Sonos this afternoon formally introduced its Sonos Ray soundbar. Matching the specs and design that The Verge first reported final month, the corporate’s new entry-level soundbar will probably be priced at a barely higher-than-initially-planned $279 when it goes on sale on June seventh. (Hey, perhaps Sonos is feeling inflation identical to the remainder of us.)
The Ray is being positioned as ideally suited for first-time soundbar patrons who need to improve their TV’s lackluster built-in audio system. It’s able to outputting Dolby Digital audio — there’s no Atmos — and connects to TVs by way of an optical cable. Sonos is leaving HDMI and eARC for its dearer Beam and Arc merchandise. Players ought to word that soundbars that depend on an optical connection can generally exhibit a slight audio delay. However I believe Sonos figures that anybody with an Xbox Collection X or PS5 plugged into their TV is prone to go for the Beam or Arc as an alternative.
The Ray has two tweeters that deal with excessive frequencies. And as seen in our authentic render, the soundbar has break up waveguides on the left and proper sides to route sound “from wall to wall.” Within the middle are two midwoofers that “guarantee devoted playback of mid-range frequencies and strong bass.” Sonos says that as a result of its acoustic parts are all forward-facing, the Ray is designed to carry out effectively sonically irrespective of the place it’s positioned — together with when it’s tucked right into a media stand.
Regardless of no HDMI connectivity and thus an absence of HDMI-CEC, Sonos believes the Ray stands out from equally priced rivals, because of its full integration with the corporate’s multiroom audio platform. Chatting with The Verge, product supervisor Scott Fink additionally known as out different options like TruePlay tuning as differentiators for the Ray. The Ray lacks built-in mics, nonetheless, so you possibly can solely optimize its sound utilizing TruePlay with supported telephones. The brand new soundbar shares software program options like speech enhancement and night time mode with Sonos’ different dwelling theater merchandise.
Just like the Beam and Arc, the Ray could be expanded to a fuller encompass system through the use of pairs of Sonos audio system just like the Sonos One SL for rears. It will also be mixed with the Sonos Sub, although I don’t envision many individuals spending $749 on a subwoofer for a $279 soundbar. Sadly, the rumored, extra reasonably priced Sub Mini isn’t a part of right now’s bulletins from Sonos.
The Verge initially reported that the Sonos Ray would be capable to be vertically mounted and function rear surrounds for Sonos’ different soundbars. Nonetheless, the corporate made no point out of this characteristic throughout its media briefing classes. When requested whether or not the performance would possibly nonetheless be on the best way, Fink stated he had nothing to share relating to rumors. (The Verge revealed inner Sonos supplies that proved correct relating to the Ray’s design, options, and launch date, so the vertical mounting functionality might need been scrapped on the final minute.)
The Sonos Ray will go on sale on June seventh within the US, Canada, and a number of different international locations.
Alongside the brand new soundbar, Sonos can be introducing new colours of its moveable Sonos Roam Bluetooth speaker. Purple, inexperienced, and blue variations of the Roam can be found starting right now for a similar $179 worth as earlier than.
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