Sonos Ray Soundbar: Voices, Specs, Price, Character

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(Pocket-lint) – Sonos already has two soundbars in its portfolio, including the high-end Sonos Arc and the cheaper but still very powerful Sonos Beam. However, there are rumors of a new budget Sonos soundbar, which would come under the Sonos Beam.

Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about this budget soundbar from Sonos.

Sonos Ray release date and price

  • June 7, 2022
  • Around £ 250 / $ 250

The launch of the Sonos Ray is announced for June 7, 2022, and while there has been no confirmation from the company itself, this would match the company’s usual strategy.

So far, in 2022, the company has announced the Sonos Roam SL, which is a Sonos Roam without microphones, so other major products are still expected, including the much-cited Sonos headphones.

Along with the alleged launch date, we also have a rumor about the price. Sonos Ray would cost around $ 250 in the US, or around £ 200, but is more likely to cost around £ 250, as Sonos has a history of pricing its products the same in the US and UK. For comparison, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) costs £ 449 / $ 449 and the Sonos Arc £ 899 / $ 899, so the Ray would be a lot cheaper than current offerings.

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Sonos Ray design

  • Black and white colors
  • Angled rear
  • Capacitive controls
  • Front speaker grille only

Design is one area where we know a lot about the Sonos Ray thanks to a myriad of leaked images. The soundbar’s marketing images first appeared accidentally on retailer Ktronix’s website before being removed, though higher resolution images appeared on Twitter later on.

The images show a design that follows in the footsteps of other Sonos speakers, most notably in the case of the Beam Gen 2. It looks like the Ray will be very similar to the Beam, but will be angled at the back and will only feature a front speaker grille. The Beam Gen 2 has a speaker grille that wraps around the back of the soundbar, which suggests that the speaker array inside will be different in the Ray.

A Sonos logo appears to be centralized on the front of the speaker grille like the Arc and Beam, and the Ray also appears to have feet underneath, like the Sonos Arc offerings. The color options appear to be black and white, which is standard for Sonos devices.

In terms of controls, Sonos Ray appears to have controls similar to Sonos Beam Gen 2, which are capacitive. The images show a play / pause button and a button on either side, which will likely control volume and the ability to skip a track and return to the previous track by dragging the slider, as offered on the Beam Gen 2 and Bow. There appears to be no microphone button.

The images also show the back of the Ray, where there is a pairing button, as well as an Ethernet port, a power port, and an optical port. There are also mounting holes on the back and it has been said that the Ray can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

Sonos Ray specifications and hardware

  • Two tweeters
  • Two woofers
  • Optical

There isn’t much information on Sonos Ray’s acoustic makeup at the moment, other than the fact that it should have a couple of tweeters and a couple of woofers.

The images tell us that HDMI or HDMI eARC does not appear to be supported, with optics appearing to be the only connection option. Sonos’ old Playbar used only optics, and while it’s not the most desired connection these days, it does allow for greater compatibility with older TVs.

As mentioned, there is a pairing button, which is how you will connect Sonos Ray to your Sonos system, and there is also an Ethernet port, although you should be able to use Ray wireless as Sonos creates a mesh network. between the speakers.

We expect the Sonos Ray to sound good, like all Sonos speakers, but for now that’s the only area we’re waiting for the rumors to offer some more information.

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Features of Sonos Ray

  • Typical Sonos functionality
  • real game
  • Ability to use a pair of Ray soundbars as surround speakers.

Sonos Ray will likely offer many of the same features found on existing Sonos speakers, including compatibility with over 100 music streaming services, Sonos radio, and of course the ability to work seamlessly, alone or as part of a Sonos group. existing speakers.

The great thing about Sonos soundbars is that they improve TV sound, but when you’re not using them for this purpose, they’re a great addition to a Sonos system as a standalone speaker. You can also send TV audio to any other Sonos speakers in your home when using the soundbar for TV.

Rumor has it that you’ll also be able to use two Sonos Ray soundbars as surround speakers for another Sonos soundbar, such as the Sonos Beam Gen 2 or Sonos Arc. It is claimed that the pair of Sonos Ray soundbars would be able to receive and play Dolby Atmos surround sound when used in this setup, but when used alone as a soundbar it only supports Dolby Digital, which differentiates it from the Beam Gen 2 and Arco .

Other features are said to include Trueplay – which would make sense – as well as a feature called “Crystal Dialogue” for TV shows and movies. There is a speech enhancement feature on the Sonos Beam Gen 1 and Gen 2 and the Sonos Arc, so we would expect that feature to be the benchmark.

While the Ray shouldn’t integrate Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa like Beam Gen 1, Beam Gen 2 and Arc, it should be able to be controlled by another smart speaker, be it Sonos like Sonos One or a third party like Echo. .

Sonos Ray Rumors: What Happened So Far?

Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the Sonos Ray.

May 5, 2022: Sonos Ray footage leaks showing the soundbar in full.

@SnoopyTech posted a series of images of the Sonos Ray soundbar, showing the entire device.

May 5, 2022: The Sonos soundbar may be called the Sonos Ray and look something like this.

LaSonos Ray appeared on the site of Colombian retailer KTronix. It has since been removed, but numerous details have emerged.

April 21, 2022: Exclusive: This is Sonos’ new budget soundbar.

The Verge has released a report confirming the existence of a budget soundbar from Sonos, along with the price and release date.

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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