Only Sonos could’ve created the Sonos Move. The company’s first Bluetooth speaker, and its first portable speaker, it’s a $399 solution to what Sonos says has been its two most-requested products over the past ten years. Sonos fans wanted a portable speaker, and they wanted an outdoor speaker, and Move checks off both categories.
It’s IP56 rated, designed to hold up to water (short of full immersion), the baking sun, drops, scuffs, and other maltreatment. Inside there are custom tweeter and mid-woofer assemblies, designed to maximize power in outdoor environments. Sonos uses a new Auto Trueplay system to automatically adjust the EQ depending on the conditions the Move is placed in.
The battery is rated for ten hours, and Sonos has designed it to be user-replaceable once it has reached end of life. A button the back switches between Bluetooth and WiFi; with the latter, it can fit seamlessly into an existing Sonos network. Question is, will enough Sonos fans be able to justify its $399 price tag?