Rated 1 out of 5 Excellent sound..for the hour that it worked
I'm in the military and will be leaving on a trip soon so I decided to look into a wireless speaker to boost the audio quality of the movies on my iPad. I spent 2 days researching all the options available and this came out on top over the Bose Soundlink Mini and UE Boom, seemed like a no brainer to me. I received the speaker in 2 days (thanks, Amazon Prime) and tested it out, worked flawlessly and I was stoked to have this ready to come with me on my trip. I shut it off to let it charge while I watched some hockey and after about 5 hours I went to turn it back on so I could show it off to my wife.....no dice. Didn't help me justify spending $200 on a "toy" as she called it. I just got some flashing from the orange 'charge' light then it shut off, wouldn't pair with any devices or play anything. After a few minutes of this, the lights stopped coming on all together. This testing was all done while the unit was plugged into the wall and after it had more than the recommended amount of time to fully charge. It has since been shipped back to Amazon and it's looking like I won't have a wireless speaker to bring with me on my trip. I'm extremely disappointed in Sony on this one, I've got a Sony surround sound system in my bedroom and have a Sony premium audio system in one of my cars - never had issues with either of those systems. I suppose I'll have to try out the Bose and see if I can actually get a product that will work.
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kyle0325 the perfect speaker
I wont add too much else, as there are a few reviews for this product already, but I have to say.. 1st time hearing the audio that came out of this small speaker was amazing. Its very crisp and clear, and can get pretty loud. Great for larger rooms or at small parties. And the Bass! It wont be the most earth shattering sounds ever, but, for something this size, its very incredible and does pack some punch, any audiophiles will be pretty pleased. I personally think this will be great for some gaming nights in the garage or on the back patio. Was also easy to sync up with my Xperia tablet and Zl phone with the nfc built in, which comes in handy for movies and games on those devices.. Which I would highly recommend.
To end: Im very happy with my purchase. I would love to hear what the bigger, higher end models sound like, I bet even 'bassy-er' and better, but the US $200 price tag was about as high as I wanted to go for a portable speaker. Very worth it though.
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by arcitectus Best of three
I bought three Bluetooth speakers at the local big box electronic store and tested them out, ultimately returning the two I didn't like and keeping the Sony SRS X5. All ~$200, I wanted the best wireless sound of the bunch, leaving other features and aesthetics out of the equation. I listened to the Bose Mini Soundlink, TDK A33, and the Sony SRS X5. In the end the Sony won out with the best sound and has the added bonus of features not included in both of the others.
This was purchased as a supplementary speaker for my home audio focusing on its portability; so, while it outed the other two for best sound balance and volume, it was never intended to replace the kind of listening done in front of a phono/receiver/speaker set-up.
The A33 is comparable in its volume output, but the sound was overly sharp with trebles too high. Bose does not measure their volume output in wattage, and the Soundlink Mini just does not match either the A33 or SRS X5 in its volume output. However, the Soundlink Mini has a much more balanced sound than the A33, and a more powerful bass. The heavier bass is ever-present, though, and can be out of place depending on the speaker use (spoken movie dialogue vs jazz music vs rock music- it isn't best for an all purposes sound). The SRS X5 is the best of both with volume and balanced sound for either watching movies on your laptop or streaming music. Additionally, the "surround sound" feature gives you at least two choices of the sound balance best for your intended use, a feature neither of the other two speakers had.
Like the A33, it also features power sharing for your phone/ mp3 player (Soundlink Mini does not), and has an Aux line-in for those that don't like Bluetooth sound lossiness. Tertiarily (and subjectively), I also like the design of the SRS X5 the most. It is a small unostentatious portable black box, minimal and effective.
One feature I would like see in the future is fade-out back lighting on the top-panel, the volume buttons can be hard to locate in low-lighting.
October 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KR1885 Great Speaker
Bluetooth connection is solid, and the sound is incredible. People cannot believe the bass that you can feel coming out of this speaker. Small enough to take to work and bring home everyday and battery lasts well beyond a work day. Nothing bad to say about this speaker.
April 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by FlimbS Great sound, easy to use, compatability problem
Pros: Looks great, sounds bigger than it is, surprisingly I thought it actually sounded better than the srs-x7.
Cons: Speakerphone function does not work with my Samsung Note 3 phone. It does with an iPhone 5. Not sure how many phones it will be incompatible with..
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lorn This speaker has amazing sound for its small size. Easy to take with you on trips, awesome to use at home.
October 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gusarp Stuning audio
I have this speaker/base for my flat.
I love the quality of the sound, very sharp and crisp. It also doubles as a charger for my Xperia Z1.
It is amazingly loud. A little bit heavy, but to me that is just well build and strong, for my on the move music I have the SRS-BTV5.
The NFC is quick and the connection is stable and flawless.
I do recommend the X5.
September 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bartman Good Speaker, Good Range
Love the speaker and the fact that it works with all my Bluetooth devices. My problem is that it only has the one power cord for charging. I don't like carrying the cord around everywhere I go and I have a tendency to break power cords. It would be nice if this were a universal connection so I could get another one as a back-up/spare.
June 29, 2014