"The Sonos Move is designed to move from one room to another, of course, with all the advantages that the brand offers in its equipment: audio quality, connectivity and modern design."
Communication with Alexa or Assistant
Easy handling through the Sonos app
Sound with powerful bass
Integration with other teams of the brand
Charging base with very thin cable
Dimensions that do not make it so portable
After having tried the Sonos Move, the first speaker of the brand made to move from one place to another without complications, or at least that is what the brand promises, the feeling is that it is a product that meets the Sound and user connectivity requirements, as it plays your favorite music and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
When I heard about its launch, in September 2019, I imagined that it was an intelligent horn that could be taken anywhere outside the house, however, its dimensions, not counting its charging base, are not exactly the exact ones for fit in a backpack.
Once I had it in my hands for the second time the first product that came to me for review simply did not turn on even though it was plugged in all night and unpacked it, I was surprised that it was not a light article, since it weighs around of the three kilograms. Of course, its structure is solid and its design, elegant and modern: it follows the line of the other audio systems of the brand.
On the back of the Sonos Move, in addition to the space that is designed for the user to put his hand and transport the horn, the buttons that allow it to turn on, switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and configure it stand out. There is also a USB Type-C port for power supply with a cell phone charger and a couple of small plates, at the bottom, which are attached to the charging base pins.
The digital buttons to activate or deactivate the microphone, pause or play the music, and increase or decrease the volume are at the top. In general, the speaker It stands out for its simple design, since the brand seeks that the entire configuration process can be carried out through the Sonos application, available for iOS and Android.
The brain of the Sonos Move
The Sonos Move configuration process can be simple or complicated, depending on the user's experience with the brand or its local internet connection. It was the first time I had the opportunity to use a manufacturer's equipment, so I set out to download the Sonos application, create an account and try to communicate the horn with my phone. Unfortunately, I was in a room where the Wi-Fi signal was not strong and I cannot conclude the process here, so I had to go to the room, where the modem is located.
The app works as the brain of the brand's smart speakers. From here it is possible to play music from platforms such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer; listen to radio stations, podcasts and audiobooks from Audible, Calm Radio, Pocket Cast and TuneIn; and meet new proposals through Last.fm and SoundCloud. The application also makes it possible to add Alexa or Google Assistant artificial intelligences to compatible equipment, check the battery status in the case of Sonos Move and adjust both bass and treble.
A few days ago, at the beginning of November 2019 to be precise, Sonos informed that the Google Assistant could already be used in Spanish in its systems, including the Move, so the user in Mexico can more easily request the latest news , traffic reports, play a song and set alarms with your voice.
For those who are concerned about your privacy, at any time, you can deactivate the microphone that allows communication with Google Assistant or Alexa, by pressing the corresponding button on the top of the speaker.
In general, the application works properly when it comes to playing content, controlling the different Sonos systems at home and configuring specific aspects of audio in each speaker. In my case, I usually use the Google Podcasts app to listen to programs from the BBC, NPR and The New York Times, so it was a shame to know that the app was not compatible with this service (although it may be a matter of time for this change).
The Sonos Move, as expected, delivers a satisfactory musical reproduction in virtually any room or even in a small garden, as it incorporates two class D digital amplifiers, a down-facing tweeter and a mid-range woofer.
Outside these technical specifications, with the maximum volume in the speaker, the audio of a song or radio program is not distorted; The bass are powerful. In addition, the horn also includes Trueplay technology, in which your microphone detects the environment to deliver a better sound, depending on the physical conditions of the place.
Obviously, the experience improves considerably when several music platforms are linked in streaming, when any of the attendees is active and when the phone that has the Sonos app and the speaker are connected to a good Wi-Fi network, although the latter is also compatible with Bluetooth.
According to the manufacturer's information, its horn offers a 10-hour autonomy, however, in the tests done, it gave about 80 percent of this time, so if you plan to go out with it, it will not be further consider a Type C USB charger.
The charging base is not made to move with the equipment, it is designed to stay connected to a fixed point. In addition, it highlights the fact that its cable is not strong enough to withstand the onslaught of movement: it could break.
The Sonos Move is a horn that delivers a sound experience that can satisfy anyone, from users who are not so demanding with the sound to those who get fully into their configuration. Despite being a system that is promoted to take anywhere, its dimensions and weight make it difficult to leave the house with it (inside the home, there is no problem, its design allows it to be taken and placed in any room).
In its box, no portable charger is included, so the speaker It depends entirely on the base to charge in strict terms. The problem, as already mentioned, is that it does not seem tough enough to become its companion.
The Sonos Move could be for those users looking to move from a Bluetooth speaker to a more complete and connected audio system to listen to various music platforms in streaming inside and, once in a while, outside the home.
In addition, thanks to its application, it becomes an intelligent team with Alexa or Google Assistant, which opens up the possibilities of interaction and connecting it with other home systems. For all its features and audio quality, it can be said that its price of $ 400 dollars is reasonable.