Ray, the new compact and “affordable” soundbar from Sonos, is official

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After several weeks of leakage, Sonos is finally officially unveiling its brand new audio product, the Ray soundbar. A model that is easy to use, compact, practical and above all affordable, for 299 €.

Sonos Ray

Introductory price 300 €


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Faced with the widespread recognition of Beam and Beam Gen 2, Sonos now wants to fully appeal to users who want to take a very first step in home theater without breaking the bank from the initial investment. Ray therefore arrives to fulfill this mission, while maintaining the simplicity of installation, use, and the power of the connected functionalities that are the strength of Sonos products.

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As the various leaks had already indicated, Sonos Ray very roughly resumes the base initiated by the two different versions of the Beam, always with the idea of ​​offering a compact all-in-one product that easily fits into the decor. Ray presses the concept with an overall still reduced size (559 x 71 x 96 mm and less than 2 kg) to facilitate its integration, the manufacturer also insists on the very possibility of placing the rod directly in a TV stand … Good to we suspect that this positioning will clearly not be ideal for low frequency reproduction, Sonos nonetheless puts forward two arguments in this case of use: The presence of TruePlay calibration, always available to the lucky owners of smartphones, running iOS, and an acoustic design. “specifically examined“with all the elements that make it up, placed on the front.

Ray can be placed on a piece of furniture or mounted on a wall thanks to the integrated wall mounting system.

Ray can be placed on a piece of furniture or mounted on a wall thanks to the integrated wall mounting system.

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However, there is no real rocket science when you take a closer look at the acoustic architecture of this bar, apart from a potential optimization of the placement of the two bass reflex valves at the front of the bar. The Sonos Ray is also quite different from the Beam at this point when inspecting its interior: the passive radiators are therefore replaced by two bass reflex valves, the two speakers dedicated to reproducing media (still slightly ovoid) are located towards the center of the rod, while two waveguide-coupled tweeter speakers (aiming at each end of the rod in an attempt to recreate the best possible stage width) are placed between these speakers and the bass reflex of the valves. Sonos promises us balanced sound, powerful bass and clear voices.

Ray is therefore based on a 3.0 system and does not offer a surround virtualization system, but supports Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround multi-channel audio streams (in stereo for PCM only).  Like all other Sonos bars, however, it can be perfectly paired with ...

Ray is therefore based on a 3.0 system and does not offer a surround virtualization system, but supports Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround multi-channel audio streams (in stereo for PCM only). Like all other Sonos bars, however, it can be perfectly paired with two surround speakers and a wireless subwoofer. © Sonos

On the connection side, Sonos does even more in the plan than its counterparts: an optical input, an RJ45 port, a power supply connector and that’s it! We are therefore quite surprised that the manufacturer has not left the same connection system as its other bars with the option of HDMI connection, so widespread. On the control side, no change, the new Sonos soundbar still has the most basic controls on the top (volume control, playback control and navigation between tracks), while the rest of the interaction takes place through the Sonos app. The connected Sonos ecosystem (multi-room, access to streaming services, web radio and Sonos Radio, AirPlay 2 support) is of course also essential here. On the other hand, there is no question of live voice control, as Ray manages without microphones.

The Sonos beam accompanied by one of the new colors in the Sonos space presented during the announcement

The Sonos beam accompanied by one of the new colors in the Sonos space presented during the announcement

Sonos Ray will hit the market on June 7, 2022 in two colors, white or black, at a price of € 299, or € 200 less than the Beam 2.

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