December 7, 2023

Are you able to Transfer once more? Sonos is.

Immediately, Sonos revealed the Transfer 2, the second era of its moveable social gathering speaker. The Transfer, which was initially launched again in 2019, was Sonos’ first moveable speaker that permit house owners take their audio exterior of the house, whether or not it’s to pay attention by the pool, camp, or wherever {that a} battery-powered speaker helps you to get pleasure from some music, podcasts, or no matter else you’re listening to.

So, what’s new with the second era of the Transfer? Let’s begin with audio. The speaker has been utterly re-engineered from the underside up. The speaker now options two tweeters as an alternative of 1, enabling stereo sound for the primary time on a single speaker from the corporate. Controlling that audio can be simpler with redesigned contact controls that now embody a quantity slider.

The speaker options Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a line-in for many who wish to hook up a document participant to this factor. Like its predecessor, it additionally helps streaming applied sciences and good assistants just like the Sonos app, Apple Airplay 2, Spotify Join, Amazon Alexa, and Sonos Voice Management.

Regardless of having stereo help in-built, that doesn’t imply this speaker lives in a world by itself. The corporate says you could nonetheless pair two Transfer 2 audio system collectively to create a good higher stereo expertise. You may as well combine the speaker with the remainder of your Sonos system, however I don’t assume anybody goes to be utilizing these as rear audio system of their house theater setup.

What’s extra probably is that individuals will take this speaker exterior to hearken to music within the yard, on the balcony or porch, or haul it together with them to a campsite or the seaside. Fortunately, the Transfer 2, like its predecessor, is constructed to deal with no less than among the components. Sonos says that the brand new speaker resists water, filth, humidity, and daylight. It additionally options “shock-absorbent supplies” to take care of the occasional bump or drop. It’s not, nonetheless, waterproof, so don’t dunk this within the pool.

The Sonos Transfer 2 additionally will get an infinite increase relating to battery life. The primary era of the speaker would final for about 10 hours, however the second era is rising that battery life all the way in which as much as 24 hours, greater than doubling its predecessor. Whereas I don’t see most individuals needing to play audio on a conveyable speaker for a complete day, this can be good for anybody who desires to make use of the speaker for a multi-day journey with out having to fret about needing to cost.

Once you do must cost the speaker, you’ll be capable to use an included wi-fi charger (which Sonos has additionally redesigned) or use a USB-C cable with an influence supply charger. Mainly, you may plug this factor into your MacBook charger and get charged. Sonos hasn’t stated what the precise charging speeds are evaluating its wi-fi charger to wired charging, however I think about that is one thing you’ll probably must cost in a single day to get a full battery.

Talking of that battery, Sonos says that the Transfer 2 incorporates a detachable battery so, because it ages, you possibly can at all times swap it out quite than needing to switch your complete speaker. As well as, the corporate says that the Transfer 2 is extra eco-friendly, incorporating recycled plastics, sustainable packaging, and an idle mode that makes use of 40% much less power. Now you can even cost your telephone utilizing the battery utilizing the USB-C port.

The Transfer 2 can be out there in Black, White, and Olive colorways at launch, however I wouldn’t be stunned to see the corporate launch some particular version colours sooner or later. One factor that could be a bummer is that the brand new Transfer is getting a value bump. The present era of the Transfer prices $399, however the Transfer 2 will get a $50 value enhance to $449.

It would formally launch on September twentieth in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, United Kingdom, Eire, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Australia, and New Zealand, Japanese Europe, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore. Sonos says that India, Japan, and China can be coming sooner or later, however wouldn’t present a date.

With the brand new Sonos Period 100 and Period 300 audio system launching earlier this yr, the corporate looks like it’s choosing up pace relating to introducing new generations of its merchandise. Perhaps we’ll be in retailer for a brand new soundbar subsequent?