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That silicone base holds a battery that lasts a little longer than the advertised 10 hours per customer mileage will vary based on how loud you crank it. A couple of metal connectors on the bottom of the speaker also let Move slip right into its included charging cradle. The Cradle functions like a little stand, so it is an elegant way to give your Move Home when youre not mobile, though you can also charge it via USB - C port on the back. What difference is the cavity built into the back of the speaker. You can grab it comfortably like a handle to tote it from place to place. Ergonomics reminds me of really comfy indoor rock climbing, kind you find on an easy wall at the gym. You can scoop it right up with one hand. Despite its six - pound weight, transporting move isnt chore. Being a portable speaker, I expect Move to be filled with directional drivers that blast music out all sides in arc, like Megaboom and so many other portable speakers. Instead, it's little more traditional. It has a single downward - firing tweeter that splits off to left and right to widen the soundstage for those higher, crisper notes, and a giant forward - facing mid - woofer smack dab in the center so it can thump when beats get low. 've 've listened to a lot of music on Move this week, and the biggest compliment I can give it is that I just never seem to turn it off. Tweeters and woofers do a great job projecting sound widelyperhaps, up to 180 degrees, depending on your space. Move fills up my office, living room, and backyard with ease, with a lot more depth and clarity than many speakers its size. Like Apple Homepod and Google Home Max, it manages to sound so good everywhere because it uses its far - field microphones to constantly retune itself. Sonos call this Automatic Trueplay. Set the speaker down somewhere, and after about 30 seconds, its sound auto - adjusts to the environment. The changes it applies are subtle, but noticeable. When I set Move out in the open, it project loud and proud, but when I place it in, say, cabinet, bass calms down to stop vibrating wood around it, and treble notches up so I can hear vocals better. It seems to sound excellent everywhere. I even set Move on the passenger - side floor of my car and listen to it instead of my stereo on hour - and - ahalf long car ride this weekend. I wasnt expecting much, but after a while I sort of forgot I wasn't using car speakers. With the tragic death of Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek, 've been revisiting the bands ' clean pop - rock precision in hits like Just What I need and You Might Think. If I close my eyes, sometimes it feels like I am right there in the studio with the band.

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Weatherization and battery life

Here are the results of my Two Sonos Move Battery Drain tests. Remove Move from Charging Ring Set Move to BT Mode to dis - engage Wi - Fi Depressed Power Button Move go Dark Move not visible in Sonos App At end of 4 days Move shows 37% Battery charge remaining Average discharge per day calculation_98% - 37% = 61% / 4 = 15. 25% avg. Base upon 15. 25% Average daily discharge Move Battery Would be depleted in 6. 4 days remove Move from Charging Ring Depressed Power Button until verified Ding was heard Move go Dark Move not visible in Sonos App. At end of 7 days, Move shows 1% Battery charge remainig Average discharge per day calculation_100% - 1% = 99% / 7 = 14. 14% avg. Base upon 14. 14% Average daily discharge Move Battery Would be depleted in 7. 07 days 0. The 67 day difference between Test One and Test Two IMO is negligible. Test results versus Sonos statement of 120 hours of Move Battery life; if leave off Charging Ring and unused. Test One At 15. 25% Average daily Battery Drain indicates that at 100% charge Move Battery would be useable for 6. 5 days or 156 hours. Allowing for error, Sonos claim 120 hours of support. Test Two At 14. 14% Average daily Battery Drain indicates that at 100% charge Move Battery would be useable for 7. 07 days or 169 hours. Allowing for error, Sonos claim 120 hours of support. So there you have it. Just keep in mind that my tests were conducted with no control subject in my home environment. Laboratory testing would most likely yield more accurate data. However, I feel confident in publishing my results for your review. Every battery will lose its charge, even when there is no power. My tool batteries will eventually go dead and need recharge, even if they are detached from tool. Also, as I understand the term, standby Mode is not completely unpowered. The Standby Mode would be not playing music, but still on the network and ready to play. That, of course, would require power, just for occasional pings needed to keep it on network. Hi everyone, team is looking into some things around battery and power off state behavior. You should see about 5 days on standby, but it should drain over 30 days when power is off. There have been a few cases weve seen where Move powers itself on and were looking into it. It is early on in the investigation stages right now as theyre trying to see what caused the powering up. But I 'll let you know if there is more to share. If it power itself back on after the unit has been turned off properly, it would then go into standby Mode and drain out the rest of its battery over, at most, 5 days. Hey everyone, I am experiencing a couple of issues outlined in this thread too: 1. I turned my Move off completely when on WiFi and the battery was At 82%.

