Sony has proven with their range of iPod speaker docks in the past that they are capable of delivering quality audio at a reasonable price. With the world moving wireless these days, the new Sony SRS-BTX500 portable NFC enabled bluetooth speaker hopes to continue that audio legacy.
The BTX500 is the top model in the range, featuring NFC, Bluetooth, and 40W of power output, all from a slim (6.5cm thick and 38cm wide) and polished design that should be flexible when it comes to interior taste and use. For those familiar with some of the main competitors in the portable bluetooth speaker market, you might notice that the speaker bares some resemblance to one or two of the more popular models in the market. That being said, for me it also has a distinct Sony style with its metallic side finish, where you also find button controls.
Sony has used magnetic fluid drivers in the BTX500 for what they describe as a “damperless” design, due to those drivers ability to lessen vibrations. The 2.1 speaker set up of the unit consist of dual 70mm drivers, a dedicated sub, and a pair of passive radiators to provide that extra bass kick. Besides playing audio, the BTX500 also has a built in mic for handling calls.
Bluetooth 3.0 technology is used for streaming from any Bluetooth compatible media device, and for those with NFC enabled devices, a simple tap at the top of the speaker will pair the devices together. Not that normal bluetooth pairing is that complicated either! Should you need a wired connection, the customary 3.5mm line-in is present. In terms of portability, the rechargeable battery should provide up to 6-hours play time between charges (Sony recommends up to 4-hours for charging the speaker fully). When inactive, the speaker will put itself to sleep to save battery. A USB charging port also allows you to charge your smartphone or other device from the speaker.
I hope to be back with a hands-on review in the near future.