Last year the Sonos Roam arrived as a portable smart speaker option that not only offered great sound you could take with you, but also access to assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. . It was originally priced at $169, but Sonos cited global chip shortages as the reason for bumping the price to $179 last fall. If you were interested in the product but want to save a few bucks, Sonos is now introducing the Roam SL, a micless version that retails for $159 and mimics the similar micless One SL released two years ago.
According to the FAQ, losing the microphone doesn’t just remove support for either voice assistant. It also means there’s no automatic Trueplay sound adjustment and you live without the Sound Swap feature which allows you to transmit audio from the Roam to a nearby Sonos speaker by holding the play button. sunk.
While the Roam does not support pairing via Bluetooth, the Roam SL does support stereo pairing with another Roam SL or the original Roam speaker when streaming music over Wi-Fi. come in handy if you just don’t need to talk to a voice assistant while listening to music at the beach or poolside this summer, or if you’re just buying a second speaker to pair with your original . It’s also still compatible with the optional wireless charger Sonos sells for $49 or any Qi-certified wireless charger.
Everything else seems to be the same for a compact speaker that we enjoyed when we reviewed it last spring. It still features an 18WH battery promising 10 hours of continuous playtime, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, IP67 waterproof certification, and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility. Pre-orders are available now from Sonos, shipments to begin March 15.