Exclusive: Sonos’ next soundbar is called the Sonos Ray

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 go on sale in a few weeks, Sonos’ cheapest soundbar to date and serve as an entry-level option under the more expensive Beam and flagship Arc.

The edge previously spilled the full details and design of the new device, which is model S36 and known internally by the code name Fury. The images included here are 3D recreations of real photos seen by The edge

To reach the lower price point, Sonos has omitted features such as 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 to be mounted vertically for that purpose, and in the vertical orientation, the angled side drivers will direct Atmos audio to the ceiling more effectively.

Here’s a 3D recreation of Sonos’ new soundbar, taking a closer look at the driver’s design and layout.
3D product rendering by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge

When used on its own, the Ray supports Dolby Digital audio and is expandable to a 5.1 setup when paired with other Sonos speakers. It connects to TVs via an optical cable. The soundbar does not have integrated microphones 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 the company aims to introduce at least two new products each calendar year. Other devices in the pipeline for possible release in 2022 include a smaller, more affordable subwoofer and Sonos’ long-rumored wireless headphones.

The edge has contacted Sonos for comment. The company has not officially announced the Sonos Ray yet.

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