Sonos’ next soundbar may have just been revealed in a leak – and it could be its cheapest and most versatile home cinema speaker yet.
According to The Verge, which cites “internal documents and people familiar with the company’s plans”, the Sonos Ray will go on sale in “a few weeks” and should cost around $249.
That equates to around £200 / AU$350 and would make the Sonos Ray the best value soundbar the premium multiroom audio company has ever released. Apparently Sonos has managed to cut costs by skipping quality-of-life features like Dolby Atmos, a built-in voice assistant and HDMI connectivity – instead it’ll use an optical connection to hook up to your TV.
Home theater with a twist
The Verge also revealed images of the Sonos Ray, which were apparently released prematurely in a product listing by retailer Ktronix. The images look pretty legit to us, showing a compact black soundbar with curved sides, touch-sensitive control buttons and the Sonos logo.
While these images — and The Verge’s source claims — seem believable, it’s important to take these details with a pinch of salt. Sonos has yet to confirm a new soundbar, so there’s no official word on a release date, specs or price. We contacted Sonos for comment, who told us they “do not comment on rumors or speculation”.
The leak follows an earlier report from The Verge, which claimed that the upcoming Sonos soundbar will be much smaller than its Arc and Beam siblings, measuring 550 x 69 x 100mm (WxDxH). This report also suggested that the Sonos Ray would contain two forward-facing drivers.
More interestingly, a pair of Ray soundbars can apparently be used as rear speakers if you already have a Sonos Arc or Beam at home. Putting a literal twist on how we normally use soundbars, the Ray can be mounted to your wall vertically to amp up the sound from your existing Sonos soundbar.
The Sonos Ray can apparently be used as part of a more conventional home theater setup, with the ability to pair with other Sonos speakers.
These features certainly sound great, especially if the Sonos Ray is as versatile as The Verge’s sources claim; we’ve loved every Sonos soundbar so far, with the Arc taking the top spot in our guide to the best Dolby Atmos soundbars you can buy today.
Of course, we’ll reserve judgment until we’re sure the Sonos Ray actually exists… but don’t blame us for getting a little excited about a new soundbar from the gaming giant. multi-room audio.