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Sonos Roam 2 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jun 20, 2024 at 03:08 pm
Sonos Roam 2 Picture
6.5
Music
6.2
Videos/Movies
7.7
Podcasts
8.6
Voice Assistant
6.8
Outdoors

The Sonos Roam 2 is the next generation of the handheld Sonos Roam/Roam SL. Not much has changed for this triangular prism of sound, but what Sonos has updated are modest and welcome additions. There's now a dedicated Bluetooth button, so gone are the days of accidentally turning off your Sonos speaker when trying to pair it. Google Assistant has also gone out the door, leaving Amazon Alexa and the manufacturer's own voice assistant to fill the gap. These minor changes show that Sonos doesn't need to reinvent the wheel to make a Bluetooth speaker.

Our Verdict

6.5 Music

The Sonos Roam 2 is okay for music. Like its predecessor, it has a room correction feature to help optimize its sound to your room's unique acoustics. Overall, its sound is well-suited for a variety of music as its flat mid-range ensures that vocals and instruments sound clear and natural in mixes. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low bass, so tracks with a prominent bassline feel light on thump and rumble. The companion app has a bass and treble slider to help you adjust its sound.

Pros
  • Room correction feature available.
  • Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression at high volumes.
  • Lacks low bass.
6.2 Videos/Movies

The Sonos Roam 2 is acceptable for videos and movies. It's not really designed for this purpose, but it can make do if you want to stream video from your phone. Dialogue sounds clear and easy to follow, and latency is somewhat low using iOS devices, so lipsync mismatch is minor. That said, this speaker is quite small and lacks a thumpy low bass. It also can't reach a satisfyingly loud volume to fill up a large room.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders available.
  • Room correction feature available.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression at high volumes.
  • Lacks low bass.
7.7 Podcasts

The Sonos Roam 2 is good for podcasts. Thanks to its small design, this speaker is portable and can be taken from room to room. When it comes to its sound, voices are clear and accurate, making it easy to follow along. You can always adjust its sound using the bass and treble sliders in the app, too. You can only pair this speaker with one audio source at a time.

Pros
  • Bass and treble sliders available.
  • Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression at high volumes.
8.6 Voice Assistant

The Sonos Roam 2 is excellent for voice assistant support. You have Amazon Alexa and Sono's own voice assistant built in. The mic can easily capture your voice commands, even if you're somewhat far away. And, if you don't want the speaker listening in on you at all times, there's a mic mute button on-hand.

Pros
  • Mic mute button available.
  • Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression at high volumes.
6.8 Outdoors

The Sonos Roam 2 is alright for outdoor use. This lightweight speaker is certified IP67 for resistance against dust and water immersion, making it a solid choice for days by the pool or beach. It also supports Bluetooth, so playing audio from your phone is easy. That said, its roughly five-hour continuous battery life is slightly limited for long days outside, and while the speaker's small stature makes it easy to grab and go, it doesn't get loud enough to fill a large space with sound.

Pros
  • IP57 rating.
  • Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression at high volumes.
  • Five hour continuous battery life.
  • 6.5 Music
  • 6.2 Videos/Movies
  • 7.7 Podcasts
  • 8.6 Voice Assistant
  • 6.8 Outdoors
  1. Updated Jun 20, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 17, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 30, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 27, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sonos Roam 2 comes in several colorways: 'Black,' 'White,' 'Olive,' 'Wave,' and 'Sunset.' We tested the 'Sunset' colorway; you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the comments.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Sonos Roam 2 is a small Bluetooth speaker replacing the Sonos Roam/Roam SL. There have been minor changes overall, but for many, these may not be enough to tip the scales when shopping generations. If you're looking for a design refresh with small quality-of-life updates like a dedicated Bluetooth pairing button and more Sonos ecosystem integration, then the second gen is worth considering, but otherwise, both models offer a comparable performance. That said, if you want something more affordable and don't need all the Sonos-specific extras, the similarly sized JBL Flip 6 offers a more customizable performance and can get louder.

