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Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker

Meet Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker
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We’re happy to introduce you all to Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker built to deliver great sound at home and on any adventure. Fully connected to your Sonos system on WiFi at home and automatically switching to Bluetooth when you’re on the go, Roam’s powerful, adaptable sound defies expectations for a speaker of its size. Effortless set-up and control and new smart features make it easier than ever to enjoy music and more from anywhere. Weighing less than a pound (450g), Roam’s elegant yet durable design is perfect for your home, the backyard, and wherever you go.

Get to know Sonos Roam

A simultaneous connection to both WiFi and Bluetooth makes streaming wherever you are seamless. When you’re listening at home Roam connects to your system and streams on WiFi, and when you leave it intuitively switches to Bluetooth and automatically re-pairs with your mobile device.

With an all-new feature called Sound Swap, you can hold the play/pause button on the speaker to switch the music to the nearest speaker on your system, making it easy to move music from room-to-room.

Sonos Roam (left) and Sonos Move (right)

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. Roam works with more than 100 streaming services, including Sonos Radio, and is easily controlled with the Sonos app, your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, or directly from your favorite music service app.

Roam was created to deliver an incredible sound experience no matter where you are. Like all Sonos products, Roam was tuned by industry leaders across music and film to ensure the speaker reproduces content exactly how the creator intended. A carefully designed acoustic architecture delivers rich, detailed sound with the clarity, depth, and fullness you’d expect from a larger speaker.

Automatic Trueplay is now available when streaming via Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi, and means Roam is always tuned for the best listening experience in any environment.

Available in shadow black or lunar white, Roam’s tactile triangular shape and soft profile is comfortable to pick up and looks great inside the home. Combining elegance and durability, Roam is dust proof and fully waterproof with a rigorously tested IP67 rating, and features silicone end caps and physical buttons to protect against drops or bumps.

Roam is ready for any adventure with up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and up to 10 days of battery life when not in use.

To recharge, Roam connects to a custom magnetic wireless charger from Sonos sold separately, any Qi wireless charger, or with the USB-C cable included in the box.

 

Sonos Roam

Roam’s compact size will fit into any bag or the smallest corner of your living space. Listeners can place Roam vertically for a smaller footprint or horizontally to provide added stability on uneven surfaces outdoors. Even the packaging leaves a light footprint, with a structure that is made of 100% sustainably-sourced paper, minimizes the use of inks, and includes no single-use plastics. 

Roam is available starting April 20 for $169, €179, £159, NOK1799, SEK1999, DKK1349. You can pre-order today on sonos.com.


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After only 4 months my Sonos Roam has completely stopped working, it won’t even turn on. I’ve contacted technical support who say its faulty and that they will arrange a return and for a replacement to be sent out. That was 2 weeks ago and still nothing, not even received my returns label, which was promised within the next business day. I have contacted them numerous times, through chat and by phone, but still nothing. They promise to get back to me with an update but then I never hear back from them. 

The experience I’ve had with this Sonos Roam and with Sonos customer service has been appalling, I will never, ever buy anything from Sonos again.

We’re happy to introduce you all to Sonos Roam, the ultra-portable smart speaker built to deliver great sound at home and on any adventure. Fully connected to your Sonos system on WiFi at home and automatically switching to Bluetooth when you’re on the go, Roam’s powerful, adaptable sound defies expectations for a speaker of its size. Effortless set-up and control and new smart features make it easier than ever to enjoy music and more from anywhere. Weighing less than a pound (450g), Roam’s elegant yet durable design is perfect for your home, the backyard, and wherever you go.

Get to know Sonos Roam

A simultaneous connection to both WiFi and Bluetooth makes streaming wherever you are seamless. When you’re listening at home Roam connects to your system and streams on WiFi, and when you leave it intuitively switches to Bluetooth and automatically re-pairs with your mobile device.

With an all-new feature called Sound Swap, you can hold the play/pause button on the speaker to switch the music to the nearest speaker on your system, making it easy to move music from room-to-room.

Sonos Roam (left) and Sonos Move (right)

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. Roam works with more than 100 streaming services, including Sonos Radio, and is easily controlled with the Sonos app, your voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2, or directly from your favorite music service app.