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Controls

If youre already a Sonos user, you know that the company makes quality speakers with solid build. As you hope, that fantastic build quality is present with Sonos Move, but here thing: With the rest of Sono speakers, you probably pick one up and hold it bit during initial setup and you may not have touched it much since. You know theyre really well - made products, but theyre not something you hold very often. One of the fun aspects of Sonos Move is, since its portable speaker, you get to experience how great the building and feel is every time you pick it up and place it somewhere new. I think the design is brilliant, with a recess handle built into the back of the speaker. There is no awkward or bulky external handle to mess with, just an intuitive and elegant One design right into rear of the speaker that offers a quick and secure way to transport it. Like other products in the Sonos lineup, main portion of Move is made up of clean black, metal grille. The top of the speaker features capacitive touch controls and microphone array, while the bottom features a rubberized base that offers non - slip experience suit for pretty much any surface. Show below, rear of the speaker features power, join, and Wi - Fi / Bluetooth buttons. At the bottom of the speaker are power pins that work with the home charging base, and just above those is a USB - C port that offers a second way to juice up 10 - hour rat battery. Since youre probably expecting to use Sonos products for many years, you might be wondering about the long - term battery life of the company's first portable speaker. The battery is rat for 900 cycles or about three years. And I was excited to learn that Sonos will offer battery replacement when youve depleted it. No word yet on cost there, and it will likely be service that Sonos will handle. The charging base features a wonderfully simple design that allows users to just place their Move down to start charging. Its about as close to wireless charging as you can get, even though it powers up via two pins on the rear. When used on battery power, Sonos Move automatically turns itself off after 30 minutes of inactivity. You can also manually enter Suspend mode by pressing the power button on the back of the speaker. Another nice touch is that Sonos Move arrives in a soft protective travel bag that can be used when transporting it near or far. But if youre planning on taking it in luggage, it may be a good idea to pick up the hard case or pack it carefully.

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Auto Trueplay

Using Move as a smart speaker isnt only reason youll want to stick with Wi - Fi while listening. 've 've long been a fan of Sonos Trueplay technology, even though its implementation in every other Sonos speaker has required walking around the room waving an iOS device through the air like a witch doctor summoning the power of the spirit world. You obviously wouldnt want to do that every time you move speaker to different location. On Move, Trueplay relies on its own embedded microphones to evaluate the sonic environment it is playing in, and then it equalizes its audio output accordingly. What's more, this happens automatically and within about 60 seconds. You will need to enable Auto Trueplay tuning in Sonos app and leave the mic array unmuted. If you dont like the idea of digital Assistant listening in on you, you can disable that feature and still use Trueplay. Mics will continue to record, but the speaker will send any data to the cloud. Auto Trueplay is also disabled while the speaker is in motion and when its out of Wi - Fi range. Trueplay EQ changes are palpable on Move, reducing bass boom when you have no choice but to put the speaker in sonically challenging locations, such as corner of your countertop, and widening the sound stage when you take the speaker outdoors. Sonos wo say if it plans to bring Auto Trueplay to its other speakers that have onboard mics, but I hope it does.


What is Sonos Trueplay?

