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Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

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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. 

No, headphones cannot currently be connected to the Roam.

But if Sonos is developing a set of headphones like it has been reported, I would imagine Sonos headphones would work seamlessly with Sonos speakers.
https://www.techradar.com/news/sonos-wireless-headphones-what-we-know-about-the-rumored-sony-wh-1000xm4-rivals

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Sorry if this has been asked before.

I understand this is not possible with BT, but can the Roam support a stereo pair with AirPlay 2 outwith wifi?

I understand this is not possible with BT, but can the Roam support a stereo pair with AirPlay 2 outwith wifi?

Airplay 2 requires a WiFi connection so the Roams would need to be connected in WiFi mode for that to work.

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Looking forward to getting my Roam …. would love to see a case for it to keep it safe in my travel bags.

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.

 


What does this mean in practice? Although it connects via Wi-Fi will I be able to group it with the Sonosnet speakers? And transfer music e.g, from speaker in Kitchen which is on Sonosnet to Roam? Thanks.

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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.

 


What does this mean in practice? Although it connects via Wi-Fi will I be able to group it with the Sonosnet speakers? And transfer music e.g, from speaker in Kitchen which is on Sonosnet to Roam? Thanks.

Yes, the Roam will still be able to group with any speakers connected to SonosNet and transfer music.

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Anyone know the life expectancy of the battery? I recall reading somewhere that it wasn't replaceable so would be good to know how long it will last. 

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Ok, so where are we on Roam production?   Are those factories churning them out now?Any chance the Roam shipping date will move up to before April 20th?

Anyone know the life expectancy of the battery? I recall reading somewhere that it wasn't replaceable so would be good to know how long it will last. 

Under decent operating conditions (used within standard operating temperatures and not completely drained every day) it should last a few years before any noticeable degradation in battery life. The battery is not user-serviceable, but we are working on a program to replace batteries at the end of their lifecycle.

Ok, so where are we on Roam production?   Are those factories churning them out now?Any chance the Roam shipping date will move up to before April 20th?

The goal is for customers to receive their Roams on April 20th. I can’t comment on how the production lines are working but if you’ve pre-ordered then there is a good chance you will receive your Roam on or slightly before April 20th (obviously dependent on external factors such as the pandemic and inclement weather).

To be clear, this isn’t a promise that you’ll receive your order on April 20th, since there are factors outside of Sonos’ control, but every effort is being made to ensure we meet those expectations. Our Sales team will be happy to clarify anything about this with you.

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I have 2 questions about the Roam. 

1. Has Sonos said whether the Roam will be equipped with the latest Bluetooth v.5?

As I understand it-  BT v.5 greatly improves the speed of data transfer and range of signal, and can support the high definition audio that we expect from Sonos products. 

It would seem a no-brainer for Sonos to go BT v.5 if only to future proof the product. But the Sonos Move was not equipped with v.5, despite being 3x more expensive and 3x larger than the Roam. 

 

2. How does the sound output compare to other Sonos speakers? 

I really do think the Roam looks like a good product, and I might just get it as a way to dongle BT into my Sonos eco-system.

But I am waffling about pre-ordering.  The speaker has so much more hardware and functionality than the One SL, and yet it selling at a cheaper price point, which has me thinking Sonos is cutting costs on the speakers themselves. 

In my experience, outdoor speakers need to have a lot of resonance in order to penetrate through the white noise of the great outdoors. I have had a couple different outdoor speakers over the years, and can say that only the very loud ones are really worth having. The Roam seems too small to put out a greatsound. 

 

My perception is that the Roam is much more of a “personal” speaker, and not an “outdoor” speaker, per se. So it fits in a different category than the Move, and has a much smaller battery as a result.  Not really designed to function as a “fill the deck/area with sound” kind of thing. 

 

I have 2 questions about the Roam. 

1. Has Sonos said whether the Roam will be equipped with the latest Bluetooth v.5?

As I understand it-  BT v.5 greatly improves the speed of data transfer and range of signal, and can support the high definition audio that we expect from Sonos products. 

It would seem a no-brainer for Sonos to go BT v.5 if only to future proof the product. But the Sonos Move was not equipped with v.5, despite being 3x more expensive and 3x larger than the Roam.

Yes the spec. on the Sonos.com website says it’s Bluetooth is v5

2. How does the sound output compare to other Sonos speakers? 

I really do think the Roam looks like a good product, and I might just get it as a way to dongle BT into my Sonos eco-system.

But I am waffling about pre-ordering.  The speaker has so much more hardware and functionality than the One SL, and yet it selling at a cheaper price point, which has me thinking Sonos is cutting costs on the speakers themselves. 

