That means creating a Sonos account, the usual privacy provisions (which no one reads) and linking your smartphone to it. The app also handles voice assistant linking.
IP56 means dust and water-resistant – not dust and waterproof – PASSable
Sonos says Move stands up to humidity, rain, snow, dust, salt spray, UV rays, and extreme heat and cold.
Sonos says don’t worry about accidental drops or bumps. A hard-wearing, shock-resistant case protects Move’s components.
Sonos even produced a video.
Segue – The statements remind me of a wealthy friend that bought a $200+K Range Rover to go bush bashing. On his first attempt, he ever so gently scratched the side, and it cost $27,000 to repair!
His wife then bought him a $24K Suzuki 4×4 Jimny and said “Do you darndest” taking the Range Rover for herself. Said friend is chastened but loving the Jimny and does not care if it gets a few scratches.
Well, Sonos Move is dust/water-resistant, it certainly is not MIL-STD and I am certainly not going to take a $649 speaker to the beach or drop it. For that, give me a durable, lower cost, JBL or Ultimate Ears ‘Coke can” style BT speaker with longer battery life.
Sonos sound – PASS
I love Sonos sound, but we need to be careful not to antagonise those damned purist audiophiles (a.k.a. Thomas Bartlett).
It has one downward-firing tweeter and one front-firing woofer covering mid and bass. It is a front centric sound – it does not fire to the rear – 180° at best.
This speaker supports 16-bit/44.1kHz only (not hi-res) – Sonos does not hide this! BT is 4.2 with the SBC codec.
That means MP3/4/ACC/OGG to 320kbps in PCM stereo or mono down mix.
This speaker gets quite loud – 85dB, and it may be capable of a little more depending on the content and source device. But at that level, there is a loss of that tight, bright sound we expect. Back off to 70-75dB to fix that.
Sound Signature – EXCEED
All tests are on default settings, and music streamed over Wi-Fi from Spotify Premium. We also tried over BT and it uses the SBC standard codec. Frankly, both had a similar sound signature.
At full blast (85dB) you can see the divergence between the gold and white lines – in layman’s terms that is all about ‘tightness’ – the closer the curves, the better.
But back off and it gets closer to Sonos sound.