New Sonos products have leaked out in recent weeks, but the company has now made them all official. Sonos Ray, Sonos Voice Control, and the recently leaked new colours for the Sonos Roam portable speaker were all officially announced today.
Normally, leaks don’t tell the whole story, but in this case, we got exactly what we expected. For starters, the $279 Sonos Ray is set to go on sale on June 7. Due to its lack of smart features, this is Sonos’ most compact and inexpensive soundbar. As a result, the Ray does not support Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa because it does not have microphones. Sonos’ hardware ecosystem is at the heart of this product, and it provides excellent audio.
As far as connectivity goes, the Sonos Ray has only an Ethernet and Optical Audio port on the back. So while an Xbox Series X might be out of your reach, older games consoles might be. Existing Sonos systems can use the Ray to provide multi-room or surround sound audio. If you’re looking for Dolby Digital but no Atmos, this is the best option for you. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll be able to use AirPlay 2 with this device.
New colour options for the portable Sonos Roam were also announced, although they had been leaked ahead of time. The Roam will now be available in Wave, Sunset, and Olive, as well as the standard shades of blue, red, and green. These are currently on sale for $179 each.
Voice Control is the first in-house assistant from Sonos. It’s designed to run alongside Alexa and Google Assistant, at least for the time being, and focuses on the Sonos experience alone.
Starting in the United States on June 1, Sonos Voice Control will be available to anyone who has a voice-enabled speaker. Other countries, such as the United Kingdom, will follow suit in the future. The icing on the cake is Sonos’ new system’s voice. Giancarlo Esposito was the final choice after a “careful search.”. The voice of Sonos is, in fact, Gus Fring. As the system grows, new voices will be added, but would you really want to swap places with them??