Sonos Roam vs Sonos Transfer: Which is the precise moveable speaker for you?

(Pocket-lint) – Sonos Roam is the second one Bluetooth speaker within the (*11*)Sonos speaker portfolio, sitting along the Sonos Transfer, however how do the two examine and which one is best for you?

In case you are bearing in mind a Sonos speaker and would love it to be moveable and be offering Bluetooth, you are in the precise position. Here’s how the Sonos Roam is compares to the Sonos Transfer that will help you determine the most efficient one for your house and lifestyles.



  • Transfer: £399/$399
  • Roam: £159/$169/€179

First issues first, whilst the Sonos Roam and the Sonos Transfer percentage similarities relating to Bluetooth and portability, they don’t seem to be anyplace close to each and every different relating to value.

The Sonos Transfer prices £399 in the United Kingdom and $399 in the USA. The Sonos Roam will come to marketplace on 20 April for £159 in the United Kingdom, $169 in the USA and €179 in Europe, so they aim rather other budgets.


  • Transfer: 240 x 160 x 126mm, 3kg, IP56, built-in deal with
  • Roam: 168 x 62 x 60mm, 0.43kg, IP67

The Sonos Transfer and Sonos Roam are very other relating to design too. Whilst they percentage identical traits – like the remainder of the Sonos portfolio – they’re other sizes, other shapes, other weights and they’ve other makes use of too.

The Sonos Transfer measures 240 x 160 x 126mm (9.44 x 6.29 x 4.96-inches) and weighs 3kg (6.61lb). It is oval in form, very rugged and lines an built-in deal with. Additionally it is (*10*)IP56 rated for defense from mud debris and liquid splashes.

The Sonos Roam in the meantime, has a triangular prism form, measures 168 x 62 x 60mm (6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36-inches) and weighs 0.45kgs (0.95lb), making it considerably smaller and extra moveable than Transfer. It does not want any kind of built-in deal with as it is across the measurement of a water bottle and simple to hold round, plus it is usually absolutely water-resistant with an IP67 score so more difficult than Transfer.

The Sonos Transfer has capacitive contact controls on most sensible, together with play/pause, skip, rewind and a microphone button, together with a Wi-Fi to Bluetooth button at the rear and a pairing button. It additionally has connection issues on the backside to hook up with the wi-fi charging base. 

The Sonos Roam additionally has controls on on most sensible however they’re tactile and relatively raised slightly than capacitive. It has the similar keep an eye on choices as Transfer even though. There is a button at the aspect and a USB Kind-C port for charging. The Roam does not have any connection issues nevertheless it does be offering small round ft for when positoned horizontally. Transfer simplest provides one orientation, Roam provides twin.

Sonos Transfer and Sonos Roam each are available in Shadow Black and Lunar White color choices then again.


  • Transfer: Bluetooth, Sonos options, Auto Trueplay tuning, good assistants, AirPlay 2
  • Roam: Bluetooth, Sonos options, Auto Trueplay tuning, good assistants, AirPlay 2, Sound Change, Auto switching

Regardless that other in design and worth, the Sonos Roam provides lots of the similar options as Transfer, and a few extras too.

The Sonos Transfer is a conventional Bluetooth speaker when in Bluetooth mode, however this is a conventional Sonos speaker when in Wi-Fi mode and attached to a (*4*)Sonos device. It’s important to press the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle button to modify between the two modes even though.

The Roam switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi routinely even though, which means it is most probably to provide a extra seamless enjoy when transferring from inside of to outdoor and vice-versa. Roam additionally has a characteristic known as (*2*)Sound Change. This permits customers to press and dangle the play/pause button at the Roam to staff Roam with different Sonos audio system already enjoying – as you’ll be able to with Transfer – or proceed urgent to switch the tune enjoying on Roam to the closest Sonos speaker.

Roam additionally provides all of the similar options different Sonos audio system do, together with strengthen for over 100 tune services and products, multi-room audio, stereo pairing, Sonos Radio and alarms, like Transfer. Neither can be utilized as surrounds or bonded to a Sonos Sub.

Like Transfer, Roam additionally provides Apple AirPlay 2 strengthen and (*5*)Google Assistant and (*6*)Amazon Alexa integrated. (*9*)Transfer’s Auto TruePlay tuning characteristic could also be at the Roam, the usage of spatial consciousness to routinely modify the sound for the speaker’s orientation, location, and content material. This works over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which it is going to for Transfer too when up to date to the most recent Sonos tool.

Different Sonos audio system have TruePlay tuning on board, however it’s important to carry out the tuning manually and alternatively anytime you progress the speaker’s place.

Audio and {hardware}(*20*)

  • Transfer: Two class-D amplifiers, mid-woofer, tweeter, far-field mics, 11 hours battery, Wi-Fi 4, Bluetooth
  • Roam: Two class-H amplifiers, customized racetrack mid-woofer, tweeter, far-field mics, 10 hours battery, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth

According to its measurement, the Sonos Roam may not ship the similar audio functions because the Sonos Transfer, however it’s nonetheless anticipated to sound excellent. We can replace this selection when now we have reviewed it.

The Transfer has two class-D amplifiers, one mid-woofer built-in into the cupboard and one down-firing tweeter and it delivers superb sound. It additionally has a far-field microphone array and a chime to allow you to know Sonos Transfer has heard you and is operating on a reaction.

The Roam in the meantime, has two class-H amplifiers, one customized racetrack mid-woofer, a tweeter and a motor to extend energy and vary. It too has a far-field microphone array. 

As discussed, the Transfer has a wi-fi charging base nevertheless it provides an 11-hour battery lifestyles when now not on its base. The Sonos Roam has a USB Kind-C port for charging, however it is usually has an non-compulsory wi-fi charging base that may be purchased one at a time and it really works with Qi wi-fi charging pads too.

The Roam’s battery lifestyles is alleged to be 10 hours, or 10 days in sleep mode. Sonos Transfer helps Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth. Sonos Roam helps Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.


Conclusion (*20*)

The Sonos Roam is a way smaller, lighter, extra moveable Sonos Bluetooth speaker than the Sonos Transfer. It provides the entirety Transfer does relating to options, together with some further ones, like Sound Change and automated switching between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, all in a extra compact structure.

We would not be expecting the similar audio functions from Roam as Transfer delivers given it’s nearly part the fee and measurement, however as it is a Sonos speaker, we nonetheless be expecting Roam to ship at the sound entrance.

On paper, it seems like Sonos Roam will probably be a very good addition to any Sonos device, in addition to a really perfect beginning position for the ones new to Sonos. Additionally it is much more moveable than Transfer so best possible for travelling and chucking in a bag.

In the meantime Transfer delivers giant on sound, however it’s giant on value too, making it extra of an funding. It is nice for many who need an extra Sonos speaker to fill a decent-sized room with sound, however one they may be able to additionally deliver into the lawn or the pool. It is not then again, the easier choice out of those two for popping in a bag and bringing to the park as it is just a bit too giant.

You’ll learn all of the Sonos Roam in our separate characteristic, or learn our complete evaluate at the Sonos Transfer right here.

Writing via Britta O’Boyle.