I tried Sonos’ CHEAPEST soundbar yet – it’s changed how I watch TV for good

An array of inexpensive soundbars makes it easier to change the channel.

The gizmos can be worn under your existing set and produce great sound without the hassle of setting up multi-speaker systems.

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Soundbar novices will find the Sonos Ray a great place for starting.Credit: Sonos

The latest to throw its hat in the ring is the Sonos Ray, a £279 soundbar that nets you plenty of bang for your buck.

I have been using the Ray for several weeks and it is my favorite affordable TV speaker.

The tiny speaker that could

The Ray is Sonos’ cheapest soundbar and was on shelves last month.

This Sonos speaker offers great sound quality without the high price tag.

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Sonos states that the Ray is for people nine to ten who still use the built-in speakers of their televisions.

The Ray does a great job on this front. It delivers a vast sound improvement compared to any other TV.

That’s the least you’d expect, however, if you’re planning on forking out more than £270 for it.

The Ray makes a strong, punchy, well-balanced sound.

Although it’s not the most impressive soundbar, it can elevate almost any TV or movie.

I struggled to hear the dialogue when I was watching shows like “Obi-Wan Kenobi”I was forced to crank up the volume.

When I was caught in the middle of action scenes, I was swiftly punished.

I was able solve this problem. “Speech Enhancement”You can activate this feature through the Sonos App.

It did exactly what it stated on the tin, and I haven’t had any issues with dialogue since activating it.

The Ray is an excellent place to start for new soundbar users.

If you are a true cinephile or audiophile, it might be worth spending more to get a better piece of kit.

Smooth as you want

Apart from sound, the most important thing to think about when purchasing a soundbar for your home is its appearance in your living space.

This aspect of The Ray is a winner in my opinion. It has a compact and sleek design that looks great under my TV.

It is available in white or black and measures approximately 55cm in length.

Touch controls are located on the top for adjusting volume and playing/pausing music.

Primarily, the Ray does precisely what most people want from their living room tech – it blends in seamlessly with everything else.

The soundbar is not only beautiful, but also has a lot of useful features.

Speech Enhancement is a technique that makes speech easier than any other element.

A Night Mode can be used to reduce the sound of explosions and increase the volume of whispers so no one is awakened by an action flick.

You can change your EQ through the Sonos app. It is a bit confusing and hard to use at times.

You can also configure your speaker to play Spotify and the radio if you wish.

The price is right

Other than the brand behind it, the Ray’s price is what’s most likely to draw punters – and for good reason.

At £279, it’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum, with Sonos’ next cheapest soundbar, the Beam, retailing for £449.

It is however far from being the most affordable on the market.

You can pick up soundbars from Samsung or LG for under £100, for instance, if you look in the right places.

These speakers are so bad that it’s almost worthless. They aren’t even better than TV speakers.

The Sonos Ray, in my view, strikes the perfect balance between price and quality – especially if this is your first soundbar.

Without spending a fortune, you can get a guaranteed improvement in your TV’s speakers.

The Ray soundbar is an excellent choice if you are looking for one. I used to not use a soundbar, but now I can’t imagine Netflix without it.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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