Sonos’s newest and simplest soundbar is unsurprisingly hugely popular. It’s the £279 / $279 / AU$399 that draws people in, of course, but they stick around for the energetic sound, ease-of-use and upgradability.
You likely already know that, though, because if you’ve made your way to this page it’s probably because you’ve already got a Sonos Ray and are intrigued to discover some ways in which you can make it even better.
Now, we’re not saying you’re going to discover any Earth-shattering revelations here – the Sonos Ray is a delightfully straightforward device, after all – but there are some small adjustments and improvements you can make. Five of them, in fact. And here they are.
1. Add an Echo Dot
It doesn’t feature Dolby Atmos or HDMI connectivity, but arguably the Sonos Ray’s most significant deficiency in everyday use is its lack of voice control. Thankfully, this can be fairly neatly and fairly inexpensively rectified through the addition of an Amazon Echo Dot.
If you don’t already have an old Echo Dot gathering dust somewhere (that’s a second-generation model you can see in the photos throughout this page), you can usually pick one up for peanuts during events such as Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day and the Boxing Day Sales.
Once you’ve got your Dot, place it as close as you can to the Sonos Ray, set it up as usual via the Alexa app, and then create a group that includes it and the Sonos Ray. Select the Sonos Ray as the ‘preferred speaker’ and the two devices will work in almost perfect harmony, with the Ray not only playing any musical requests you make, but even responding in the way that an actual Alexa speaker would. Neat.