Ameya DalviMay 30, 2022 11:28:18 AM IST
Sonos has made a name for itself as a pioneer in multi-room wireless home audio. Subsequently, they focused on other home audio products like soundbars. Typically a high-end audio brand, the company has just announced its most affordable soundbar in India, the Sonos Ray. The product will be available for purchase here only by September 2022.
Sonos Ray is a compact soundbar with surprisingly punchy sound output for its size. The bar is less than two feet long and quite portable and weighs less than 2 kg. Despite its portability, it should not be confused with a wireless Bluetooth speaker as it must be powered to operate; it does not have a built-in battery. But yes, once powered, you can still use it as a party speaker in a medium sized room.
The bar contains four Class-D amplifiers, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers. The Bass Reflex system featuring an exclusive low-speed port design supports low frequencies while minimizing distortion. It has capacitive touch controls to manage playback functions and volume. Additional control of the device can be had through the Sonos app which gives you bass and treble adjustments, speech enhancement to boost vocal frequencies for better dialogue clarity, and night sound for more output. soothing, among other things.
The company says the Sonos Ray has custom-designed waveguides that project sound from wall to wall to map your room and tailor the sound to that particular space. Once set up, you can control this bar with the TV remote, Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and some music streaming apps. It can even connect to 2.4 GHz WiFi networks. Audio input is limited to optical input, but company officials have confirmed that an optical to HDMI adapter will be provided to connect this product to an HDMI ARC port on a TV.
Although the Sonos Ray is a complete product on its own, it’s quite versatile and can also be part of a larger multi-speaker system. For example, the Ray can be used as the front channels and paired with the company’s surround speakers to have a surround sound system. Similarly, you can add a subwoofer to the setup to boost bass or sync it with any other product from the company for multi-room listening.
The Sonos Ray will be priced at Rs 37,999 and available for purchase in India from September 2022. Buyers will have a choice of black and white color shades. We’ll reserve our opinion on its sound quality and ease of use for another day after having a review unit in hand.