To properly project 360 Reality Audio in all directions, each speaker is capable of “room-filling ambient sound” that diffuses noise in all directions. If the content you’re listening to isn’t available in Sony’s 360 format, an immersive audio enhancement algorithm transforms the stereo tracks for a simulated experience.
Both speakers offer a range of wireless connectivity including Bluetooth, WiFi, Spotify Connect, and Google Cast. With the Google Home or Amazon Alexa app, you can set up units as part of a multi-room audio system. You can also control the RA5000 and RA3000 with your voice through a Google Assistant or an Alexa-enabled device. Plus, you can wirelessly connect the two speakers to select Sony Bravia TVs to enhance your streaming frenzy. Sony offers a certain degree of customization with its Music Center app. With this software, you can control music and playlists, as well as adjust settings such as equalizer and more. The two speakers will also adjust the volume automatically, according to the company. With this feature, Sony promises consistent levels even though the volume of the songs varies from track to track.
Sony says you’ll be able to calibrate the RA5000 for “optimal audio performance” as well. With an internal microphone and algorithm, the speakers can be configured for any location you want. Simply hold down the RA5000’s Immersive Audio Enhancement button and the calibration process will begin. Sony claims the RA3000 offers automatic sound calibration that handles all the work for you – that doesn’t seem like you have to press a button. The RA5000 is also compatible with high resolution audio like many other Sony speakers, soundbars and headphones.
The company points out that the RA3000 speaker is moisture resistant, so you can place it in the kitchen or bathroom without worry. Both the RA5000 and the RA3000 go into sleep mode and have 15 minutes of inactivity, whether you are connected via WiFi or Bluetooth.
To be clear, all of this information comes from the Sony UK site, so it applies to the models that will be sold there. In response to emails from Engadget, the company made it clear that details of North American products would still be available later this spring – including pricing. The speakers are coming to the US, but details won’t be available for a bit longer. For the moment, Android Police Reports the RA5000 will cost £ 500 / € 599 and the RA3000 will be £ 280 / € 359.