Roam was created to deliver an incredible sound experience no matter where you are. Like all Sonos products, Roam was tuned by industry leaders across music and film to ensure the speaker reproduces content exactly how the creator intended. A carefully designed acoustic architecture delivers rich, detailed sound with the clarity, depth, and fullness you’d expect from a larger speaker.

Automatic Trueplay is now available when streaming via Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi, and means Roam is always tuned for the best listening experience in any environment.

Available in shadow black or lunar white, Roam’s tactile triangular shape and soft profile is comfortable to pick up and looks great inside the home. Combining elegance and durability, Roam is dust proof and fully waterproof with a rigorously tested IP67 rating, and features silicone end caps and physical buttons to protect against drops or bumps.

Roam is ready for any adventure with up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and up to 10 days of battery life when not in use.

To recharge, Roam connects to a custom magnetic wireless charger from Sonos sold separately, any Qi wireless charger, or with the USB-C cable included in the box.

 

Sonos Roam

Roam’s compact size will fit into any bag or the smallest corner of your living space. Listeners can place Roam vertically for a smaller footprint or horizontally to provide added stability on uneven surfaces outdoors. Even the packaging leaves a light footprint, with a structure that is made of 100% sustainably-sourced paper, minimizes the use of inks, and includes no single-use plastics. 

Roam is available starting April 20 for $169, €179, £159, NOK1799, SEK1999, DKK1349. You can pre-order today on sonos.com.

Buyers beware: cannot setup without being on your home wifi network, even after setup on your home Sonos wifi network, remote usage away from home is terrible.  You can no longer use the Sonos app and the Bluetooth is horrendously spotty.  My I do usual apps can never locate or connect to it.  If your intent is to ONLY use it at home, it might be ok.  If this is intended to be your regular “roaming” speaker away from home, look elsewhere.  You are in for a world of frustration and let down

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I purchased on Sonos website ordered in White.

I just purchased the Roam unfortunately its on Backorder, how long until it arrives?

 

 

Did you buy from Sonos.com or elsewhere?  Black or white?

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I just purchased the Roam unfortunately its on Backorder, how long until it arrives?

 

Hi there,

How come you can't use the Google assistant when you're away from your wi-fi and only connected through the Bluetooth on your phone?

 

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.

I think you answered your own question. 😂 

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Once you get used to it,the speaker is a little tour de force.

You may not have noticed, but the Roam is not just a Bluetooth speaker. That is merely a secondary part of its features. It is also part of the Sonos ecosystem, and integrates with all of the opportunities included with that. 

If you need just a Bluetooth speaker, you may want to look elsewhere, if you want a speaker that has many available options, the Sonos Roam is an ideal choice.

What is the worst bluetooth speaker money can buy and why is it Roam?

4 calls to support and the thing won’t hold a charge to play more than an hour. 
after 3 months the thing has spent more time on the charger than playing music.  
Love my Move, Sonos lost me with the Roam

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Can the Roam join a wifi network that has a login page, like in a hotel?  This would make it the ultimate travel speaker.

I very much doubt it has that capability of dealing with hotel logins, but also that type of network usually separates all the clients from each other, so your phone would not be able to see the Roam.

 

You can get travel routers that create a shared network that you could use…. The router deals with the hotel login and shares out its own WiFi network for you to use. The hotel network only sees the one device connected and all your devices sit behind it.

Can the Roam join a wifi network that has a login page, like in a hotel?  This would make it the ultimate travel speaker.

I very much doubt it has that capability of dealing with hotel logins, but also that type of network usually separates all the clients from each other, so your phone would not be able to see the Roam.

 

You can get travel routers that create a shared network that you could use…. The router deals with the hotel login and shares out its own WiFi network for you to use. The hotel network only sees the one device connected and all your devices sit behind it.

 

They can be a little finicky to be honest and you could end up spending a fair amount of time getting it to work…. So it depends how long you are at the hotel.

 

would be easier to just use Bluetooth in that situation, to be honest.

 

I just quickly and easily connected my Roam to a guest network.

