After it used to be launched final year, the Sonos Stir turned one in all our approved audio system, even nabbing a space as a top Bluetooth speaker in our sorting out. The firm is now characteristic to articulate it up with the Stir SL, which, like old SL audio system, ought to restful provide a identical albeit pretty much less premium skills than the genuine.

Preorders are open now for the Sonos Stir SL, and the speaker will open up shipping on March 15. It’s doubtless you’ll preorder the speaker in either Shadow Black or Lunar White.


The Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled Stir SL looks almost identical to the frequent Stir. It aspects a vertical triangular create that’s smaller than the moderate plastic water bottle and lightweight enough to take hold of any place. You’ll get hold of physical playback controls on the stay, and a grippy outer-coating for added sturdiness and ease of articulate. The speaker is IP67 certified, making it immune to issues like splashes of water or a gentle rain. (probabilities are you’ll also even submerge it in a meter of water for 30 minutes and it’d be okay).

The Stir SL additionally aspects the same speaker diagram (two amplifiers, a midwoofer and a single tweeter) as the genuine, which we discovered to originate brilliant sound that works smartly in any ambiance for nearly about any track. The Stir SL, just like the frequent Stir, handiest produces sound from the front and no longer a plump 360-degrees like various portable audio system, though we didn’t get hold of this to be an argument.

The Stir SL is like minded with Sonos’ S2 diagram, so that probabilities are you’ll maybe wirelessly connect with various Sonos audio system. And just like the frequent Stir, the Stir SL ought to restful final as much as 10 hours on a plump tag. The speaker comes with Sonos’ Battery Saver mode which is able to robotically turn it utterly off at the same time as you’re no longer the usage of it and you will recharge the speaker the usage of the included USB-A to USB-C cable. Sonos additionally sells an elective Qi wireless charger for $49 that helps the Stir and Stir SL. Tranquil, probabilities are you’ll maybe station either speaker on any Qi-enabled charger to refuel it.


The largest drawback on the Stir SL is with out a doubt the dearth of a microphone. No longer handiest can it no longer be feeble as a clean speaker, however it undoubtedly additionally obtained’t characteristic Sonos’ Auto Truplay skills, which makes articulate of a microphone to evaluate the noise for your ambiance and robotically tune your music for essentially the most traditional tremendous in any prerequisites — something we cherished when sorting out the genuine Stir.

One other characteristic lacking from the more affordable speaker is Sound Swap. On the Stir, probabilities are you’ll maybe lengthy-press the play/cessation button to presently transfer your music to the nearest Sonos speaker for your individual dwelling. This lets you actually snatch your music wherever you high-tail. Sadly, folks that preserve up a Stir SL obtained’t hold the profit of the characteristic.

Whenever you don’t idea on the usage of the portable speaker for cell phone calls or the usage of an assistant like Alexa on it, we’d suggest taking a stare upon the Stir SL. It’s more affordable than the genuine Stir and restful integrates heavily into the Sonos ecosystem or is a tall station to open up. Sonos’ most modern speaker is up for preorder now and begins shipping on March 15.

Audio system Two Class-H digital amplifiers, a tweeter and a mid-woofer with Adjustable Eq Two Class-H digital amplifiers, a tweeter and a mid-woofer with Automatic TruePlay and Adjustable EQ
Microphones N/A A miles-field microphone array
Battery 18Wh 18Wh
Charging A USB-C port or Qi-enabled wireless charging A USB-C port or Qi-enabled wireless charging
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and AirPlay 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and AirPlay 2
Durability IP67 Resistance IP67 Resistance
Size and weight 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches, 0.95 kilos 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches, 0.95 kilos
Colours Shadow Black or Lunar White Shadow Black or Lunar White