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Sonos Ray launches as a cheaper soundbar from the company at US$279

Ray is the most affordable home theater speaker from Sonos. (Image source: Sonos)
Ray is the most affordable home theater speaker from Sonos. (Image source: Sonos)
The Sonos Ray home cinema soundbar is now available to pre-order. The gadget has many features, such as Speech Enhancement for clear dialogue. You can connect the device to your TV via an optical audio cable, and the soundbar is compatible with Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround formats.

Sonos has launched the Ray, a cheaper alternative to it's Arc and Beam soundbars. The slim gadget has four Class-D digital amplifiers, two tweeters and two mid-woofers to create a unique home cinema experience.

A bass reflex system reduces distortion at lower frequencies, and split waveguides are used to generate wall-to-wall sound. The Ray has many features, such as Trueplay technology which alters the soundbar's settings based on the room in which it is placed.

Speech Enhancement ensures dialogue is easy to distinguish from the rest of the soundtrack; Sonos claims to have consulted “award-winning Hollywood sound engineers” on this feature. The speaker is capable of Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround formats.

You can connect the soundbar to Wi-Fi to group it with other speakers and send songs to it via Spotify connect or Apple AirPlay2. However, the lack of a microphone means it is not voice-enabled like other Sonos speakers such as the Roam

Optical output is used rather than HDMI to connect the Ray to your TV, and an infrared receiver can sync the soundbar with your TV remote. The Ray is compact, measuring 2.79 x 22 x 3.74-in (71 x 559 x 95 mm). You can now pre-order the Sonos Ray in black or white for US$279, with deliveries expected from June 7th.

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Polly Allcock
Polly Allcock - Tech Writer - 299 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I've been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I have loved gadgets and understanding how things work. Since graduating, I have worked for several technology companies across FinTech, AdTech and Robotics.
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Polly Allcock, 2022-05-13 (Update: 2022-05-13)