Sonos’ upcoming budget soundbar will be marketed as the Sonos Ray, according to internal documents and people familiar with the company’s plans. The Ray is expected to cost around $249 and will go on sale in a few weeks. It will be Sonos’ cheapest soundbar to date, serving as an entry-level option among the more expensive ones beam and flagship bow.
The edge previously spilled the full details and design of the new device, which is model S36 and known internally by the codename Fury. The images contained here are 3D recreations of real photos seen by The edge.
To match the lower price point, Sonos left out features like built-in microphones, Dolby Atmos, and HDMI connectivity; The Ray also has fewer speakers than the company’s existing soundbars. However, owners of the more expensive Sonos Arc or Beam can use two Rays as rear surround speakers. The soundbar is designed for vertical mounting for this purpose, and in the vertical orientation the slanted side drivers direct Atmos audio towards the ceiling more effectively.
When used on its own, the Ray supports Dolby Digital audio and can be expanded to a 5.1 setup when paired with other Sonos speakers. It is connected to the TV via an optical cable. The soundbar lacks built-in mics for voice control, but owners can bring their own voice assistant, as the Sonos platform is compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Nest speakers.
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence has previously said that the company intends to launch at least two new products every calendar year. Other devices in the pipeline for a possible 2022 release include a smaller, more affordable subwoofer and Sonos’ long-rumored wireless headphones.
The edge asked Sonos for comment. The company hasn’t officially announced the Sonos Ray yet.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/4/23056593/sonos-ray-soundbar-name-features-price-leak Exclusive: The next soundbar from Sonos will be called Sonos Ray