Sonos Ray Sound Bar - Black
- Two high-performance tweeters and two woofers work together to bring crystal clear, room-filling sound to your living space
- Exclusive anti-distortion technology delivers a balanced mix of crisp dialogue and powerful bass
- Forward-facing acoustic components ensure minimal interference from nearby items and surfaces
- Versatile sound bar works with most televisions and offers quick and easy setup
- Connect to the Sonos app or use Apple AirPlay 2 or Spotify Connect to stream music via Wi-Fi
- Speech Enhancement setting boosts dialogue for better clarity
- Night Sound setting reduces loud moments while ensuring dialogue is audible, allowing you to enjoy content at night without disturbing others
- Sleek unit tucks neatly into any TV stand and can be mounted to the wall
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Of the 49 reviewers who responded, 46 would recommend this product.
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- Great Sound, but no HDMI Connectivity- June 7, 2022
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I'm a huge fan of the Sonos multi-speaker ecosystem. I have eight Sonos speakers around my house, including the original Playbar soundbar on my main living room TV. Sonos speakers are known for their incredibly simple setup and ease-of-use, and the new Ray soundbar is no exception. It integrates perfectly with the rest of my Sonos speakers and sounds infinitely better than my bedroom TV's built-in speakers. However, the lack of an HDMI port on the Ray causes some frustrations that really should be a thing of the past in 2022. ===PROS=== - If you already own other Sonos products or have set up Sonos speakers in the past, then the Ray is incredibly easy to set up. The soundbar can only connect to your TV via an optical cable (included), so there's not much room for confusion. You may need to go into your TV's audio settings and change it to "optical out" like I did. After you've connected the Ray to your TV, you can add the Ray to the Sonos app and pair it with an existing Sonos system if you have one. - The Ray is the perfect size for bedrooms or smaller entertainment stands. It is just over 2.5 inches tall, so you will want to make sure that it won't block your TV screen. Compared to the Bose TV Speaker soundbar that I have in my other bedroom, the Sonos Ray doesn't feel quite as sleek or compact, though it still looks nice. - As expected, the audio quality of the Ray is lightyears ahead of my TV's built-in speakers. Dialogue is crisp and clear. Highs and bass are very rich. Nothing sounds overpowered or distorted. For smaller living rooms and bedrooms, the Sonos Ray delivers excellent sound for casual TV and movie watching. - There is minimal surround effect from this soundbar, but luckily you can pair it with two Sonos One speakers to achieve a true surround sound effect. - The Sonos ecosystem opens up the Ray to a vast library of music content from all major streaming providers. And music from the Ray sounds just as good (or maybe even better than) my smaller Sonos One speakers. The Ray also supports AirPlay 2 so you can easily beam music from your iPhone or iPad to the soundbar. ===CONS=== - The omission of an HDMI port is very disappointing, especially in this price range. I've seen soundbars that cost less than $100 with HDMI ports included. So the decision to not include one here is very perplexing and leads to some inconveniences as noted below. - The volume can only be controlled using infrared (IR) remote controls or via the Sonos app. If your TV or preferred remote control uses radio frequency (RF), it's not going to work with the Ray, and you'll be stuck using the app to control your soundbar's volume. - Sonos also markets the Ray as a "gaming speaker," but not many gaming monitors or computers have optical outputs that will work with the Ray. Most modern game consoles also do not have optical ports. - There is no apparent way to tell what volume level the soundbar is at. The light on the soundbar blinks when you adjust volume, but there's no way of knowing how many levels of adjustment there are or how far you are from max volume. - The status light is front and center above the Sonos logo, which can be distracting when watching TV in a dark room. Luckily, you can turn off the light via the Sonos app. ===OVERALL=== Despite the head-scratching decision to forego an HDMI port, the Sonos Ray is an excellent entry-level soundbar that will delight new and existing Sonos users alike. It has the signature sound quality and multi-room features that have become synonymous with the Sonos brand. The Ray soundbar in particular will open up the Sonos ecosystem to many more people who couldn't justify the pricier Beam and Arc soundbars. Recommended!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Really good sound and performance!- June 3, 2022
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Giving a boost to a TV with a soundbar seems to me to be a bit of a complex decision if we consider that there are many options on the market, Sonos has done a good job with this wifi soundbar as the sound quality is great despite being a relatively small device, however there are a couple of things that can be improved. I will start with the unboxing which is very simple, you have to cut the side seals, lift the lid, in view is the soundbar covered with a protection and along with a box with the power cable and an optical cable plus quick start guide and documentation. The connection to TV is super easy with the optical cable, an app is needed but it is not only installing an app but also creating an account, which for a sound bar seems a little unnecessary and it seems to me that this is where the experience changes a bit because the app has many options but few of them are directly related to the performance and use of the sound bar, which again sounds pretty good but the app does not provide much. Another feature that I find a little frustrating, that seems to be no way to disable, is that when used via Ariplay with a mobile device, when I skip to the next song and