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I think the release of the Sonos Ray is a rather interesting yet strategic decision. The Sonos Ray is a budget-oriented soundbar with magnificent sound but cuts down on the extra features. Maybe you’ll like to use this speaker for your TV, or maybe even your desktop!

Let’s jump right into it.

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The Sonos Ray is considerably smaller than the Sonos Beam Gen 2 that we reviewed previously and by just looking at the soundbar, we can see that it is mostly a front-firing soundbar. There are no speaker ports at the top.

Sonos Ray

What we have at the top is a couple of touch-sensitive buttons. We have the usual play/pause, next and previous buttons. And as you can see – or cannot see – we do not have microphones on the Sonos Ray. That means no smart assistant or voice control.

Sonos Ray

The ports are also… interesting. Like any other Sonos speaker, it comes with WiFi connectivity and also an Ethernet port for internet connection, and also Apple AirPlay2. But for direct audio feed, it only has an optical port – a.k.a. SPDIF.

Sonos Ray

Luckily, Sonos did include an optical cable inside the box and double luckily is that our Xiaomi P1 TV has an optical audio port. You might be able to find this optical audio port on your desktop too – and that is why I said you can technically use this on your desktop PC.

Sonos Ray

One more interesting connectivity is the presence of an infrared receiver. This IR receiver is pretty much a proxy for your TV’s remote because as you can see in our scenario here, the TV’s infrared receiver is at the bottom of the TV and it is partially blocked by the Sonos Ray. Hence, that is why the Sonos Ray comes with this IR receiver feature. However, our TV isn’t supported by this feature – so too bad.

Sonos Ray
I think it mostly supports LG and Samsung TVs only.

The sound quality of the Sonos Ray is surprisingly good despite being such a small size. Since it doesn’t have top-firing speakers and all the sound comes out from the front only, it still sounds pretty good, especially for all the big band jazz that I like to listen to. Even if I sit off-center, there is virtually no difference in terms of sound quality since the speaker is trapezoidal in shape so that sound propagated can cover a larger area.

Sonos Ray

But of course, since this is a Sonos product, we can also use the Sonos app to do a bunch of other features – like Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Sonos Radio, Spotify, YouTube Music, yada yada all of that stuff.

Sonos Ray

We can also make the Sonos Ray sound better for our setup via Trueplay but whoops – this 5th gen iPad Air isn’t supported yet.

Anyway, we can also combine the Sonos Ray with other Sonos products like the Sub or double Sonos One SLs to create what Sonos is calling “surround sound”.

Sonos Ray

So yeah, that’s pretty much it about the Sonos Ray. It’s a simple, no-frills type of soundbar that can produce amazing sound with surprisingly deep bass. I absolutely love this soundbar. As for the price though, it is RM1,799. I think it’s kinda hefty for a soundbar like this but it is actually cheap by Sonos’s standards.

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