Roam is Sonos’ smallest portable speaker, but now it actually gets a little brother – Sonos Roam SL!
Mic drop from Sonos
In this case, the little brother is exactly the same size and has much of the same functionality as the original – including the ability to play music wirelessly via both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This makes it a nifty gadget that’s easy to carry around the house or take on the road.
Roam SL is also IP68 certified, meaning it’s both dust and waterproof. Sonos promises ten hours of battery life with constant use and up to ten days in hibernation. For longer battery life, battery saver can be switched on; the speaker will then switch off completely when not in use.
The main difference between the Roam SL and the original is that Sonos has dropped the integrated microphone. This means the SL version won’t function as a standalone smart speaker with voice control, and also loses the ability to adjust the sound reproduction to the environment it’s in. Instead, the sound must be adjusted manually via the EQ in the Sonos app.
Other than that, the audio specs should be the same. The speaker can also be paired in stereo with an additional Roam SL (or Roam) via Wi-Fi.
Price and availability
The Sonos Roam SL will cost €179, which is €20 less than the regular Roam. Wireless charging is optional at €49.
Roam SL will land in stores on 15 March, but is available for pre-order now. It will be available in black and white.