Nov 17, 2022

Grab this wireless Chromecast speaker from Sony for half price

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The Sony SRS-RA3000 is a wireless speaker that supports Spotify Connect, Chromecast, and Bluetooth playback, and for the next days it can be yours at half its original price. If those aren't compelling enough reasons, it also supports either the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, which allows you to place it in speaker groups. However, it doesn't support voice commands on its own, as the internal microphone is only used for calibration. Some might see the absence of an always listening functionality more as a pro than a con.

As is so often the case these days, you will get more out of the Sony SRS-RA3000 if you already are in the Sony Ecosystem. If you happen to own a compatible Sony BRAVIA television, it can use the Bluetooth radio to act as a wireless speaker.

The Sony SRS-RA3000 wireless speaker, which supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect.
Source: Sony

While its wireless connectivity and Bluetooth capabilities are neat, they are not the headlining features. That honour goes to Sony's 360 Reality Audio. Their claims are that this technology will give you the impression that sound is coming from all around you, instead of two sources, which is the case in a stereo setup. To achieve this feat, the Sony SRS-RA3000 has omnidirectional speakers and will use its microphone to automatically adjust the output from the moment you start listening to music.

Sony SRS-RA3000 360 Reality Audio Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant, Light Gray
  • 360 Reality Audio: Sound that makes it feel like you are at a concert or in the recording studio with the artist.
  • Ambient Room Filling Sound: Sound is diffused both horizontally and vertically to create the perfect atmosphere anywhere in your home.
  • Immersive Audio Enhancement: Traditional stereo tracks are processed to deliver ambient room filling sound.

As this speaker supports Chromecast, it is automatically discovered by Home Assistant once it is connected to your home network, and can be integrated with a single click. The same capability also makes it compatible with Music Assistant. It supports up to Wi-Fi 4, which is more than capable of providing enough bandwidth for high-quality tracks.

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