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The Sonos Ray Aims to Disintegrate the Affordable Soundbar Competition

After a recent leak under the code name “Fury”, the Sonos Ray Soundbar is finally here but will consumers looking for lower-priced soundbars buy it?

Sonos Ray Soundbar White with Touch Controls

In our previous report, we discussed the impending release of a new inexpensive soundbar from Sonos, which at that time was unofficially labeled “Fury aka Model S36”. This soundbar has now been released as the Sonos Ray with a $279 asking price. Also, it looks like most of the features discussed in the leaked report are included.

Let’s take a look at the Sonos Ray and see if it offers what you are looking for in a soundbar. 

Sonos Ray Soundbar White Front Angle
Sonos Ray Soundbar White Front
Sonos Ray Soundbar White Rear

Core Features

Compact Size: The Sonos Ray is 22-inches wide, 2.79-inches high, and 3.7-inches deep making it an easy fit below most TVs or wall mounting via an optional wall mounting bracket. The compact size works for TVs or PC gaming setups. 

Amplifiers: Four tuned Class-D digitally controlled amplifiers.

Speakers

The speaker complement inside the Ray is as follows:

  • Tweeters:  Two with Split waveguides to project a wider soundfield. 
  • Midwoofers: Two centered high-efficiency mid-woofers handle the midrange and upper bass frequencies
  • Ports (Bass Reflex System): Two ports are included to provide an extended bass response. 

Adjustable EQ: Use the Sonos app to adjust bass, treble, and loudness.

Trueplay: This is software that measures the acoustics of the room to fine-tune soundbar performance. A supported iOS device is required (Not available for Android).

Speech Enhancement: This Sonos app setting boosts voice frequencies for clearer dialog.

Night Sound: This Sonos app setting reduces loud sounds and increases the level of quieter sounds.

Home Theater Audio Formats

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Tip: The Sonos app’s Now Playing screen will show which audio format is being decoded.

Sonos Ray Soundbar White Rear Connections Closeup

Connections: 1 Digital Optical (for connection to TV) 1 Ethernet Port, and a Power receptacle. WiFi is also built-in.

Apple AirPlay 2: Send sound directly from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, to the Ray.

Tip: Bluetooth is not supported.

Sonos App: The Sonos App (S2 version) is not only used for setup but provides access to several popular music streaming services as well as Sonos Radio

Multi-Room Audio: Sonos products provide wireless multi-room audio. This means that in addition to using the Ray for watching TV, you can include it in a Sonos multi-room audio system via wireless connection with other compatible Sonos speaker products.  

Optional Surround Speakers: You can add a pair of Sonos One SL speakers for a full surround sound experience. 

Tip: Other Sonos speakers can be used with the Ray as surround speakers such as Sonos Five, Play:1, Play:3, and Play:5 (Gen 2) as well as the Sonos Amp with regular speakers. 

Color Options: The Ray comes in black or white.

Sonos Ray, Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc Soundbars Black
Larget to smallest: Sonos Arc, Sonos Beam 2, Sonos Ray Soundbars

What’s in the Box

  • Sonos Ray soundbar
  • Power Cable 
  • Digital Optical Cable
  • Quickstart Guide and legal/warranty information 
  • Weight
  • 4.29 lb (1.95 kg)

What the Sonos Ray Doesn’t Include 

As outlined in our previous “leak” report, the Ray doesn’t include some features you find on the Sonos ARC and Beam/Beam 2 soundbars:

  • No HDMI connection: This means no ARC/eARC functionality.
Sonos Ray Soundbar Black Lifestyle in Bedroom

Pricing and Availability

The Sonos Ray will be available starting on June 7th, 2022 in black or white at a $279 price point. It can be purchased directly at Sonos.com or other authorized dealers. 

Optional wall mount available for $39.00.

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If you purchase a Sonos Ray Surround Set package that includes two Sonos One SLs the price is $677.

The Sonos Ray is also compatible with Sonos Subwoofers.

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