Sonos Ray review: the small soundbar that could
Sonos is a leader in the home audio space and recently took the wraps off a new and more budget-friendly soundbar.
7NEWS reviews Sonos Ray. Sonos provided us with a device for testing purposes, but this did not affect our opinion of the product.
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How do I get it, and what does it cost?
Sonos Ray is now available in black and white from all leading retailers, including Harvey Norman. You get $399 back.
Who is it good for?
Sonos Ray might be for you if you’ve ever wanted to own a good quality soundbar but were always put off by the high price.
While it’s still quite a bit of money, the Sonos range of products is among the best home entertainment systems money can buy.
How does it work?
Sonos Ray is the soundbar family’s baby, including Sonos Arc ($1,499) and Sonos Beam ($699). And while it may be smaller than the other two in its overall footprint, it doesn’t hold back too much with the sound it delivers.
The Ray is 559mm wide and has two tweeters and a pair of mid-woofers, with touch controls on the top – so you’ll want to keep some space at the top if you want to use them.
The setup is very simple, use the Sonos app (on Android and iOS) to connect to your Wi-Fi network and connect the optical cable to the TV. Sonos Ray then optimizes the sound based on your room using a kind of voodoo magic. One thing missing on the Ray is an HDMI port, but most TVs have the digital optical output – but it might be worth checking before you run out and buy.
Dialogue in movies is very clear, and music makes for a good listening experience. The sound you get from the Ray is very good. I was concerned that the speakers would lack some treble or bass, especially as it’s a smaller soundbar, but there is nothing to worry about here.
However, the Ray lacks Dolby Atmos, making the Sonos Beam a better option if you watch TV series and movies and want the best sound.
Ray’s other plus is expanding the system by adding some Sonos One speakers to bring surround sound into your room.
What we think
Sonos Ray balances a more accessible price point alongside all the usual stuff you’d expect from a soundbar.
The Ray probably excels by upgrading the speakers on a TV in your bedroom, kids, or small room. Sonos Beam is a better option for larger spaces if you want a cinematic experience, but a cost is involved.
Sonos Ray looks great, sounds great, and is very easy to set up. It’s a winner.