Sonos Ray funds soundbar: Launch date, specs, options

(Pocket-lint) – Sonos already has two soundbars in its portfolio together with the top-of-the-range Sonos Arc and the cheaper, however nonetheless very succesful, Sonos Beam. There is a new funds Sonos soundbar on the town although, which can sit beneath the Sonos Beam.

Right here is every part you have to know concerning the Sonos Ray. We even have a separate function evaluating the three Sonos soundbars you could learn that will help you resolve which is best for you.

Sonos Ray launch date and value

  • 7 June 2022
  • £279/$279/€299

The Sonos Ray was introduced on 11 Could and it’ll hit cabinets on 7 June 2022 in a variety of nations together with the US, UK and Europe. India, Japan and China will comply with at a later date, although Sonos hasn’t detailed when.

When it comes to value, the Sonos Ray will price £279 within the UK, $279 within the US and €299 in Europe. By comparability, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is £449/$449 and the Sonos Arc is £899/$899 so the Ray will probably be fairly a bit cheaper than the present choices.

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Sonos Ray design

  • White and Black colors
  • Angled rear
  • Capacitive controls
  • Speaker grille on entrance solely

The Sonos Ray includes a design that follows within the footsteps of different Sonos audio system, particularly within the case of the Beam Gen 2. The newest soundbar is just like Beam but it surely’s angled on the rear and solely includes a speaker grille on the entrance. The Beam Gen 2 has a speaker grille that wraps round to the again of the soundbar, that means it is higher positioned on prime of a TV unit quite than in it, whereas the Ray might be positioned on a shelf beneath as sound solely comes from the entrance.

A Sonos brand is centralised on the entrance of the speaker grille like Arc and Beam, and the Ray additionally has small toes beneath, just like the Sonos Arc gives. Color choices are Black and White, which is normal for Sonos gadgets.

When it comes to controls, the Sonos Ray has related controls to the Sonos Beam Gen 2, that are capactive contact. There is a play/pause button and a button both aspect, which permits for quantity controls and the power to skip observe and return to the earlier observe whenever you swipe, as supplied on Beam Gen 2 and Arc. There is not a microphone button.

On the rear of the Ray, there is a pairing button, together with an ethernet port, energy port and optical port. There are additionally mounting holes on the rear and it has been claimed the Ray might be mounted horizontally or vertically, although Sonos hasn’t confirmed this as but.

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Sonos Ray specs and {hardware}

  • Two tweeters
  • Two woofers
  • Break up waveguides, bass reflex system
  • Class-D digital amplifiers
  • Optical

The Sonos Ray has a pair of mid-woofers, a pair of tweeters and cut up waveguides that challenge the sound wall-to-wall, with one projecting out of the entrance and the opposite out of the aspect. There are additionally Class-D digital amplifiers on board and a bass reflex system.

When it comes to connections, the Sonos Ray would not have HDMI ARC or HDMI eARC assist. As a substitute, it opts for optical, which is identical because the older Sonos Playbar used. It is not probably the most desired connection lately, but it surely works and it does permit for a wider compatibility with older TVs.

As beforehand talked about, there’s a pairing button, which is how you may join the Sonos Ray to your Sonos system, and there may be an ethernet port too, although it is best to have the ability to use the Ray wirelessly as Sonos creates a mesh community between the audio system. 

We might anticipate the Sonos Ray to sound good, as all Sonos audio system do however for now, we’re ready to listen to it for ourselves so we are going to let you understand when we now have.

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Sonos Ray options

  • Typical Sonos options
  • Trueplay
  • AirPlay 2

The Sonos Ray gives most of the similar options you’d discover on exisiting Sonos audio system, together with compatibility with greater than 100 music streaming providers, Sonos Radio and naturally the power to work both independently or inside a bunch of exisiting Sonos audio system.

The fantastic thing about Sonos soundbars is that they improve your TV audio, however whenever you aren’t utilizing them for that, they make for a wonderful addition to a Sonos system as a standalone speaker. You may also ship TV audio to all the opposite Sonos audio system in your house if you find yourself utilizing the soundbar for TV.

Previous to the Ray being official, rumours mentioned you’d additionally have the ability to use two Sonos Ray soundbars as encompass audio system to a different Sonos soundbar although, just like the Sono Beam Gen 2 or the Sonos Arc. It was claimed the pair of Sonos Ray soundbars would have the ability to obtain and play Dolby Atmos encompass audio when used on this configuration, however when used as a soundbar by itself, it solely helps Dolby Digital, differentiating it from the Beam Gen 2 and Arc. We’re ready for affirmation on this, however we all know the Sonos Ray would not assist Dolby Atmos or digital Dolby Atmos. 

Different options embody Trueplay although – which is smart – in addition to Speech Enhancement and Evening Sound, each of which additionally, you will discover on the Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc soundbars. There’s assist for Apple AirPlay 2 as nicely and you’ll after all add a Sonos SUB, in addition to two Sonos audio system as encompass audio system, like a Sonos One and Sonos One SL for instance.

Whereas the Ray would not have Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa in-built just like the Beam Gen 1, Beam Gen 2 and Arc, it does assist being managed by one other good speaker, whether or not Sonos just like the Sonos One, or a 3rd occasion just like the Echo.

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Sonos Ray rumours: What occurred?

Right here is every part we heard about Sonos Ray earlier than it was introduced.

5 Could 2022: Photos of Sonos Ray leak, exhibiting soundbar in full

@SnoopyTech published a variety of pictures of the Sonos Ray soundbar, exhibiting off the machine in full.

5 Could 2022: Sonos’ funds soundbar is likely to be referred to as the Sonos Ray and appear to be this

The Sonos Ray appeared on Colombian retailer KTronix. It has since been eliminated however a variety of particulars had been revealed. 

21 April 2022: Unique: that is the brand new funds soundbar from Sonos

The Verge published a report confirming the existence of a funds soundbar from Sonos, together with value and launch date.

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Writing by Britta O’Boyle.