Sonos today unveiled its lowest-priced soundbar, the Sonos Ray. Priced at $279 in the US, the compact soundbar is said to use “advanced processing” to create a “surprisingly wide soundstage”, and AirPlay 2 support allows audio to be streamed wirelessly to the soundbar from Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, etc. and Mac.
The soundbar will be available starting June 7 in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Spain , the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Portugal. , Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and select other countries and regions.
The full line of Sonos soundbars now includes the Ray for $279, the second-gen Beam for $449, and the Arc for $899.
Sonos also announced the launch of its own voice control system for its speakers, allowing users to say “Hey Sonos” to control compatible music services including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora and Sonos Radio.
Sonos speakers already support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and now users will have access to Sonos voice control as a third option.
Sonos said the voice command feature will be available in the US from June 1 and in France later this year, with other markets to follow. The company guarantees that all “Hey Sonos” voice requests will be answered entirely on the device, with no audio or transcriptions sent to the cloud, listened to or played back by any party.
Finally, the Sonos Roam portable speaker with AirPlay 2 support is now available in three new color options: Olive, Wave and Sunset.