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.
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.