It will depend of the “guest” network and it’s restrictions such as captive portal, client isolation etc.

 

if it works, great….. but I think it will be the case that most will not work 

Can the Roam join a wifi network that has a login page, like in a hotel?  This would make it the ultimate travel speaker.

I very much doubt it has that capability of dealing with hotel logins, but also that type of network usually separates all the clients from each other, so your phone would not be able to see the Roam.

 

You can get travel routers that create a shared network that you could use…. The router deals with the hotel login and shares out its own WiFi network for you to use. The hotel network only sees the one device connected and all your devices sit behind it.

Can the Roam join a wifi network that has a login page, like in a hotel?  This would make it the ultimate travel speaker.

I very much doubt it has that capability of dealing with hotel logins, but also that type of network usually separates all the clients from each other, so your phone would not be able to see the Roam.

 

You can get travel routers that create a shared network that you could use…. The router deals with the hotel login and shares out its own WiFi network for you to use. The hotel network only sees the one device connected and all your devices sit behind it.

 

They can be a little finicky to be honest and you could end up spending a fair amount of time getting it to work…. So it depends how long you are at the hotel.

 

would be easier to just use Bluetooth in that situation, to be honest.

 

I just quickly and easily connected my Roam to a guest network.

Is there anyway to actually turn it off? I don’t mean Power Off as this just seems to hibernate it until you open the Sonos app.

As said Ken, the guide explains that you have to keep the button power pressed until the speakers shuts down to make it off. If you just press the button power once, it will just be in sleep mode.

Is there anyway to actually turn it off? I don’t mean Power Off as this just seems to hibernate it until you open the Sonos app.

At the moment my portable speaker has to be kept charging otherwise when I want to use it it’s run out of power because it wakes from it’s sleep state every time you open the app.

This is no good if you only want to use the speaker once or twice a week, am I missing something or is this a terrible bit of design that needs a firmware update?

Perhaps see the Roam’s Product tour in the Sonos App, it explains the difference between both ‘sleep’ and ‘power off’ modes and how to implement either state using its rear power button.

Is there anyway to actually turn it off? I don’t mean Power Off as this just seems to hibernate it until you open the Sonos app.

At the moment my portable speaker has to be kept charging otherwise when I want to use it it’s run out of power because it wakes from it’s sleep state every time you open the app.

This is no good if you only want to use the speaker once or twice a week, am I missing something or is this a terrible bit of design that needs a firmware update?

Bonjour, Je viens juste d’acheter une paire de Sonos Roam. Pour leur taille très compacte, le son est vraiment bon, et permet de diffuser sur le système installé via bluetooth, ce qui est une bonne chose.

 

L’autonomie (9h) est un peu juste, certains concurrents font mieux. Mais le gros point noir est l’impossibilité de diffuser le son en bluetooth sur 2 Sonos Roam (et pas de possibilité non plus d’appairer 2 Sonos Roam en stéréo via bluetooth!). Cela est vraiment dommage, car la majorité des enceintes nomade bluetooth (Sony, Anker, Bose etc) permettent d’appairer 2 enceintes en bluetooth pour bénéficier de la stéréo. J’espère que cela sera amélioré par une mise à jour !

 

 

Hi ! I just bought 2 Sonos Roam. For their very little size, the sound is amazing. You can play your music via bluetooth on your home based system. 

Battery only allow 9h of use, this is quite less than some other similar products. But the big lack is that you cannot pair 2 Roams via bluetooth for stereo. You cannot even not play music via bluetooth on 2 Roams 😞 This Is soooo bad ! Almost all competing nomadic speakers (Sony, Anker, Bose, etc) even less expensive offer this feature! Hope this will be implemented with a future update!

I pair Roam with One SL in my pool area directly across from each other and i find the sound quality and power to be equal (at levels 30-60%, as to not tick off my neighbours). The test was to close my eyes and turn multiple times and try to decipher which was which. I couldn’t!  

 

In Sonos parlance, that is ‘grouping’.  Meaning you are grouping two rooms to play in sync.  ‘Pairing’ is when you semi-permanently link two like models together in a stereo pair, so one plays the left channel and the other the right channel of a stereo signal.  Then there is ‘bonding’  which is used to add a Sub or surrounds to a room.

