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Sonos Move IP56 rating seems incorrect, can anyone clarify?

  • 12 May 2020
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Hi everyone, hoping to double check on the Move’s waterproofing, as Sonos’ description seems absolutely incorrect I’d really appreciate information from someone in the know, thank you in advance. Sonos describes Move as resistant to splashes rain and snow but not able to withstand jets such as a shower. https://support.sonos.com/s/article/3632?language=en_US

However IP56 means exactly this. (The second digit specifies water resistance according to always reliable Wikipedia!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code#Second_digit:_Liquid_ingress_protection

6 Powerful water jets Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm (0.49 in)) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Test duration: 1 minute per square meter for at least 3 minutes

Water volume: 100 liters per minute (0.37 impgal/s) Pressure: 100 kPa (15 psi) at distance of 3 meters (9.8 ft)

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Best answer by Ryan S 13 May 2020, 18:57

 

Hi Dangermouse2, thanks for asking!

 

We fully tested Move and it accurately received the IP56 rating. You can see some of these tests here on the breaking of the Move. While it may be rated to withstand certain things, like water jets, we wouldn't recommend using it in ways where it was forced to endure prolonged exposure. Testing against powerful water jets is peace of mind that if you accidentally spray it with the hose, it will survive, not that the device can live under a waterfall for years and years. 

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Hi Dangermouse2, thanks for asking!

 

We fully tested Move and it accurately received the IP56 rating. You can see some of these tests here on the breaking of the Move. While it may be rated to withstand certain things, like water jets, we wouldn't recommend using it in ways where it was forced to endure prolonged exposure. Testing against powerful water jets is peace of mind that if you accidentally spray it with the hose, it will survive, not that the device can live under a waterfall for years and years. 

Thank you Ryan that’s an excellent reply. A bit like your car might technically be capable of 150 miles per hour but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to push it to the bleeding edge!

I really appreciate your time