- Deep Bass: 20-40Hz – none
- Middle Bass: 40-100Hz – building to quite strong
- High Bass: 100 to 200Hz – flat (that means good)
- Low-mid: 200-400Hz – flat
- Mid: 400-1000Hz – flat
- High-mid: 1-2kHz – flat
- Low-treble: 2-4kHz – flat
- Treble:4-6kHz – flat
- High Treble: 6-10kHz – a slight decline (to remove harshness)
- Dog whistle: 10-20 – peak and decline after 18kHz
This is almost a perfect signature music. It has strong (but not overbearing bass) and mid as well as handling the most elegant treble.
Comparing it to the Sonos One – the One is ‘tighter’ with slightly less bass. But the Sonos Move has a better sound stage, more volume and better mids/bass. Note that the Sonos Move cannot pair with other Sonos speakers or the sub.
Far-field mics – PASS
There are six far-field mics good to about six metres and music playing at 75%.
Note that you select either Google Assistant or Alexa in the app. To change – use the app.
Battery – PASSable (update – now 11 hours with software update)
Sonos claims 10-hour battery life from a 2500mAh battery. This is only achievable at 50% volume, and while that is fine for indoors, it is not for outdoor or party use.
Battery charge time using the 18V/2.5A (45W) base was a little over three hours.
But there is also a USB-C port on the back that works as well. Sonos recommends a 20V/2.25A (45W) or larger USB-C PD 2.0 charger. Due to time constraints, we did not do a full charge with this. But it is a nice feature. Regrettably, the USB-C port cannot stream music.
Sonos advise that the battery life is about 900 full charge/discharge cycles – three years of complete daily discharge! The thoughtful Sonos people will sell you a replacement battery so we assume that it is relatively easy to replace.
But be aware – as a voice-assisted speaker is always on and connected to Wi-Fi its standby time is about 120 hours – 5 days.
Auto Trueplay – interesting – PASS
Sonos Move can adjust its sound (as it is a front/side-firing speaker) using the inbuilt microphones. Its called True Play and it automatically re-tunes as you move Sonos Move to different locations on the Wi-Fi network.
BTW – it is not as hard as we suggested to move to a different Wi-Fi network – the app can do that. But it is hard to set up Google Assistant or Alexa again creating a new location.
Airplay 2, grouping and stereo – PASS
We had no issues setting up AirPlay 2 from an iPhone. You can also group speakers for multi-room setups via the app. There is an interesting ‘party-mode’ that will broadcast the same music to all Sonos speakers. You can stereo pair but not with other Sonos models.
GadgetGuy’s take – Sonos Move is a couch potato – leave it at home
Nice try Sonos, but no amount of marketing can make this $599/649 speaker a beach party favourite.
No, it is a speaker for home – one where you carry music around with you as long as you have a Wi-Fi signal. And it is one for a Sonos home – there is no point buying this unless it becomes part of the Sonos ecosystem.
But what is best – Sonos Move or Bose Portable Home speaker?
It is tough to compare because Sonos is really part of the Sonos ecosystem, and I can’t see a lot of non-Sonos owners ripping out and buying it.