BEST SONY SRS-3000 REVIEW: IMMERSIVE Audio WITH SOME HITCHES

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SONY SRS-3000: The Sony SRS-3000 wired speaker is well-constructed and offers a lot of features for the price.

Because it can transform into a voice-controlled speaker when connected with a smart speaker, the Sony SRS-RA3000 is comparable to Google Home and Amazon Echo.

SONY SRS-3000 DETAILED REVIEW

Sony introduced premium speakers with 360 Reality Audio technology at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020. This differentiated them from other speakers on the market.

In India, the company now has the Sony SRS-3000 and Sony SRS-4000, which boast this technology. The price of the first speaker, which is quite large, is Rs 19,990.

It also comes with 360 Reality Audio and Immersive audio Enhancement and tons of connectivity options.

SONY SRS-3000
SONY SRS-3000

While there are plenty of loud, large speakers available on the market, Sony’s room-encompassing sound technology is something that makes these speakers stand out.

It bounces sound from the ceiling to the floor and fills the room with ambient sound. In our review, we compare the performance of the speaker.

BUILDING AND DESIGN

The Sony SRS-3000 is almost 10 inches tall and weighs 2.5kg. The speaker is wired and not portable. It’s a wired speaker so you can set it up anywhere in your home.

Even if the speaker is moved, it automatically adjusts to the space to ensure that the sound fills the room.

We didn’t really test this out in a bunch of different-sized rooms, but the speaker easily filled a larger-than-standard-sized room with its sound.

To ensure it isn’t too loud or too quiet, the speaker can adjust volume according to the song playing.

The Sony SRS-3000 is elegant and classy. The fabric finish contrasts well with the copper-colored grilles.

However, the fabric finish can attract dust. Rubber grips on the bottom ensure that the speaker remains in place and is strong.

Sony claims the speaker is waterproof, but it doesn’t have an IP rating. We wouldn’t recommend using it in a bathroom or near a swimming pool.

The speaker’s controls are located on the top of the speaker. These buttons can be used to play/pause music, adjust volume, turn on or off the speaker and connect via Bluetooth, Audio In (AU input), or Wi-Fi.

The Immersive Audio Enhancement button changes the speaker’s sound profile and fires the music from the ceiling to create a more immersive audio experience. The speaker’s back has an Audio In jack as well as a power socket.

You have three options to connect the speaker and listen to it. The speaker can be connected to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

You can also stream music from the speaker using a Wi-Fi connection. Or, you could connect it via an AUX cable. You can also connect the SRS-3000 to a compatible Sony Bravia TV via Bluetooth.

FEATURES

The Sony SRS-RA3000, as we have already mentioned, has both auto-calibration and volume adjustment capabilities.

The speaker comes with Sony’s 360 Reality Audio technology, which can play supported tracks and incorporate three-dimensional sound data location data to deliver immersive, room-filling audio.

There is currently only one 360 Reality Audio platform, which may mean that not many people will use it.

You can still try it for free by downloading nugs.net, a streaming app that contains a few 360 Reality Audio tracks. 360 Reality Audio is a huge selling point of the speaker, so it’s disappointing that there aren’t many options.

Sony also incorporates Immersive Audio Enhancement technology, which transforms stereo tracks into an ambient sound that surrounds the room.

There was a noticeable difference in audio quality between regular stereo and Immersive Stereo Enhancement. We will discuss this in the Performance section.

The Sony SRS-RA3000 does not have the capability to be used as a smart speaker, but it can be connected with an Echo or Google Nest to make it smarter. The speaker can be controlled by the user’s voice.

The speakers can be connected to Spotify accounts via Google Home. You can play music without using your smartphone.

Sony’s Music Center companion app allows users to adjust EQ settings, configure Alexa or Google Assistant voice control, and more.

The Google Home app allows you to pair multiple Sony SRS-3000 speakers and play different songs in different rooms or play the same song throughout the house.

PERFORMANCE

The Sony SRS-RA3000 has two 17mm tweeters and a full-range 80mm speaker. There are also two passive radiators. The speaker supports AAC and SBC audio codecs.

The speaker was tested in stereo mode and Immersive audio enhancement mode. 360 Reality Audio was also tested and the results were impressive.

The soundstage was full and dynamic and the speaker is very affordable. We will only be using the paid option.

First, the Immersive Audio Enhancement Mode made us feel that the performance was slightly polarizing. Although the speaker emits a room-filling soundscape and a rich audio experience, the bass can get distorted at higher volumes.

SONY SRS-3000
SONY SRS-3000

There is also a lack of clarity compared to regular stereo listening. In tracks already heavy in bass, the bloated bass made it difficult to hear. There was a constant floor-shaking and boomy bass response that wasn’t pleasant to your ears.

This mode can be immersive, almost making you feel like you are in a concert or movie theatre. Immersive Enhancement audio is more appropriate for watching movies and TV shows than listening to music, as the bass can be a bit too loud and the details may be distorted.

The speaker produces clear, crisp vocals and well-rounded bass response in stereo mode. It also delivers pleasant highs. We found the soundstage more open and more detailed when listening to Hi-Fi music via nugs.net.

This mode had a wonderful sound quality, regardless of what genre of music was being played. Although the bass response is still quite dominant, it is now much more manageable and allows other frequencies to thrive.

VERDICT

The Sony SRS-RA3000, priced at Rs 19,990 is a powerful package with a lot of features and great sound.

It is affordable enough to provide premium audio without breaking the bank. 360 Reality Audio isn’t as accessible due to the absence of compatible apps, but Immersive Audio Enhancement provides users with an encapsulating sound system that fills large rooms.

The regular stereo setup offers better sound quality and bass response, but the sound is slightly more detailed. The Sony SRS-RA3000 wired speaker is a solid, well-built, and feature-packed product that provides a lot for the price.

Because it can transform into a voice-controlled speaker when connected with a smart speaker, the Sony SRS-RA3000 is comparable to Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers.

PROS

  • The sound that fills the room
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Premium build

CONS

  • A little boomy bass
  • Dirt magnets are attracted to fabric
  • Limited 360 Reality Audio options

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