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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