awake when not in use?

 

Thanks

Dave

 

Roam does not bond to a Sub - either on its own or in a stereo pair.

 

That is a pity; I suspect that if it did, the outcome would be as good as many budget stereo set ups, with the added flexibility of roaming. 

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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!

  • 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
 
 
 
 
 


Hi James, are you able to explain the difference between ‘sleep mode’ and “on but not in use”? 

I understand Roam automatically falls into sleep mode, so what situation would keep the speaker awake when not in use?

 

Thanks

Dave

Good question. I’d like to know this as well.  James?


Hi James, are you able to explain the difference between ‘sleep mode’ and “on but not in use”? 

I understand Roam automatically falls into sleep mode, so what situation would keep the speaker awake when not in use?

Good question. I’d like to know this as well.  James?

Apologies for the delay! When the Sonos Roam is in Bluetooth mode and connected to a device it will not go into automatic sleep mode. It will, however, go into sleep mode when in WiFi mode and left to idle for a few minutes. So “On but not in use” would relate to a situation where the Roam is connected via Bluetooth to a device but not playing any audio.

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Great to know, thanks for the response James. Very excited to receive my preorder.

Can I group the Roam with 2 speakers connected to Amp?  I have two outdoor wall-mounted speakers connected to Amp in my garden and am trying to understand if I can have a Roam (or two) to boost the sound in the garden (assuming they’re within wifi range).  Would a pair match the L-R sound of the wall-mounted speakers?

 

Can the Roam be set-up in the same ‘room’ as the Amp or has to be grouped to it as a different room?

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@Blindside The Roam will be set up in a different “room” as the Amp, but they can all be grouped together to play the same music.

Yes, a stereo pair of Roams would match the L/R sound of the wall-mounted speakers connected to the Amp.

And in the S2 app, you can save a group that includes the Amp and Roams so you don’t have to manually group them every time you use them together.

Does ROAM have an earplug or method to attach headphones? if not, don’t wait another day to get us a method to add earplugs or headphones to SONOS, please. 

Thanks @GuitarSuperstar 

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