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Sonos launches $279 compact soundbar, the Sonos Ray

11 May 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

Sonos Ray will be available globally starting in June. It joins the existing line-up as Sonos' most affordable soundbar.

Sonos will continue to offer the premium Arc soundbar and the compact, high-definition Beam (Gen 2). Sonos Ray will be an even more affordable option.

Sonos Arc Beam Ray

The three soundbars from Sonos: Arc, Beam and Ray

It is still compatible with other Sonos speakers, allowing you to connect rear speakers and a subwoofer wirelessly. - "Homes have become movie theaters, fitness studios, gaming hubs and so much more, all supported by a streaming era that is no longer exclusive to just TV, music and film," said Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. "Ray makes it easier than ever to enhance those listening experiences, thanks to its smaller size, yet impressive sound."

Sonos Ray

Sonos Ray

The first pictures and details on Sonos Ray leaked last month. However, Sonos makes no mention of the rumored option to position Ray vertically as Dolby Atmos rear speakers. There are already references to the vertical orientation in the Sonos app, so it may be added later. Sonos Ray connects to the TV via optical but you can still control it with your existing TV remote or the Sonos app. It also supports Apple AirPlay 2 for music. Despite its compact size, Sonos claims that it Ray can deliver room-filling sound. - "Custom-designed waveguides project sound from wall to wall, and advanced processing accurately positions elements throughout your room so you feel like you’re at the center of the story," the company said. "A new bass reflex system with a proprietary design delivers thrilling lows with perfectly weighted bass, while custom acoustics precisely harmonize mid and high-range frequencies."
 Sonos Ray is available globally on June 7, 2022 for $279 / £279 / €299. It will be available in black and white.

Sonos Ray – specifications

Sonos Ray soundbar

Audio Amplifiers Four Class-D digital amplifiers have been fine-tuned to the soundbar's unique acoustic architecture. Tweeter Two powerful tweeters for clear highs. Split waveguides project sound from wall to wall. Midwoofers Two centered high-efficiency midwoofers ensure faithful playback of mid-range frequencies and solid bass. Bass Reflex System Proprietary low-velocity port design minimizes distortion and rounds out low-end frequencies. Adjustable EQ Use the Sonos app to adjust bass, treble, and loudness. Trueplay This software measures the acoustics of the room then fine-tunes the soundbar. Supported iOS device required. Speech Enhancement Turn this setting on in the Sonos app to boost voice frequencies and clarify dialogue. Night Sound Turn this setting on in the Sonos app to reduce the intensity of loud sounds and increase the level of quieter sounds. Home Theater Audio Formats Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1*, and DTS Digital Surround* (*This is not an indication of a licensed decoder). The Sonos app's Now Playing screen will display what type of audio is being decoded. Details Dimensions 22 x 3.74 x 2.79 in. (559 x 95 x 71 mm) (W x D x H) Weight 4.29 lbs (1.95kg) Finish Matte; Available in Black or White Capacitive Controls Tap to play, pause, adjust the volume, skip, and replay. LEDs Lights on the product indicate connection and mute status. Power and Networking WiFi Connect to WiFi with any 2.4 GHz 802.11/b/g/n broadcast-capable router. You can either enable 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n in router settings or hardwire a Sonos product. Optical Connect to your TV's optical port with the included cable. Ethernet 10/100 port for hardwiring to your router Infrared (IR) Receiver Syncs Ray with your TV remote for streamlined control Voltage Auto-switching 100-240V 50/60Hz AC universal input Apple AirPlay 2 Works with AirPlay 2 on Apple devices iOS 11.4 and higher. Pricing and Availability Available starting June 7 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. China, Japan, and India to follow. USD $279 / CAD $329 / GBP £279 / EUR €299

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