Review: Sonos Move portable speaker with Bluetooth

Sonos announced its first portable speaker with Bluetooth, the Sonos Move, earlier this month. It opened up preorders, with the product shipping out to customers on September 24. I was able to test out the Sonos Move over the last week and have been really impressed with everything from the speaker’s design and functionality to automatic Trueplay equalizer and sound quality. Read on for our full Sonos Move review.

The Sonos Move is a compelling speaker on paper, and I was excited to get my hands on it. Sonos’ product lineup until now has been made up of only indoor speakers, and the Sonos Move is the first one to be built from the ground up as a portable speaker.

From the moment I unboxed the Sonos Move, it was clear that a lot of effort and intentionality went into bringing this premium speaker to market. It really stands apart from the rest of the portable options out there. Let’s take a look at the Sonos Move’s specs, then jump into build quality, design, and how the speaker is in use.

Specs

  • Two Class-D amplifiers tuned to match the speaker drivers and acoustic architecture
  • One mid-woofer for mid-range vocal frequencies and deep, rich bass
  • One downward-firing tweeter for crisp, clear, high-frequency response with an ultra-wide soundscape
  • Far-field microphone array with noise cancellation and smart voice capture
  • IP56 dust and water-resistance rating
  • Capacitive touch controls for volume, play/pause, previous/next, and mute microphone
  • Audio chime and LED to indicate voice feedback, mute status, and speaker status
  • Weight: 6.61 lb (3 kg)
  • Dimensions: 9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96-inches (240 x 160 x 126 mm)
  • Black with black grille
  • USB-C for charging in addition to the included home charging base
  • WiFi + Bluetooth
  • 10-hour battery
  • AirPlay 2 support
  • Built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support
  • Price: $399 (direct from Sonos and Amazon)

Materials and build

If you’re already a Sonos user, you know that the company makes quality speakers with a solid build. As you’d hope, that fantastic build quality is present with the Sonos Move, but here’s the thing: With the rest of Sonos’ speakers, you probably picked one up and held it a bit during the initial setup and you may not have touched it much since. You know they’re really well-made products, but they’re not something you hold very often.

Review Sonos Move Bluetooth portable speaker rear handle and buttons

One of the fun aspects about the Sonos Move is since it’s a portable speaker, you get to experience how great the build and feel is every time you pick it up and place it somewhere new. I think the design is brilliant, with a recessed handle built in to the back of the speaker. There’s no awkward or bulky external handle to mess with, just an intuitive and elegant one designed right into the rear of the speaker that offers a quick and secure way to transport it.

Like other products in the Sonos lineup, the main portion of the Move is made up of a clean black, metal grille. The top of the speaker features the capacitive touch controls and microphone array, while the bottom features a rubberized base that offers a non-slip experience suited for pretty much any surface.

Review Sonos Move Bluetooth portable speaker top

Shown below, the rear of the speaker features the power, join, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth buttons. At the bottom of the speaker are the power pins that work with the home charging base, and just above those is the USB-C port that offers a secondary way to juice up the 10-hour rated battery.