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Sony SRS-RA5000 Review Rundown

Sony Electronics | Published on 10 Apr 2021 | Last Edited on 15 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sony SRS-RA5000
  • Intuitive, immersive sound
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Google Assistant
  • Supports 360 Reality Audio
  • Doesn't sound like a $700 speaker

Summary

Sony SRS-RA5000 is a high-end wireless speaker that projects a large, room-filling sound stage, thanks not only to its array of 7 drivers but also to Sony's unique audio processing technologies.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The SRS-RA5000 is a speaker with a specific mission: To give folks a way to listen to Sony 360 RA music without the need for headphones. While visually eye-catching, these thin shields are apparently very easy to dent. The RA5000 does a decent job of rendering 360 RA tracks with their signature open-air, ambient sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Intuitive design
  • Intuitive controls
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Supports 360 RA streaming
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't sound as immersive as the stereo version

techhive[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
360 Reality Audio from a speaker such as this one is supposed to replicate a live-concert experience. Three providers offer 360RA titles for headphones and the new Sony speakers. Amazon Music HD will start offering 360RA tracks for the Sony speakers starting on April 6, 2021.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Immersive Audio Enhancement (IAE) works with 2-channel stereo tracks from Tidal, Pandora, Qobuz, Spotify, and Spotify
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons[**]
  • Muddy, dull soundstage
  • Doesn't offer direct access to Deezer or Nugs

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-RA5000 is one of the first speakers to play Sony 360 Reality Audio format music. Sony is pricing the speaker at $700 (£500, AU$870) – double what Apple charged for the HomePod and more than three times the cost of the Amazon Echo Studio that comes with Alexa built-in. It's easy to set up with apps like Amazon Prime Music and you can even pair the speaker up with Google Assistant speakers for hands-free cast.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Built-in calibration tools
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Wi-Fi isn't for everyone

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Sony's new SRS-RA5000 is a $700 single-unit speaker that is filled to the brim with drivers. It has convenient features like Spotify Connect and Chromecast built in, and is capable of producing immersive 360-degree audio. Only a few music streaming services, including Tidal, Deezer, and Nugs.net, support Sony's 360 Reality Audio at present.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Big, boisterous sound
  • Supports 360 Reality Audio
  • Built-in Chromecast support
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony SRS-RA5000 speaker review: An expensive experiment. Digitaltrends. 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  2. 2. ^ Sony SRS-RA5000 wireless speaker review: A promising idea falls short . Techhive. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  3. 3. ^ Hands on: Sony SRS-RA5000 review. Techradar. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  4. 4. ^ Sony RA5000 speaker review: extravagant sound at an unreasonable price. Theverge. 2021-04-01. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  5. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  6. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  7. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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