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The adjacent Sonos soundbar may have just been revealed in a leak – and it could be the visitor’southward cheapest and most versatile dwelling cinema speaker to date.
According to The Verge
(opens in new tab), which cites “internal documents and people familiar with the company’s plans”, the Sonos Ray will go on sale in “a matter of weeks” and is set to cost around $249.
That works out at about £200 / AU$350, and would make the Sonos Ray the most budget-friendly soundbar e’er released by the high-end multiroom-audio visitor. Plain, Sonos has managed to proceed costs downwards past eschewing quality-of-life features such equally Dolby Atmos, a born vocalism assistant, and HDMI connectivity – instead, information technology volition use an optical connection to hook up to your TV.
Information technology’s possible the Sonos Ray will lean on the new Sonos Voice banana, set to launch in June — and an obviously terrible idea, according to TechRadar’s Lance Ulanoff.
Dwelling house movie theatre with a twist
The Verge also revealed images of the Sonos Ray, which were apparently posted prematurely in a product listing past retailer Ktronix
(opens in new tab). The pictures look fairly legitimate to us, showing a compact blackness soundbar with curved sides, bear upon-sensitive command buttons, and the Sonos logo.
While these images – and the claims made by The Verge’s sources – audio credible, information technology’s of import to take these details with a pinch of table salt. Sonos has yet to ostend the being of a new soundbar, so in that location’s no official word on a release date, specs, or price. We reached out to Sonos for comment, who told us that they “don’t comment on rumor or speculation”.
The leak follows a previous report by The Verge, which claimed the next Sonos soundbar will be much smaller than its Arc and Beam siblings, measuring 550 x 69 x 100mm (WxDxH). That written report too suggested that the Sonos Ray volition incorporate two front-facing drivers.
Well-nigh interestingly, a pair of Ray soundbars tin plainly be used as rear speakers if y’all already have a Sonos Arc or Beam at home. Putting a literal twist on the way we normally use soundbars, the Ray can be fixed to your wall vertically to heave the audio of your existing Sonos soundbar.
The Sonos Ray can apparently be used as function of a more conventional home theater setup, with the ability to pair to other Sonos speakers.
These features certainly sound interesting, specially if the Sonos Ray is equally versatile every bit The Verge’s sources merits; we’ve liked all of Sonos’ soundbars so far, with the Arc taking the top spot in our guide to the best Dolby Atmos soundbars you tin can purchase today.
Of course, nosotros’ll reserve judgement until nosotros’re sure that the Sonos Ray actually exists… just don’t blame united states for getting a teeny bit excited at the prospect of a new soundbar from the multiroom sound giant.