Sonos has revealed its second take on its Move portable speaker, and like everything else, it has gotten more expensive. The original Move launched at $649 locally, while the Move 2 will set you back $799 when it hits shelves on September 20.
That's a sizeable price tag for a category often with speakers around the $200 mark, but the Move 2 offers some substantial upgrades on its predecessor.
The first comes in the form of a much longer battery life. The original Move would only last up to 11 hours per charge; the Move 2 will last up to 24. That’s enough to listen to Carly Rae Jepsen’s 'Cut to the Feeling' on loop 411 times.
Secondly, the Move 2 now features stereo sound. The original Move was only capable of mono.
Like the Era 100 and Era 300, the Move 2 now supports line-in over USB-C. This allows you to connect devices like a turntable. You will however need an official Sonos USB-C dongle if you want to use a 3.5mm cable. These start at $35. Alternatively, you can use the USB-C port to charge other devices like a phone.
One spec that hasn't changed is weight: the Move 2 still weighs in at 3kg. When I reviewed the original Move back in 2019, I found the sheer heft made it better for at-home use. I liked taking it onto the balcony, but it wasn't the kind of speaker I was going to take out and about. Of course, Sonos now has the smaller, more affordable Roam for those looking for a truly portable option.
The Move 2 will naturally work with all other S2 Sonos speakers in your house over your wireless network. It also supports playback over Bluetooth
The Move 2 will be available in a choice of black, white, or olive.