As we mention, app will prompt you into steps if you have a Sonos speaker other than Sonos Move. The room you are tuning needs to be as quiet as possible in order for the process to work, but Sonos has added algorithms that will cancel out noises such as dog bark. There is a video in the app to show you what to do, but when sound we refer to above begin, you are required to hold your iOS device in your hand and move it up and down, whilst walking around the room. Those with Sonos Move just need to put the speaker down where they want it and trueplay will happen without you touching anything. For other Sono speakers, you need to make sure you walk around as much of room as you can, but not too quickly, and you also need to make sure your arm is moving up and down from head to waist as the video shows you, otherwise sound will stop and app will tell you to try again. It takes 45 seconds to do the actual tuning bit if you do it right and you won't need to do it again unless you move the speaker into a different room or change its orientation. Even in power cut, speaker will remember room configuration.

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Listening tests and verdict

Expectations were high for Sonos Move, multi - room audio company's first portable, Bluetooth - compatible speaker. Dangerously high, you could argue: Sonos says its users have been asking for completely wire - free speakers pretty much from Day One, and that there is plenty of time for outlandish wish - lists to develop. The reality of 399 Move is that it is not quite what we expected - the question is whether that is a good thing or bad. Familiar, but tougher Sit Move alongside Play: 5, and you probably struggle to tell that it Sonos tougher speaker and IP56 rat. There is a long list of things company has do to make it resilient to jets of water, relentless sun, drops and bumps, and a variety of sticky, slimy, slippery, or similarly suspicious liquids, gels, and creams. Unless youre actually hosing it off or dropping it onto the patio, though, you not guess that from the design. It helps move blend in when its indoors, sitting on its discreet charging ring, far cry from the rubber - and - fabric aesthetic most portables go for. Pick it up, and the nearly 10 - inch tall speaker tips scales at around 6. 5 pounds. On top there are touch - sensitive buttons for Play / pause, volume, and muting microphone array. Swiping across controls skips forward and backward through tracks. As well as easily - grip handle on the back, there are three buttons, for power, toggling between WiFI and Bluetooth, and pairing Move to Sonos network. Unlike some Sonos speakers, there is no aux - in port. As with Sonos One, you can choose whether you want to use Amazon Alexa or Googles Assistant - or, indeed, either of them - in the Sonos app. You can only have one active at a time on any single speaker, but different Assistant - enabled speakers can be set to different platforms. Sound quality and Auto TruePlay at 399, having high expectations for how Move Sound seem only right and proper. You could forgive mediocre audio from a cheap and cheerful Bluetooth speaker you throw in your bag to take to the beach or park. Something this expensive, and bearing Sonos badge, inevitably gets judged to a higher standard. The good news is that Sonos hasnt stint on Moves audio potential. Inside there are two Class - D digital amplifiers, one driving downward - firing tweeter and the other mid - woofer. Both have been specially designed to avoid distortion and vibrations; enclosure for the mid - woofer, for example, is actually an integrated part of Moves ' internal structure, rather than just bolt into it. Sure enough, even crank up loud there is an impressive absence of hum or buzz. Turn down to more listenable volumes, Move Sound great. There was more bass than I expected to be, thick rumble that did lack precision. Side - by - side with Play: 3 - 299 midsize speaker Sonos discontinued in mid - 2018 - Portable speaker has brighter, crisper top - end; vocals sound sharper and more distinct. In contrast, Play: 3 Sound little fuller in the middle. When it comes to width of soundstage, though, Move has a clear advantage.


