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 3 out of 5 by AmunRa Awesome sound but poor compatibility
I was given this as a gift for Christmas and was incredibly excited. I tried it with my blackberry through bluetooth and it worked great. I then tried my iphone 5, ipad 2, and Vaio laptop and nothing through bluetooth. No recognition at all. After writing support I come to find out supposedly its not even compatible with iphone or ipad. It requires an NFC bluetooth connection after reading the user manual. This has been very frustrating and disappointing for many reasons. Mostly because I've happily a dedicated Sony patron for close to 20 years. Now I don't know all the logistics of making it compatible with Apply products but why release such a capable device and make it non-compatible with arguably the most compatible devices on the market or even more so non-compatible with one of there own products. Sadly, I'm not understanding this. I'm not meaning to throw a bunch of mud at Sony because I still love there products. But this is one spot where they really dropped ball and seriously pulled something with such incredible potential from excellency. I think anyway.......
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Albert4321 great portable speaker
Just got it today from Target since it is on-sale. great value for the built quality and sound. For a small box that is less than 9x5x2", it sounded great, better than the more expensive jawbox and Boss. I connected it via my older mac-book air and iPhone 5s via bluetooth. No issue on the paring. I listen mostly instrumentals from electronic, new age, to Latin Jazz. The sound is rich, clear, and got bass. Acoustic guitar and piano is a joy to listen comparing to my older tiny portable speaker. Bass is rich to for jazz (for it's size.) Not a replacement for real Hi-Fi system obviously but I will use it everyday & everywhere.
December 3, 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 hypamat Very simply put... Wow!
i purchased this speaker today, and after having a bit of trouble getting it to turn on the first time, its now working a treat! it wouldnt turn on until i gave it a full charge, i assume this is because of the battery protection inside, baring in mind it does say to do this in the instructions! but anyway, after i got it powered on, i simply touched my phone on the top and my phone said, would you like to connect to Sony and i simply clicked yes. Done! how simple is that? i then took to soundcloud and threw everything i could at it, full volume, banging bass and it was very VERY impressive for its size! it reminds me of a baby... surely something so small cant make so much noise but turns out, it can! it also seems to have a volume limiting feature built in to stop it from distortion which as we all know is very welcome as theres nothing worse than listening to your favourite song along with distortion! the build quality is second to none, its very strong and a nice weight! it gives you the option to switch between bluetooth and a aux in, but i personally will stick with bluetooth on this one. Another nice feature is the 5V 1.5A usb charger socket on the back, plug your phone/ipod in to this baby and it will charge it on the move! cracking idea sony, but one thing i havent been able to find is the rating of the internal lithium cells, which would be handy to know becuause then you would know how long the batteries would last while also charging your phone! they just seem to give you a very vague "8 hours"... but either way, im extremely pleased with my purchase and i couldnt find any other speaker that could even begin to compete with this at this price.
March 14, 2015
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 1 out of 5 by Tristan83 Amazing speaker ruined by bluetooth compatibility
I loved this speaker. You can charge it, carry it around and the sound is unbelievable for it's size. Unfortunately the bluetooth is absolutely terrible. It is a complete gamble on what phones it will connect with. I had two Iphone 5's (one for work, one personal) and it was discoverable by my personal but not the other. Same with when guests would come over. Then I upgraded to an Iphone 6 and the speaker became completely useless. I was forced to return it to Bestbuy and told them why, in which they replied that many others had the same issue. I went to the shelf after and there were 7 'open box' returns sitting there. Sony: this is a great speaker but until you fix the bluetooth compatibility issues it is completely useless.
January 24, 2015