the volume is at 100% is automatically lowered to 60% and you have to up the volume again (I did not find a way to disable this). I get the impression that the app is focused more on multimedia consumption than on improving the performance of the soundbar, some improvements are needed in the app. The soundbar has a good performance regarding the sound either playing music or multimedia content from different platforms, the clarity in the voice is something that I liked a lot, there are soundbars that make the voice is lost between effects or highs and lows but with this soundbar is not so, even at maximum volume the voices are very clear, I cant say the same about the bass, it is good but not outstanding however considering that it is a soundbar and that it is not a big size, it does a good job. As a consumer we will tend to compare the price of the product against its performance, i.e. is it really worth the price? I will answer with a simple Yes because soundbars of this price with the same features are not easy to find, so despite being a very popular product and with many alternatives, I can say that this Sonos sound bar is a very good option, it is clear that there are things that can be improved, mainly the app, but I consider this product worth what it costs ... recommended!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Breaking the (Size and) Sound Barrier- June 1, 2022
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] What I hear doesn’t match what I see. We expect Soundbars to create a movie theater experience and we imagine larger cabinets are required, Or maybe a subwoofer. This SONOS Soundbar breaks a lot of expectations. And I’m won over. The sound is gorgeous. I’m still a fairly novice user in the world of SONOS, so, it’s not just the sound quality that still surprises me. As I dived into the features, and the sound quality and watched the interplay of this new SONOS device with my music sources I was reminded why SONOS appeals to even non-techies. Everything is slickly accomplished and I won’t need to break a sweat to get great results. SETUP: New to SONOS? Download the App for your phone. Set up an account. Link to your Internet, either ethernet wired or Wi-Fi. and go back into the App. The App usually finds the nearby SONOS device without prompting, but if it’s not there you can select ADD DEVICE, and you’re on the way to adding your online music streaming services, naming the room this unit is in, attaching the TV via OPTICAL DIGITAL, only, and that’s pretty much it. Current user? I only had to open the SONOS App after plugging in the SONOS Ray, and the prompt was there in my existing App, asking if I wanted to add the Ray.. I was playing music within a few minutes. Absurdly easy. PERFORMANCE: It’s easy to forget that functional controls are also on top of the SONOS Ray device. Most of the time, if you’re using your TV - to - Soundbar connection, everything happens automatically using the TV controls. There is some effort required here. Be sure pull out your TV instructions or look them up online. You’ll want to turn off your TV speakers in favor of this SONOS. If your TV allows it, you may be able to use the TV remote to control the volume. If not, there is the SONOS App or those controls on top of the Ray. For music from your streaming devices (phone, Tablet, computer), you’ll be using the SONOS App. It all becomes second nature. The sound? Shockingly good. It pretty easy these days to get good bass from a speaker. Or maybe you can get that voice range well enough to hear voices clearly. Or perhaps you just want volume to fill your space. It is very rare to have such a reasonably priced speaker of this size get it ALL so right. I started with music and was impressed by how the speaker could rock out anything in my Apple Music library. With the SONOS App connected to Pandora, or Spotify or my computer’s music collection, it was easy to call up anything, and everything sounded great. Moving on to movies, I played some Netflix and HBOMAX series, and voices were perfect. Sound effects were realistic. What couldn’t the SONOS do? Surround effects flattened out to the front soundstage, but SONOS has a solution with they surround speakers which can be added to expand on this setup. They even have a subwoofer that can be attached. The SONOS Port allows you to add your own equipment to the SONOS sound ecosystem, but it’s not inexpensive. SUMMARY: SONOS is one of those fun companies that defies expectations and breaks rules. Ignore the size of the SONOS Ray. Its size will confuse you. It plays so much bigger. It sounds so much more natural and unstrained than you’d expect. I’m not suggesting this is appropriate for a large open space with high ceilings to provide party music or theater-level sound reproduction. But any reasonable living room, family, bedroom or home office is a perfect match. When you consider the comprehensive controls and connectivity features in the App, this is such an easy recommendation.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great sound in a little package.- June 17, 2022
I bought to replace my 10 year old Samsung soundbar. This little soundbar packs a punch. Definitely worth the cost. I bought a Sonos Arc last year for a different room and now with the Ray, I'll definitely be sticking with Sonos.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Compact Sound Bar on the Market!- June 19, 2022
I have (literally) tried every compact sound bar on the market, including the Sonos Beam, which should be better than the Ray if you go by price. Non of them were keepers and were returned. But the Sonos Ray is absolutely amazing! I use it with a 55" LG OLED and it pairs beautifully. I've always used HDMI(ARC) for sound but this has Optical Audio and I think it's better. All the others had a lip sync issue I had to adjust out but this is perfectly synced. Honestly, this is a great sound bar I you just watch TV and movies. Just enough bass and more importantly for me, no tinniness in the treble and mid-range. I'm very happy with it.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.