Sonos Move Review: Speaker That Rocks Even After 2 Years!

Sonos Move is a wireless speaker first released in 2019. It is developed by Sonos, an American company known for its smart speakers and Move is their first portable Bluetooth speaker. Sonos has developed a slew of new speakers since then, but Move still has a large number of users.

Sonos Move was created to give music lovers a taste of their favorite music while keeping up with the times. Voice assistants became popular and people were hoping for more features on their speakers. That’s why smart speaker these days mean speakers that not only bust out good audio but also has internet, ability to connect to other speakers, system, and more. Not every smart speaker is going to have all of these functionalities; sometimes some of these features are sacrificed to enhance another aspect of smart speakers—portability.

I will talk about Move’s features, connectivity; put it up against some other premium speakers, and much more in my Sonos Move review.

Sonos Move Review

Sonos Move Specifications

  • Dimensions (H x W x D):  9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96 in.
  • Weight: 6.61 lb with battery
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Audio Amplifier: 2x Class-D
  • IP rating: IP56
  • Battery: 36WH, up to 11 hours
  • USB: USB-C 12V/3A, 15V/3A or 20V/2.25A
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz or 5GHz
Pros
  • Exceptional audio.
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth playback.
  • Has two voice assistants.
  • Water and dust resistant.
  • Can adapt to the environment of a room.
  • Feature-rich.
Cons
  • Barely portable.
  • Expensive speaker.
  • Can’t be used as a rear channel of the home cinema.
  • Doesn’t have an aux-in port.

Sonos Move In-Depth Review

Build Quality

Sonos Move Build quality ReviewSonos Move weighs up to 6.61 lb (3 kg) and its dimensions are 9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96 inches (24×16×12.6cm). This speaker is surrounded by a metal grille. The top, bottom, and back have a smooth plastic finish. The bottom part is also rubberized which helps the portable speaker stay stable when put on the ground. Sonos Move’s driver magnets are large, explaining the speaker’s weight.

Sonos Move ditches clunky and non-smart speaker like physical controls for capacitive touch controls. The touch-sensitive control scheme is situated at the top of the speaker. There are three touch commands: the play/pause button in the middle and the volume buttons on either side. To go to the previous/next track, swipe across all three buttons. One downside of the command icons is the lack of “-” and “+” signs for the volume buttons. Sonos excluded them as the volume control is pretty intuitive. Still, it would be nice to have more clarity in the control scheme.

The small LED lights beside the control scheme provide status information about the wireless speaker.

The back of the speaker contains the physical buttons for powering on or off the speaker, a smaller Bluetooth/Wi-Fi toggle button in the middle, and a Sonos Connect button. Sonos Connect, recently named Sonos Port, is used for multi-room pairing.

The four Wi-Fi antennas are located around the base of the portable speaker. The Bluetooth module on the other hand is at the top for better access. So, be sure to use and store your Sonos Move upright.

The Sonos logo is at the front and it is very simple. The logo only has “Sonos” spelled out.

There is also a microphone on the speaker. Four far-field microphone array is situated at the top of the speaker so that it can pick up your command amid interruption from a reasonable distance. You will mostly control the device through the Sonos app. But for some reason, if you can’t use the app, you can relax knowing that the touch controls are extremely smooth and simple to operate.

For charging the speaker, you can use the USB-C connector, but it can also be charged wirelessly using the charging cradle that comes with it. The USB-C cable has to be bought separately. The battery of the Sonos Move is made up of lithium-ion.

For increased portability, Move contains an ergonomic handle. The handle really comes in “handy” in moving the speaker around as it would be uncomfortable to move a 6 and a half pound speaker. The speaker is designed to be shock-resistant, in the event that you drop it while transporting it from party to party or picnic to picnic.

This smart speaker will resist strong water jets and harmful dust. But it is not fully waterproof and can’t be submerged in water. The speaker has a run-off tube that will help drain any remaining water in your device.

There is an accelerometer on the device to help with a feature called “Trueplay.” We will discuss this feature later in the Sonos Move review.

The speaker now comes in black and white with excellent matte finishing. An additional wall mount is also buyable.

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Sonos Move QR code

Scan this QR code to view Move in your space. Supports iOS 12+ and Android 8.0+.

Features

Sonos Move connects to your phone and other speakers using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can stream your favorite music using both of these methods.

