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Sonos Move 2 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 17, 2023 at 09:25 am
Sonos Move 2 Picture
7.5
Music
6.9
Videos/Movies
7.8
Podcasts
8.8
Voice Assistant
7.6
Outdoors

The Sonos Move 2 is the next generation of the Sonos Move. This speaker retains a similar style with an improved two-tweeter build that allows you to playback stereo content without downmixing it to mono. Built-in Alexa support allows for hands-free control, and its Auto Trueplay feature automatically optimizes its sound to the unique acoustics of your room. It's stylish enough for home use and sturdy enough to take to the backyard, thanks to its IP56 rating for dust and water resistance.

Our Verdict

7.5 Music

The Sonos Move 2 is good for music. It has an automatic room correction feature that uses the speaker's microphones to analyze a room's unique acoustics and adjust its output accordingly for the best possible sound. The resulting sound is quite even, so voices and lead instruments are clear in the mix. There's a little extra warmth in the high-bass, too. You can customize it a little with bass and treble adjustments as well.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Automatic room correction tool.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
6.9 Videos/Movies

The Sonos Move 2 is fair for videos. This speaker reproduces dialogue with clarity, making it easy to follow along with the conversation on screen. Its latency is lowest over an Airplay connection, so you can stream videos without lip-synching issues. However, latency is a touch higher with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth. Plus, it lacks the deep rumble in the low-bass to bring a cinematic feel to movies.

Pros
  • Automatic room correction tool.
  • Gets loud.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • Lacks deep low-bass.
7.8 Podcasts

The Sonos Move 2 is good for podcasts. This speaker reproduces dialogue with clarity and accuracy, so it's easy to follow along with the conversation in your favorite shows. For longer episodes, its portable design means you can bring it with you from room to room as you listen. It gets loud, too, though there's some compression when you push it to max volume.

Pros
  • Bass and treble adjustments.
  • Gets loud.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
8.8 Voice Assistant

The Sonos Move 2 has built-in Alexa for hands-free control. This voice assistant tool easily understands your commands, even if you're far away from the speaker itself or if you're in the midst of a noisy environment. You can also mute the microphone for more private moments. Plus, it has Sonos Voice Control to connect with other Sonos products using only your voice.

Pros
  • Built-in voice assistant.
  • Mic mute button.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
7.6 Outdoors

The Sonos Move 2 is good for outdoor use. It's a solid, sturdy speaker rated IP56 for dust and water resistance. Since it's battery-powered, you don't need to worry about plugging it into an outlet to use it. It's also designed for easy one-hand carry, which is nice. Its roughly ten-hour battery life is suitable for a day outside, but it isn't enough for overnight camping trips.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Portable design.
  • IP56 rating for dust and water resistance.
Cons
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.9 Videos/Movies
  • 7.8 Podcasts
  • 8.8 Voice Assistant
  • 7.6 Outdoors
  1. Updated Nov 17, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 13, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Nov 08, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Oct 11, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Oct 03, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sonos Move 2 is available in colors like Black, White, and Green. We tested the Black version, and you can see the label here.

Let us know in the forums if you come across another version of this speaker.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Sonos Move 2 is a portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker that's the next generation of the Sonos Move. This version can playback stereo content and has some extra connectivity options for those who want to use a line-in adapter. It's a bit larger than the Sonos Roam and supports voice assistants.

See also our recommendations for the best outdoor speakers, the best smart speakers, and the best home speakers.

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move 2 is the next generation of the Sonos Move, with some noticeable improvements. Namely, the Move 2 can playback stereo content without downmixing it to mono. Both speakers have a similar design, and while the Move 2 is advertised to have a longer battery life, it performed about the same as its predecessor in our tests. However, it doesn't support multi-device pairing like the original Move, which is disappointing.

Sonos Era 300

The Sonos Era 300 and the Sonos Move 2 are designed with different use cases in mind. The Era 300 is a wired-only home speaker, so it's not as portable as the Move 2 and isn't rated for dust or water resistance. Still, it has a better low-frequency extension and Dolby Atmos support, which the Move 2 lacks. If you want a battery-powered speaker to bring outdoors, though, the Move 2 is a better bet.

Sonos Era 100

The Sonos Era 100 is a wired-only speaker that's better for in-home use than the Sonos Move 2. The Era 100 has a better low-frequency extension, which is ideal for bass reproduction. However, it's not as portable as the battery-powered Move 2 and isn't rated for dust or water resistance. If you want to bring your speaker on the go, the Move 2 is the better choice.

Sonos Roam

The Sonos Roam is a smaller and more portable alternative to the Sonos Move 2. Both speakers have integrated voice assistant support and sturdy builds meant to bring along with you outdoors. However, the larger Move 2 gets louder, brings more bass, and lasts longer on its battery. It can playback stereo content, too, unlike the Roam, which has to downmix it into mono.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Sonos Move 2 is very similar in design to the original Sonos Move. Both are sleek and simple speakers designed to fit in with your home decor. This version comes in several colors, including Black, which appears darker than the first-gen model.

