On the CES 2021 stage, the Japanese electronics company Sony has taken wraps off two new wireless speakers – the SRS-RA5000 and the SRS-RA3000. Apart from their weird name, it promises loud room-filling audio and also features proprietary 360 Reality Audio.
Starting with the SRS-RA5000, it packs a seven-speaker system coupled with three up-firing drivers, three front-facing drivers and an internal woofer. The firing design aims to fill the room uniformly irrespective of its position in it. The manual sound calibration feature found in automatically tunes the audio to its current position.
Moving on to the cheaper version – the SRS-RA3000, it features a triple-driver layout combines with two tweeters letting it project sound in an arc through a long strip and a single woofer. In addition, there are two passive radiators for a better low-end response. The cheaper version comes with a unique humidity-resistant design, which makes it safer to be placed in kitchens or bathrooms and can auto-calibrate to its surroundings unlike RA5000.
Regarding the connectivity, both include Bluetooth and WiFi. The latter lets you stream music from streaming services like Spotify via Spotify Connect or take advantage of the Chromecast integration and cast audio. Both speakers support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant However, it needs a companion smart device to command which song you would want the Sony speakers to play. Besides, you can play audio along with other smart speakers simultaneously.
The Sony SRS-RA5000 will retail for £500/€599 in the UK and Europe whereas the SRS-RA3000 will be sold for £280/€359. As of now, the company has not revealed its plans to sell these speakers in America but it is expected to hit shelves next month in Europe.