September 21, 2023

The Sonos Transfer 2 improves on its predecessor with stereo sound, double the battery life, new controls, and a brand new colour. It’s obtainable for preorder now at $449, and it’ll begin delivery September 20.

“Since its 2019 launch, Transfer continues to be the best-selling speaker in its class because of its design, versatility, and highly effective sound,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence says. “We attempt to create sound experiences that encourage deeper connections regardless of who we’re with or the place we’re. Transfer 2 advances our dedication to immersive listening by bringing stereo sound to our hottest moveable, that includes the identical next-gen acoustics and design we debuted with the Period household.”

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We personal a first-generation Sonos Transfer and prefer it fairly a bit as a result of it sounds unimaginable and might transfer between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modes. However the Transfer 2 is even higher, and it improves on the one factor I don’t like about its predecessor by separating the ability brick from the wi-fi charging base and its USB-C cable. (This isn’t sufficient to get me to improve, after all.)

Right here’s what’s new.

Value. The Transfer 2 is $449, in comparison with $399 for the Transfer, which continues to be obtainable.

Colours. Along with white and black, the Transfer 2 is out there in a brand new olive colour.

Battery. The place the Transfer is rated at 11 hours of battery, the Transfer 2 can go for twenty-four hours. And its battery is user-replaceable, a pleasant sustainability improve.

Sound. The place the unique Transfer has 2 class-D digital amplifiers and a single tweeter, the Transfer 2 has 3 class-D digital amplifiers and two angled tweeters, enabling stereo output from a single speaker. Transfer 2 additionally helps concurrent Bluetooth streaming to a stereo pair, which the unique doesn’t.

Line-in. Consistent with Sonos’ latest audio system, the Transfer 2 helps line-in by way of a USB-C adapter whereas the unique didn’t.

Controls. Whereas each audio system assist to-mounted contact controls, the Transfer 2 adopts the brand new management system with the capacitive quantity slider that debuted with the Period 100 and 300 good audio system.

Dimension/weight. The 2 audio system weigh the identical 6.61 kilos and look virtually an identical, however they’re barely totally different in measurement, with the Transfer 2 being noticeably much less deep (5 inches vs. 6.3 inches). In consequence, the wi-fi charging bases are totally different (and look totally different).

Sustainability. Along with its detachable battery, the Transfer 2 consumes 40 p.c much less power whereas idle, makes use of recycled plastics, and is available in curbside recyclable packaging with sustainably sourced materials and nil virgin plastic.

You possibly can be taught extra concerning the Transfer 2 on the Sonos web site.