Sony has announced two new wireless speaker systems, the SRS-RA5000 and the SRS-RA3000. Both speakers deliver room-filling sound inside and feature Sony’s exclusive 360 Reality Audio feature.
Sony SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers
The RA5000 wireless speakers are the more expensive of the two and have seven-speaker
systems with three drivers, three front-drivers, and an internal woofer. The up and side fire design creates a uniform sound ball around the speaker regardless of its position in the room. The RA5000 also has a manual sound calibration feature that allows it to adjust its audio to the current position. Feature News
The cheaper and smaller RA3000 wireless speakers have a three-speaker layout consisting of two tweeters that project sound in an arc through a long strip and a single woofer. There are also two passive radiators for an additional low-end response.
The RA3000 also has a moisture-proof design that allows it to be placed in environments such as bathrooms and kitchens, which the RA5000 cannot. The RA3000 can also automatically calibrate itself based on its surroundings, which, strangely, is also missing from the RA5000.
Both wireless speakers have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Wi-Fi, you can stream content from Spotify using the Spotify Connect feature or stream audio using the ‘Chromecast integration.
Both speakers also have Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, that doesn’t make them smart speakers themselves, they can be integrated with other smart devices in your home and you can get them to play audio with your other smart speakers as well. If you want to use your voice to play something on these speakers, you will need an Amazon or Google smart device and ask it to play the sound on these speakers.
The speakers appear to be only available in the UK and Europe at the moment and cost £ 500/599 EUR for the RA5000 and £ 280/359 EUR for the RA3000. Both will be available in February 2021. Availability for North America will be announced later.