Sonos Ray budget soundbar: What we know so far (Updated)

Posted: 12 May 2022 11:15 am
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One of the hottest audio manufacturers in the game is set to release the budget Sonos Ray soundbar, so let's take a look at what we know.

Sonos is well established as a leading name in audio products. It has a number of excellent soundbars already on the market. Now, they've announced an extremely affordable offering in the Sonos Ray.

Let's take a look at everything we already know about this upcoming product. Also check out our guide to the best soundbars available in Australia.

Sonos Ray release date

The Sonos Ray soundbar's general availability will begin on 7 June. It's available to pre-order on the Sonos website starting today.

Sonos Ray price

The Sonos Ray will carry a RRP of $399.

Sonos Ray design

Sonos Ray soundbar

The Ray's design that is strongly reminiscent of the more expensive Sonos Beam. Differences include an angled rear, with a speaker grille appearing only on the front of the bar. It's extremely lightweight, and can be easily held in your hand.

The Sonos Ray should fit seamlessly into just about any living room set-up.

Sonos Ray specs and features

Sonos Ray
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. The acoustic make-up of the Ray includes a pair of midwoofers and a pair of tweeters. It will have a Bluetooth pairing button and an ethernet port. HDMI won't be supported, with optical connection the only option to wire the device to your TV.

Based on Sonos' track record, we have no doubt that the Ray will sound very, very good.

What features can you expect to enjoy with the Sonos Ray? Sonos' trademark is the inter-compatibility of its speakers, and the Sonos Ray will be no exception. It will fit seamlessly into the network of Sonos speakers you already own, creating an exceptional home audio experience.

The Ray is expected to be compatible with over 100 music streaming services. It will include Sonos Trueplay, the innovation that allows Sonos products to specially tune themselves to the room they are in. It will also feature Night Sound, reducing the intensity of loud sound effects while keeping dialogue clear, meaning you can enjoy your favourite shows and movies without disturbing your household.

Speech Enhancement, as seen on the Beam and Arc, will also be found on the Ray. A missing feature that has caused controversy is the lack of a microphone. This means voice controls will not be built in. With the reduced price tag of the Ray, some kind of sacrifice is sadly inevitable.

Best deals on soundbars

Can't bring yourself to wait until 7 June? Not to worry, we've rounded up some incredible deals on soundbars you can grab right now.

$202 off Yamaha YAS-408 on Amazon
$202 off Yamaha YAS-408 on Amazon

If you're willing to spend a bit more on your soundbar, the YAS-408 will delight you, with 3D surround sound and a wireless subwoofer.



Buy now for $597 (was $799)

26% off Bose TV soundbar on Amazon
26% off Bose TV soundbar on Amazon

Just like the upcoming Sonos Ray, this speaker has 'dialogue mode' to better hear speech in your favourite movies and TV shows.



Buy now for $297 (was $399.95)

23% off Denon DHT home theatre soundbar on Amazon
23% off Denon DHT home theatre soundbar on Amazon

With 3D sound and down-firing subwoofers, this soundbar offers value you can't turn down.



Buy now for $269 (was $349)

$30 off Yamaha SR Soundbar on Amazon
$30 off Yamaha SR Soundbar on Amazon

Enjoy dual subwoofers and 4 sound modes with this wall-mounted soundbar.



Buy now for $269 (was $299)

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