The Bluetooth speaker is voice controllable. The voice assistants you are allowed to use with Move are Alexa from Amazon and Google Assistant. They may be used to listen to music, read the news, set an alarm, check sports scores, and receive answers to any inquiries you may have. Responsive audio chimes will let you know if the portable speaker has heard you or not. If you are afraid of your personal conversation being recorded, you don’t need to worry as you can simply turn off the mic. You can check the LED lights too to know if the mic is on or not.

Apple AirPlay 2 is compatible with Sonos Move. It allows you to stream wirelessly from your Apple devices. This opens up a very worthwhile use of your Apple devices. You can use your iPhone, iPad, etc. this way.

Sonos Move uses the Sonos app. The Move supports Audible, iHeartRadio, and a whole lot other streaming services. Use the app to add the streaming services you prefer.

You can use this speaker to connect to other Sonos products and stream music from them. This method is usually used for house parties, block parties, or to have a small concert of your very own in the backyard.

There is also a feature called “Trueplay”. This unique feature helps you EQ a room. You can use the Move in practically any environment with the help of this feature. Your Move will adjust to the circumstances.

Move also includes the ability to link to a TV through Bluetooth. If your TV can output to a Bluetooth speaker, you can probably utilize your Sonos Move instead of the poor TV speakers. You can also connect to your home’s Sonos system if your television includes a Sonos Soundbar.

The battery that lasts 11 hours and a full charge will take 2 hours, as stated by Sonos. Though how long will the charge actually last depends on how loud you are planning to play it. You can charge the battery wirelessly with a charging cradle. You can buy a USB-C charger to charge it if you wish, as there is a USB-C compatible port on the speaker.

The Move has a standby feature that will start to save power after not using it for a while. With this feature, even if you leave it on by mistake, it can save power for up to 5 days. When you do finally turn it on, it can serve you right away. Sonos claims that the battery will last around 900 charge cycles which is a long time. To put that into perspective, it would be around 3 years of regular usage. And even then, you can just replace the battery if you want. You can also get an extra charging cradle from the get-go to be safe. The replacement battery as well as the additional charging cable will cost extra.

One feature I wish Move had is the ability to use it as the 5.1 rear channel of a home cinema. The Bluetooth speaker sounds great and already provides a lot. I just think Sonos missed out on an opportunity to add this feature to make it a part of home cinema. That would be a cherry on top.

Sound Quality

Sonos Move has an excellent audio delivery system for a portable speaker.

The amplifiers make sure Move is efficient. In fact, they are known to have around 90% efficiency. The tweeter makes sure the audio permeates through the air symmetrically and everyone in the room can hear the music as it was meant to be heard. The mid-woofer, meanwhile, delivers impressive bass for a speaker of Move’s grade.

Sonos Move spends energy on the low-end which is great for the bass. The bass holds its own in almost any situation. The bass also adapts to the situation where vocal clarity is of higher priority.

Midrange and treble are detailed and clear. Vocals are crisp and clean. Acoustic guitars, violins, and other musical instruments require a decent midrange. Instrumental music on Sonos Move is very bright; you can pick out every instrumental sound if you have a good ear for them. Subtlety and nuance seep through the deep bass. The bass isn’t lacking in pitch definition. A good pitch definition would include the ability to hear bass as individual notes, each having a specific pitch.

The speaker loses some quality when played at a higher volume. Highs are de-emphasized but still, clarity goes down at high volume. When I played the speaker outside, it also lost some of its clarity, and the bass sounded a bit weak as it couldn’t bounce off the walls.

Sonos Move has mono audio. Sadly, there is no Dolby Atmos support for this reason. But two Sonos Move can be paired up to make stereo audio.

Mono audio has one channel while stereo audio has two. That’s why stereo audio can feel like it is coming in through both sides. Multiple channels can make surround sound that feels like the audio is all around you.

You can stereo pair your Sonos Move with another Sonos speaker to make a pair of speakers that will sound louder, richer, and give you deeper bass. Use this feature for house parties as it will rise above the chattering in the party. This feature is unusable in Bluetooth mode.

Sonos has recently partnered with Qobuz, a French music streaming and downloading service. Before partnering with them, Sonos Move didn’t have the ability to provide you hi-res audio streaming. But now you can get 24bit wireless streaming with Move.

Sonos Move does not support the addition of a subwoofer. But you can group a sub-woofer in your Sonos system if it has a 5.1 setup.

