Monday, 11 January 2021 15:31

Sony SRS-RA3000 delivers immersive audio

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Sony's SRS-RA3000 home speaker uses the company's "unique spatial sound technologies" to "fill your room with your favourite background music."

The SRS-RA3000 spreads sound vertically as well as horizontally, using Sony's Immersive Audio Enhancement to transform stereo tracks, or 360 Reality Audio playback for such content from services including Tidal, 360 by Deezer and nugs.net.

According to Sony, approximately 4,000 songs are currently available in 360 Reality Audio, including tracks from Alicia Keys, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Cyrus, and Zara Larsson.

A free 360 Reality Audio service trial coupon is offered with the SRS-RA3000, and Sony Australia has confirmed it is valid here.

The SRS-RA3000 automatically calibrates itself to its surroundings whenever it is moved to a new location. It also compensates for louder or quieter tracks to save you adjusting the volume.

The speaker can be paired with a smartphone, laptop, tablet or some TVs via Bluetooth, connected to a Wi-Fi network for streaming (with Spotify Connect and Chromecast compatibility), or plugged into an analogue audio source.

Sony SRS RA3000 controls

It can be controlled via the Sony | Music Center app, or via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa enabled devices (including multi-room support).

"We are very excited to introduce Sony’s first 360 Reality Audio home speaker which is filled with unique technologies, designed to make listening to music incredibly immersive and lifelike," said Sony ANZ general manager of consumer sales and marketing Koichi Suzuki.

The $449 SRS-RA3000 will be available in Australia from mid-February 2021.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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