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

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After a few weeks of leakage, Sonos has officially removed the curtain on its new audio product, the Ray soundbar. A model that is easy to use, compact, practical and above all cheap, at 299 €.

Sonos Ray

Introductory price 300 €



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Faced with the widespread praise aroused by Beam and Beam Gen 2, Sonos now wants to fully cater to users who want to take a first step in home cinema without breaking the bank from the initial investment. . So Ray came to accomplish this mission, while maintaining the ease of installation, use and power of connected devices that is the strength of Sonos products.

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As the various drops have already shown, the Sonos Ray almost keeps the base started with two different versions of the Beam, always with the idea of ​​offering a compact all-in-one product that blends easily with the decor. .. Ray pushed the concept with an overall size reduction (559 x 71 x 96 mm and under 2 kg) to facilitate its assembly, the manufacturer insisted in addition to the possibility of placing the bar directly on a TV stand… Well we suspect that this positioning is clearly not ideal for mimicking short frequencies, Sonos nevertheless puts forward two arguments in this use case: the presence of TruePlay calibration, always available for the lucky owner of smartphones running iOS, and an acoustic design “specifically studied“with all the elements comprising it placed on the front surface.

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 isn’t any rocket science when looking closely at the acoustic architecture of this bar, other than a potential optimization by placing two bass-reflex holes in the front. at the bar. The Sonos Ray is also different from the Beam at this point if you check its contents: the passive radiators were therefore replaced with two bass-reflex vents, the two loudspeakers dedicated to mimicking the mediums (still slightly ovoid) were placed towards the center of the bar, while two waveguide-coupled tweeters (aimed at each end of the bar in an attempt to reproduce the optimal width of the stage) are placed between these speakers and the bass reflex vents. Sonos promised us a balanced sound, punchy bass and clear voices.

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

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

In terms of connectivity, Sonos makes more of the blueprint than its counterparts: an optical input, an RJ45 port, a connector for the power supply and that’s it! So we were surprised that the manufacturer did not leave the same connection system as other bars with the possibility of HDMI connection, very widespread. On the control side, no change, the new Sonos soundbar still has the most basic controls at the top of it (volume control, playback management and navigation between tracks), all other interaction occurs through the Sonos app. The Sonos connected ecosystem (multiroom, access to streaming services, web radio and Sonos Radio, AirPlay 2 support) is also clearly important here. On the other hand, there’s no question of live voice control because Ray doesn’t have a microphone.

Sonos Ray accompanied by one of the new Sonos Room colors presented during its announcement

Sonos Ray accompanied by one of the new Sonos Room colors presented during its announcement

The 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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