Sony has announced a premium set of streaming speakers during , the SRS-RA3000 and the SRS-RA5000, which offer both and 360 Reality Audio support.
Both Sony models offer top-mounted controls and while the entry-level RA3000 is humidity resistant -- making it suitable for wet areas -- the premium RA5000 is more of a statement piece.
The speakers offer a 360-degree sound field and can even upscale stereo content with their Immersive Audio Enhancement feature. Sony says the RA3000 and RA5000 can "easily be added to a speaker group in the Google Home or Amazon Alexa" ecosystems, but don't feature onboard microphones. The products also include and Bluetooth support and can be paired wirelessly with a Sony TV.
Sony introduced its Amazon Echo Studio was the first affordable speaker to offer 360 Reality Audio, costing $200, £190 and AU$329. However, the Studio also includes the Alexa voice assistant onboard.-like at CES two years ago, but this is the first time it's announced a product that supports it other than headphones. The
US pricing is not yet available but the speakers will go on sale in February in the UK for £280 for the SRS-RA3000 and £500 for the SRS-RA5000. Based on that starting point, expect pricing of around $300 and AU$450, and $500 (Australia price TBA), respectively.