Sonos launched the Sonos Ray in June, a compact, affordable soundbar that fits well with an Apple TV-powered home setup due to its AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration. We picked up a Sonos Ray to give MacRumors readers an idea of how it works and whether it’s worth the $279.
The Sonos Ray is smaller than other Sonos soundbars, measuring approximately 22 inches in length, making it ideal for smaller spaces and smaller entertainment setups. Like most Sonos products, it’s sleek and blends in well with the surrounding decor, looking a lot like the Sonos Beam.
There are easily accessible touch controls on the top, along with power, ethernet and optical audio ports on the back. Just a quick note, if you happen to have a remote that doesn’t support IR, you might not want to pick up the Sonos Ray as it’s not compatible due to the optical audio port and you’ll need to adjust volume manually. This won’t affect most people, as most remotes (including the Apple TV remote) support IR.
If you need more audio output than the Ray offers, it plays well with other Sonos speakers and subwoofers, but even on its own the sound quality is impressive. You don’t get Dolby Atmos at this price, but the sound is solid despite the small form factor, and it easily beats TV speakers. There are four Class-D digital amplifiers, two tweeters, two high-efficiency midwoofers and a built-in bass reflex system, plus an adjustable EQ and Sonos’ TruePlay function for tailoring sound to the room in which the Ray is located.
With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration, the Sonos Ray can be paired with HomeKit-compatible products and speakers, and can be controlled and customized via the Home app and Siri commands. The AirPlay integration makes it easy to AirPlay audio directly to the Ray when needed, and all in all it’s a good choice for those who need a soundbar for a smaller space.