Enjoy astonishing sound with this breakthrough portable speaker. Stream music and more over WiFi at home and listen on the go with Bluetooth. Get up to 10 hours of battery life. Easily control the sound with the Sonos app, your voice, and Apple AirPlay 2. Create a whole-home sound system with multiple Sonos speakers.
WiFi and Bluetooth
Stream music and more over WiFi at home and listen on the go with Bluetooth. Roam automatically reconnects to your WiFi when in range and pairs with your phone when you're away for a seamless experience.
Enjoy up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. The speaker falls asleep to save power when not in use and wakes up in less than a second with the press of a button.
Ready for any adventure
With an IP67 rating, Roam is fully waterproof* and dustproof, and its silicone end caps protect the speaker from drops and turbulence in transit. *Can be submerged 1 m for up to 30 minutes.
Hands-free help from your voice assistant
Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to turn up the volume, check the news, control your smart home devices, and more. *WiFi required.
Tunes itself like magic
Automatic Trueplay™ tuning is always optimizing the sound for the speaker's location and content playing. So no matter where you are or what you're listening to, it always sounds amazing.
When vertical, Roam delivers room-filling sound and takes up barely any room. Position it horizontally on uneven surfaces like grass for added stability. The triangular shape subtly directs sound upward to your ear for a better listening experience.
Roam weighs less than a pound, and its handy shape begs to be picked up and taken with you everywhere.
Charge Roam with the included USB-C cable and any 7.5W (5V/1.5A or 2.1A) or higher USB power adapter (sold separately), or the custom-designed Sonos Wireless Charger (sold separately).
Control at your fingertips
Tactile buttons make it easy to play, pause, skip, revisit, and adjust the volume while protecting against accidental presses.
Small speaker, big sound
Precision-engineered acoustics create richly detailed sound that defies expectation for a speaker this size.
Legal and Warranty Information
Quick Start Guide
Sonos Roam (Black)
USB-C Cable (USB Power Adapter sold separately)
Voice Assistant Built-in
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Number of Microphones
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
USB Device Charging
Roam Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Well balanced sound for the size
Surprising bass for the size
Trueplay works with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Clickable buttons work even when wet
Charges with USB-C
Sound swap makes transitioning quick
Can be paired for stereo sound on Wi-Fi
Auto switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Works with Google Assistant and Alexa
Auto switching didn’t switch within the app
App kept prompting to go through tutorial
Google Assistant took several attempts to pair
No carrying bag or pouch included
Portable speakers have been around for a long time but, until recently, Sonos had no fully portable option. The Move offered great sound and battery life but wasn’t practical to toss in a bag and go. If you are invested in the Sonos ecosystem and have been wanting a truly portable speaker, just save the time reading. The Roam looks, feels, sounds, and operates just the same as the rest of your Sonos equipment. No surprises here and it will suit you well. If you are more open to other options in the market, then hopefully you will find the rest useful.
The style is understated. No odd protrusions, stylized panels, or flashing lights. It’s just a simple, matte black triangle with rounded corners. The only color besides matte black is the white Sonos logo. The power button and charging port are located on the corner opposite the speaker grill. There are four rubberized feet that allow you to place it flat and also the ends are rubberized allowing it to stand vertically. The Play/Pause, Volume Up, Volume Down, and Microphone mute button are all on the end of the speaker. Included in the box is a usb-c cable but no charging block. Wireless charging is built in. You can use any Qi compatible charger or purchase the custom designed magnetic wireless charger. It would have been amazing if Sonos just included the wireless charger similar to how they include the charging ring with the Move. A carrying case would also be a good addition.
Setup and Performance
Setup was different than other Sonos products. When you add it to your account you just have to tap the back of the speaker and it will pair automatically. There is also a Product Tour included in the app, but for some reason it didn’t show up until the speaker was in Bluetooth mode and it was tapped on. Running through the product tour and tapping done also doesn’t prevent it from coming back up which is odd. You can configure Google Assistant or Alexa but the setup was a bit finicky. While trying to configure Google Assistant an unknown error occurred several times before it worked. The error occurred when it switched to Google Assistant so this may not even be related to Sonos and eventually it started working.
