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Sonos launches new Roam 2 speaker with simplified Bluetooth connectivity

sonos original wander The speaker sounded great for its compact size, but many users complained that it was difficult to switch from Wi-Fi mode at home to Bluetooth mode while traveling. With the launch of the new Wander 2, which comes in five color options, those connectivity issues should disappear. The speaker is now available for $179 (or the same price as the original).

The reality is that the Roam 2 is not a huge improvement. As far as I can tell, it has the same acoustic architecture (and sound), but now it has two buttons, one for power and one for Bluetooth, instead of a single power button. That Bluetooth button lets you pair the speaker with any Bluetooth-enabled audio device right out of the box. Previously, setup was more complicated and required you to first connect to your Sonos home Wi-Fi network.

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The Roam 2 now has two buttons on the back, including a new Bluetooth button.

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Additionally, the Sonos logo now has a more muted monochrome design that matches the color of the speaker. On the previous model, the logo was highlighted in white.

Sonos also announced that it is rolling out updates and bug fixes to the Sonos app. The Sonos app was revamped in part to improve the connectivity experience for the company’s portable speakers, which also include larger ones. Move 2 and the new Sonos Ace headphones, shipping on June 5 (read our first look at the Sonos Ace). However, the revamped app was buggy and left out certain features that Sonos users liked. As a result, Sonos has recently received a lot of negative feedback.

We’ll have a full review of Roam 2 in the coming days. In the meantime, here are its key specifications, according to Sonos.

Sonos Roam 2 Features

  • Refreshed design and user interface, including a monochrome logo and separate, discreet Bluetooth and power buttons for easy use.
  • Easily connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth right out of the box or set it up with Wi-Fi at home to connect to the rest of your Sonos system.
  • Automatic Trueplay: Always tuned for the best listening experience in any environment, available on both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Directly connect an Apple device with AirPlay 2.
  • Up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge at moderate volume levels.
  • USB-C and wireless charging.
  • Weight: 0.95 lbs (0.43 kg).
  • Dustproof and fully waterproof with IP67 rating.
  • Available in olive, sunset, wavy, black and white.
  • Price: $179.

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