Sonos Roam Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa – Black
- Versatile design can be positioned vertically for room-filling sound or horizontally on uneven surface for added stability
- Compact portable speaker creates rich and detailed sound thanks to precision-engineered acoustics
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allows the speaker to seamlessly connect to your home Wi-Fi and pair with your smartphone
- Long-lasting battery offers up 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge
- IP67 rating makes the speaker waterproof and dustproof while silicone end caps provide protection from drops and shocks in transit
- Sleep function saves power when the speaker is not in use and wakes it up in less than a second at the press of a button
- Automatic Trueplay tuning allows the speaker to sound great no matter where it's positioned by optimising the sound for the type of content and the speaker's location
- Compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant means you can use simple voice commands to change volume levels, check the news, control your smart home devices, and more
- Sonos app (S2 only) and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility offer additional ways to control the sound
- Convenient integration with other Sonos speakers allows you to create a whole-home sound system (additional speakers sold separately)
- Charge Roam with the included USB-C cable and any 7.5W (5V/1.5A or 2.1A) or higher USB power adapter (sold separately), or the custom-designed Sonos Wireless Charger (sold separately)
- Tactile buttons reduce the chances of accidental presses and make it a breeze to play, pause, skip, revisit, and adjust the volume
- Ultra-portable design weighs less than a pound for ultimate portability
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Of the 2978 reviewers who responded, 2258 would recommend this product.
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- Great sound for the size- April 22, 2021
First day playing different songs and styles. For the size, the sound is awesome! All the reviews from various tech sites were pretty spot on. I'm amazed how good this sounds. Set up was super easy like any other Sonos speaker. If you already have a Sonos speaker, this is a no brainer. I've included some pictures to provide size scale against an Arc, Beam, Move, Ikea Symfonisk lamp, Sony SRS-XB32, and Starbucks Venti cup.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Worth The Money- April 23, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Small speakers like this are a dime a doozen, but what makes this one stand apart from the rest, is it's wifi capability to connect to just about any streaming service you happen to subscribe to and then allow you to command it with voice activation, to play what you want. from where you want. Using your Google assistant or Siri, you can basically talk to your Sonos Roam and treat like ( just about every other smart speaker in your home) with the added bonus of it using all of your streaming choices. There's even a SONOS station to chose from & the option for bluetooth connectivity, so you can play music straight from your phone. I can say, right off the bat, it is water resistent. I dunked this baby in a big bowl of water, while playing music at the time, and it continued to play on. The sound is decent, for its size and it also links to any other SONOS speaker you may have around the house to make your flat thump. Truth though, if you already have one of the larger, more powerful speakers, there's really no reason to get this one. Again, the sound quality isn't bad, but it's also not great. It will, however, do it's best to adapt to the environment to push out te best sound it can, for that space. And that's fine for small spaces, but nothing any other much more affordable, bluetooth speaker can't do. The color options are a greyish/black & a I will be dingy really quickly, white. The battery life is, for lack of pulling punches, all out trash and it can only be charged using approved chargers, so keep your puppies away from this thing. I wanted to see something different with speaker, but all I got was a mediocre smart speaker that costs way too much. I can't recommend this to anyone. There are just far too many, much better, options available.No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
- Balanced sound, small package- April 23, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Pros Well balanced sound for the size Surprising bass for the size Trueplay works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Waterproof Clickable buttons work even when wet Charges with USB-C Charges wirelessly Sound swap makes transitioning quick Can be paired for stereo sound on Wi-Fi Auto switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Works with Google Assistant and Alexa Cons Auto switching didn’t switch within the app App kept prompting to go through tutorial Google Assistant took several attempts to pair No carrying bag or pouch included Portable speakers have been around for a long time but, until recently, Sonos had no fully portable option. The Move offered great sound and battery life but wasn’t practical to toss in a bag and go. If you are invested in the Sonos ecosystem and have been wanting a truly portable speaker, just save the time reading. The Roam looks, feels, sounds, and operates just the same as the rest of your Sonos equipment. No surprises here and it will suit you well. If you are more open to other options in the market, then hopefully you will find the rest useful. Design The style is understated. No odd protrusions, stylized panels, or flashing lights. It’s just a simple, matte black triangle with rounded corners. The only color besides matte black is the white Sonos logo. The power button and charging port are located on the corner opposite the speaker grill. There are four rubberized feet that allow you to place it flat and also the ends are rubberized allowing it to stand vertically. The Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume Down, and Microphone mute button are all on the end of the speaker. Included in the box is a usb-c cable but no charging block. Wireless charging is built in. You can use any Qi compatible charger or purchase the custom designed magnetic wireless charger. It would have been amazing if Sonos just included the wireless charger similar to how they include the charging ring with the Move. A carrying case would also be a good addition. Setup and Performance Setup was different than other Sonos products. When you add it to your account you just have to tap the back of the speaker and it will pair automatically. There is also a Product Tour included in the app, but for some reason it didn’t show up until the speaker was in Bluetooth mode and it was tapped on. Running through the product tour and tapping done also doesn’t prevent it from coming back up which is odd. You can configure Google Assistant or Alexa but the