Of course, being a Sonos product, it can be included in speaker groups with other Sonos speakers with one caveat. The speakers must be visible in the new S2 app. It will not work with speakers in the S1 app. A handy addition is called Sound Swap where if you press and hold the play button while near another S2 speaker the other speakers will play an inaudible high frequency sound. Based on which sound is loudest it will switch to the audio to that speaker without any need for opening the app. There is also a feature in which it passes the audio to the entire group, so it takes some practice to make sure you press the button the correct way for what you want to happen. Once you get it down, it becomes a handy feature.
Once you have everything set up and start to hear it is where it surprises you. You do have to keep expectations in check with such a small driver, but it did have a surprising amount of bass for its size. While there are other portable speakers that are larger and have more bass, the Roam seems more balanced. The size does favor more acoustic and vocal music, but it still does a reasonable job with electronic music and bass heavy tracks. It can produce rumbling or droning bass but if what you listen to has more dynamic bass, this speaker can’t work miracles. Hard thumping bass needs a big speaker. That said, you can improve range by placing it on a bookshelf or other surface where it can resonate. If you really wanted to, you could pair two in a stereo pair but the use cases are limited. First, it only works on Wi-Fi. Second, if you can only use stereo on Wi-Fi then it is worth considering a pair of Sonos One speakers as they barely cost any more and their sound presence is much larger.
Like the Move, the Roam has Trueplay where it can adjust based on where the speaker is placed. Unlike previous versions, it is said to work in both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mode. It doesn’t work miracles but there was a subtle difference where when it was moved into a bathroom that echoed it was able to prevent the music from echoing.
Unlike the Move, the Roam can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without user interaction. This is a nice touch although in use it did have an issue. While the speaker switched to Bluetooth automatically, the app did not and required manually switching from the Sonos S2 app to YouTube Music and back again as the speaker transitioned between connections. When out of Wi-Fi range the S2 app would go blank and say it couldn’t connect to Wi-Fi. Videos show the S2 app switching automatically and showing a large Bluetooth icon so hopefully it’s just an app update in the works that will improve this. That said, it’s not a huge problem to switch music apps for now.
Battery life so far has been good. On standby it last for the better part of a day. If you need to preserve the battery or are going to be carrying it in a bag you have to remember to long press the power button for at least 5 seconds to fully turn it off. It feels very sturdy so hopefully it will survive any accidental drops. The IP67 waterproof is definitely welcome in such a portable speaker. You can literally put it into water and so long as it can still get a wireless signal it will continue to play. A fun party trick is to either partially or mostly submerge the main driver in the water. Depending on how submerged it is the water will either dance to the music or spray out. It will sound a little muffled at first until the water is driven back out when you play music as you take it out of the water.
If you are a Sonos fan in the market for a small portable speaker, you have likely already made the decision. For anyone else, you mainly miss out on sound swap but all the features are still there in what is a very competitive speaker. If you are in the market for a small portable speaker and value balance sound over excessive bass or gimmicky features, the Sonos Roam is worth a look.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best portable speaker
We already have a Sonos soundbar, so I'm already familiar with the Sonos S2 system.
First, this speaker is smaller than what I expected. It's easy to hold with one hand.
It does everything other Sonos speakers do in terms of controls, it has an all-day battery (about 10 hours), and also works like a Bluetooth speaker when outside the house.
Sound quality: Excellent; having used many speakers and headphones over the past few years, this speaker truly punches above it's size. A single speaker can fill a regular-sized room at a comfortable level. The tonal quality is comparable to other Sonos speakers: When in sync, the sound, accounting for output volume, is comparable in quality to larger speakers. It does not have the tinny metallic sound that plague other portable speakers. It's sound is warm with a good amount of bass that's not overpowering.
Charging: USB-C or wireless (Qi) charging. It comes with an USB-C to USB-A cable, and works fine with the cables we already have. Qi charging works fine placing the speaker vertically on the charger's base. Sonos has a dedicated charger shaped like a triangle matching the speaker with magnets, but it does not come with the speaker. That's extra.
