Sonos unleashes the Ray soundbar for compact spaces that want big sound

Sonos releases Ray Soundbar for compact spaces that want great sound

Note: This article was first published on May 12, 2022.

Maximizing the home’s space limitations would mean choosing appliances and products that can fit well and deliver quality. A soundbar, for example, may not be too long, but should still sound much better than built-in speakers on a TV.

Walk into Sonos Ray – the brand’s third (and most compact) soundbar offered by the American home sound manufacturer.

(Top left to right): Sonos Arc, Sonos Beam, Sonos Ray.

The Sonos Ray soundbar rounds out the brand’s premium soundbar product range, which consists of the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) and the massive Sonos Arc. Sonos Ray is the most affordable soundbar of these three options, and sells for only $ 529 through its local official distributor, TC Acoustics.

Sonos Ray is only 56 cm long (55.9 x 9.5 x 7.1 cm) and is compact enough to be tucked away in most elongated holes, under smart TVs or even wall mounted for extra convenience.

Despite its small design, Sonos said it offers a “room-filling experience”. In our tests with a demo set, we discovered that the Sonos Ray has a front-facing soundstage (due to its front-facing sound), and is really loud but still clear despite its size with decent sound separation.

If you tend to get busy with your programs during the night’s silence, Sonos said that Ray also packs night sounds to muffle loud, sudden sounds from your drama, on top of Speech Enhancement for clearer conversations between whispering characters on the screen.

It uses the same outer shell of polycarbonate that shaped the Sonos Arc, with plastic grilles and plates to keep it just under 2 kg.

The reduced price of the Sonos Ray comes with some trade-offs that some homeowners may not mind. For example, it has fewer drivers than Beam or Arc; The Sonos Ray has two treble speakers on the sides and two midrange speakers around the center, along with a bass reflex system somewhere along the back.

The back of the Sonos Ray.

Sono Ray also has only minimal ports for use. There is one for power, an Ethernet 10/100 port for Internet connection and an optical input for TVs. It lacks HDMI or eARC ports like other Sonos soundbars, and also lacks spatial sound as it also does not have Dolby Atmos support. Sonos recommends that you add Sonos One smart speakers for a home theater installation, or add other Sonos speakers around the house for consistent playback.

Audio format support includes Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround, and the Sonos soundbar controls app lets users know which type of audio is being decoded as it plays. The built-in Wi-Fi support also lets you source code wirelessly or via Apple AirPlay 2.

Availability and pricing

Sonos Ray is officially sold on 529 S $ starts on June 24, 2022. Pre-orders in Singapore are available from 12 May 2022 onwards via TC Acoustic. If you want to demonstrate the soundbar before you buy one, you can go down to the distributor’s flagship store located in Adelphi Mall.

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