Author: ride a car
At first, I heard that Sonos had to release a portable “Bluetooth speaker”, I am very surprised. Because in my impression, Sonos mainly hits home, the product has always been based on family speakers, even if you can bring out Move, it is also a large number of 3kg heavy heads, it is not portable. Until the arrival of ROAM, Sonos finally had a real portable speaker.
Roam SL continued Sonos family-style packaging, the primary color carton equipped with simple printing, which looks very environmentally friendly. There is a small handle on the top, convenient shelf exhibition and let you take home.
The packaging seal uses this disposable easy-pull sticker, and it is very pleasant to tear the seal without using the tool.
The three major characteristics of ROAM SL are printed in the packaging: Bluetooth, WiFi and IP67 dustproof and waterproof, and the positioning of the portable speaker is very enemied.
When you open the package, you can see that the roam sl is lying quietly in the non-woven protective bag, and the side of the inner box is printed with the five big characters of “Sonos”, which is very simple.
Accessories in the packaging are also very simple. In addition to the speaker subject, it is a quick setup guide and charging cable. Although everyone is already getting used to the electronic product does not send the charge head, but there will be a little bit of a bit, but it is not to say that this charging head is, but it is hoped that the cost of the manufacturer can reflect the price.
The charging line is C to A design, and the C port adopts the elbow design. Regardless of the speaker, the cylindrical end is more convenient than the ordinary flat head.
Faded from the non-woven coat, the white ROAM SL body, the whole with rounded tri-prism, the size of 168 x 62 x 60 mm, the weight is 430g, and it is very textured in his hand.
The bottom and top are silica gel materials, there is a certain anti-hunting effect, and it can also play anti-slip and shock absorption when vertical. The top of the fuselage is reduced, play / pause and volume plus three big buttons, feel crisp, and the identification of the bumps can basically blindly operate.
There are 4 foot pads in the back of the fuselage, and can provide support for the speakers when placed, and it is also hidden under the speaker. In addition, the fixed screw of the fuselage is also hidden in the foot pad, there is no exposed screw, so that this rounded triangle column is very standard.
The side of the fuselage is the power button and the USB-C charging port. If you look carefully, you will find that their width and rounded angles are almost exactly the same, and it is just at the vertices of rounded triangles. This design details are true. Take it in place. ROAM SL supports 15W charging, minimum requirements 7.5W, and also supports up to 5W QI protocol wireless charging.
▲ MAGSAFE external battery can also be used to charge
Of course, the best match is also a ROAM-specific wireless charger, up to 5W QI protocol wireless charging, not only charge ROAM, but also use electrical products that support wireless charging. The charging homeware supports IP54-level protection, which can prevent liquid splash. RoAm itself also supports IP67 dust-proof waterproof, that is, this set is in a terrace or the yard, it is no problem, and it can be washed directly.
As a wireless charger that requires another purchase, there is a 5V 2.1A charging head, the power is not large, the size is not small, and the price of this set of 499 yuan is indeed a difference.
The surface of the wireless charger is a micro-convex design, and has magnetic properties, just perfectly bonded to the bottom of the ROAM SL micropled portion, and it can be used. The surface is also used with the same matte coating with the fuselage, but the color is not the same as the body, closer to the pure white on the LOGO, probably echoing the logo of the body.
There is a saying that it is still quite good to match my buy a vegetable car, put on the front shelf. Of course, this is not on the tape, I really have to ride it or I have to tie it.
Open the use guide, let’s start entering the use link. At this point we need a mobile phone, connect to WiFi, download and install the Sonos S2 App, then register a Sonos account, complete the preparation.
After the preparation work, the SONOS S2 App will prompt to add a device. The power to the ROAM SL open at this time will pop up the pairing interface, and the settings can be completed according to the prompt. The whole process only needs less than 2 minutes. If it is the first time you contact SonOS equipment, you must take a look at the guide, because there is still a matter of millions of points with traditional speakers.
To make the Roam SL play the sound, you can play with Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 or directly via APP.
Traditional Bluetooth players are very familiar. Roam SL uses Bluetooth 5.0 version, unfortunately supports high-yaw audio coding format such as LDAC, so there is no more people in Bluetooth playing Roam SL, in order to be subjective, There is a significant gap compared to WiFi play. Moreover, it lacks the microphone, so the Bluetooth call function cannot be achieved.
Say that the convenience of Bluetooth is also a wifi, and the Bluetooth is quite convenient for riding, outing, etc. Although the sound quality is not as good as WiFi, the clear and powerful bass performance of Roam SL is not inferior to the same level, and the volume is large enough, and there is no distortion, break, etc. Thanks to the addition of Bluetooth 5.0, ROAM SL performs well in connection distance, stability, and delay.
Here, WiFi is played, this is Sonos’s view home. As early as 2000, the Internet did not spread, digital music just started, streaming media music platform Spotify also didn’t start, Sonos has been developing a wireless family audio system, it is almost 20 years, this piece they are really familiar .
