Earlier today, Sony announced that it will release two new speakers compatible with 360 Reality Audio, its spatial audio technology that reproduces the feeling of live music by placing various sounds and vocals in a virtual realm around you. He said their plan was to release them this spring, but did not share what the speakers would look like. We didn’t have to wait to learn more about them, as Sony’s website in the UK already has full product pages for the upcoming SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 speakers.
The higher-end SRS-RA5000 pictured at the top of this post will have three speakers, three side speakers, and a speaker. It is also certified for high definition audio. The SRS-RA3000, pictured below, has two tweeters, two passive heatsinks and a full-range driver.
Both speakers can be calibrated in the room they are in, with an internal microphone and a “unique Sony algorithm”. With the SRS-RA5000, you need to press and hold the speaker button, while the SRS-RA3000 can be calibrated automatically. Both speakers also have Sony’s Auto Volume feature, which adjusts the volume of each song automatically to play them at a constant volume. Both speakers support Amazon’s Alexa and Amazon’s Google Assistant.
The SRS-RA5000 will cost around £ 500 / € 599, while the SRS-RA3000 is priced at around £ 280 / € 359, according to a press release on Sony’s website in the UK. This also says that both speakers will arrive in February 2021, which is a little earlier than the previous “spring” date we had heard before, so there may be different release dates in different regions.
Sony said it was expanding the 360 Reality Audio platform from audio to video earlier Friday, and the company is working with major music labels and service providers to begin streaming video content with the codec later this year. Approximately 4,000 songs currently support the format, according to Sony.