Audio sources: Bluetooth, like any other portable speaker, and Wi-Fi, as part of the Sonos S2 system, which works directly with Apple's Airplay, the Sonos controller, which is practically universally compatible with every single music service, including all the major sources and everyone else I can think of, and local network sources (via Sonos controller on a computer).
Voice assistants: Choice of Amazon Alexa or Google. It can be changed from the phone at any time, and the mic can also be muted. Alexa can play any source including from Apple Music, when linked.
Controls: Besides controlling it from a phone or PC, has simple built-in controls: Mic mute, volume up/down and play. Pressing play twice skips, pressing it three times goes back to the previous sound.
On the side there is a power button. Here's where it becomes a bit more complicated: Press it once, and turns on or goes into sleep mode. Hold it a bit longer and goes into bluetooth pairing mode. Keep on holding it and turns off.
The 'sleep' mode is a bit tricky, and it draws about 10% of the battery overnight if not turned off. The difference is that it can be woken up from the Sonos app, so the WiFi is not completely off, but in low-power mode. This doesn't seem to be configurable, at least not yet.
Trueplay: It uses the microphones to adjust sound settings based on the room or area where it is located. It works even when the voice assistant is muted. For example, moving it inside a shelf, it adjusts how it sounds.
Handoff: Sonos had this feature from the app for some time and it works great, but now with this speaker, it works seamlessly by holding the play button while next to another Sonos S2 speaker. It works without skipping a bit transferring whatever it's playing to the other speaker. I was impressed how well it works.
Hold the play button again and both speakers are now playing.
Move away and Hold play again and it transfers back to this speaker.
Waterproof: IP67 rating means it plays even while under water.
Bluetooth works well with my iPhone. Pairs with no problem. However it's limited to playing music, and the mic on the speaker does not work for phone calls, so it cannot be used as a table speakerphone. Also it does not seems support stereo pairing via Bluetooth.
Overall: This is excellent. Great sound at a tiny footprint. It's not just a portable speaker, it's a full member of the Sonos system that is portable and also works as a Bluetooth speaker.
I would recommend this to a friend
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Ease of Use
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Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A waterproof creature by Sonos, the ROAM! Sweet!
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5 out of 5
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
I bought the Sonos Move 2 weeks prior to the release of the Roam... Once I realized that the Sonos-Roam was more resistant to weather conditions I returned the Move.
I'm testing the Roam now.... Great sound from this little creature!!! I have all the Sonos products or have tested them.
I bought a pair so I could create a Stereo Pair. Just Beautiful Sound.
This one easily compares to the Sonos One, but I can take it with me Outside with no worries!!!! I love Sonos!!!
Not much to not like about this speaker. Easy setup and sound is excellent. The ability to have stereo mode by pairing two is excellent and improves the already good sound to another level. Distinct stereo sound separation is very noticeable greatly enhancing music enjoyment.
So far I have pairs in kitchen, family room and office. Really cool walking room to room never missing whatever is playing. We stream all day long and they never drop the music source. We effortlessly bounce between SiriusXM, YouTube Music, Pandora and Amazon Prime music sources. Nice we can setup separate streams to different rooms too.
We recently hosted an outdoor party spread across our large backyard with these speakers spread around in those areas too. The Sonos app made it easy to DJ music selections during the party. The beauty of these Wi-Fi speakers is they aren't beholden to your phones blue tooth connection with it’s distance limitation.
I should mention a solid wireless network setup is a must to take advantage of this speaker’s capabilities. My setup is a Netgear Orbi Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system with two Satellites. The Sonos Roam speakers connect on the 5Ghz band which provides more than enough throughput. Lately I’ve been into home automation using Google Nest Hub Max, EZWIZ DB1C video doorbell, Kasa smart switches and light bulbs. This means lots of network connections (56 and counting). Even with all of these devices hanging out on my network, the Sonos Roam speakers don’t skip a note.
There isn’t any perfect product but some come close. That’s the way I feel about Sonos Roam. My wish list would be purchase included a charger and the stereo pairing wouldn’t break when the speaker senses loss of charging power. With portable speakers, sound, size and features are king. Look out Boise, there is a new kid and town and it’s a bully compared to your aging product capabilities.
