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Sonos Roam SL Portable Wireless Speaker is Cheaper but Loses Features

Sonos announces the lower-priced Roam SL Wireless Portable Speaker but eliminates a few features that you might want.

Sonos Roam SL Black Wireless Rugged Portable Speaker

In March 2021, Sonos unveiled its Roam wireless loudspeaker. This compact portable speaker can be integrated with other Sonos speakers at home, or be used solo when on the go using Bluetooth. 

For 2022, the Roam is still in the Sonos product line, but this year, Sonos has introduced an additional version, the Roam SL that is priced $20 less. However, that $20 discount means that some features have been eliminated. 

Roam and Roam SL Shared Features

Sonos Roam SL Black Wireless Speaker Vertical

The Roam SL is the same size and has the same internal speaker design and amplifier specifications as the Roam.

This includes:

  • Two Class-H digital amplifiers have been perfectly tuned to the speaker’s unique acoustic design.
  • Speaker drivers include one tweeter and mid/woofer. 
Sonos Roam SL Black Wireless Speaker Parts Exploded

Other features common between the Roam and Roam SL include:

  • Battery Life (Up to 10 hours – Rechargeable)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Automatic depending on location) 

Tip: You can pair a Sonos Roam and Roam SL. Another fun thing you can do is play music from a Bluetooth-enabled turntable on a Sonos Roam or Roam SL

Roam and Roam SL Differences

The main thing missing from the Roam SL are microphones. This means that, unlike the Roam, you can’t control the Roam SL via Alexa or Google Assistant.

Sonos Roam SL White Wireless Speaker Vertical

Also, since there are no microphones on the Roam SL, Sonos Automatic Trueplay Tuning, which optimizes sound quality based on the environment, is not accessible. However, you can still adjust bass and treble manually via the Sonos App.

Another feature that has been eliminated is Sonos Sound Swap. This feature would normally allow users to “swap” music between a Roam and other Sonos speakers.

Price & Availability

Sonos Roam SL is now available for pre-order for $159 at and is expected to start shipping on March 15, 2022.

Sonos Roam is available now for $179 at or

Sonos Roam SL White Wireless Speaker for Picnic

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