Sonos Roam SL: A great speaker, more affordable
After it was released last year, Sonos Roam has become one of our favorite speakers, even taking its place as the top Bluetooth speaker in our test. The company is currently tracking it with Roam SL, as front SL speakerwill provide a similar experience albeit slightly lower than the original.
The Sonos Roam SL is now open for pre-orders and the speaker will begin shipping on March 15. You can pre-order the speaker in Shadow Black or Lunar White.
Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Roam SL looks almost similar to regular Roam. It has a vertical triangle design, smaller than the average plastic water bottle and light enough to take anywhere. You’ll find physical playback controls at the top and an eye-catching coating for added durability and ease of use. The speaker is IP67 certified, making it resistant to things like splashes or light rain. (you can even submerge it in a meter of water for 30 minutes and that should be fine).
The Roam SL also features the same speaker system (two amplifiers, one woofer and one tweeter) as the original, which we’ve found to produce immersive sound that works well in any environment for almost anyone. sheet music. The Roam SLlike the regular Roam, only produces sound from the front, not the full 360 degrees like other portable speakers, although we didn’t see this as an issue.
The Roam SL is compatible with Sonos ‘S2 software, so you can connect it to other Sonos speakers wirelessly. And like regular Roam, Roam SL will last up to 10 hours on a full charge. The speaker comes with Sonos’ Battery Saver mode that automatically turns off completely if you’re not using it, and you can recharge it using the included USB-A to USB-C cable. Sonos also sells an option Qi wireless charger for $49 Roam and Roam SL support. However, you can place either speaker on any Qi-enabled charger to refuel.
The biggest drawback on the Roam SL is definitely the lack of a microphone. Not only can it not be used as a smart speaker, but it also lacks Sonos’ Auto Truplay technology, which uses the microphone to assess the noise in your environment and automatically adjusts your music for good quality. best in all conditions – something we loved when testing the original Roam.
Another feature missing from cheaper speakers is Audio Switching. On the Roam, you can press and hold the play/pause button to instantly jump music to the nearest Sonos speaker in the house. This allows you to take your music with you wherever you go. Unfortunately, those who choose a Roam SL will not benefit from this feature.
If you don’t plan on using the portable speaker to make calls or use an assistant like Alexa on it, we recommend you take a look at Roam SL. It’s cheaper than the original Roam and still integrates heavily into the Sonos ecosystem or is a great place to start. Sonos’ newest speaker is Pre-order now and start shipping on March 15th.
|Speakers||Two Class-H digital amplifiers, one tweeter and one mid-woofer with adjustable Eq||Two Class-H digital amplifiers, one tweeter and one mid-woofer with automatic TruePlay and adjustable EQ|
|Microphone||N / A||A far-field microphone array|
|Charger||USB-C port or Qi-enabled wireless charging||USB-C port or Qi-enabled wireless charging|
|Connection||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and AirPlay 2||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and AirPlay 2|
|Reliability||IP67 Kháng Resistance||IP67 Kháng Resistance|
|Dimensions and weight||6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches, 0.95 pounds||6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches, 0.95 pounds|
|Color||Glossy black or glossy white||Glossy black or glossy white|