▲ 20 years ago, Sonos’s founding team drawn this sketch until today, it is still part of the SONOS system “foundation”
SONOS and the world’s mainstream audio platform have cooperatives, NetEase cloud music, QQ music, Himalaya Radio and Apple Music, etc., can bind accounts and listen directly to Sonos. Since the audio is transmitted from the platform’s server to the SONOS product, there is no need to decode the mobile phone, nor is therefore limited to Bluetooth, so there is a better sound quality. In addition, it does not affect you continue to play mobile phones, inform the ringtone, leadership serial Call, the destiny alarm ringtone will not appear on the speaker, will not affect music play, this is believed that Bluetooth speaker users understand.
As for AirPlay 2, there is also a similar principle, but it is more complicated. For online video or online music, it is to push the link to Sonos playback. Local audio is streaming the audio stream of Apple devices to SONOS through a local area network. It is very convenient to look at it, and it’s okay.
It is worth mentioning that the Sonos S2 App also launches the PC version, which can be controlled through the computer.
SONOS supports mainstream audio formats, details are as follows, and the audio can be adjusted in the app. In addition, the sound source pushed by the major platforms, such as the highest TIDAL known as Hi-Fi music stream, can push the sound of FLAC 16bit / 44.1 kHz to SONOS products.
Another benefit of the SONOS system is free combination between different products. The stroke speaker of the above figure is SONOS BEAM, connected to the computer, PS4 and other devices through the HDMI matrix, and a pair of IKEA and SONOS Cooperative Symfonisk WiFi speakers, which make up a simple wireless surround sound system, see Movies, there is a good performance when playing games. At this point, the ROAM SL is connected to the system, and it can also play synchronously.
More interesting is that after connecting ROAM SL through Bluetooth, it can also synchronize the audio transmitted by Bluetooth transmission throughout the system. As long as the brain is large enough, the SONOS system’s gameplay is very rich.
These rich gameplay is the advantage of ROAM SL, or the advantage of SONOS ecology itself. Back to the speaker itself, good listening is the most important. ROAM SL is equipped with 2 H-class amplifiers, a treble unit and medium bass units, and overall tuning is also SONOS consistent equilibrium style, but it is slightly strengthened in the bass part to match outdoor scenarios.
About the sound of the sound, in addition to the site listening, you are hard to feel the text or video of others, and it is also a very subjective feeling. Here I use a few songs to describe the sound quality performance of ROAM SL.
The first is the weeknd “Party Monster”, the opening of the audioba is very clear, and it can also clearly hear a slight ventilation between the pots in the sentence. After the gradual circulation of the two paragraphs, the drum point of 30 seconds The atmosphere of the whole song, the bass performance of ROAM SL can be in the case, very powerful, and it is deep enough, but the rebound speed is slightly slow. “Starboy” has a large number of intensive drums. At this time, ROAM SL should be tensful and tensible, and the whole is not so transparent. However, for the singing chamber similar to the MJ, the Roam SL performance is in place, and the small teeth and higher fake sounds can be controlled, and there is no break in the treble portion.
Next, try Liang Jingru’s “applause”, this is a song that her father likes to sing, so there is a very strong emotion when singing. Roam SL is very in place, can hear the sound of the beginning of Liang Jingru’s weak weak, and the singing chamber of the singing process, the overall sound field is also big enough, accompaniment, the voice of the audience is not mixed together, The atmosphere of the concert is still very strong.
The above is just two simple references. In fact, ROAM SL has a good performance for pure music, pop music has a good performance, and quiet folk rhymes can also be able to control, and there is also rich details in low volume status. Insufficient is the middle sound part. For Tsai, Boyz II Men will sound relatively turbid.
The above is used in the case of default EQ, shut down the loudness. In addition to common high, bass adjustment, ROAM SL has a loudness switch. After opening, it will feel more powerful, especially in low frequency. But I personally habitually closing the loudness, because I will feel that the ear is a bit tired.
Finally, let’s talk about life, and the official claims to have a 10-hour battery life. According to my experience, use 30% of the volume in WiFi for 2 hours, and the power consumes about 15%. With a wireless charger, it is charged at home, and it is full of full power, and it doesn’t need to worry about life. Oh, it’s right, the latest version of the firmware adds a power saving mode, and it will automatically shut down half an hour.
I personally like Roam SL very much, it is very fits my needs in many ways. However, since it is a public test, we still have to objectively.
If you leave the WiFi function, Roam SL is a simple wireless speaker, or even
Without a microphone, there is no hanging rope, and it does not support 3.5mm interface input.
The difference between the two units is not a lottery in 1699 yuan.
But it is the addition of WiFi features, let ROAM SL become a one
Direct play FLAC lossless audio
Portable speaker, plus
SONOS system playability
It is really a very interesting wireless portable speaker.
Look at the price of 1699 yuan is not cheap, if you want a wireless portable speaker that supports Bluetooth and WiFi, Roam SL is almost the only choice and the best choice. If you just want a Bluetooth speaker, or a booming artifact such as a low cannon, or let it go.