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Sonos Ray: New soundbar with AirPlay and multiroom functions

Sonos Ray: New soundbar with AirPlay and multiroom functions
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Sonos Ray has now been officially launched. In connection with this, Sonos has also announced the official recommended price and technical details for the compact soundbar.

With the new Soundbar Ray, Sonos wants to offer a cheaper alternative to its previous products in this area from June 7th. The manufacturer already has the Sonos Beam for 499 euros and its top model Sonos Arc for 999 euros in its range. The new product, Sonos Ray, is intended to round off this range at the bottom and, for 299 euros, represent an attractively priced option for entry into this segment.

The Sonos soundbars Arc, Beam and Ray

With a combination of two tweeters and two mid-range speakers as well as a newly developed bass reflex system, Sonos wants to deliver powerful sound with crystal-clear highs with the Ray.

Asymmetrical waveguides and innovative sound processing fill the entire room and accurately place individual sound elements. The proprietary bass reflex system ensures optimal reproduction of the bass, perfectly balanced bass and tailor-made acoustics for precise reproduction of the middle and high tones.

Sonos Ray

The alignment of the sound output to the front is intended to increase the flexibility when setting up the soundbar, according to Sonos the device is also suitable for placement in a media console or on a sideboard. The Sonos Ray can be used on its own or expanded to a home cinema system with two Sonos One or Sonos SL. For basic operation, there is a touch field with buttons for playback and volume control on the top of the device.

Sonos Ray Back and Connections

The Sonos Ray is connected to the TV set using an enclosed optical cable. In addition, the soundbar has an infrared receiver, which can also be used with conventional remote controls. The network connection can be made either via WLAN or a type 10/100 Ethernet socket on the back.

Basically, the new soundbar offers all the functions of current Sonos devices, including use in multi-room systems as well as support for AirPlay 2. The basic configuration and control is carried out using the Sonos app. However, like the Sonos One SL or the Sonos Roam SL, the Sonos Ray does not have integrated microphones and thus also the possibility of direct voice control via services such as Amazon Alexa or the Sonos Voice service, which will probably also be available in Germany in the coming year. Irrespective of this, with the appropriate configuration, the speaker can of course be controlled with voice commands like other Sonos speakers with the help of additional devices such as an Amazon Echo.

The Sonos Ray will be available in black and white from June 7th at a price of 299 euros. We will then be able to provide more details based on initial practical experience.

Technical data of the Sonos soundbars in comparison

Sonos Soundbars Specifications

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