The Sonos Ray soundbar is quite versatile: it can play both blockbuster soundtracks and streaming audio. With its small size, you don’t even need to add a subwoofer. The Ray is also poised to be at the helm of the ‘big Sonos home theatre’, so the company promises.
The four drivers in the Sonos Ray – two tweeters and two mid-bass units – are front-mounted and served by four Class D amplifiers. The bass range is underpinned by a proprietary, patented bass reflex system, and the surround sound is enhanced by special waveguides.
“Home has become movie theaters, fitness studios, game centers and more, all supported by the streaming era,” – explained Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. “Ray (Sonos Ray Soundbar) simplifies the process with its smaller size and impressive sound”. Moreover, this sound, according to Sonos, was created with the participation of professionals in the audio community – sound engineers, producers and musicians.
The Sonos Ray Soundbar received special sound modes. Speech Enhancement (Improving speech) will raise intelligibility, and Night Sound – will soften peak bursts of volume. The device supports PCM in stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround. Wi-Fi via the Sonos app supports Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect. Sonos Ray is connected to the TV via optics.
In the US, the Sonos Ray soundbar was priced at $280.
Sonos Ray Soundbar Specifications
- All four Class-D digital amplifiers
- Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1* and DTS Digital Surround* (*This is not an indication of a licensed decoder.) The Sonos app’s Now Playing screen will display what type of audio is being decoded.
- Connect to WiFi with any 2.4 GHz 802.11/b/g/n broadcast-capable router.
- Connect to your TV’s optical output with the included cable.
- Ethernet 10/100 port for hardwiring to your router
- Voltage Auto-switching 100-240V 50/60Hz AC universal input
- CPU: Quad Core 1.4 GHz A-53
- Memory: 1GB SDRAM 4GB NV
- Works with AirPlay 2 on Apple devices iOS 11.4 and higher