Categories: Sonos

This Is The Sonos Portable Speaker

While Sonos may have a two day press event planned to intro new products later this month, the Internet has a differing timeline. And, yesterday, two of several devices we believe Sonos is working on passed through the FCC. One may be a refreshed Sonos Connect, although I’d been hoping for a smaller subwoofer, the other adds Bluetooth streaming capabilities — in addition to the traditional Sonos mesh, but something entirely new for the music streaming pioneer.

a high-performance wireless speaker and part of the Sonos sound system. The device’s primary function will be for streaming with Wi-Fi, but also features Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth Low Energy, used for simplified setup.

As it turns out, someone saw me tweeting about a “round” Sonos and wanted to set the record straight … with the above photo. Voilà! It’s almost assuredly the long rumored, long pined after portable Sonos. Given the microphone array (for Alexa and Google), touch controls, and dot-dense-grill, I’m guessing it won’t be as rugged as the UE Boom 3 or even the IPX4 Bose Revolve ($200-300) and more suited for usage around the house than for a jaunt to the beach but, hey, it’s a Sonos! That’s portable!

In terms of styling, this is clearly a Sonos given the branding and One-esque top surface. But, unlike the One, this speaker is more cylindrical and possibly a bit smaller. Given the slightly tapered and possibly bumperized base, as with those aforementioned bluetooth speakers, I wonder about potential battery life and the possibility of a charging cradle.

9:40AM EST Update: The Verge is now reporting the back features a WiFi/Bluetooth toggle switch and an integrated handle. There is a charging base, but no word yet if it’s bundled or an additional purchase. In a first for Sonos, the speaker is powered by USB-C. Lastly, Verge indicates the Sonos speaker is slightly taller and wider than the One, despite the photo that makes it appear smaller.

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  • Given the potential dual logo alignment, I wonder about the back - is it flat, can I lay this down? And what about a carrying strap or handle? If there is a charging dock, is it a separate purchase like UE and Bose or bundled like the discontinued Echo Tap?

  • Ich kann mir vorstellen das so mancher Wohnmobilfahrer diese Box nutzen und lieben zu schätzen weis. Liebe Grüße von Heinz Abend

  • Cool. A portable Sonos with AirPlay 2. I wonder how heavy a portable Sonos is! :) I was always surprised how heavy a Sonos speaker is (due to the built-in amp(s)). I read a 3rd generation Sonos Play:5 (Sonos 5) is coming. I'd rather see a Sonos 3 update to the discontinued Sonos Play:3. The Sonos 1 lacks the bass of the Play:3 and the Play:5 @ $500 means $1,000 for a stereo pair! For that kind of money you can buy better speakers powered by an A/V receiver. But a stereo pair of Sonos Play:3's made a nice setup for ~$500.

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Dave Zatz