Sonos Transfer 2

Verdict

With its redesigned audio system, the Sonos Transfer 2 provides two tweeters into the combo to ship stereo, in addition to a wider, much less positional soundscape than its predecessor. There’s no escaping that that is an costly speaker, however there’s nothing else that may fairly do what the Transfer 2 can: it’s a correct, totally built-in Sonos speaker that works as effectively in and out, able to working on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. And with greater than double the battery lifetime of the unique, it is a speaker that retains going

Execs

  • Wonderful battery life
  • Excessive-quality audio
  • Works as a daily Sonos speaker at dwelling

Cons

  • Costly
  • Line-in adaptor is non-obligatory further

  • 24-hour battery lifeRuns for as much as 24-hours on a full cost, simply doubling the playback time of the earlier mannequin

  • ConnectionsRuns on Wi-Fi for Sonos and AirPlay 2, helps Bluetooth 5 and has a USB-C line-in.

Introduction

When Sonos entered the moveable speaker market in 2019, the Transfer differed to its competitors. Relatively than designed to slide in a bag and be carried in all places, the Transfer was constructed like a conventional indoor Sonos speaker, solely it had a battery and was sealed in opposition to the weather. Now, the corporate is again for extra with the Sonos Transfer 2.

A redesigned speaker system, with stereo tweeters, and all-day battery life, the brand new speaker is for those who need high quality audio in and out.

Design

  • 3kg weight
  • Built-in carry deal with
  • IP56 rated

There’s not a variety of distinction from the skin between the previous Transfer and the Transfer 2, extra of a tweak in design. That’s alright with me, as the unique already appeared trendy, so there’s not a lot level in ranging from recent.

As soon as once more, the speaker is obtainable in three colors. I actually just like the inexperienced mannequin, however I’ve obtained the white on assessment, and there’s additionally a black model.

One of many foremost variations is the management panel on prime. The previous Transfer had the old-style contact buttons, which weren’t clearly labelled, and also you needed to search for the best way to skip a observe. Right here, the controls are significantly better. There’s a slider for quantity management, plus devoted play/pause and observe skip buttons. It’s far simpler to make use of this speaker than the previous one.

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Flip the Transfer 2 round, and there’s a slight distinction. The facility and Bluetooth buttons stay the identical, however right here, there’s no Be part of button (that’s now not wanted, because the connection course of has been streamlined) and a devoted change to show the built-in microphone off.

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USB-C is supplied on the again. This can be utilized for charging the inner battery should you don’t need to carry the docking station round with you, or it may be used to recharge a tool (helpful should you want a fast energy enhance to your telephone when you’re away from an influence socket).

The USB-C port additionally doubles up as an enter, though you’ll want to purchase the Line-In Adapter to attach 3.5mm audio gadgets. Nonetheless, it’s good that Sonos has dedicated to a number of bodily inputs, exterior of streaming providers solely.

To be used at dwelling, there’s the identical docking station as final 12 months. Drop the Transfer 2 into this and it’ll cost the battery and sit there on standby in order that the speaker can be utilized inside identical to another Sonos speaker.

Sonos Move 2 charging dock
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If you’re prepared, seize the built-in deal with and take the speaker the place you need it, inside or out. At 3kg, the Transfer 2 does push the bounds of what could be thought-about a conveyable speaker. Consider this extra as a speaker that you could both come out into the backyard or take within the automobile fairly than a slimline speaker for dropping in a backpack, and also you’ll get the concept. For many who journey extra, the Sonos Roam is what you’re after.

An IP56 score implies that the Transfer 2 is protected in opposition to mud, water, mud and, effectively, no matter else it could encounter exterior. The one factor it’s not rated in opposition to is submersion in water. Have a celebration and go away this speaker exterior, and also you’ll not have to fret about it being ruined within the morning.

As with the unique, the battery could be changed by buying a equipment from Sonos. Excellent news for longevity and good for the atmosphere, too.

Sonos sells a couple of equipment for this product, together with a £79 carry case and a extra reasonably priced £29 wall hook so the speaker could be frolicked of the best way. I’m tempted by one of many hooks for my backyard to make use of when I’ve visitors.

Options

  • Auto Trueplay configuration
  • Works with S2 techniques
  • Will be put right into a stereo pair

As soon as the Transfer 2 is related to its charging base, you’ll be able to be a part of it to an current S2 system over Wi-Fi. It’s a Wi-Fi 6 system, as are the newer Sonos audio system. I discovered it solely took a couple of minutes to attach the speaker to my system, at which level it seems identical to another Sonos speaker. Any streaming providers configured, together with Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Qobuz and TuneIn, can merely be streamed to the speaker, and it will possibly participate in multi-room music, too.

There’s additionally Spotify Join and AirPlay 2 built-in, so you’ll be able to skip the Sonos app and stream audio on to the speaker.

Inside, related to Wi-Fi, the Transfer 2 may also work as a sensible speaker. Amazon Alexa and Sonos Voice Management are each choices. The latter’s benefit is that it processes instructions domestically on the speaker and is designed particularly for music playback.

Sonos Move 2 installing
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It’s potential to play particular music from Sonos Radio, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer and Pandora; for different streaming providers, reminiscent of Spotify, you should choose the music from the app. Nonetheless, as soon as music is queued up, Sonos Voice Management does allow you to pause, play and skip tracks, in addition to alter quantity.