8.7
Design
Portability
Volume
295 inยณ (4,838 cmยณ)
Weight
6.7 lbs (3.1 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is designed with portability in mind. It's battery-powered, so you don't need to keep it plugged into an outlet to use it. Plus, there's a hollow part at the back of the speaker to help you carry it around in one hand.

8.2
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Waterproof (IPx6)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Protected (IP5x)
Impact Resistance
Yes (IK rating unspecified)
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The Sonos Move 2 has a great build quality. Like its predecessor, it's rated IP56 for dust and water resistance to help protect it against the elements. It has a solid build with metal grilles covering most of the speaker to protect the drivers inside. Matte plastic covers the speaker's top and back, and there's a rubber base to help hold it in place. The dock is also rubberized.

8.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Tactile)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Tactile)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Tactile)
Microphone On/Off
Yes (Physical)
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are intuitive and easy to use. At the top of the speaker, you find two arrow buttons to skip to the previous or the next track and a play/pause button. The volume slider lets you tap to increase or decrease the volume, and you can also slide from one side to another to easily adjust the volume. Also, the speech bubble button lets you activate the voice assistant.

On the back of the speaker, you find a few more controls. Here, you find the controls to power the device on/off, activate Bluetooth, and mute and unmute the microphone. Again, they're responsive and easy to use. Audible feedback makes it easy to know when your command is registered, too.

Design
In The Box

  • Sonos Move 2 speaker
  • Setup guide
  • Charging base (Cable length: 6.6 ft/2 m)
  • 45 W Detachable charger (USB-C)

Sound
7.4
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.14
Std. Err.
2.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
49.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

This speaker uses the Auto Trueplay room correction feature. It automatically adjusts the speaker's sound based on the unique acoustics of your listening space. You don't need to press any buttons to activate it, though you'll need to ensure the microphones are on for it to work. If you mute the microphone, it won't work.

Overall, the speaker's sound is quite even, especially in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce. There's a touch of extra warmth in the high-bass that brings some life to bass-centric genres like EDM and hip-hop. With bass and treble adjustments in its app, you can customize its sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
8.2
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
3.37 dB
Stereo
Yes

Compared to the Sonos Move, this speaker adds a second tweeter, so it can playback stereo content without downmixing it to mono. Its directivity is good, too, so you get consistent sound from all angles around the speaker.

7.2
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
93.9 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.05 dB

This speaker gets loud, making it suitable for listening in larger, more open spaces. There's some compression when you push it to max volume, though.

Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
10.2 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

The manufacturer advertises a battery life of 24 hours. In our tests, the speaker lasts around ten hours, which is still decent for most days on the go. With the dock, it doesn't take very long to charge, and you can even charge it with the dock of a first-gen Sonos Move if that's easier for you. Plus, the power-saving mode shuts it off after thirty minutes of inactivity to help conserve the battery. You can even listen to music while it charges on the base, which is nice.

9.4
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Google Assistant
No
Speakerphone
No
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
Yes
Microphone Mute
Yes
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Great

Built-in Alexa lets you control the speaker using your voice. It easily picks up on your commands when you're far away and performs even better than the Sonos Move in noisier environments. Sonos Voice Control is also available, though this is best suited for users who own multiple Sonos devices, as it lets you pair them together and move the music from one room to the next.

9.3
Active Features
App
App Name
Sonos S2
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The Sonos S2 app lets you control this speaker and other Sonos products from your mobile devices. You can connect multiple speakers and spread audio throughout different rooms of your house. Plus, you can set up alarms, the status light, and touch controls. Services like Spotify and Tidal are available through the app as well. You can see a video of the app here.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

This speaker has a few more connectivity options than the original Sonos Move. The USB-C port serves several functions. You can use it to charge the speaker, for starters. Plus, you can use an AUX to USB-C adapter to connect turntables, CD players, and more for its line-in feature (Sonos sells the compatible adapters on their site separately.) Also, you can use the port for a wired Internet connection with a combo adapter sold separately by Sonos.

7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
163 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
212 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

You can wirelessly stream audio to the speaker via Bluetooth. Unlike the Sonos Move, though, you can only pair it with one device at a time. Latency is on the higher side, especially with Android devices, so you may notice some lip-synching issues with videos. Still, it's more than suitable for streaming music.

7.8
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Wi-Fi
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes
AirPlay Latency
114 ms
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

This Wi-Fi-compatible speaker makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices. If you own Apple products, you can also stream over AirPlay. Latency falls within good limits, which is ideal for streaming videos and movies.