Looking for even more speakers? Check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best small Bluetooth speakers, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

JBL Flip 6

Depending on your needs, you may prefer either the JBL Flip 6 or the Sonos Roam 2. While both Bluetooth speakers are small, lightweight, and easily transportable, the JBL offers more customizability via its companion app, allowing you to adjust the sound to suit your needs. It also supports multi-device pairing and has a slightly longer battery life. That said, if you need voice assistant support or are already integrated into the Sonos way of life, then the Sonos is worth considering. It has built-in Amazon Alexa and Sonos' own voice assistant. It also works on Wi-Fi and can be connected to other Sonos speakers in your setup.

Sonos Roam/Roam SL

The Sonos Roam 2 is the next generation of the Sonos Roam/Roam SL and, in many ways, is a very similar speaker with a nearly identical look and feel. With the second generation, you get separate Bluetooth and power buttons. While built-in Google Assistant is phased out, it's replaced with a Sonos voice assistant. Other than that, the sound performance is very similar. The second-gen can get a bit louder, but it's still not enough to fill a large room with sound.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3

While both the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 and the Sonos Roam 2 are small, portable Bluetooth speakers, they offer different pros and cons. If you care about voice assistant support, the Sonos speaker provides it in the form of built-in Amazon Alexa and Sonos' own assistant. It also supports Wi-Fi, and you can pair the speaker with other Sonos products in your home. On the other hand, the Ultimate Ears packs more of a punch when it comes to longevity, with a greater battery life and build quality. Although both speakers are rated IP67, the Ultimate Ears can float in water, which is handy for hot days by the pool. It lacks customization features, though.

Apple HomePod mini

Depending on your preferences, you may go for either the Apple HomePod mini or the Sonos Roam 2. If you're already in the Apple ecosystem, it makes sense to add on the HomePod since it supports Siri, and there's a built-in speakerphone option, which is great for taking calls. Both speakers support Apple AirPlay, though, and the HomePod is strictly a home speaker since it has to be wired to work. In contrast, the Sonos has the edge for portability. It's a Bluetooth speaker, and while its battery life isn't particularly long-lasting and doesn't get very loud, it's still a solid choice for use outdoors, especially as it's certified IP67 for resistance against dust and water.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Sonos Roam 2 looks identical to the Sonos Roam/Roam SL, as it's a triangular prism that can be seated horizontally or vertically. There's a sleek plastic grille wrapping around its front face, and, in a noticeable departure from the previous generation, the Sonos logo is now of a similar color to the speaker instead of white, which is handy if you're looking to tone down the logomania. This speaker also comes in a few different colorways, including 'Black,' 'Red,' 'White,' 'Green,' and 'Blue.'

9.4
Design
Portability
Volume
39 inยณ (632 cmยณ)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

This speaker is portable since it's small, lightweight, and easily carriable with one hand. Because it has a battery, you don't have to worry about plugging it into a power source. You can also see this speaker in its vertical position here.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Impact Resistance
Yes (IK rating unspecified)
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The Sonos Roam 2 has an excellent build quality. It's mostly made of plastic with a sleek grille and silicone end caps. If you place it horizontally, four small rubber feet keep the speaker in place. Although there isn't a cover for the USB port, the speaker is certified IP67, so it's fully dust-tight and can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes, making it a solid choice for pool parties. Sonos also mentions that this speaker is drop-resistant, so it can survive an accidental tumble, but there's no IK rating.

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

The controls are pretty simple and easy to use. You can see a video of it in use here. In addition to the standard play/pause and volume controls, there's a voice assistant control. Unlike the previous gen, this model has also split the power and Bluetooth buttons, so no more accidentally turning off the speaker when you're trying to pair it to your phone. You can even place this speaker alongside another Sonos speaker's play/pause button to swap audio.

