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(Pocket-lint) – Sonos already has two soundbars in its portfolio, including the higher-end Sonos Arc and the cheaper but still very capable Sonos Beam. However, rumors are circulating about a new cheap soundbar from Sonos, which would sit below 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, although there has been no confirmation from the company itself, this would correspond to 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 to be expected, including the long-talked-about Sonos headphones.
Along with the supposed release date, we also have a price rumor. The Sonos Ray coûterait around $250 aux États-Unis, soit around £200, more likely it will cost around £250, as Sonos used to fixer le meme prix pour ses produits aux États-Unis et al United Kingdom. For comparison, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is £449/$449 and the Sonos Arc £899/$899, so the Ray would be much cheaper than the current offerings.
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 plethora of leaked images. Marketing images of the soundbar first accidentally appeared on retailer Ktronix’s site before being removed, though higher resolution images also surfaced on Twitter.
The images show a design that follows in the footsteps of other Sonos speakers, particularly in the case of the Beam Gen 2. It looks like the Ray will be very similar to the Beam, but it will be angled at the back and only have one front. speaker grill. The Beam Gen 2 has a speaker grille that wraps around the back of the soundbar, suggesting the speaker array inside will be different on the Ray.
A Sonos logo appears to be centralized on the front of the speaker grill like the Arc and Beam, and Ray also appears to have little feet underneath, like the Sonos Arc offerings. Color options appear to be black and white, which is standard for Sonos devices.
In terms of controls, the Sonos Ray appears to have similar controls to the Sonos Beam Gen 2, which are capacitive. The images show a play/pause button and a button on each 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 Beam Gen 2 and Bow. There doesn’t seem to be a microphone button.
The images also show the rear of the Ray, where a pairing button is present, as well as an Ethernet port, power port, and 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 Hardware and Specs
- two tweeters
- Two subwoofers
There isn’t much information on the acoustic makeup of the Sonos Ray at the moment, other than that it’s supposed to have a pair of tweeters and a pair of woofers.
The images tell us that HDMI or HDMI eARC don’t appear to be supported, and optical appears to be the only connection option. The old Sonos Playbar only used optical, and while it’s not the most desired connection these days, it allows for greater compatibility with older TVs.
As mentioned, there’s a pairing button, which is how you’ll connect the Sonos Ray to your Sonos system, and there’s also an Ethernet port, though you should be able to use the 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 one area where we’re hoping the rumor mill will offer a bit more insight.
Sonos Ray Features
- Typical Sonos functionality
- real game
- Ability to use a pair of Ray soundbars as surround sound speakers.
The Sonos Ray will likely offer many of the same features found on existing Sonos speakers, including compatibility with over 100 streaming music services, Sonos radio, and of course the ability to function seamlessly, independently or as part of an existing Sonos group. Speakers.
The beauty of Sonos soundbars is that they enhance the sound of your TV, but when you’re not using them for that purpose, they’re a great addition to a Sonos system as a stand-alone speaker. You can also send your TV’s sound to all the other Sonos speakers in your home when using your TV sound bar.
Rumor has it that you’ll also be able to use two Sonos Ray soundbars as surround speakers for another Sonos soundbar, like the Sono Beam Gen 2 or Sonos Arc. It is claimed that the pair of Sonos Ray soundbars could receive and reproduce Dolby Atmos surround sound when used in this configuration, but when used alone as a soundbar it only supports Dolby Digital, which differentiates it from the Beam Gen 2 and the Arch.
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’s a speech enhancement feature on the Sonos Beam Gen 1 and Gen 2, and the Sonos Arc, so we’re expecting that feature to be the benchmark.
While the Ray isn’t supposed to 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 the Sonos One, or a third party. party like echo
Sonos Ray Rumors: What’s Happened So Far?
Here’s everything we’ve heard about the Sonos Ray so far.
May 5, 2022: Sonos Ray images leak showing the soundbar in its entirety.
@SnoopyTech posted various images of the Sonos Ray soundbar, showing the device in its entirety.
– SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_) May 5, 2022
May 5, 2022: The Sonos soundbar could be called the Sonos Ray and look like this.
LaSonos Ray was featured on the site of Colombian retailer KTronix. It has since been removed, but various details have come to light.
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April 21, 2022: Exclusive: This is the new budget soundbar from Sonos.
The Verge has published a report confirming the existence of a cheap Sonos soundbar, along with its price and release date.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.