Sonos is adding more speakers to its already expansive range and it’s good news for anyone who wants impressive audio at a much cheaper price. Perhaps the biggest release that’s just been announced is the official launch of the long-rumoured Sonos Ray soundbar which aims to boost the audio coming from your TV without it breaking the bank. When it arrives in stores next month it will cost just £279. That may not sound like a bargain but the Ray is is considerably cheaper than the £449 Sonos Beam (Gen 2) or premium Sonos Arc which will set you back a whopping £899.
Depsite the lower price, Sonos is promising some pretty impressive sound from this speaker with it featuring a new bass reflex system for a more rich experience and custom acoustics to help things sound crystal clear.
Sonos has also included its clever Speech Enhancement tech which means you should hear what’s being said on screen with greater clarity. There’s also a Night Sound mode which reduces the intensity of loud effects so you don’t disturb anyone else at home when watching an action-packed Hollywood blockbuster late at night.
Anyone not wanting a massive speaker in their living rooms will also be pleased to hear that the Ray has been designed to fit neatly into any space thanks to a compact design.
Finally, this new soundbar is compatible with all the biggest streaming services and music can be beamed to it from iPhones and iPads via AirPlay technology.
“Homes have become movie theatres, fitness studios, gaming hubs and so much more, all supported by a streaming era that is no longer exclusive to just TV, music and film,” said Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. “Ray makes it easier than ever to enhance those listening experiences, thanks to its smaller size and impressive sound.”
The new Sonos Ray will be available to buy soon with customers able to register their interest on the Sonos website. You can see more details here.
So that’s the Sonos Ray but what else is new from the firm?
Along with that smaller soundbar, the audio firm is also adding more colours to its Roam range of portable speakers.
This update means customers can now buy this device in Olive, Wave and Sunset – that’s green, red and blue if you were wondering.
The new Roam shades will be available from this week and cost £179.
As a quick reminder, the Roam links seamlessly with your other Sonos speakers when at home but can then be taken on the road thanks to its ultra-small design, Bluetooth technology and internal battery.