Sonos Move Is the Company’s First Speaker With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Music + Videos, Smart Home with 7 Comments

Sonos is today introducing three new products. The highlight, however, is the new Sonos Move. The company’s new $399 speaker that works both indoors and outdoors.

As expected, Sonos Move is meant to be a portable speaker. The device has a sleek design that we have seen on other Sonos speakers in the past, and there’s even a handle at the top of the device that you can use to carry the device when you head out. The device comes with a charging dock and you can place it there to charge the device easily.

But since the Sonos Move is meant for outdoor playback, you can take it out with you and the battery of the device is expected to support ten hours of continuous playback which is pretty great. There’s even an automatic “suspended mode” that helps the battery last up to five days when not in use.

Sonos Move also comes with AirPlay 2 support, but more importantly, it supports Bluetooth. This is the company’s first device to support Bluetooth streaming, so you will finally be able to play music on it without needing a WiFi connection. The device does also come with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, but that only works over WiFi.

Sonos says the new Move is pretty tough, with an IP56 rating that states the device is durable enough for falls, rain, dust, dirt, UV, and extreme temperatures.

Specs-wise, the Move features two Class-D digital amplifiers and a mid-woofer for the premium sound quality you’d expect from Sonos. There’s even automatic Trueplay tuning that allows the device to adjust the audio to your environment, ensuring good sound output even when you are outside.

Sonos is also introducing the new One SL speaker today, which is essentially the Sonos One without the personal assistants. That means it doesn’t come with any built-in microphones, which will be perfect for those who want a little more privacy. It does support AirPlay 2 and playback from Sonos’ apps, of course. It will replace the Sonos Play:1, too, by the way.

And then there’s the Sonos Port, the company’s successor to the Sonos Connect. It now offers richer sound, with an updated digital-to-analogue converter and 12V trigger, as well as AirPlay 2 support. You can simply connect it to your traditional stereo system to play stream music on it via AirPlay or your Sonos app.

Sonos says the new Sonos Move will be available starting September 24 for $399, while the One SL will sell for $179 on September 12, and the Port will be available for $399 on January 2020. You can pre-order them all today.

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7 responses to “Sonos Move Is the Company’s First Speaker With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth”

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    mattbg

    I've never looked seriously at Sonos before, but the combination of AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth is a killer combination for me.


    The only reason I'd avoid it is if Google and Alexa could not be turned well and truly off.

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    jchampeau

    $400 seems high to me. Obviously I’ve never heard it, but for something I’m going to take with me places, that’s too much. And I have a whole house full of Sonos stuff. I sort of assumed it would be $200-$250 and I was debating even that much.

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      mattbg

      In reply to jchampeau:

      It's a rather big and heavy speaker from what I can tell. When they say it's portable, I think they mean that you could move it from the kitchen to the patio.


      It almost seems like the HomePod done properly - having Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth, and smart speaker control (2 brands) paired with a quality, self-correcting speaker makes it pretty unique. It's a stretch price-wise but I think the value is there if it works as intended.

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    chaad_losan

    $400 for a speaker of this type is insane. Even B&O has a speaker like this for $100 less. So over priced.

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    datameister

    It's not water proof or tough, but I really like my Google Home Mini with a KIWI Design battery base and my wifi signal that reaches out in to the yard. I would link to the device but the comment form won't submit with that included for some reason.

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    markbyrn

    Be curious to know if you could group speakers if you used the bluetooth connection presuming that the Move is also on Wi-Fi.

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