If rumours and leaks are believed, Sonos’ upcoming soundbar, the Sonos Ray, will be a budget-friendly pick. This affordable soundbar was accidentally leaked as it was up for sale on a Colombian online store, KTronix.
Sonos Ray Features and Specifications
As first spotted by The Verge, a now-removed retail listing on the Colombian store KTronix, accidentally leaked images and product info suggests that the Sonos Ray will be 22 inches long as compared to the 25-inch Sonos Beam 2 released earlier. However, the slashed price has taken away a lot of features. The upcoming budget soundbar from Sonos lacks built-in mics, Dolby Atmos, and eARC HDMI connectivity. Also, it will have fewer drivers/speakers than the company’s existing soundbars. That being said, the Arc and Beam users can use two Rays as rear surround speakers, making them an important part of Sonos ecosystem.
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Now that we have talked about where this soundbar is lacking, let’s see what it offers.
The Sonos Ray is expected to ship one pair each of tweeters and woofers, which will come with new Sonos features. For example, the budget Sonos woofer will have Trueplay calibration. This feature allows automatic sound tuning for your room using your phone and tablet. It will also have “crystal clear dialogue” for movies and TV shows, as well as voice assistant support so you can use another smart device to control the Sonos Ray. Moreover, it will have support for Sonos’s own privacy-focused upcoming voice control system.
Sonos Ray Price and Availability
This affordable soundbar from Sonos will be priced at $249 and is expected to go on sale in June 2022. If compared to the price of the flagship model Arc and pricier Beam, Ray will be the cheapest of all soundbars in their lineup.