Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Sonos announces its first truly portable speaker

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Sonos was essentially the first to bring wireless speakers to market, but when it comes to portable audio, the company is still catching up. A little less than two years ago Sonos introduced its first Bluetooth speaker which offered great sound and was built like a tank, the company is now presenting a more portable option with the Sonos Roam. The new Sonos Roam is much more portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker it’s smaller than a water bottle. Unlike most portable speakers, Sonos said it focused on creating a device that feels like your living room is yet rugged enough to go to the beach or anywhere you take it to. ‘outside. On the other side of its minimalist design, the Sonos Roam is built to an IP67 standard, so you can take it on dusty trails or submerge it in water up to three feet deep.

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Even the triangular shape of the Sonos Roam is designed around both function and form. The design is meant to stand out from other more rectangular or cylindrical Bluetooth speakers. When the speaker is seated horizontally, the sides of the speakers tilt upward slightly to help direct sound toward the user. Despite its small size, the Sonos Roam is packed with all the smart technology of its big brother – plus one additional new feature. Automatic Trueplay allows the speaker to automatically tune to its surroundings by analyzing its sound using spatial awareness. This tiny speaker also contains a new feature called Sound Swap which allows users to move the audio they are playing to the nearest Sonos speaker simply by pressing and holding the play button on the Roam.

The Sonos Roam is designed to last 10 hours of gaming and you can charge it on any wireless charger. The speaker also comes with a Qi magnetic charging pad to make charging as easy as MagSafe with the last iPhone 12 family of phones. The Sonos Roam will be priced at $ 169 and it’s slated for release on April 20.

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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups editor. Follow him on twitter @baggingspam

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