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Still no stereo pair for Sonos Roam via Bluetooth?

  • 27 February 2023
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Just got a second Roam to use as a stereo pair when not at home, looks like for whatever screwed up reason this is not implemented (yet?), any chance it will be added soon?

 

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Best answer by melvimbe 27 February 2023, 14:26

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It’s rare for Sonos to announce feature enhancements in advance and there are no rumors of stereo bluetooth soon or at anytime.  It’s not known (to me anyway) whether the Roam even has the hardware needed for stereo bluetooth.

It’s rare for Sonos to announce feature enhancements in advance and there are no rumors of stereo bluetooth soon or at anytime.  It’s not known (to me anyway) whether the Roam even has the hardware needed for stereo bluetooth.

My biggest complain is not even that is is not supported (although it is a problem indeed), but that this KNOWN limitation is not mentioned anywhere on the product page and customers like myself learn about it only after the purchase

It’s rare for Sonos to announce feature enhancements in advance and there are no rumors of stereo bluetooth soon or at anytime.  It’s not known (to me anyway) whether the Roam even has the hardware needed for stereo bluetooth.

My biggest complain is not even that is is not supported (although it is a problem indeed), but that this KNOWN limitation is not mentioned anywhere on the product page and customers like myself learn about it only after the purchase

 

But that’s not what you talked about in your original post.

From the product page under the FAQ section:

 

Clearly conditioned that stereo pairing was available when on WiFi.  Could they have more explicated stated that  pairing doesn’t work on bluetooth?  Sure.  I don’t put too much blame on marketing departments for not highlighting all the things the product doesn’t do. I don’t put too much blame on consumers making assumptions either, or using the return policy when the device doesn’t do what they need it to.

You can actually do this since update 14.16 https://support.sonos.com/en/article/release-notes-for-sonos-s2

14.16

Release date: 9/20/2022

 

In this update:

  • When connected to WiFi, Roam and Roam SL stereo pairs can now play stereo audio from Bluetooth sources. These stereo pairs will no longer separate when switching to Bluetooth mode.
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You can actually do this since update 14.16 https://support.sonos.com/en/article/release-notes-for-sonos-s2

 

What is the latency when one does that?  The standard BT latency of 20-40ms or is it 75ms minimum since it goes through the Sonos sync process?

You can actually do this since update 14.16 https://support.sonos.com/en/article/release-notes-for-sonos-s2

14.16

Release date: 9/20/2022

 

In this update:

  • When connected to WiFi, Roam and Roam SL stereo pairs can now play stereo audio from Bluetooth sources. These stereo pairs will no longer separate when switching to Bluetooth mode.

It only means stereo pair will re-establish itself once you are back on WiFi (which makes it just a simple bug fix) 

Bluetooth stereo still doesn’t work outside of home WiFi 

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