Sonos has revealed the second-gen successor of its moveable Bluetooth speaker. The Sonos Move 2 arrives Sept. 20 and guarantees a whopping 24 hours of playback earlier than requiring a cost.
The Transfer 2 is already pricier out of the gate than when its predecessor launched in 2019, however its specs list makes it appear better-equipped. For $450, you get stereo sound, which the first-gen Transfer didn’t provide, and a day of playback, up from 11 hours. The Transfer 2 stays IP56 water and dust-resistant, so you’ll be able to carry this automotive tenting or into the yard. Like the remainder of the Sonos lineup, the Transfer 2 options wifi and Bluetooth and works with Sonos’ voice assistant for playback controls or Amazon’s Alexa for good dwelling instructions. The speaker is available in three colours, together with black, white, and a brand new olive tone. It’s on sale later this month.
Sonos has been on a year-long journey to refresh its product lineups. Earlier this yr, it launched its Apple HomePod competitor, the Sonos Era 100 and the Era 300, which we reviewed and loved for its bass-forward, room-filling sound. Just like the Period audio system, the Transfer 2 affords a USB-C port for utilizing a 3.5mm audio supply or connecting to ethernet.
The Move 2 continues with Sonos’ custom of Trueplay, which makes use of built-in microphones to assist optimize the audio that’s enjoying relative to the surroundings that it’s in. In our expertise, it does work—it sounds adequate that one Era 300 speaker outperformed the second-gen Apple HomePod in a stereo pair. It’ll be fascinating to see if the Sonos Transfer 2 can carry the torch and the way it rivals a number of the cheaper moveable Bluetooth gamers. The upside to sticking with the Sonos ecosystem is that its app is extra configurable than what Apple and even Google provide with their respective good speaker conditions.
Talking of Google, the one draw back of the Sonos ecosystem is that it’s restricted to the Apple-using family. Positive, you need to use the Sonos app with an Android machine, nevertheless it doesn’t provide entry to Google casting, and the one third-party Sonos helps is Apple’s AirPlay. It requires too many workarounds to aim a stereo pair with Google units, and even that doesn’t assure entry to Trueplay, the rationale you’d select Sonos over others. Sonos additionally doesn’t help the Google Assistant.
In persevering with with the relative sustainability promise of its sister merchandise, the Move 2 has a replaceable battery, so it may be simply swapped if it’s not holding a cost or for no matter different cause.