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

Sony SRS-RA5000

June 2nd, 2021   |   Updated on January 18th, 2023

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.


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


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

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


  • 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


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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