Design

In a market defined by smaller proportions and convenience, but at 240 x 160 x 126mm and with a weight of 3kg, Sonos Move is no shrinking violet. That say, it doesnt feel particularly heavy to lift thanks to the integrated handle on its rear. Its svelte shape makes it easy to position on a shelf or otherwise, which lessens the impact of its size. Despite its attempts at portability, I am still unsure as to whether its speaker youd want to take out of house. It fine for taking to the garden, but hefting it out to the park? You feel you want something smaller. Portable isnt right word for it; outdoor speaker sets expectations better. Build quality is best described as durable. While I wouldnt drop the speaker from significant height, letting it go from around 15 - 20cm was sufficient to prove its sturdiness - although in the process I managed to chip it, speaker still worked fine. Truth be tell, I am more concerned about the surface onto which move falls on, rather than the speaker itself. Ip56 rating - highest without submersion in water - means movement is well - guarded against dust, water, mud or whatever else you feel like throwing at it. It came in One finish - Shadow Black - and there is a reason for that. Shadow Black insulates Move from overheating and while this is unlikely to be a problem in the UK unless we experience balmy summer. It can also survive temperatures down to - 10C. Around the rear are three buttons: power; switching between Bluetooth and Wi - Fi, and the Join button. When swapping between Wi - Fi and Bluetooth, youll hear tone, and in Bluetooth mode, Move will automatically connect to the latest known device. On the top plate is the lead status light: white indicates Wi - Fi and blue is for Bluetooth. Also here are build - in far - field microphones for voice control and touch Capacitive button for start / stop playback.

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Bigger sound too

Since Move is larger than Sonos One, it's not surprising that it Play about 25% louder and produces a bigger sound with more robust bass, though it doesn't play as loud as Sonos Play: 5. That say, one is arguably slightly more revealing and agile than Move - indoors anyway. Move comes across as a smooth, warm speaker that's pleasant to listen to with a wide variety of music genres. The low - end difference was most obvious with dramatic tracks like Lizzo's Cuz I Love You, for example. Big - band vamps that punctuate the end of each chorus had more authority and heft on Move compared to One. With other genres, including rock, One offers more exciting sound. With Mclusky's She Will Only Bring You Happiness, for example, one better enunciate Andy Falkous's bitterly funny lyrics and induce more toe tapping despite the speaker's relative lack of bass. And even though Move was able to go louder, this song was easier to listen to at maximum volume on One than on Move. Move is designed for outdoor use, so its bigger sound is going to play better than one in an open environment where there are no walls to reflect sound. Its sound isn't big enough to power outdoor dance party, but it will capably fill the patio with music. You can use two Moves to create a stereo pair. While that's not an economical proposition at 800, pairing was easy and they performed well as a duo. There wasn't quite a precise stereo image, but we could tell where left and right shaker eggs were in Dead Can Dance's Yulunga Spirit Dance. And no, you can't stereo pair another Sonos speaker with Move.

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Price and availability

If you are shopping for Smart speakers with an open mind, you might not want to invest in 399 before knowing how it could integrate into your Smart Home. Although we haven't tested it yet, Bose Portable Home Speaker also has Alexa and Google Assistant, but costs 50 less and is about a third of the weight. And stationary Sonos One will set you back just 179. In other words, you could get two Sonos One speakers for the price of Sonos Move. But Sonos One can't accompany you outdoors. If you spend a good chunk of your time at home in your backyard, you might want to opt for a speaker you can carry around.

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Design

Sonos Move is simple and fast to set up. Plugging in the charging base and setting Sonos Move will make it discoverable when adding new product in Settings of Sonos app. Follow prompts to Connect Move to your Wi - Fi network and add it to your Sonos controller / system. Final steps include setting up the auto TruePlay feature, which is a neat automatic equalizer for portable speaker. Here is how Sonos describes how it work: when youre all set up, youll see Move in your Rooms list, and it also shows you battery level of the speaker. You can now play music on it and include it in speaker groups. For Apple users, getting Sonos Move set up for AirPlay 2, is as easy as launching Home app > tapping + in top right corner > choosing Add Accessory > tapping I Dont Have Code or Cannot Scan > then choosing Move under Nearby Accessories. Now you can use Siri commands to play music on your Sonos Move with requests, like Hey Siri, play Albert Hammond Jr. On Move. Just keep in mind that when you use your Sonos Move with Wi - Fi, youll need to clarify to Siri where you want to play music, but when you Connect to it via Bluetooth, you can give Siri commands without saying where to send audio. If you have seen Sonos Move next to Sonos One or Sonos One SL, it will help you understand how large this portable speaker is. At 6. 6 pounds and almost 10 inches high, it is not really a portable speaker youll want to toss in your backpack or carry around every day. This Sonos Move is better suited for use anywhere around your home, inside and out. But of course, you can take it with you pretty much anywhere you like, and USB - C charging is fantastic, which means you can juice it up with your MacBook or iPad charger. Just keep in mind its beefy speaker. As is no surprise, Move put out more volume than Sonos One. I spent time over last week listening to speakers inside and outside, and also was able to use it during my son's birthday party that we had outside with about 20 friends and family. Both my guests and I were really pleased with the sound quality. With a larger mid - woofer than Sonos One, Move offers richer bass and solid mid - range frequencies. A single downward - facing tweeter provides impressively crisp and clean highs. Auto TruePlay is perfect, since youll likely be using Move in a variety of environments and spaces, and it works behind the scenes to retain the integrity of your music. While you might not notice big changes in moves sound while moving it around outside, and when moving it from close spaces to open ones, youll often be able to hear difference.

