Not every sequel requires the reinvention of the wheel, especially if the original design already has a lot going for it. Such is the case of the follow up to the Sonos Move. The successor of the popular portable outdoor wireless speaker that took the Sonos ecosystem out wherever you could carry the robust battery-powered speaker by the cuff of its neck is back four years later as the Sonos Move 2, bringing with it a sizable list of improvements, including a nature-inspired hue.
A cursory glance and you might believe the second Move has hardly changed, and for the most part the gently curved design of the first generation Move remains intact. The first Move was limited to “this or that” – a monochromatic choice of black or white. The Move 2 adds one more welcome option: a backyard-friendly Olive color that should blend in amicably against the backdrop of a lawn, garden, or pool.
The original Move was plenty loud and clear, but was also limited to mono. The new Sonos Move 2 now operates in stereo, fitted with three class-D digital amplifiers powering a pair of angled tweeters and a precision-tuned midwoofer tuned to deliver crisp audible sound, no small thing for a speaker intended to be used in open air environments.
A wireless portable speaker is only as good as its battery life, and the Move 2 has that covered with a sizable 44Wh rechargeable battery that is now good for up to an entire day of playback (the battery life comes at the expense of a hefty 6.6 lbs weight, but if ultimate portability is a concern, the Sonos Roam is an option). All that battery life is additionally expanding to share its wealth in the form of a USB-C port available for mobile device recharging. Sonos also made the battery removable and replaceable, extending the use/life of the Move 2 beyond a one and done affair.
The Sonos Move 2 is not a reinvention of the wheel, but it does everything to make it roll faster, further, and more efficiently than its predecessor, making the $449 portable powerhouse a strong candidate for one of the best outdoor wireless speakers, again.
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