Connect your Move with other speakers to boost your bass and bring life to the party. Multiple speakers will serve you well if you want your music playing in multiple rooms. With Sonos each speaker, you can EQ each room and get the best out of your Sonos Move.

Wi-Fi & App Performance

Sonos Move uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to stream audio. You can use either the 2.4GHz connection or the 5GHz connection for your Wi-Fi. The 5GHz connection will give you much faster speed at the cost of range. On the other hand, the 2.4GHz connection works the opposite way: greater range at the cost of speed.

You can connect to your multi-room system using Wi-Fi. This allows you to play audio throughout your complete Sonos system. You must be within Wi-Fi range; otherwise, it will not work.

After connecting to the Wi-Fi, it will automatically connect the next time when you are near your Wi-Fi. Sonos Move can’t use Wi-Fi/Bluetooth concurrently and cannot switch between them when necessary. You can still switch between them manually.

In Wi-Fi mode, you can utilize your Alexa and Google Assistant with ease. Apple AirPlay 2 is also a breeze to use.

The Bluetooth version in Move is 4.2. The Bluetooth uses SBC and AAC; it has no aptX support. SBC is a basic codec, used in most Bluetooth devices. AAC is an advanced audio codec. AAC is quite power-hungry. AAC is also good if you have a device running on iOS. An aptX supported speaker ensures marvelous audio transmitted from your Bluetooth device.

When using Bluetooth on Move, you have to control the playback from the paired device. There are lots of other limitations with the Bluetooth too. You get excluded on multi-room and stereo pairing features; you cannot use Trueplay to adapt the Move to the environment; most of all you lose out on the voice assistants.

There is no aux port on the speaker. An aux port or a 3.5mm jack helps if you want to play audio from a device that does not support Bluetooth.

Sonos Move works with two different versions of the Sonos app. They are the Sonos S1 and Sonos S2 app. Download one app to get started. Join your favorite streaming services, command Sonos Move from afar, and operate other Sonos devices with the Sonos app.

Sonos Move: My Experience

When I had just moved into a new home, I was looking into having it wired for whole-house audio. But after looking at Amazon, it was apparent to me that it wouldn’t be cheap. Then I found out about the Sonos-manufactured speakers. After much consideration, I thought it would be best to have their wireless system in my house. Let’s go over the reasons why I chose wireless speakers and why I’m so enthusiastic about the speaker in Sonos Move review:

  • Resale value: traditional wired speakers do not have much resale value if you decide to move. You just waste money this way.
  • Move around freely: you can take wireless speakers anywhere you want and use them as outdoor speakers. You can use them at neighborhood block parties. Just hook the speakers to an extension cord and stream music from home. Or maybe you would like to take it in the backyard for a BBQ. The weather-resistant speaker will survive a rainy day.
  • Parties: a fantastic feature of the Move is that once you pair it up with additional Sonos speakers, each device can manage the playlist. Your friends and family wield the Sonos app to manage your sound system. They can add or remove songs to/from your playlist. Everybody can enjoy their music of choice.

Let’s imagine a scenario. You sit at a corner of your house. When you shout, your friend in the kitchen can’t hear you. To talk to that friend, you might have to call his/her phone or have another friend in-between to relay the message. Multiple Sonos Move can serve as that second companion. As a result, separate Sonos speaker has a greater range., you get an extended range. You could put a few speakers in each house in the neighborhood and have the same music playing in all of them at the same time.

You can set up each individual speaker to start music at a specific time, day, and volume (Alarm) from a particular source for a specified amount of time. It is possible to manipulate Sonos Move to play music for a specific amount of time to help you sleep. I absolutely love getting waken up by my favorite mellow music in the morning, and when I leave the house, I don’t have to worry about turning off the speakers. It’ll switch off after the set amount of time by itself.

When I first tried to set up the Move, I faced some difficulties. I went to start up the smart speaker, and a green light was showing. So I thought everything was fine. Then after I plugged in my charger and set the speaker up with my Wi-Fi, an orange light was showing and the speaker was not connecting. I got a bit scared. I started browsing Sonos’s support articles to figure out the significance of these lights. When I came back to set up the Move again, there was now a blinking red light. If you ever face this situation, do not panic. Sonos’s articles are easily understandable and the lights are a great indicator of your device’s status. I managed to follow up on the instructions and set up the Move without any hassle.