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Smart features

Sonos has a long heritage in Connect and wireless audio, and just because this is its first attempt at going portable, that does not mean it is dropping any of that connectivity. Like other Sonos speakers, Move can be made to work in stereo pairing, or also as part of a multi - room group. If you want Move to play in the garden same tunes as are playing elsewhere in your home over Sonos system, itll do so without missing a beat. Sonos Move will work with all manner of connected audio sources, online or stored on a local network. If you want to fire up playlist on Spotify using Spotify Connect, that is just as simple in - app as playing something youve ripped to networked storage device yourself. Just fire up the Sonos app, and once set up and connected to the internet, all your sources appear over Wi - Fi. Move out of range of Wi - Fi connection, and you have Bluetooth to fall back on. Its 4. 2 version of connectivity standard, rather than the newer 5. 0, but Sonos claims its experience with 4. 2 version of Bluetooth lets it eke more power saving and range capabilities out of 4. 2 than ever before. While it does not quote range for either its Bluetooth or Wi - Fi connections, it simply states that if you can hear it, you can control it. Four Wi - Fi antennas sit dot around the base of Move, with a Bluetooth module situated on top to give the best coverage possible. Airplay 2 is also support, for Apple - device contingent out there. That top - mounted array of mics serves dual purpose. Firstly, it gives you access to a choice of either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice assistants - each AI helper is fully compatible with Sonos Move, giving you option as to which you want to use to set reminders, control Smart home devices, access calendar and act as voice - power jukebox. The Mics and Smart Assistant pairing work superbly here. Even across chatty office and with the speaker playing song by National, it was able to pick up our requests - even if responses weren't always quite what we were after. But that's on Amazon and Google's AI helpers, not Sonos's engineers. Secondly, those mics are also the heart of TruePlay audio - tweaking system. They analyse output from Sonos Move and how its surroundings are affecting it, and automatically adjust it to bring it closer to the intended studio sound. Whats really clever is that it knows when Sonos Move has, err, Move - theres accelerometer onboard that triggers TruePlay systems tweaks when it detects movement. Pretty much the only thing Move wo support, however, is being used as part of home cinema systems. 5. 1 rear channels, as some other Sonos devices can be. Sonos states that this is due to sync issues, and the problematic potential for the directional soundtrack to lose its focus if the speaker can be misplaced in room.

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Audio performance

When it comes to engineering speakers, Sonos has a stellar track record. Move offers a melodic listening experience with its tweeter, woofer and two amplifiers. Depending on your preference, speaker can provide subtle background noise, booming dance bass and everything in between. Even at its loudest, Sonos Move sound balance thumping out Billie Eilish's bad Guy. On the rooftop of my block - long apartment building, Move's music fills elevate open air. At full volume, neighbors on opposite side of the patio come over to inquire about the party. What they found was me, alone, playing Spotify's dance Hits radio through an incredibly powerful speaker. As for listening options, Sonos Move offers 100 streaming services controlled by Sonos app, using voice, or with Apple AirPlay 2. But only when the device is connected to your Wi - Fi. Once you switch to Bluetooth, you can play audio direct only from music service apps like Spotify and Pandora.

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