Sonos casually launches the Roam 2 with easier Bluetooth pairing, but confirms our concerns about its staying power

Yes, after numerous rumors, Sonos formally announced his entry into the world of headphones this morning. Ace seems to be competing with the likes of Apple’s AirPods Max And Sony’s WH-1000XM5 for $449, but the audio brand also quietly and casually launched the Sonos Roam 2.

That’s right, Sonos’ second-generation portable Bluetooth speaker is here and it has a similar look and largely the same features. Although for the same price it does include some subtle upgrades.

For the price of $179 you can choose from five colors – black, white, olive green, wave or sunset – and the Sonos logo, which is placed over the speaker grille and closer to the top of the front, is now in colour. matched, meaning it doesn’t stand out as much.

The Sonos Roam 2 is available in Black, White, Olive, Wave or Sunset. (Image credit: Sonos)

The main change here is the addition of a Bluetooth button, which lets you use this as a Bluetooth speaker straight out of the box – no longer having to connect it to the wider Sonos ecosystem from the start. You turn it on and press the Bluetooth pairing button instead of having to long press the power button to enable this pairing method.