Sonos Move: Your Speaker of Choice?
Smart speakers have somewhat overtaken the audio market in the past decade. Long gone are the days where a good speaker meant a big speaker. Such is the quality of audio products these days that even small units produce loud and exceptionally clear sounds.
Sonos has great competition from companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, and Hitachi but it still manages to stand out from the crowd with this creation.
What sets speakers apart in this era is their ‘smart’ capabilities.
The Sonos Move, released on September 24th, 2020, has been a critical and commercial success, and much of that’s down to the additional capabilities it has over being just a simple AUX speaker.
The Basic Features and Functions
- 240 millimetres in size - This makes it easy to store or set up in any area of the house.
- Various control methods - Control the Sonos Move with touch or via voice command.
- Lightweight - At just three kilograms, you could quite easily take it in your suitcase, or in your bag to work. It’s small, too, and the cases can be bought very cheaply.
A Little More detail about the awesome features included
It’s completely weatherproof, which is already a fantastic start. Intense heat? No problem. Heavy rain? No problem. Snowing? Bring it on. The wind might be an issue if there’s a tornado, but it’s exceptionally drop-resistant, so whilst it wouldn’t be wise to test the limits of this feature, you can rest assured that it won’t break if it slips off the table. In fact, it’s made to survive drops, bumps, dust, and even strong UV rays.
The sound quality is described by Sonos as having a ‘surprisingly deep bass, a wide soundscape’. This seems like a fair assessment. The sound feels quite immersive, especially when compared with similar competing products in the same price bracket.
Listeners can enjoy up to ten hours of play, so you won’t have to worry about charging your Sonos Move half way through the party. Then, once the night’s over and the party hats are in the bin, simply place your speaker on the base that’s included, and it’ll recharge in just a couple of hours.
If you need to charge the speaker in transit, that’s easy too. Just connect it with the USB-C travel charger and hey presto!
Streaming over Wi-Fi couldn’t be easier. With just a click of a button or a simple voice command, you can connect your Sonos to the home network, and then use Bluetooth when you’re out, or just offline.
Alexa, the Hidden Gem
Alexa takes this speaker to a whole new level. The device comes pre-installed with this technology and it really does make all the difference.
If you’re hosting a party, doing house chores, exercising, have your hands full with anything, or maybe just feeling too tired or hungover to move, Alexa can solve all your problems for you.
It can play music and control your smart devices, including anything from fridges to lights, alarms, microwaves, door locks, and anything else that can be connected.
Not only that, you can access any information on the internet, such as news, weather, or sports results, all just by using your voice.
Picture yourself having a bath and asking Alexa to locate the biggest number one hit in 1963, or sitting down to dinner and asking Alexa to turn off the oven.
Alexa takes the Sonos Move from being an exceptionally high-quality audio speaker to an all-round home assistant.
In addition, Google Assistant also comes pre-built within the user interface. So, once you’re logged into your Google account on the Sonos Move, there’s nothing you can’t do. Google Maps, restaurant reviews, TV series ratings. Google Assistant can do it all, just by registering your voice commands.
Conclusion - Worth it?
It’s hard to deny that it’s an exceptional piece of audio and smart technology equipment.
The audio quality is fantastic, the battery lasts longer than almost all competing products in the same price range.
The potential of the inbuilt Alexa software could have a hugely positive effect on your lifestyle at home after a long day of work.
If you’re looking for a high-quality speaker with an array of useful extras, then the Sonos Move is a wonderful option you should consider.