Sony has introduced the SRS-RA5000 ($699.99) and SRS-RA3000 ($299.99) wireless speakers which promise to offer “premium, at-home listening experiences.” Both include Sony’s spatial sound technologies, capable of creating “room-filling” and immersive sound. Sony also says that 360 Reality Audio content can be streamed from Amazon Music HD on the new speakers using Alexa Cast from April 6th. Owners in the US and Canada will be able to stream “object-based” audio if they have subscribed to Amazon Music HD, with its 70 million tracks in High Definition (HD), five million songs in Ultra HD, and catalogue of 3D Audio (including 360 Reality Audio content).

“We developed Amazon Music HD to make it as easy as possible for music fans to stream high-quality and immersive audio,” said Andre Stapleton, Global Head of Artist and Label Relations at Amazon Music. “We believe sound quality matters, and by expanding Amazon Music HD’s audio experience to Sony’s new home wireless speakers, more people than ever will be able to enjoy music in its highest quality.”

Audio-Technica has released the AT-LP60XBT-USB Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable ($179.00, available now) with added Bluetooth and USB connectivity. A-T says the model expands the company’s AT-LP60X Series entry-level lineup with features enabling “high-quality” record playback.

The turntable includes a pre-installed phono cartridge, built-in phono preamplifier, audio and USB cables, a 45 RPM adapter and removable dustcover. Wireless connectivity means the turntable can be paired with compatible Bluetooth headphones and wireless speakers. The AT-LP60XBT-USB supports the Qualcomm Bluetooth aptX codec, and can also be used as a wired turntable. Available in black, the AT-LP60XBT-USB plays 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records, and uses a replaceable dual magnet phono cartridge integrated into the tonearm (which itself needs no setup or adjustment).

 

 

 

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Sony has introduced the SRS-RA5000 ($699.99) and SRS-RA3000 ($299.99) wireless speakers which promise to offer “premium, at-home listening experiences.” Both include Sony’s spatial sound technologies, capable of creating “room-filling” and immersive sound. Sony also says that 360 Reality Audio content can be streamed from Amazon Music HD on the new speakers using Alexa Cast from April 6th. Owners in the US and Canada will be able to stream “object-based” audio if they have subscribed to Amazon Music HD, with its 70 million tracks in High Definition (HD), five million songs in Ultra HD, and catalogue of 3D Audio (including 360 Reality Audio content).
I find it very hard to believe that a single speaker can provide "spatial" sound like Atmos, but am happy to hear that now there are now three speakers that support Amazon's 3D Audio content (the first being the Echo Studio).

That Sony speaker looks like a mannequin torso.