The Sony SRS-RA3000, a wireless speaker boasting Spotify Connect, Chromecast, and Bluetooth playback, is currently available at an irresistible 50% discount. If that's not persuasive enough, this nifty device is also compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing for seamless integration into speaker groups. However, do note that it doesn't support voice commands independently, as its internal microphone is solely for calibration purposes. For some, the lack of an ever-listening functionality might be seen as a blessing in disguise.
An enhanced experience within the Sony Ecosystem
As with many modern gadgets, the Sony SRS-RA3000 truly shines when used within the Sony Ecosystem. For instance, if you own a compatible Sony BRAVIA television, the speaker can double up as a wireless speaker via Bluetooth connectivity.
The most impressive feature: Sony's 360 Reality Audio
While its wireless and Bluetooth features are undoubtedly appealing, the star of the show is Sony's 360 Reality Audio. This innovative technology aims to create an immersive soundscape, giving the impression that sound is emanating from all directions, rather than just two sources as in a traditional stereo setup. To accomplish this, the Sony SRS-RA3000 is equipped with omnidirectional speakers and utilizes its microphone to automatically adjust the output as soon as you begin playing music.
Effortless integration with Home Assistant and Music Assistant
Thanks to its Chromecast support, the Sony SRS-RA3000 is effortlessly detected by Home Assistant once connected to your home network and can be integrated with a single click. This compatibility also extends to Music Assistant. Moreover, the speaker supports Wi-Fi 4, ensuring ample bandwidth for high-quality audio tracks.