Sony has announced two new wireless speaker systems, the SRS-RA5000 and the SRS-RA3000. Both speakers are designed to provide room-filling sound in an indoor environment and feature Sony’s unique 360 Reality Audio feature.
The more expensive of the two, the RA5000, has seven-speaker systems with three up fire drivers, three front-drivers, and an internal woofer. The upside firing design creates a uniform sound sphere around the speaker, regardless of its position around the room. The RA5000 also has a manual sound calibration feature that allows you to adjust the audio to its current position.
The cheap and compact RA3000 features a triple driver layout consisting of a long strip and two tweeters that project sound in an arc through a single woofer. There are also two passive radiators for an additional low-end response.
In addition, the RA3000 has a moisture-resistant design, so it can be installed in environments such as bathrooms and kitchens that the RA5000 cannot. The RA3000 can also be automatically calibrated to the surroundings, but this is also not the RA5000.
Both speakers have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Wi-Fi, you can use the Spotify Connect feature to stream content from Spotify, or use the Chromecast integration to cast audio.
Both speakers have Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. However, while this does not make it a smart speaker, it can also be integrated with other smart devices in your home or play audio with other smart speakers. If you want to use audio to play anything on these speakers, you will need an Amazon or Google smart device and will instruct them to play audio on these speakers.
Speakers are currently only available in the UK and Europe, with the RA5000 appearing to sell for £ 500/599 and the RA3000 for £ 280/359. Both will be available in February 2021. Availability in North America will be announced later.