Sonos Move 2: Elevating Sound Quality and Battery Life, but Is the Higher Price Worth It?
Sonos has unveiled the Sonos Move 2, a significant upgrade to its larger portable speaker, the Sonos Move. While the new version retains a similar external design, it represents a comprehensive overhaul internally. Here are some key improvements:
Redesigned Speaker Arrangement: The Sonos Move 2 boasts a new speaker arrangement, promising enhanced audio performance. This redesign aims to deliver an even better listening experience, whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
Upgraded Amplification: To support the new speaker configuration, the Move 2 features upgraded amplification. This enhancement is expected to contribute to improved sound quality and clarity.
Extended Battery Life: One of the notable improvements is the substantially longer battery life. The Move 2 is designed to keep the music playing for longer periods, making it ideal for extended outdoor use without frequent recharging.
USB-C Port: The addition of a USB-C port provides greater versatility. It allows you to connect the speaker to wired audio sources and even use it to charge your smartphone—a convenient feature for on-the-go users.
Design Tweaks: While the overall design remains similar, there are some subtle changes, such as new tones for the black color variant and the introduction of a new color, Olive. The top of the speaker now features touch controls, aligning with the style of Sonos’s Era 100 and Era 300 speakers.
Portability: While the Move 2 is designed to be portable, it maintains its original size and weight (3kg / 6.6 lbs), making it more suitable for moving around within your home or garden rather than for hiking or travel, akin to the more compact Sonos Roam.
Connectivity: Like its predecessor, the Sonos Move 2 supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, including Sonos multi-room functionality. This versatility ensures you can seamlessly integrate it into your existing Sonos ecosystem or use it as a standalone speaker.
The Sonos Move 2 is set to be available for purchase on September 20, 2023, with a price tag of $449 / £449 / AU$799. This price represents a slight increase compared to the original Sonos Move, which is priced at $399 / £399 / AU$699.