Overall, I found the wireless speaker very smart and useful. The connectivity was fantastic. I could control the speaker from my phone. And when my Wi-Fi was down and I went offline, I seamlessly switched to Bluetooth pairing. The voice assistant worked out great for me. It could hear me perfectly.

But when I sat the Move on my bedroom and moved to the kitchen, it had a little trouble picking up my command. It also had trouble hearing me when I was in the shower. But then I just used the Move in my shower.

It was delightful to hear music from Sonos Move. First, I had to walk around the room with the Move to get its Trueplay to work, but it wasn’t a nuisance. The speaker adapted to my room within a minute. Music was clear and balanced when I used it in normal volume, and at high volume, it felt like the artist was singing beside me. When I had a party and used the speaker at its loudest, it still kept the clarity and the audio was non-distorting. All of my friends seemed to enjoy it too.

The battery lasted around 10 hours for me, though that may be because I played it at different volumes throughout the day. And charging with the cradle took two-and-a-half hours each time.

I didn’t really use it as a portable speaker. I just relocated it from one chamber to another. It was clear to me that this is not a speaker you want to carry around for too long. But it can be used as a decent outdoor speaker.

If you were hoping for a wall mount, Flexson sells that. I bought it for under $30. Flexson is a company that sells accessories for Sonos.

A reminder—when using Bluetooth, Move is not displayed in the Sonos app. The paired electronic still allows you to manage playback and volume.

What is the cost?

Let’s get to one of the most important aspects of Sonos Move review—the cost. Sonos Move costs below $400. Though you might find it around $300 with various discount offers. This is quite pricey for a smart speaker. But I would say it is still worth it as it’s a good speaker overall and a must-buy if you already own other Sonos merchandise at home.

FAQ

  • How long does Sonos Move’s battery last?

The battery works for 11 hours off of a full charge.

  • How to connect Sonos Move to Bluetooth?

To set up Bluetooth, you are obliged to first connect and start the Wi-Fi. After you’ve connected to the Wi-Fi, press Bluetooth/Wi-Fi toggle switch found on the back of the speaker. This will switch your Move to Bluetooth method. You can see the LED, which is at the top of the speaker, turn blue. Turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device and select Sonos Move from the available devices. If you can’t see it, press and hold the button for a few seconds for it to appear.

  • How to set up?

First, you are required to have your Wi-Fi online and your Wi-Fi password at hand. Join your mobile device to the same Wi-Fi. Now download and install the Sonos app on your mobile device. If you have a Sonos account, log in, otherwise create a new Sonos account. After this, the app will show you around the setup process.

  • How to Reset Sonos Move?

To factory reset your Sonos Move, the first step is to take your Sonos Move off the charger. On the backside of your Move, you will find the start switch. Push down on/off to turn it off. The LED status light on the top will shut off and you will also hear a chime. After that, hold the Sonos Connect button. Then let go of the power button while holding the Sonos Connect button.

If your Move’s battery is not charged and doesn’t power on, you can place it in the charging base while holding the Sonos Connect button. If you keep holding the Sonos Connect button, the light at the top will flash orange and white. A flashing green light will it has rebooted.

  • Can I use it in the shower?

Sonos Move can resist some splashes of water here and there but can’t be fully submerged in water. If you have a big shower, you can place it in a corner and it will be fine. I wouldn’t recommend taking it with you in the bathtub.

  • How to pair Sonos Move?

Go into Bluetooth by pressing the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi toggle. Then press and hold the Bluetooth/Wi-Fi control. At this point, you will hear a chime and the LED will flash blue. Turn on Bluetooth of the device you want to pair up with. When the connection is complete, you will get to hear a chime and see the LED turn solid blue. Now select your Sonos Move.

  • How to play music on Sonos Move?

Make use of your Sonos app to add your streaming services and play music from there. You can also use Bluetooth connection to play music from a Bluetooth-compatible device. Operate AirPlay 2 to play from your iPhone and other iOS devices. The Sonos app for Windows can even play music from Windows PC.

  • How to turn it off?

Grip on/off controller for some time. You will see the status LED light turn off and hear a chime, indicating the Move has turned off.

  • How loud is Sonos Move?

It can go up to 105 Decibels. As loud as a small music concert in closed doors.

  • How to activate Alexa on Sonos Move?