Automated Trueplay is obtainable on this speaker, tuning the output each time the speaker is moved. The one requirement is that the microphone is switched on. Automated Trueplay is just like the system within the HomePod and HomePod mini.

It’s a very helpful system on a conveyable speaker, which could be positioned in an enormous vary of areas, from vast, open out of doors areas to small rooms inside. Transferring from a kitchen counter to a bookshelf, then to my backyard, I discovered that Automated Trueplay did an incredible job balancing the audio output in order that the Transfer 2 all the time sounded good.

In addition to working as a standalone speaker, you should utilize two Transfer 2 audio system in a stereo pair should you actually need to.

If you’re away from Wi-Fi (otherwise you simply need to play from a special supply), you’ll be able to faucet the Bluetooth button on the again. This may robotically join the speaker to the final Bluetooth system you used; a long-press places the Transfer 2 into pairing mode.

Sonos Move 2 rear with power button
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Bluetooth 5.0 is supported on this mannequin, fairly than the older Bluetooth 4.2. Bluetooth 5 permits for high-quality streams, makes use of much less energy and will increase vary. For all efficient makes use of, should you can see the Transfer 2, you’ll be able to hook up with it through Bluetooth.

Battery life is now rated for as much as 24 hours, a staggering 13-hour enchancment over the Transfer’s battery. This determine relies on the speaker being set to a ‘reasonable’ degree.

In actual use, endurance will depend on what you’re doing. I sat my speaker exterior for an eight-hour session, which nonetheless had 54% battery life the subsequent day. Primarily based on my listening quantity, I’d simply get to 15-hours+ on greater volumes. In different phrases, any size of get together could be catered for with this speaker.

Faucet the facility button on the again, and the speaker goes into sleep mode, conserving power till it’s used, whereas an extended press will flip it off. As with its predecessor, the Transfer 2 will robotically change to sleep mode after being idle for half-hour. If you wish to push battery life additional, there’s a Battery Saver possibility within the Sonos app that may robotically energy the Transfer 2 off after 10 minutes of sitting idle.

Sound high quality

  • Stereo audio
  • Can fill giant out of doors areas
  • Good, boomy bass

The previous Transfer had a single tweeter and one mid-woofer, however the Transfer 2 has two angled tweeters (stereo sound) and a mid-woofer, all powered by three Class-D digital amplifiers. As all the time, Sonos is a little bit cagey on the specs, however the speaker structure is just like that of the Period 100.

Transferring to stereo audio system fairly than mono does make a distinction, notably once you’re not utilizing a stereo pair. For starters, the speaker has a wider presence. Its audio sounds much less directional and higher fills the area, in and out.

Because the tweeters are comparatively shut collectively, you don’t get the stereo separation {that a} pair of audio system delivers. Fireplace up Foo Fighter’s Sufficient House, and the opening guitar is designed to swirl between the left and proper audio system. With separate audio system, you get the complete impact of the guitars shifting round you; with the Transfer 2, the impact is just not as pronounced however the soundscape is wider than on a mono speaker.

There’s extra subtlety to this speaker than the unique Transfer. Take heed to John Williams’ Imperial March, and the center, quieter part is resolved in all its element. With Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence, the harmonies are delivered superbly, bringing the observe to life because it ought to sound.

Pump in one thing extra aggressive, reminiscent of Rage Towards the Machine’s Bombtrack, and the Transfer 2 reveals its functionality. Its mid-woofer throws out bass with spectacular weight and punch, however it by no means threatens to destroy stability; Zach de la Rocha’s hard-hitting vocals are completely clear.

That stability is clear listening to the Whiplash soundtrack, with the title track bouncing between the bass line and brighter trumpets and saxophones that the Transfer 2 handles effectively. If I’m being choosy, I discovered the speaker a contact mild within the midrange.

Flip up the amount because the DSP steps in to regulate the sound in order that bass doesn’t get distorted or overwhelming. Inside, I discovered that as much as quantity 40 was adequate; exterior, I may go louder, though I by no means wanted to get wherever close to the utmost quantity.

Switching between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, I couldn’t hear any discernible variations. In fact, it’s simpler to make use of Wi-Fi the place it’s out there, resorting to Bluetooth when that’s not an possibility.

Sonos Move 2 app
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It’s value enjoying round with the equaliser settings, adjusting bass and treble to fit your listening preferences.

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Do you have to purchase it?

You need a versatile Sonos expertise: Use the Transfer 2 inside like a traditional speaker, however decide it up and transfer it round the home and into the backyard when wanted, all with out sacrificing high quality or options.

You need a speaker that’s simpler to hold round: If you’d like one thing you’ll be able to carry round with you, then the Sonos Roam or a conventional Bluetooth speaker could also be a greater possibility.

Remaining Ideas

A premium over the previous Transfer, the Transfer 2 not less than justifies that value enhance with higher audio, because of stereo sound, and much-improved battery life.

ahIts mixture of lift-and-move comfort, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi audio, and full Sonos integration make it in contrast to anything, bar its predecessor. If you’d like a speaker that works as effectively in your backyard because it does in your front room, then there’s nothing higher.

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FAQs

Are you able to change the Sonos Transfer 2’s battery?

Sure, Sonos supplies a equipment, so you’ll be able to change a battery that’s broken or not charging.

Can you utilize two Sonos Transfer 2 audio system in a stereo pair?

Sure, though they will solely be used for music playback and may’t be used as rear audio system for a house theatre system.

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