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conclusion:Pass on it

68 June 5th 2013 12:56 pm

Even at its price, the small and portable Sony SRS-BTV5 gets drowned out in a sea of affordable wireless speakers. CNET wasn't overly impressed, saying "you get more sound than you'd get from your smartphone or tablet speakers, but it was still fairly restrained and thin." IT Pro Portal also found the sound lacking, pointing out "it doesn't get much louder than a decent clock radio either, and certainly can't fill a room with music." One thing the SRS-BTV5 has going on is its size, and PC Mag said "whether you toss it in your bag or hang it from the drawstring of the included mesh basket pouch you'd hardly notice it's there." At this price point Sony needed to really hit it out of the park to make the SRS-BTV5 stand out, but they swung and missed. For $30 more you can get Logitech's Mobile Boombox, which is just as small with better sound, or pick up the Phoenix from Beacon Audio; while its sound is comparable to the BTV5, it's also $20 cheaper.

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CNET Mar 19, 2013

The Sony SRS-BTV5 wireless Bluetooth speaker boasts speakerphone and (iffy) NFC capabilities, but it doesn't beat the competition for the price.

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5.0
PC Mag Mar 8, 2013

The Sony Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Speaker SRS-BTV5 is small, cleverly designed, and unfortunately low on power output.

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8.0
Mashable May 24, 2013

My favorite Bluetooth speaker right now is still the UE Boom, but for something a little more portable, pairable and — let's face it — pretty ... the Sony SRS-BTV5, is a great cheap date for a casual night out.

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First Looks

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sandywoo sandywoo

I LOVE my Sony Ball! I bought it a few days ago and it just works wonderfully. It's great for parties, during study time or just have it on in the kitchen when you're cooking and don't feel like watching TV. The sound quality is not the best in the world but for portable bluetooth speakers, I...

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8.0
StevenSterk StevenSterk

Not the best portable bluetooth available on the market. In term of sound quality, there are Chinese manufactured products with better sound. I choose this for its portability, design, price, and Sony brand as a guarantee of the product quality. Bluetooth connection are awesome. It work...

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