Install the Amazon Alexa app first. Then create an Amazon account. Tap Settings under Voice Services & Voice. Then select Add a Voice Assistant. After that, you will have the option to connect to Amazon Alexa. When asked, use your Sonos account after selecting Add to Sonos, you’ll see a list of Sonos speakers. Choose and then tap Amazon Alexa. Now you can see that your Alexa has been enabled.

  • How to charge?

Charge wirelessly or with USB-C cable. Wipe your Move to dry it and clean it of dust. Then place your Sonos Move on the charger.

You will find the USB-C port on the back of the Move. Plug the USB-C cable there to charge with USB. If the Move is properly plugged in or placed on the charger, you can see the LED light show a solid orange color. Now you understand how to charge the speaker.

  • How long does Sonos Move take to charge?

Sonos says it takes about 2 hours to charge. In my experience, it took about 2 and a half hours to charge.

  • How to connect Sonos Move to TV?

Via Bluetooth. Though it depends on the TV. Otherwise, if you have a Sonos Soundbar for your TV, you can use the existing Sonos system to connect.

  • How to connect Sonos Move to Wi-Fi?

First, download and install the Sonos app. Tap Set up a new system. Then create or sign in to your Sonos account. Tap on the pop-up. If you are using the Sonos S1 app, tap continue and then tap Set up Products. If you are adding Move to an existing Sonos system, you have to tap System from the Settings tab. Then tap on Add Product. After that, follow the instructions provided in the app. You can use 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi with Sonos Move.

  • Does Sonos Move have aux input?

No, it does not have an aux/3.5mm input. You cannot plug in a non-Bluetooth-supported device to Sonos Move.

  • Does Sonos Move come with a charging base?

Sonos Move can be charged wirelessly or with a USB-C cable. Wireless charger comes with the Bluetooth speaker. You can also buy a replacement charging base anytime you want.

Now let’s compare Sonos Move to some other smart speakers and figure out their differences.

Sonos Move vs Sonos One Gen 2

Sonos Move vs Sonos One Gen 2

Sonos One Gen 2 is an upgraded version of the previous version. Talk and use your voice with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You will find no speakerphone here. You can only use one of the voice assistants at a time. This smart speaker also works with Apple Airplay 2.

The speaker has a 6 microphone array to hear you clearly. You will get an audio feedback to know if your voice command has been accepted or not. The mic can be muted if you want some privacy. With the help of the mic, this speaker provides Trueplay support.

To stream music from the web you can either connect to Wi-Fi or use the ethernet port. This speaker doesn’t have Bluetooth, but Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). BLE can be used to set up your One Gen 2 with other Bluetooth devices. But that is the extent of its functionality.

One Gen 2 uses the Sonos app to integrate the streaming services and remotely control your speaker. The Sonos S2 app also provides you with the “Room Group” feature that will enable your wireless speaker system to remember frequently grouped speakers.

One Gen 2 will make you hear music from over 50 different selection of streaming services.

You can use two Sonos One Gen 2 for stereo separation. Stereo separation is grabbing two individual audio channels of a stereo file, which basically contains two mono files, and rendering them as individual files. You can also set up your One Gen 2 so that it plays music from your closest supported Sonos speaker.

The speaker provides hi-res audio at 24bit.

One Gen 2 uses touch controls instead of physical controls. It is not quite portable, neither it is water-resistant.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Sonos One Gen 2 does not have Bluetooth support while the Sonos Move does.
  • It does not have a speakerphone while the alternative Sonos Move does.
  • Gen 2 has a 6 microphone array in contrast with the alternative.

Which one should you buy?

Sonos Move is much cheaper but boasts superior audio. If you want better sound and Bluetooth, my advice would be to go with the Sonos Move, irrespective of its cost.

Sonos Move vs Sonos Play 5

Sonos Move vs Sonos Play 5

Sonos Play 5 is one of the earliest smart speakers released by Sonos. It is a Wi-Fi speaker with no Bluetooth support. But it has an ethernet port for convenience.

Sonos Play 5 doesn’t support any voice assistants. But it utilizes Apple AirPlay 2 and it can use Trueplay to EQ the environment.

There are three tweeters. Two angled side tweeters and a middle tweeter. There are three 10cm high excursion woofers inside the speaker.

Pair two Play 5 together and each of them will adjust the mono for detailed stereo separation. The speaker automatically divides left and right channels when positioned horizontally, resulting in powerful sound. You can adjust the bass and treble of Play 5. The speaker can be used with lots of different speakers.