In my experience, outdoor speakers need to have a lot of resonance in order to penetrate through the white noise of the great outdoors. I have had a couple different outdoor speakers over the years, and can say that only the very loud ones are really worth having. The Roam seems too small to put out a greatsound. 

I haven’t heard the speaker yet (obviously), but I would not expect it to sound as loud as other Sonos products, as the Roam is only 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches in size, but I’m sure it will have a great powerful sound for its size, as that is what Sonos do.

I would personally like to hear two of them ‘stereo paired’, as I think that might give a standalone Sonos One, or Move, a run for its money, but it’s all just guesswork till we get our hands on the device and can compare. 

I have to agree though, the little speaker does seem to have a lot of features for its price-point. I made a list of features collectively being mentioned by the online press and the Sonos.com website:

  • Waterproof (IP67)
  • Auto-Trueplay 
  • Apple Airplay
  • Wireless Audio
  • Sound Swap?
  • Bluetooth v5 (with some sort of pass-through to other Sonos products)
  • Stereo pairing & presumably grouping too.
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Built-in mic with voice assistant services (Alexa/Google)
  • Available in Black/White colours
  • Wireless charging (Qi charger - sold separately)

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

Assuming that the Roam’s WiFi connection is similar/same as the existing Sonos Move - the S2 App with the Move presently allows upto 16 Network SSID’s to be stored for use by those portable devices and as you arrive at a holiday home/country house, for example, the speaker will detect the stored network and connect to it. Then, when you return home, it automatically connects back to the home network. 
 

So without yet having chance to test such things, I would guess ‘yes’ the network switching should (hopefully) be seamless once the SSID/Credentials have been added via the ‘Manage Networks’ option in ‘Settings/System/Network’ in the S2 App… that’s my guess, at least.

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

 

Sonos have confirmed that it will remember 10 WiFi networks, so it should do what you are suggesting as long as they are normal WiFi networks.

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

Assuming that the Roam’s WiFi connection is similar/same as the existing Sonos Move - the S2 App with the Move presently allows upto 16 Network SSID’s to be stored for use by those portable devices and as you arrive at a holiday home/country house, for example, the speaker will detect the stored network and connect to it. Then, when you return home, it automatically connects back to the home network. 
 

So without yet having chance to test such things, I would guess ‘yes’ the network switching should (hopefully) be seamless once the SSID/Credentials have been added via the ‘Manage Networks’ option in ‘Settings/System/Network’ in the S2 App… that’s my guess, at least.

Thank you!

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

 

Sonos have confirmed that it will remember 10 WiFi networks, so it should do what you are suggesting as long as they are normal WiFi networks.

Thank you! I’ll order one right away then ;-)

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if the roam was able to connect seamlessly to different wifi network, that would be registered?

Typically can I bring it to country house and have it connect to its wifi?

Thank you!

 

Sonos have confirmed that it will remember 10 WiFi networks, so it should do what you are suggesting as long as they are normal WiFi networks.

Thank you! I’ll order one right away then ;-)

Sorry, i got it wrong it is 16 networks, not 10. ( @Ken_Griffiths is correct :sunglasses: )

 

 

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Will the Roam battery damage if I’ll leave it constanly (oh well most of the time) plugged into a power outlet between my outdoor adventures?

Will the Roam battery damage if I’ll leave it constanly (oh well most of the time) plugged into a power outlet between my outdoor adventures?

I’m assuming the speaker might perhaps have a lithium-ion battery, if so, then see this link: 

https://batterymanguide.com/is-it-ok-to-leave-a-lithium-ion-battery-on-the-charger/

 

As Sonos has said that it is perfectly acceptable to leave their other battery powered speaker, the Move, on the charger, I would assume that the same would be so with the Roam.

Seems like a promising speaker. Too bad usb-c port is only for power charging and cannot be used to connect to a device like computer, smartphone, ..

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Seems like a promising speaker. Too bad usb-c port is only for power charging and cannot be used to connect to a device like computer, smartphone, ..

Wouldn’t this defeat the purpose of having a wireless Bluetooth speaker?

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Will the Roam battery damage if I’ll leave it constanly (oh well most of the time) plugged into a power outlet between my outdoor adventures?

 

they say that it was designed for this…. See James_L’s post

  

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:

 

 

 

Seems like a promising speaker. Too bad usb-c port is only for power charging and cannot be used to connect to a device like computer, smartphone, ..

Just out of curiosity, what would this allow you to do that you can’t do anyway?

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