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Sonos Move 2 brings stereo sound, longer battery life, and USB-C line-in
- Sonos has launched the Move 2 portable Bluetooth speaker.
- The device promises up to 24 hours of playback, new touch controls, stereo sound, and more.
- It costs $449 and will be available starting September 20.
Sonos has upgraded its Move Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker and released a new version called the Move 2. The refresh brings a host of new capabilities to Sonos’ most premium portable speaker. For one, it now features stereo sound instead of mono, thanks to its dual-tweeter architecture. Three Class-D amplifiers power the sound experience, and one mid-woofer promises deep bass. You can also use the Sonos app to further adjust bass, treble, and loudness.
Sonos has also added new capacitive touch controls to the Move 2 to help play, pause, skip, replay, adjust volume, mute voice assistant, and group/ungroup Sonos speakers.
Another upgrade from the first-gen Sonos Move comes in the form of a bigger 44Wh battery. The company claims this helps the Move 2 provide 24 hours of playback, up from the 10-hour-long playback promise of its predecessor.
The speakers now support USB-C line-in, which means you can charge your phone and other devices with it. However, you will have to purchase an auxiliary cable and the Sonos Line-In Adapter separately.
The Move 2 also retains its predecessor's IP56 rating for protection against water and dust.
Elsewhere, The Sonos Move 2 includes a far-field microphone array for voice control through digital assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It still supports wireless charging, and the base for it is provided with the speaker.
The Move 2 also retains its predecessor’s IP56 rating for protection against water and dust. Wi-Fi connectivity alongside Bluetooth means the speaker can be added to your existing Sonos ecosystem. It also means that the Move 2 can pull audio straight from the internet instead of relying on your source device for audio through the Sonos app.
Sonos Move 2 price and availability
The Sonos Move 2 is more expensive than the original Move. It comes in at $449, up from the $399 price of the Move. It still looks as hefty as before, though, and this could be a problem for the speaker’s portability, just like its predecessor.
The speaker will go on sale starting September 20 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Australia, and New Zealand, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore. Availability will follow in India, Japan and China.