Sony SRS-BTX500 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review

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This slick little box can rock your Bluetooth and NFC devices from the tabletop or on the road.

(3.5 out of 4)

Why so Blue?
It’s hard to stand out in the sea of tabletop speakers out there. Sony has made a nice effort with its SRS-BTX500. It doesn’t pack the same power as something like the Sonos PLAY:3, which I think projects slightly better sound overall for the same $299.99 MSRP. But the Play:3 requires a hard-wired connection, while the Sony can crank out tunes without wires for up to six hours. That said, it certainly holds its own — in terms of sound quality and functionality — in a really crowded market.  It’s one of the best-sounding portable speakers we’ve seen (and heard). I’m not talking just room to room. This thing would be just as easy to take out of the house, although you probably don’t want to carelessly throw it into a suitcase. It would have been nice to have a little love for AirPlay to make it a complete solution.

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Pros

  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • One-touch NFC pairing
  • Rechargeable battery for on the go
  • Very nice 2.1 sound

Cons

  • No AirPlay
  • Audio In button seems unnecessary
  • Would be nice to have a control app
  • Takes 4 hours of charging time just to get 6 hours of wireless playtime

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