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Sonos announces the Sonos Move at IFA Berlin 2019: A portable speaker with Bluetooth and automatic acoustic tuning

Sonos Move speaker
(Image credit: Sonos)

The Sonos Move, announced today at IFA Berlin, will feature WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, plus built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa commands. Automatic ‘Trueplay’ tech will enable it to tailor its sound to its surrounding, as you move it around the home and beyond. 

Battery-powered, water-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled and optimized for outdoor listening, the Move is a portable speaker in the truest sense.

“For the first time, you can take Sonos anywhere,” says Sonos CEO, Patrick Spence.

“Move marks the beginning of a new era for Sonos – one where brilliant sound not only fills your home, but extends to every part of your day.”

The Move goes on sale September 24, and is set to retail at $399.

Other key features of the Sonos Move include: 

  • Compatibility with the Sonos multi-speaker platform, app and media ecosystem
  • A recessed carry-handle at the rear of the speaker
  • An oval-shaped design, producing a broad sonic signature
  • A new ‘shadow black’ color
  • IP56 protection rating. This means the product is resistant to water, from droplets to strong jets, and is also impervious to harmful dust
  • Battery supports approx. ten hours playback on moderate volume
  • Battery charger included in the price

TopTenReviews enjoyed a sneak preview of the Sonos Move at its Berlin launch event. The speaker sounds excellent, with the same sort of spacious, detailed signature as the Sonos One. However, on first listen, we would place the Move ahead of the One in terms of audio experience. We’d also consider it an upgrade on key players in the portable speaker market, like the UE MEGABLAST and JBL Flip 4. 

Sonos Move speaker

(Image credit: Sonos)

Sonos Move audio specs:

  • Two Class-D digital amplifiers
  • One downward-firing tweeter
  • One mid-woofer
  • Four far-field microphone array

According to a Sonos engineer, the innovation of using a downward-firing tweeter has been key to the Move’s suitability for outdoor use. 

Most tweeters aim straight ahead. This works fine indoors, where walls and other surfaces can reflect the sound throughout the room. Outdoor settings don’t usually have so many reflective surfaces, which means high-end sound can wind up getting lost. 

The Move’s tweeter gets around this problem by aiming sound downwards. This causes it to spread out in every direction, which should ensure a fuller range of frequencies reaches everyone in earshot. 

Sonos Move: Technical specs:

Dimensions​: H9.44 x W6.29 x D4.96 inches (240 x 160 x 126 mm)
Finish: Shadow black with shadow black grille
Weight: 6.61 lb (3 kg) including battery
IP Rating: Rated IP56 for protection from dust particles and water spray
Top panel features: Capacitive touch controls for volume up/down, previous/next track, play/pause, and microphone status
LED light indicates: speaker status, microphone status, and voice feedback
Privacy signalling: Illuminated LED indicator light
Charging Base Power Supply Input: 100-240V, 50-60 Hz, 1.2A; Output: 18VDC, 2.5A – USB-C Charging Adapters must support one or more of the following output levels: 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
Wireless Connectivity: Supports 802.11 b/g/n, 2 GHz, and 5 GHz
Bluetooth: BT 4.2, supports AVRCP. Codec support: SBC and AAC.
Works with AirPlay 2 on Apple devices iOS 11.4 and later
Battery: Playback from -10°C to 55°C; Charging from 0°C to 45°C

The Sonos Move goes on sale September 24, RRP $399. Pre-orders are available from today.