Play 5 can only be charged with an AC universal input. It has capacitive touch controls, is humidity resistant, and plays hi-res audio with the help of Qobuz.

The speaker boasts a 1.3GHz CPU, 512MB SDRAM, and 512MB NAND Flash. It also has a 3.5mm line.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Sonos Play 5 does not have Bluetooth support while the alternative Sonos Move does.
  • Sonos Play 5 does not have voice assistants while the alternative does.
  • Has three tweeter and six digital amplifiers as opposed to Move’s one tweeter and two digital amplifiers.

Which one should you buy?

Definitely go with the newer Move as it is better in almost every aspect.

Sonos Move vs Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam is Sonos’s latest portable smart speaker. The speaker upholds both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can’t be used simultaneously but they can automatically switch between them depending on your needs.

Get your voice to work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The voice assistants require Wi-Fi to function as they can’t work on Bluetooth. If you want to stream from your Apple device, you can do that with the help of Apple Airplay 2. Sonos Roam also supports Trueplay. You can tweak the bass and treble to your choice.

Using Bluetooth, you can play audio over hundreds of speaker. And with the help of the sound swap feature, you can play audio from Roam to any other close Sonos speaker. Use your friend’s speaker and have double the bass with the stereo pairing feature. Buy two Sonos Roam as a room set.

Roam uses physical buttons as the control scheme. It makes Roam more accessible to the visually impaired.

Roam can be charged with a USB-C cable. It can also be charged wirelessly but you have to buy the charging cradle separately. A full charge has 10 hours of juice and will take two hours to charge. But the wireless charger takes more time than that. Roam lacks a 3.5mm line to plug it into a non-Bluetooth device and play audio from there.

The speaker has a Quad-Core processor, 1GB SDRAM, and 4GB non-volatile memory.

Sonos Roam is rated IP67. This means the smart speaker is waterproof. You can submerge it 1 meter deep in water and it will be fine.

Roam is the definition of portable. It is so lightweight that you can carry it around everywhere with one hand if that feels comfortable for you.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Roam uses Class-H digital amplifiers. Move’s digital amplifiers are more efficient than Roam’s.
  • Roam uses physical buttons instead of capacitive touch controls.
  • Roam is rated IP67 and Move is IP56. This means Roam can survive several minutes being submerged in water while Move can only fend off splashes of water.
  • Roam is a lot more portable than Move. Even though Sonos Move has an ergonomic handle for easier carrying, it is impractical because of its weight.
  • Being a larger speaker Move’s audio performance is far better than Roam’s.

Which one should you buy?

Buy the Move if you want a real party speaker, and you are not worried about its portability. Buy the alternative Roam if you are short on cash and care a lot about portability.

Sonos Move vs Bose Portable Smart Speaker

Sonos Move vs Bose Portable Smart Speaker

Bose Portable Smart Speaker comes from the American manufacturing company Bose, known for its audio equipment. This speaker has the backing of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Stream music from the cloud with the help of multiple streaming services.

The smart speaker can be operated via speech, touch, or an app. The supported voice assistants are Alexa and Google Assistant. Though they require Wi-Fi to be used. Alexa can even be used to make calls. The microphone array for voice is top notch.

The speaker delivers true 360° sound and has the blessing of Apple AirPlay 2.

With the Bose SimpleSync technology, you can play audio in flawless sync when you pair a Bose speaker with a Bose SoundLink speaker.

You can use the speaker for 12 hours off of a full charge. A full charge would take roughly around 4 hours.

The speaker is portable enough. Even having a handle for easier transportation.

The speaker is rated IPX4 for water resistance. It is also quite durable.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

The speakers are quite similar. One big difference is that Bose Portable Smart Speaker offers 360° audio while the Move does not. Each smart speaker uses their respective app and can be arranged with other speakers of their respective companies.

Which one should you buy?

In this case, I am torn. I like both of these speakers. I would suggest if you want 360° audio, go for Bose Portable Smart Speaker.

Sonos Move vs Apple HomePod

Sonos Move vs Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod is from its namesake Apple. This is a smart speaker that relies on Wi-Fi for its wireless connectivity as there is no support for Bluetooth streaming. The speaker can also act as the device that controls other smart devices. Apple HomePod uses Siri as its voice assistant.