setup was a bit finicky. While trying to configure Google Assistant an unknown error occurred several times before it worked. The error occurred when it switched to Google Assistant so this may not even be related to Sonos and eventually it started working. Of course, being a Sonos product, it can be included in speaker groups with other Sonos speakers with one caveat. The speakers must be visible in the new S2 app. It will not work with speakers in the S1 app. A handy addition is called Sound Swap where if you press and hold the play button while near another S2 speaker the other speakers will play an inaudible high frequency sound. Based on which sound is loudest it will switch to the audio to that speaker without any need for opening the app. There is also a feature in which it passes the audio to the entire group, so it takes some practice to make sure you press the button the correct way for what you want to happen. Once you get it down, it becomes a handy feature. Once you have everything set up and start to hear it is where it surprises you. You do have to keep expectations in check with such a small driver, but it did have a surprising amount of bass for its size. While there are other portable speakers that are larger and have more bass, the Roam seems more balanced. The size does favor more acoustic and vocal music, but it still does a reasonable job with electronic music and bass heavy tracks. It can produce rumbling or droning bass but if what you listen to has more dynamic bass, this speaker can’t work miracles. Hard thumping bass needs a big speaker. That said, you can improve range by placing it on a bookshelf or other surface where it can resonate. If you really wanted to, you could pair two in a stereo pair but the use cases are limited. First, it only works on Wi-Fi. Second, if you can only use stereo on Wi-Fi then it is worth considering a pair of Sonos One speakers as they barely cost any more and their sound presence is much larger. Like the Move, the Roam has Trueplay where it can adjust based on where the speaker is placed. Unlike previous versions, it is said to work in both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mode. It doesn’t work miracles but there was a subtle difference where when it was moved into a bathroom that echoed it was able to prevent the music from echoing. Unlike the Move, the Roam can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without user interaction. This is a nice touch although in use it did have an issue. While the speaker switched to Bluetooth automatically, the app did not and required manually switching from the Sonos S2 app to YouTube Music and back again as the speaker transitioned between connections. When out of Wi-Fi range the S2 app would go blank and say it couldn’t connect to Wi-Fi. Videos show the S2 app switching automatically and showing a large Bluetooth icon so hopefully it’s just an app update in the works that will improve this. That said, it’s not a huge problem to switch music apps for now. Battery life so far has been good. On standby it last for the better part of a day. If you need to preserve the battery or are going to be carrying it in a bag you have to remember to long press the power button for at least 5 seconds to fully turn it off. It feels very sturdy so hopefully it will survive any accidental drops. The IP67 waterproof is definitely welcome in such a portable speaker. You can literally put it into water and so long as it can still get a wireless signal it will continue to play. A fun party trick is to either partially or mostly submerge the main driver in the water. Depending on how submerged it is the water will either dance to the music or spray out. It will sound a little muffled at first until the water is driven back out when you play music as you take it out of the water. Final Thoughts If you are a Sonos fan in the market for a small portable speaker, you have likely already made the decision. For anyone else, you mainly miss out on sound swap but all the features are still there in what is a very competitive speaker. If you are in the market for a small portable speaker and value balance sound over excessive bass or gimmicky features, the Sonos Roam is worth a look.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small but mighty- April 25, 2021
This is the latest addition to our Sonos arsenal and hangs in with its bigger counterparts. Last picture is with a Play:5 (2nd gen) for scale. Integrated seamlessly with our system using the S2 app. Will travel with me when needed. Very pleased with the sound quality for the size.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing sound for its size but battery takes a hit- April 23, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] First and foremost I have several Sonos products and I enjoy the Sonos ecosystem. Great products overall and tailored to the higher end market. This Sonos roam speaker is both airplay 2 and Bluetooth compatible. So while it’s meant for the Sonos ecosystem. Don’t hesitate to pick this little gem up. And I’ll tell you why. Set up was easy using the Sonos app. Simply turn on set to WiFi the app will locate the roam and you pair with the nfc on the back of your phone(I have iPhone). It will ask you to select trueplay tuning(I like it) and you have to also choose between google assistant or Amazon Alexa. I chose Alexa as I have prime and she is more useful to me. Tho the choice is yours. As far as sound goes, for the size of this relatively small speaker. The sound truly is amazing. Room filling. I’d like to say I don’t know how Sonos did it. But I do know. They are a higher end brand that their sound is on a different level and this speaker is absolutely no exception. Deep rich vocals, nice bass and easy on the ears highs. We were surprised at how much volume you get out of the roam. You can also run straight through Bluetooth if you like as I have connected this to my gaming PC. Bluetooth works well no issues there. Still great sound. Range is great as well. I haven’t taken this outside due to kinda being under the weather. But I plan on taking this on our family park trip this weekend. Sturdy build quality. Alexa works great. The built in mics pick up my voice better than some other Alexa devices. It’s well built for sure. Nice little heft to it. Design is simple but nice over all. I most likely will get another one to pair and mesh together if possible. For the price (cheaper than others) and well worth it for the sound quality. I’d say Sonos has a winner on there hands. Only issue I saw was that the battery doesn’t last as long as I hoped Or as long as I expected. But being that this is so small I can Understand it. That’s why I didn’t take a star off. Plus it has a type C connector so it charges fast. So in the end it balances out! If you want something small and with great sound at a very reasonable price point, i highly recommend this. Both for home and the outdoors.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.