 

To add to this, the main difference between a One SL and Roam would be at the lower bass frequencies.  Those are omnidirectional, meaning you aren’t going to easily tell where the source of the sound is coming from.  If you did a test where you played the Roam and then played the One SL separately, you likely would notice the missing bass when playing the Roam alone.

I pair Roam with One SL in my pool area directly across from each other and i find the sound quality and power to be equal (at levels 30-60%, as to not tick off my neighbours). The test was to close my eyes and turn multiple times and try to decipher which was which. I couldn’t!  

 

In Sonos parlance, that is ‘grouping’.  Meaning you are grouping two rooms to play in sync.  ‘Pairing’ is when you semi-permanently link two like models together in a stereo pair, so one plays the left channel and the other the right channel of a stereo signal.  Then there is ‘bonding’  which is used to add a Sub or surrounds to a room.

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Impressive!

How’s its power compared to a One/SL/Play1? And its sound?

Does it work with any Qi charger?

I pair Roam with One SL in my pool area directly across from each other and i find the sound quality and power to be equal (at levels 30-60%, as to not tick off my neighbours). The test was to close my eyes and turn multiple times and try to decipher which was which. I couldn’t!  

Can the Roam be paired to another BT speaker? 

 

No.  It can paired with another Roam while in ‘WiFi mode’, but not while using bluetooth.

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Can the Roam be paired to another BT speaker? 

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Hi @stevepow, thanks for reaching out to the Sonos Community!

I took a quick look at your account, and it looks like the Playbase, as well as the rest of the S1 system, are still running the S1 software - it sounds like the S2 app was just unable to find the Roam at the time, and it certainly shouldn’t have updated your S1 system without being told to.

I’d recommend getting in touch with our Support Team via live chat or phone call so they can take a closer look, and go through some live troubleshooting with you :)
 

Yes, they are all running S1 now as I had to reset every S1/S2 component to get them back - climbing up ladders several times (reset, then setup, then pair - up and down to do all that on 3 systems).  But yes, it is all back now.  I did most resets last night, all except a Play:3 that was in our bedroom up high.  I agree that the S2 shouldn’t hijack my S1/S2 components, but in “finding my system”, that is what it did and there was no way to get it back right without doing a reset on each component that was showing an “incompatible” error in the S1 app - the app wouldn’t function with those devices showing an error.  Still no idea why the S2 app suddenly couldn’t not see the Roam.  On Windows, I had to reset that app and create a new system to get it back.  We’ve had this system for 10 years, gradually expanding it, and this was the first time anything like this has happened. Of course, it is also the first time we ever tried out any S2 stuff.

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Please support two Roams over Bluetooth, like competitors do!


I’m an audiophile. I have iterated five time on my home theater setup, and avoided Sonos until they released the Sonos Arc. Since then, I’ve transitioned almost completely to Sonos, with the Arc in the living room, a beam for the master bedroom, three Amps powering Bowers and Wilkins surround sound speakers in different rooms, and a Port for when anyone wants to perform.

The Roam was a device I was excited for and waiting for. The Move is heavy and hard to transport, as wonderful as it sounds. I therefore ordered two. 

Given it’s 2021, I assumed I could use two together over Bluetooth, like almost any other competitor’s device. After configuring, the user interface changed. It was easy to connect both, and they both showed in the app.

But I can’t play with two Sonos Roams together!

I understand that you must be prioritizing features that work well before launch, but given the competitive landscape, I do think this is a table-stakes feature for a mid to high range priced device.

If it’s close to completion, please let us know when it will be released. I am close to returning both of them at this point, as I could instead purchase a competitor device that released this feature years ago.

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Hi @stevepow, thanks for reaching out to the Sonos Community!

I took a quick look at your account, and it looks like the Playbase, as well as the rest of the S1 system, are still running the S1 software - it sounds like the S2 app was just unable to find the Roam at the time, and it certainly shouldn’t have updated your S1 system without being told to.

I’d recommend getting in touch with our Support Team via live chat or phone call so they can take a closer look, and go through some live troubleshooting with you :)

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