You can watch Zara Larsson’s 360 Reality Audio concert via Sony’s Artist Connection (Android / iOS) mobile app at 5:00 PM EST on January 11. The concert works with any headset or speaker that is compatible with 360 Reality Audio. As of now, the only speaker compatible with 360 Reality Audio is Amazon’s Echo Studio smart speaker.
Sony has also announced a pair of 360 Reality Audio speakers, the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000. These Wi-Fi-connected smart devices use upward and outward firing speakers to fill the room with immersive, “3D” audio. While you can cast any streaming service to the speakers via Google Assistant or Alexa, you’ll need to find 360 Reality Audio tracks on Tidal, Amazon Music, or Deezer to experience Sony’s new audio technology.
Unfortunately, only about 4,000 songs support the 360 Reality Audio platform. Sony plans to expand this library with the release of a 360 Reality Audio Creative Suite, which producers and musicians can use to create music compatible with 360 Reality Audio.
How does 360 Reality Audio sound? If the above video demonstration is correct, then 360 Reality Audio is difficult to distinguish from normal stereo mixing. The technology may sound better with a 360 Reality Audio speaker, but it’s hard to imagine that a single freestanding speaker could sound more “immersive” than a traditional stereo setup or a surround sound array.
Source: Sony via Engadget