Last week, Sonos officially unveiled the Sonos Ray, its most affordable soundbar yet. And if you’ve been waiting (desire and desire) for a new budget subwoofer to go along with it, you’re not alone. Sonos originally teased the idea of a Sub Mini last November, on its mobile app and now, nearly six months later, the Sonos Sub Mini rumors are finally gaining momentum. But why has it taken Sonos so long – and why is the company still dragging its feet?
While a specific release date, pricing details, and even the official existence of the Sub Mini remain elusive, TechRadar been able to get a comment from Sonos’ head of product creation, Brandon Holley. When asked directly if there was a need to pair a smaller Sonos Sub with the Sonos Ray, Holley replied, “Nothing to announce,” but added, “Obviously we’re looking at a lot of products. You have a good point on that note. Sub will sound good with Ray, and vice versa. But as for what’s to come, nothing to announce.”
Quick history lesson: the company’s only other subwoofer, the Sonos Sub, launched nearly a decade ago in June 2012. It’s now in its third iteration (which first appeared on June 10, 2020 ) replacing the now-discontinued 2016 second generation. model.
As the only sub in Sonos’ catalog, its $749 price tag eclipses both the second generation. Beam ($349) and the new Ray ($279) so obviously buyers looking for a price and size compatible partner to bring the bass to their small home theater systems are currently out of luck. .
But while he didn’t announce the Sub Mini last week, The edge managed to confirm that Sonos is getting closer and closer to it – and even created a render from an image shared by an anonymous source.
Analysis: what are we really looking at?
The image shows a more jeweled and affordable Sonos subwoofer (which can undoubtedly pair wirelessly with the Arc, Ray and Beam) and confirms Sonos’ November leak, which describes it as a “more small”.
The Sub Mini’s biggest design feature, as with the original Sub, is an elongated vertical cutout in the middle of the device – but here it’s pill-shaped rather than the Sub’s distinctive rectangular hole.
The original Sub is a heavy beast, at 16kg, and has acoustic ports on both sides as well as Sonos’ proven push-push drivers (which fire on either side of this hole), so it’s very likely that the Sub Mini will have similar innards – although likely smaller and slightly less powerful.
When can we expect to see him in the flesh? Sonos, as we’ve seen, isn’t ready to say. But our guess would be the IFA tech show at the earliest, which isn’t until late August…