The smart speaker provides 360° audio. The audio quality is exceptional. Apple HomePod has a high-excursion woofer and an array of seven tweeters. Each of the tweeters has its own amplifier. The stereo pair feature to pairs it up with other Apple HomePods. This speaker recently got support for lossless audio on Apple Music. Though you need to subscribe to Apple Music to get the benefits. Recently Apple also integrated Pandora to Apple HomePod. This is the first third-party streaming service for the speaker.

The speaker has 5.1 surround, 7.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos support. Link two HomePods together with AirPlay 2. They also can be used as a part of home theater. Enjoy high-quality audio with your Apple TV 4K.

Like Sonos’s Trueplay feature, Apple HomePod can also tune itself according to its surroundings.

The speaker can work as an intercom system for your home, sending voice messages to other HomePods, iPhones, iPads, and even AirPods. If you already have other Apple products, it’s easy to integrate into an Apple system. Just hold the phone near the device and the phone will send your Apple ID and Apple Music preferences. No need to type in the Wi-Fi password. It is easy to switch to a new Wi-Fi if you are connected to it through your phone. A feature that a lot of other smart speakers lack.

Your friends and family can use the speaker. If you don’t want that, you can turn off this function.

The speaker is heavy and not portable. It has no aux-in port. You also have no option for wireless charging. The smart speaker has obtained Apple’s A8 chip, created to be used by iPhone 6.

A reminder—this speaker is currently being discontinued in favor of the Apple HomePad Mini.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Apple HomePod has no Bluetooth support, unlike the Move.
  • Only Siri as voice assistant compared to Move’s Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • HomePod provides a much better audio experience with its seven tweeters and 360° audio.
  • Can work as a smart home hub.
  • Easy to switch to a different Wi-Fi, unlike the alternative.
  • Can be used as a part of home theater.

Which one should you buy?

If you have other Apple products at home, Apple HomePod is obviously the choice. But even if you don’t, you might consider Apple HomePod as it is better value in many regards.

Sonos Move vs Echo Studio

Sonos Move vs Echo Studio

Echo Studio is Amazon’s foray into the 360° smart speaker market. It is a wired speaker. It showcases Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice assistants, and speakerphone. Echo studio acts as a smart hub too.

The only supported voice assistant is Amazon Alexa. You can do a lot of tasks that voice assistants typically do with Alexa. The speaker has a Zigbee hub built-in. Zigbee allows you to connect other compatible smart home devices with the speaker like lightbulbs, thermostats.

The microphone even has a mute button thinking about your privacy. Echo studio has no Apple AirPlay support.

Echo studio offers 3D audio and works with Dolby Atmos. There are even sliders for bass and treble control. You can play stereo audio with this one that you would miss in a lot of other smart speakers. Connect two Echo Studio to create stereo pair. You can use Amazon Music HD service. The speaker can also adapt to its surroundings.

Echo Studio has two 2-inch-side-mounted mid-range speakers, a 2-inch upward-firing mid-range speaker, a 1-inch front-facing tweeter, and a 5.25-inch downward-firing sealed woofer.

No battery in this one. You have to be plugged in to play it.

You can utilize the 3.5mm port on the speaker to connect to your CD player, projector, or other devices. The micro-USB port can be used as an ethernet adapter. Echo Studio can also be used as a part of home cinema.

The speaker has very low portability considering this is a wired speaker, and it is not waterproof at all.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Echo Studio is a wired speaker.
  • Only supports Amazon Alexa.
  • Has Zigbee hub built-in.
  • No Apple AirPlay.
  • Offers 3D audio.
  • Can be used as a part of a home cinema.
  • Not waterproof.

Which one should you buy?

Definitely buy the Sonos Move as it has a lot more convenient features.

Sonos Move vs JBL Xtreme 2

Sonos Move vs JBL Xtreme 2

JBL Xtreme 2 is a Bluetooth smart speaker from the JBL company.

It doesn’t have any support for Wi-Fi or multiroom. But it does have microphone and voice assistant integration. A button needs to be pressed in order to activate your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The built-in speakerphone can be used to take important meetings or calls with the touch of a button.

Xtreme 2 has four drivers, two JBL Bass Radiators. The dual passive radiators on each side amplify Bass. The woofers on either side in reality are passive radiators and not powered.

The speaker is waterproof and rated IPX7. It has a little stand built into it. The speaker also has two metal hooks and a strap to hook into them. The strap’s metal end can act as a bottle opener.

