Sonos Move 2 vs Sonos Move: What's New?
By Naila Syifa
Updated September 2023
Sonos Move is a powerful portable smart speaker that delivers brilliant sound indoors and outdoors. Recently, the Sonos Move 2 was released with several improvements in sound quality, battery life, and more. Let's take a closer look at these differences in detail and see which one is the better option for you!
|Specs||Sonos Move 2||Sonos Move|
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| Buy on |
|Dimensions||242 x 160 x 126 mm||242 x 160 x 126 mm|
|Weight||3 kg||3 kg|
|Colors||Black, white, olive||Shadow black, lunar white|
|Voice Control||Sonos, Alexa||Sonos, Alexa, Google Assistant|
|Battery Life||24 hours||11 hours|
|Wireless Charging Base||Yes||Yes|
Sonos Move 2 has an improved battery life of up to 24 hours, compared to the 11 hours of the original Sonos Move. It also features dual tweeters and three amplifiers, delivering more powerful audio compared to Sonos Move's single tweeter and dual amplifiers. Sonos Move 2 also has upgraded touch controls, a new Line-In Adapter, and coexisting WiFi and Bluetooth while the original Sonos Move connects to either WiFi or Bluetooth.
Sonos Move 2
✓ Powerful stereo sound
✓ Automatic Trueplay
✓ Sonos Voice Control, Alexa
✓ Up to 24 hours of playback
Sonos Move 2
As an upgraded version, the Sonos Move 2 is more expensive than the original Sonos Move. It is priced at $449, while the original Sonos Move is priced at $399. Does this price difference justify the improvements made in the Sonos Move 2? Let's find out.
#2 Design & Durability
Touch Control in Sonos Move 2
Sonos Move 2 retains the elegant shape, portability, and durability of the original Sonos Move. Just like the Sonos Move, the Sonos Move 2 weighs only 3 kg with a built-in handle and cordless design that make it easy to carry and move around. Both speakers also have an IP56 rating, which means they are resistant to dust and water, making them ideal for outdoor use.
One difference between the two is the touch controls. Sonos Move 2 features a new volume control that allows you to easily adjust volume with a tap. Next and Previous buttons are also available below the volume control, making it more convenient to switch between tracks.
Touch Control in Sonos Move
The Sonos Move, on the other hand, features buttons with combined functionality for skipping tracks and changing volume. To change the volume, you tap the left or right buttons. To skip forward or backward, you swipe between the buttons. This is less intuitive than the new touch controls on the Sonos Move 2.
In addition, Sonos Move 2 comes in more color options including black, white, and olive, while the original Sonos Move only comes in shadow black and lunar white.
#3 Sound & Performance
While the original Sonos Move features only one downward-firing tweeter, the Sonos Move 2 boasts two tweeters for a more powerful and detailed sound. It also has three class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to the speaker's unique architecture, while Sonos Move is equipped with only two class-D amplifiers. Such a new acoustic architecture gives the Sonos Move 2 a more powerful stereo sound with deeper bass, a wider soundstage, and clearer vocals.
However, the Sonos Move also shares a few things in common with the Sonos Move 2 when it comes to sound and performance. Both speakers have Automatic Trueplay, a feature that adjusts the sound based on the acoustics of the surroundings and the audio content. With the Sonos app, you can also the speaker's EQ settings to tailor the sound to your liking.
Sonos Move 2
Both the Sonos Move and Move 2 connect to WiFi and Bluetooth, but one difference is that the Sonos Move lets you choose either Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity at a time while the WiFi and Bluetooth in Sonos Move 2 coexist so you can play Bluetooth audio to the rest of your Sonos system.
Both smart speakers are also voice-enabled, so you can control them hands-free with just your voice. Sonos Move 2 supports Sonos Voice Control and Amazon Alexa on both Bluetooth and WiFi, while Sonos Move supports Sonos Voice Control (on Bluetooth and WiFi), Amazon Alexa (WiFi only), and Google Assistant (WiFi only).
Apple AirPlay 2 is also supported on both speakers, so you can stream audio from your Apple devices to the Sonos Move or Sonos Move 2.
When it comes to connectivity, Sonos Move 2 has an advantage with its Sonos Line-In Adapter compatibility. This 3.5 mm to USB-C adapter allows you to connect a turntable, computer, CD player, or other audio sources to your Move 2 speaker, but a separate auxiliary cable will also be necessary.
#5 Battery & Power
Sonos Move has a 36Wh battery that provides up to 11 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. Sonos Move 2, on the other hand, has an upgraded 44Wh battery that provides up to 24 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, making it more suitable for all-day outdoor use or extended listening sessions.
Both come with a Wireless Charging Base included, but the one included with Sonos Move 2 has been upgraded with a detachable and more compact adapter for more convenient charging on the go.
Sonos Move 2 vs Sonos Move
Sonos Move 2
Overall, the Sonos Move 2 brings some meaningful improvements to the original Sonos Move, especially in sound quality, battery, and touch controls. If you already own the Sonos Move, upgrading to the newer Sonos Move 2 might be a good option if you value an extended battery life and more powerful sound. Otherwise, the Sonos Move is still a great option for a portable smart speaker with excellent sound, durability, and reasonable price.
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