You might be wondering if I was paid to write this or benefited by this review. The answer is no. One of my hobbies is exploring new technologies and products and I like to share my findings with fellow enthusiast.
First day playing different songs and styles. For the size, the sound is awesome! All the reviews from various tech sites were pretty spot on. I'm amazed how good this sounds. Set up was super easy like any other Sonos speaker. If you already have a Sonos speaker, this is a no brainer. I've included some pictures to provide size scale against an Arc, Beam, Move, Ikea Symfonisk lamp, Sony SRS-XB32, and Starbucks Venti cup.
Thank you very much for taking the time to make this review! We really appreciate it, and are so happy you're enjoying your Roam so far!
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great sound in a portable unit
The Roam speaker from Sonos is compact and lightweight, making it easy to pick up and take with you around the house. It has a triangular design that can either be set horizontally or vertically on a flat service (and I just realized that the SONOS logo looks the same upside down).
There are 4 buttons on one end of the speaker: play/pause, volume up, volume down, and a microphone mute button. On the back of the unit is the power/standby button and a USB-C charging input.
I was very surprised by the strong musical performance of this speaker. While it doesn't get as loud as the Sonos One speaker for example, highs and mids come through clearly and the bass is very good! The bass isn't as strong as Sonos larger speakers, but you can use the EQ setting in the Sonos app to increase it somewhat if you like.
Like the other speakers in the Sonos ecosystem, you can group the Roam with other Sonos speakers for synchronized playback.
- WiFi: The speaker connects directly to your home WiFi to stream music. You can use the Sonos app to play virtually any music you might have: Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, LiveXLive, and many more. What I like about the Sonos app is that you can set what you want to play and close it if you want. The speaker will connect and play the music on its own, so it doesn't tie up your phone or pass along any text notifications or phone ringtones.
- Bluetooth: When you move out of range of your home WiFi, you can instead use Bluetooth to connect your phone directly to the speaker to stream music and podcasts.
- Alexa or Google Assistant: You can configure Alexa or Google Assistant on the Roam and then use voice commands to play music or do other tasks such as check the weather. Microphone performance seems to work well and can typically "hear" me over the music that is playing.
- Automatic Trueplay: This feature uses the devices built-in microphone to get a "feel" for the space it is playing in and adjusts the sound accordingly. For example, when I place the Roam speaker against a wall in a corner, which tends to overemphasis the bass, the Roam adjusted and backed off the bass slightly, which made it less "boomy".
- Qi charging: I was surprised to learn that the Roam can be set vertically on a Qi charger to recharge! This is slower than the USB-C wired charging, but it's a nice bonus that doesn't require the purchase of a special base (although one is available if you so desire). Qi charging performance has been hit or miss for me: sometimes the speaker will charge up to about 70% and then seem to stall out, while other times it charges up to 100% without issue. I guess it depends on the charging pad you use and whether you hit the "sweet spot" as far as matching up the charging coils.
## Battery Life
Sonos states that the speaker can provide up to 10 hours of playback on a single charge. You can press the power button on the back to place the speaker in “standby” mode, but the battery continues to drain, losing about 10-20% overnight. If you leave the speaker on standby when not in use, you'll likely need to recharge it daily. Turning off the microphone seems to help extend battery life somewhat.
The Sonos Roam speaker is a strong performer and sounds great as a standalone speaker or when integrated into an existing Sonos system. With water resistance and drop protection, you can simply enjoy your music without worrying about babying the speaker. The built-in Alexa/Google Assistant integration is also a nice touch as you can queue up music without using your phone.
Sonos Roam is the speaker that I had been waiting to add to my Sonos System. I have several Sonos components at home including the Sonos One, Sonos Port, Sonos Beam and Sonos Move. The Sonos Roam takes the sound quality that you have come to expect from Sonos and packs it into an amazingly small package. It is almost (not quite) small enough to fit into your pocket and definitely fits nicely into a backpack for carrying with you almost anywhere.
Just like other Sonos speakers you download the Sonos S2 app, from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and setup the speaker within the app. As soon as I had powered on the Sonos Roam speaker and opened the app, the Sonos Roam had been discovered and the app was prompting me to setup the speaker.
