Sonos just quietly updated its Roam 2 portable speaker and you’ll appreciate the changes

Sonos Roam 2

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Sonos has introduced the second generation of its smallest portable speaker, the Wander 2. Priced at $179, the new speaker offers some minor but significant improvements over its predecessor, including easier controls and faster setup.

The Roam 2 can now be used as a Bluetooth speaker, eliminating the need for an initial setup process with the Sonos app on a home Wi-Fi network. Additionally, it features a dedicated Bluetooth pairing button on the back, which simplifies the pairing process compared to the previous model.

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While the Roam 2 maintains the same compact design, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has confirmed that the speaker’s battery life has been optimized, offering slightly longer usage time. The Roam 2 boasts up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. The speaker also retains popular features from its predecessor, such as Sound Swap and the ability to share audio from a Bluetooth-compatible source across an entire Sonos system.

Although the Roam 2 does not feature a user-replaceable battery like the Move and Move 2Spence emphasized that Sonos has learned from customer feedback, prioritizing touch buttons and out-of-the-box usability. While the speaker driver design remains the same, Sonos hasn’t made any explicit claims about better sound quality. The company claims that the Roam 2 delivers the same rich, detailed sound and bass with the clarity, depth and fullness you’d expect from a larger speaker. Dustproof and fully waterproof with a rigorously tested IP67 rating, it can withstand splashes, dirt, and the elements with ease.

Sonos Roam 2 speaker colors

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The Roam 2 is now available for purchase at several retailers, and some Best Buy locations are already showing off the speaker ahead of its official launch. Roam 2 is available globally starting today, May 21 for $179 at sonos.comand in five color options (olive, sunset, wave, black and white) to fit your style.

In addition to Roam 2, Sonos is also rolling out updates and bug fixes to the Sonos app via a software release today. The company also launched its first pair of headphones today in the form of $449 Ace.