When it comes to power in portable speakers, size truly matters. With the extra heft, larger speakers will definitely be louder and more suited for larger parties or gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors. Battery life is, as expected, longer too. It’s this power in performance that helps the Sonos Move and JBL Boombox standout against a sea of other portable speakers. But which one is the better choice?
Sonos Move vs
JBL Boombox Comparison Chart
|Battery Life||10 hours playback time||24 hours playback time|
|Charging||Charging base, USB-C Cable, USB /AC Power Adaptor (3 hours)||AC Power Adaptor (6.5 hours)|
|Weather Resistant||IPX56 dust-proof and water-resistant||IPX7 waterproof up to 3 feet for 30 minutes|
|Voice Assistant||Built-in Alexa Amazon and Google Assistant||Only through smartphone integration|
|Colors||Black||Black and Green|
|Dimensions||9.45″ X 6.30″ x 4.96″||10.02″ X 19.49″ x 7.70″|
|Weight||6.61 lb||11.57 lb|
The Sonos Move brandishes a sleek, minimalist design while the
Both the Move and Boombox are relatively large, portable speakers. Nevertheless, the
The Boombox’s durable waterproof fabric translates to an IPX7-rating. It’s definitely great for pool parties or beachside events, and worry-proof in case you forget it outside in the rain. On the other hand, the Sonos Move comes with an IPX56 rating, making it resistant to water, dust, and other elements. Although it can handle water splashes here and there, it’s definitely not a speaker you’d want submerged in water. Both the Move and the Boombox, however, will handle bumps and falls fairly well.
Because of the sleek aesthetic the Move aims for, the speaker features top-panel touch-capacitive controls. It leaves the top of the device with a smooth and clean look, with the three buttons for the Bluetooth/Wifi, Join, and Power cleverly hidden at the back. The Boombox, on the other hand, houses the controls on the front face of the speaker, including the Connect+ button to pair with other JBL Bluetooth speakers. The rest of the connections are in a panel are housed in the back.
The Sonos Move’s mono speaker and sculpted sound signature boasts a robust audio performance. On the other hand, the
Just like the boomboxes of earlier decades, the JBL banks on power and a booming bass. This full-range sound is achieved through two forward firing 0.75” tweeters, flanked on both sides by 4” woofers that are powered by 60W (AC mode) or 40W (Battery mode) amplifiers. The result is powerful audio performance that offers deep bass when indoors, and a more expansive sound outdoors. It definitely packs a punch when it comes to the bass, and boosts it where it can. True to JBL’s signature sound, however, the Boombox can still deliver an overall balanced audio performance that keeps the mids and highs crisp.
On the other hand, the Move delivers an equally robust audio performance, following Sono’s signature, mono and sculpted sound. Two Class D-amplifiers power the Move’s single down-firing tweeter and mid-woofer driver, all stealthily hidden behind the speaker grille that makes much of the device’s body. The setup ensures fidelity for mid-range vocal frequencies, and an impressive performance at high volume levels. Noticeable in both the Boombox and the Move, however, is the use of DSP to thin out the bass levels at the top of the volume levels.
The Sonos Move includes WiFi connectivity while the
JBL’s Boombox can also carry out hands-free communication but only when paired to a smartphone. Both speakers come with their respective apps: the Sonos Controller App, and the JBL Connect app, available in Android and iOS.
The Move is also capable of connecting to a WiFi Wireless Network, allowing users to bring music anywhere in the house wirelessly. In network mode, the Sonos Move can also access a range of online music services and libraries, making the playlist you want from Spotify, Apple Music, or Soundcloud readily accessible. The
The Boombox delivers a full-day of playback time on a single charge while the Move offers a more modest 10 hour performance.
Since they are larger than most portable speakers, the Sonos Move and
Sonos Move, on the other hand, delivers a more modest 10 hours of playback time, with a battery that can easily be recharged by simply docking the device into a futuristic, oval charging base—no wires needed. Charging the Move takes about 3 hours.
The Sonos Move is ideal for users looking for a portable smart speaker they can move inside the house while the
Although the Sonos Move can withstand water splashes, and extreme heat and cold, it’s definitely not the portable speaker you pack in your bag and bring to rugged terrain. For the more adventurous music lover, the JBL Boombox rugged build makes it more water and weatherproof. The Boombox also boasts of a 24 hour playback time on a single charge, perfect if you’ll be isolated in a campsite or by the beach without easy access to electricity.
The Sonos Move, however, will appeal to users who need a smart speaker capable enough for casual indoor and outdoor use. Its sleek, minimalist design makes it easy to carry around inside the home, and outside—to the garden, patio, or poolside. Plus, its built-in voice assistants makes it a practical, household appliance for people who prefer hands-free control to carry out non-music tasks.
For the casual listener, the Move and the Boombox both deliver impressive audio performance. If you’re willing to spend an extra $100 for a sturdy device you can use for outdoor events or out-of-town travel, opt for the Boombox. If you’re a homebody looking for a portable speaker with smart features, then the Sonos Move should please even with the shorter battery life.
The Sonos Move is a sleekly-designed smart speaker great for both indoor and outdoor use. On the other hand, the
While the Sonos Move does come with an IP56 protection for dust particles and water spray, it shouldn’t be left exposed to the elements, like rain or extreme heat.
According to JBL, the internal amp of the Boombox offers about 20 watts per channel on battery mode, and 30 watts per channel on AC mode.