Sonos Ray Soundbar Reportedly Coming in June, Pics Leak
The soundbar will cost $250 and will not have HDMI, according to reports.
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Sonos plans to release a new, budget-friendly
in the next few weeks called the Sonos Ray, according to multiple reports.
Twitter account SnoopyTech has posted what it claims are official pictures of the new device, as reported by What Hi-Fi Friday, and these seem to correlate with The Verge's previous renders. The soundbar shown in the pictures looks similar to the Sonos Beam Gen 2, with what appears to be a plastic grille on the front.
The new Ray soundbar is supposedly smaller than the
and won't have Dolby Atmos or HDMI, with only a digital optical connection. The soundbar could be priced at about $250, which is cheaper than the $450 Beam Gen 2, but this brings it in line with the $219 Sonos One smart speaker. Unlike the Sonos Roam (and many other speakers), it's reported that it will also lack voice assistant functionality.
Like the Beam and the Arc, Sonos' $900 soundbar model, the latest soundbar is expected to be offered in black and white. The release date for the new soundbar is expected to be June 7, according to reports.
The Sonos Ray could help bring the company's multiroom range to a new audience, along with more affordable models like the $99 Ikea Symfonisk. It will compete with budget-oriented soundbars such as the Polk Signa S3 and the Vizio V21.
In addition to new hardware, the company is said to be working on its own Sonos voice assistant that will work on the newer S2 speakers.
Representatives for Sonos told CNET the company would not comment on speculation or rumor.
Update, May 6: Added the reportedly leaked pictures of the device and the new name.