As expected from Sonos, the setup process was extremely simple and the app walks you through each step. While at home you'll likely use the Sonos Roam like any other Sonos speaker, connected to your home WiFi and controlled from the Sonos app. As soon as you're away from home that's where the simplicity of Bluetooth comes into play, simply connect to the speaker via Bluetooth from any compatible device.
As for the sound quality. It's what you have come to expect from Sonos, a truly impressive sound quality that can be optimized for any room or location using the Trueplay calibration.
I'll hopefully be taking the a commercial flight overseas soon and the Sonos Roam will definitely be with me. When you're going to roam, make sure you have your Sonos Roam with you!
I would recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Sonos Customer Care
Thank you for your review and for being a Sonos owner! We hope you get to take that trip soon to Roam around the world! (the pun was too hard to pass up).
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Amazing sound for its size but battery takes a hit
First and foremost I have several Sonos products and I enjoy the Sonos ecosystem. Great products overall and tailored to the higher end market.
This Sonos roam speaker is both airplay 2 and Bluetooth compatible. So while it’s meant for the Sonos ecosystem. Don’t hesitate to pick this little gem up. And I’ll tell you why.
Set up was easy using the Sonos app. Simply turn on set to WiFi the app will locate the roam and you pair with the nfc on the back of your phone(I have iPhone).
It will ask you to select trueplay tuning(I like it) and you have to also choose between google assistant or Amazon Alexa. I chose Alexa as I have prime and she is more useful to me. Tho the choice is yours.
As far as sound goes, for the size of this relatively small speaker. The sound truly is amazing. Room filling. I’d like to say I don’t know how Sonos did it. But I do know. They are a higher end brand that their sound is on a different level and this speaker is absolutely no exception. Deep rich vocals, nice bass and easy on the ears highs. We were surprised at how much volume you get out of the roam.
You can also run straight through Bluetooth if you like as I have connected this to my gaming PC. Bluetooth works well no issues there. Still great sound. Range is great as well. I haven’t taken this outside due to kinda being under the weather. But I plan on taking this on our family park trip this weekend. Sturdy build quality.
Alexa works great. The built in mics pick up my voice better than some other Alexa devices.
It’s well built for sure. Nice little heft to it. Design is simple but nice over all. I most likely will get another one to pair and mesh together if possible.
For the price (cheaper than others) and well worth it for the sound quality. I’d say Sonos has a winner on there hands.
Only issue I saw was that the battery doesn’t last as long as I hoped Or as long as I expected. But being that this is so small I can Understand it. That’s why I didn’t take a star off. Plus it has a type C connector so it charges fast. So in the end it balances out!
If you want something small and with great sound at a very reasonable price point, i highly recommend this. Both for home and the outdoors.
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CNETRating, 4.3 out of 54.3David Carnoy on April 6, 2020
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The Sonos Roam is the portable Sonos speaker we've been waiting for. While the Sonos Move let me wirelessly listen to the company's top-notch sound, its heft left it hard to carry around. Weighing less than a pound, the $169 Sonos Roam is muchFull Review
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A:AnswerHi, and thank you for your question! It's a great one! Yes, the mics can be turned off, and if you never set up the voice assistant, the mic never turns on. All of our speakers have a microphone button that easily allows you to do this. For extra assurance, we hardwired the power for the microphone light directly to the power for the button. This means "light is off, mic is off" ... no way around it!
A:AnswerHi, and thank you for you question. It's not really about the iphone putting out stereo. It's about what format the audio is recorded in. So if the music you're listening to is in stereo (which virtually all is) then you'll get stereo from our products. Now, we do our best to replicate stereo our of one Sonos speaker, however you can stereo pair our products. A speaker like Roam is so small that it's hard to fit the hardware for a big stereo experience. If you'd like to stereo pair Roams you can, but only over wifi. No bluetooth. So one Roam is your left channel and the other is the right.
A:AnswerHi, and thank you for your question. We can guarantee that our speakers will play the same thing at the same time on wifi. However, on bluetooth it really depends on the device your streaming from. Most devices don't support multiple bluetooth streams.