This week Sony announced plans to expand its platform 360 Reality Audio, and full details of the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 premium wireless speakers were posted on Sony’s UK website.
They are speakers almost identical to the prototypes that Sony used to showcase the immersive audio system at the last two CES events (2019 and 2020).
On the one hand we have the RA5000 with seven speakers in total: three on top, three on the side and a woofer mounted in the center. The RA3000 employs five: two tweeters, two passive, and one full-range. Details can be viewed at sony.co.uk
Both are wrapped in a fabric cover with bronze or silver accents and speaker grilles. In the case of the RA3000 there are several colors, such as black, bronze or light gray, while it seems that the larger RA5000 will only come in black.
Each speaker is capable of emitting ambient sound that fills the room, as reported in the note. It broadcasts in all directions. If the content we are listening to is not available in Sony’s 360 format, an immersive audio enhancement algorithm transforms the stereo tracks for a simulated experience.
Of course, both speakers offer a variety of wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth, WiFi, Spotify Connect, and Google Cast, with Google Assistant or Alexa being compatible. In addition, we can connect both speakers wirelessly to select Sony Bravia televisions to improve transmission. They will also adjust the volume automatically, promising consistent levels even if songs vary in volume from track to track.
A system based on pressing the immersive audio enhancement button on the RA5000 can be used to calibrate the speakers, although the RA3000 offers an automatic sound calibration that takes care of all the work.
About the prices, they have not been officially informed yet, but in Android Police they indicate that the RA5000 will cost 599 and the RA3000 will cost 359.