There's a light on the front of the speaker that changes color to indicate its status. Another light on the opposite side of the speaker lets you know the status of the battery. There's even a microphone light to tell you when you're muted and unmuted. There are chimes to let you know when you've reached max volume and beeps that change in volume to indicate the general volume.

Design
In The Box

  • Sonos Roam 2 speaker
  • USB-C to USB-A charge cable
  • Manuals

Sound
6.7
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.17
Std. Err.
2.05 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
76.6 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.8 kHz

This speaker sounds fairly similar to its predecessor. It also has Trueplay, which is a room correction feature that uses the speaker's microphone to optimize its sound to your room's unique acoustics. You can only set this up via the Sonos app, which is compatible with iOS devices, so Android users can't take advantage of this feature.

After using Trueplay, this speaker sounds well-balanced. Vocals and instruments sound clear, present, and detailed, making this sound well-suited for a variety of audio content. That said, due to its small size, it lacks low bass, so if you're into genres like EDM and hip-hop, you'll notice the absence of thump and rumble in its sound. You can customize the sound using the app's bass and treble levels, but adding more bass won't get you much more of a thumpy sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.3
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
3.20 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

The soundstage of the Sonos Roam 2 is mediocre. On its own, it has to downmix stereo content into mono, which creates a flat and narrow soundstage. You can always pair it with another compatible speaker to create a stereo pair though. On the upside, the speaker has good directivity, so sound is consistent regardless of where you are in relation to it.

6.1
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
87.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.55 dB

The Sonos Roam has a mediocre dynamics performance. It can get louder than the Sonos Roam/Roam SL but isn't designed to fill a large room or open space with sound. As you raise the volume, the sound compresses, especially in the bass range, which means your audio doesn't sound as clear.

Active Features
6.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
5.0 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

Sonos advertises that this speaker can play audio for 10 hours continuously. That said, we measured half of it over Bluetooth, possibly due to the battery testing conditions, including volume and connectivity (like Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth). In contrast, when used over Wi-Fi, we measured roughly eight hours. If you're worried about battery life, you can enable power settings in the app and, more specifically, enable 'Wi-Fi Power Save,' which will extend the battery life over this connection. You can also place this speaker on a wireless charging pad if you don't want to fumble with the charging cable.

9.3
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
Good

There's outstanding voice assistant support in the form of built-in Amazon Alexa and Sonos voice assistant. There's no Google Assistant support, unlike the Sonos Roam/Roam SL. If you use the voice assistant feature, the assistant can capture your voice if you're far away or in a noisy environment. There's also a mic mute button that you can use for more private moments.

If you want to access the Sonos voice assistant, you can say, 'Hey, Sonos.' You can play audio from common streaming services, move audio from one group to another (once set up in the app), and even do playback controls like play and pause audio or turn on your TV if you already have a Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc soundbar (and they're connected to the app).

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

The Sonos app is outstanding, and you can see it in action here. You can set up a Sonos network with your Wi-Fi, making it easy to pair other Sonos speakers together for stereo sound or group multiple speakers for a wider, more encompassing sound across different spaces in your home. If you're using two of the same speakers as a stereo pair, they can play Bluetooth audio when connected via Wi-Fi, but if Wi-Fi isn't available, you can't stereo pair the two speakers. In addition to setting up speakers, you can use the app's bass and treble sliders to adjust the sound and even access your streaming services for a more seamless experience.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
No
7.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Bluetooth iOS Latency
128 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
170 ms
Bluetooth Range
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

The Sonos Roam 2 has decent Bluetooth connectivity. It doesn't support multi-device pairing, which can be a little limiting if you tend to switch audio sources. While latency is lower on iOS devices, there's some latency present; there's still some present via Android, though, which isn't ideal if you want to stream video. Some apps and devices compensate for latency, though.

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

This speaker supports Wi-Fi as well as Apple AirPlay 2. The latency is somewhat low using this connection, so you can stream video without major lipsync mismatch. Unfortunately, Android users can't make the most of Wi-Fi since there's no support for Chromecast.