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Whenever you first encounter the Transfer, Sonos’ first transportable speaker, be ready for one thing massive. At 9.44 inches tall and 6.6 kilos (3kg), it is considerably bigger than Sonos One and in addition prices about twice as a lot at $400 (£399, AU$649). When most individuals assume transportable, they assume small, however the Transfer has some critical heft. At first blush it appears to be like virtually too good to be an outside speaker.

However an indoor-outdoor speaker it’s, full with a built-in rechargeable battery. It is Wi-Fi-enabled and may be linked to different Sonos audio system in your house system — Sonos says the Transfer has the most effective Wi-Fi connectivity of any of its audio system to this point. It additionally has Bluetooth, so you may take it out of vary of your Wi-Fi community and stream instantly out of your cellphone or any Bluetooth-enabled audio system.

An built-in deal with on the again helps you to tote the Transfer round the home, out to the patio and even to the seaside. With the speaker’s IP56 score, Sonos says the Transfer’s “powerful sturdy exterior will face up to falls, bumps, rain and moisture, mud and dust, UV and excessive temperatures.” I did not expose it to these sorts of harsh situations throughout my 4 days of testing, however it does appear sturdy. Its particular “shadow black” end supposedly prevents it from overheating within the solar. I do know it sounds counterintuitive darker end would stop overheating, however based on Sonos, this specific black does.

Whereas the speaker is dustproof, we seen that when carrying it round, dust and different particles discovered their manner into the nice mesh metallic grill surrounding the speaker. I had to make use of a mud blower to get them out, however a minimum of they did not find yourself contained in the speaker. 

The Transfer towers over the One.

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Greater sound too

For the reason that Transfer is bigger than the Sonos One it is not stunning that it performs about 25% louder and produces larger sound with extra sturdy bass, although it would not play as loud because the Sonos Play: 5. That mentioned, the One is arguably barely extra revealing and agile than the Transfer — indoors anyway. 

The Transfer comes throughout as a clean, heat speaker that is nice to take heed to with all kinds of music genres. The low-end distinction was most evident with dramatic tracks like Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You, for instance. The massive band vamps that punctuate the tip of every refrain had extra authority and heft on the Transfer in comparison with the One.   

With different genres, together with rock, the One supplied a extra thrilling sound. With Mclusky’s She Will Solely Deliver You Happiness, for instance, the One higher enunciated Andy Falkous’ bitterly humorous lyrics and induced extra toe-tapping regardless of the speaker’s relative lack of bass. And though the Transfer was in a position to go louder, this tune was simpler to take heed to at most quantity on the One than the Transfer.

The Transfer is designed for out of doors use, so its larger sound (and bass) goes to play higher than the One in an open setting the place there are not any partitions to replicate the sound. Its sound is not large enough to energy an outside dance get together, however it’ll capably fill a patio with music.

You need to use two Strikes to create a stereo pair. Whereas that is not a cost-effective proposition at $800, pairing was simple and so they carried out nicely as a duo. There wasn’t fairly a exact stereo picture, however I might inform the place the left and proper shaker egg have been in Lifeless Can Dance’s Yulunga Spirit Dance. And no, you may’t stereo pair one other Sonos speaker with the Transfer.

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