Sonos unveils Move 2 portable speaker with exciting sound upgrade and 24-hour battery life
Sonos’ products are well-known for their excellent sound quality, effortless wireless connectivity and beautiful, almost Scandinavian design. Having firmly established its wired home speaker lineup, it is now upgrading its first portable model from 2019, with the introduction of the new Move 2.
The biggest change in the Move 2 is the use of two angled tweeters (instead of a single down-firing one) creating what Sonos calls “spacious stereo sound”. Meanwhile, a single woofer covers the bass and mid-range. The battery life has gone from 10 hours to an astounding 24 hours. Wireless connectivity is now more flexible, with the ability to pair two Move 2 speakers via Bluetooth, or to connect with other Sonos products on a WiFi network while playing from Bluetooth. Speaking of connectivity, line-in sources can now be plugged in using an optional USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter. The USB-C port can also charge a connected smartphone or other device.
Physical dimensions and design are the same – sleek yet hefty, with a nifty integrated handle. However, the top panel is updated with the same capacitive touch controls and volume slider as found on the Era 300 and 100 speakers. Yet another update is WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 (up from v4.1). As before, the Move 2 can withstand dust, splashes and minor drops. It also uses Trueplay auto-calibration to tune the sound as per the surroundings, as well as Sonos’ array of wireless streaming options and voice controls.
Even the included wireless charging dock has been updated, now with a detachable and smaller 45 W USB-PD power adapter. Sonos claims that this is their most sustainably designed speaker yet. Users can buy and replace the battery unit on their own, which means the speaker can be kept alive even after the battery eventually wears out.
The Sonos Move 2 will come in a new green colorway in addition to the standard black and white. It can be pre-ordered now on the Sonos website for US$499, but will become available globally starting September 20.