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Sony SRS-RA5000: Speaker That Offers Crisp, Clear And Warm Sound

Sony SRS-RA5000

June 2nd, 2021   |   Updated on June 19th, 2021

Enjoy a powerful and immersive 360 Reality Audio sound experience with the SRS-RA5000 Wi-Fi-enabled wireless speaker. Change the way you listen to music with ambient room-filling sound from seven precisely placed driver units. Control your music via the Google Assistant or Alexa and easily stream music from your favorite streaming services.

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Sony SRS-RA5000 Features

Bluetooth: Pair your speaker using Bluetooth technology and start seamlessly streaming your music collection.

Wi-Fi enabled: Use a Wi-Fi connection to access your favorite internet music streaming services via your speaker and control the playlist from your phone.

Spotify Connect: Play Spotify directly through your speaker using the Spotify Connect app on your device for full remote control.

Chromecast Built-In: Stream music, online radio, and podcasts from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your audio device. Just tap the Cast button.

Voice Assistant: The ability to work with Google Assistant and Alexa makes it possible to easily operate the SRS-RA5000 with your favorite voice assistant.

Hi-Res Audio compatible: Enjoy the subtlest nuances of studio-quality sound in higher than CD quality with High-Resolution Audio.

Sony Music Center App: Download the Sony | Music Center app to your smartphone and enjoy wireless control of your music.

Multi-Room Music: Play different songs in different rooms, or the same music throughout your house, using the app or via your smart assistant.

Sony SRS-RA5000 Review

The Verge

The Sony SRS-RA5000 is one of the first 360 Reality Audio speakers on the market, bringing spatial audio to a compact Bluetooth speaker form factor. The speaker can turn your living room into a concert fairground – replete with boomy bass and echo-y vocals – but lacks clarity and tonal balance offered by other high-end Wi-Fi speakers.

FOR

  • 360 Reality Audio speaker
  • 360-degree sound
  • Chromecast built-in

AGAINST

  • Mixed audio performance
  • Music Center app is rough
  • 3D audio library is limited

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Engadget

Pros

  • Crisp and clear audio
  • Connectivity options
  • Customizable sound
  • Easy setup with room calibration

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Subdued bass performance
  • Limited availability of 360 Reality Audio content

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Tech Hive

One important feature is called Immersive Audio Enhancement (I, which processes 2-channel stereo tracks and renders them in the omnidirectional soundfield. This is intended to simulate the effect of 360 Reality Audio with non-encoded files.

Another cool feature is room calibration. When you initiate this function, the speaker plays a short series of tones, and a built-in microphone picks up the reflections in the room. That information is then used to optimize the speaker’s performance for the acoustic environment. Read More

Forbes

This is probably the most uniquely-styled wireless speaker I’ve had set up in the office since I owned a B&W Zeppelin a decade ago. Plugging in an auxiliary source or connecting by Bluetooth is straightforward. No problem at all. However, these methods don’t let you take full advantage of the SRS-RA5000’s impressive audio capabilities.

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