You will be surprised to find out a 3.5mm jack on the speaker.

The speaker offers 15 hours of playback off of a full charge. It has no USB-C port; you have to charge it with an AC power adapter. There is an auto power-off option to save energy. You can use the speaker as a power bank for your phone.

The speaker uses the JBL Connect app. You can connect to up to a hundred JBL Connect+ enabled speakers.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • JBL Xtreme 2 has no Wi-Fi support.
  • Has passive radiators.
  • No USB-C port while the alternative Sonos Move does.
  • Has a 3.5mm line.
  • Comes with a strap.

Which one should you buy?

Buy the Sonos Move because the alternative JBL Xtreme 2 lacks Wi-Fi support.

Sonos Move vs Bose Home Speaker 500

Sonos Move vs Bose Home Speaker 500

Bose Home Speaker 500 is another one of Bose’s audio device. Just like the Bose Portable Smart Speaker this one has the blessings of the two prominent wireless connectivity systems.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are included into the Bose Home Speaker 500. You can stream your favorite music from: TuneIn, Pandora, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. Sadly, you can’t make calls from the speaker. You can turn off the microphone if you have any privacy concerns.

The Home Speaker 500 produces 360° stereo sound. There are 2 drivers that are in different directions. The speaker has bass and treble adjustment features in the app. No stereo pair though. It has a display screen on the front that shows the time and information about the track that is playing.

The speaker has no ethernet port. But there is an aux input.

The power source is AC only. This speaker has no battery, it is not water-resistant, and there is no Chromecast support.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Bose Home Speaker 500 is a wired speaker.
  • The speaker doesn’t have the support of as many streaming services in comparison to the Sonos Move.
  • It has 360° sound.
  • Has a display screen.
  • Has aux input.
  • It has no battery.
  • Not water-resistant.

Which one should you buy?

Both speakers are nice. If you want a wireless speaker, go with Sonos Move. If you are not planning to move your smart speaker around very much, you can go with Bose Home Speaker 500.

Sonos Move vs Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

Sonos Move vs Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

This is a smart speaker from Ultimate Ears. It not only has a cool name but it lives up to its name with loud audio. The loud sound doesn’t deter from its amazing and comprehensible vocals. This is a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker that can be controlled with your voice.

UE MEGABLAST gives you modern life remote control with Amazon Alexa. The speaker will connect directly to the cloud. It is mutable, but there is no speakerphone.

The speaker provides 360° sound and can be incredibly loud if you want it to be. It is a stereo speaker. The device has two tweeters.

The speaker can connect with multiple MEGABLASTS and BLASTS. The stunning app has a lot of usability. One functionality is true stereo mode. Achieve it by having two speakers. Or eight speakers in total for party mode. Blast and MEGABLAST doesn’t work with Ultimate Ear speakers for some reason.

UE MEGABLAST provides almost 16 hours of lithium-ion battery life. You can charge it wirelessly or with the micro-USB. The app has a power-saving feature.

The Bluetooth is not aptX nor is there a 3.5mm line.

The speaker is water and dust-resistant. It has an IP67 rating for this reason.

UE MEGABLAST is comparatively durable: able to survive a drop from one-meter height.

There is a conventional tripod mount insert. The D-Ring can be used to hang the speaker.

How does it compare to Sonos Move?

  • Only voice assistant is Amazon Alexa.
  • No Apple AirPlay2.
  • Has 360° audio.
  • Has passive radiators.
  • Has micro-USB.
  • Has a power-saving feature.

Which one should you buy?

Buy the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST. It is better unless you want Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2. The alternative Move is better in that it has one more voice assistant.

Summary

In this Sonos Move review, we learned about various features of the Move. We even compared it to a lot of other speakers.

The Move is quite pricey. It might not justify its price to everyone. There are a lot of other speakers that suit different people in different needs. But overall, Sonos Move is an outstanding smart speaker able to serve almost anyone. The speaker has a lot of quality-of-life features anybody will like. It also holds its own in the sound department. The Move has a Crisp and clear sound with solid bass. It will serve well as a party speaker. But it’s not the most powerful speaker in the world.

The speaker came out in 2019. It is going on sale every now and then. You can regularly get a discount or coupon code if you keep up-to-date. If you get it at a discount, don’t miss out on this excellent smart speaker.