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- 85AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE4 ReviewsWired80Sony Bluetooth Wireless SpeakersIn the end, I preferred the larger Sony SRS-BTX500 due to the NFC pairing, the speakerphone, the “Clear Phase” sound mode, and all around high-quality playback.CNET80Sony SRS-BTX500 Premium Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerA worthy peer to speakers by Bose and Jawbone, the Sony SRS-BTX500 is one of the best premium portable Bluetooth speakers you can buy.CNETNot RatedSony's sexy new NFC-enabled portable Bluetooth speThey feel like well-built products, especially the SRS-BTX500, which offers big sound and bass for its size.EngadgetNot RatedSony unveils NFC-enabled Bluetooth speakers, waterThese might make a nice addition around the house in March if the sound matches up to the $300.Pocket-Lint100Sony SRS-BTX500 bluetooth speaker reviewThere can't be much argument that nearly £300 for a portable Bluetooth speaker is a lot of cash. But that said, the sound quality from this Sony is nothing short of amazing. It's also a fantastic speakerphone and we think it looks ace too.Consumer ReportsNot Rated3 wireless speakers for your summer-fun soundtrackIt was among the better-sounding portable speakers in our tests when Sony's Mega Bass bass-boost feature was activated. And NFC made the Bluetooth pairing a breeze—even when there wasn't one.T380Sony SRS-BTX500 reviewIt may have arrived fashionably late to the Bluetooth speaker party, but with the SRS-BTX500 Sony has produced a top-notch wireless design that looks and sounds every bit as good as the competition.
- 83AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsEngadget Reader70December 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This device (and many like it) are good if you're looking for sound that moves around with you. However, it irks me that the sound quality is worse than a similarly priced pair of bookshelf speakers. It goes plenty loud, but if it irritates my ears in doing so, it's not much of an improvement over a laptop speaker. If a battery is absolutely necessary for you, this device will work.However, if you're actually interested in good sound, try for a device where you're not paying for the battery first and the sound second. The Aperion Allaire, Peachtree Deepblue, and Polk Audio Woodbourne come to mind. These are all semi-portable systems that still require a power cable, but nothing else. For really great sound, go for a powered bookshelf pair like an Audio Engine A5+, A Paradigm Shift A2, Kef X300A (wired/wireless), or an Emotiva stealth 6 or 8. These are all speakers with built-in amplifiers which aren't very portable, but you won't need an amplifier, processor, receiver, or any other hardware to run them.Smellis90May 16, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought this after absolutely loving the Soundmatters FoxL speaker which is the prelude and licensed product that the Jawbone Jambox is based off of. I'm definitely an audiophile and techie person, so I researched the crap out of all the BT speakers supporting the APT-X BT codec (I wouldn't settle for any less of a nearly lossless sounding codec). What I was looking for was a more room filling BT speaker for the gym or the kitchen that could go louder than the FoxL when there was loud equipment or cooking fans on. What I enjoyed about the FoxL was the additional passive radiator to bring in the low end to the sound range. I ended up choosing four speakers- the Big Jambox, Bose Soundlink, Ultimate Ears Boombox and the Sony BTX500. I ended up buying the Sony and Jawbone to compare them side by side. From reading online comparisons, the UE boombox had a better range than the Big Jambox (techcrunch review) because there were two additional tweeters in the UE, while the Big Jambox is just two speakers and two passive radiators. The Bose Soundlink was considered better than the Big Jambox (CNet side by side comparison) and the Sony was considered slightly better than the Bose (CNet comparison). I ended with the Sony and the Jawbone because they were massively discounted on a sale and the UE hasn't ever dropped to those prices (near 200 from the 300 CDN MSRP for both). I didn't try the Bose or the UE unfortunately. The Sony has one major advantage over the Big Jambox- an active subwoofer, making it a 2.1 system with two additional passive radiators to bring out more low end. It is apparent when you have them side by side that the BTX500 rounds out the lower end better. What is not apparent is that standalone they are both very good and you wouldn't notice the lack of a better low end unless side by side. The difference isn't as big as I thought it would be considering there is a totally new sub in the Sony. I do like that all speakers are front firing in the Sony- the Jawbone has one radiator pointing backwards, which works well if you have a corner or wall to bounce off of, but most of the time I have it in an open space that doesn't have that advantage for placement. I don't like how big the Sony is. I can see the speaker placement inside and its chassis is huge compared to how big the speakers are- very different from the FoxL which is minimum sized based off internal components. It doesn't matter as much for me because the FoxL is my carry everywhere speaker, while the Sony is the move around the house or take to picnic/BBQ deal. But it does bother me that Sony had all this space to work with and they didn't pop in a bigger battery. The Big Jambox gets way better battery life which surprises me even though it doesn't have the extra subwoofer to power. The Sony is kind of ridiculously huge- I'd like to think that theres a big chamber inside to help with the passive radiators, but it kind of feels oversized for what it is. The Big Jambox definitely has the more interesting design to me, and feels more premium as well. I definitely love aesthetics in my gadgets and the sony kind of gets a bland meh from me, just like the Bose Soundlink's design. The red Big Jambox is just eye catching nice. The Sony also has a giant plastic back which just doesn't compare to the Big Jambox's nice metal grill design. In the end, I chose to buy a second BT speaker for its sound, and while the Big Jambox gets louder without distortion, it doesn't have that low end to compare with the Sony. The Sony is a noticeable step up from the FoxL, while the Big Jambox doesn't really do it for me- at least in range of sound and not in overall volume which it obviously has more of. Thus, I will keep the Sony. I'd really like to try out the UE Boombox for the additional tweeters versus the dedicated sub in the Sony, but the UE never being on sale kind of takes that away. I got a great deal on a relatively new product with the Sony and I am pretty happy.Engadget Reader90May 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'm happy with this purchase overall, but I will talk mainly about NFC feature which makes this speakers stand out from other Bluetooth speakers.GreatI unlock my Samsung Galaxy S3, hold it over the speakers, it wakes up from standby, turn on Bluetooth on the phone, start pairing, speakers ambient light at the bottom turns from white to blue, indicating that it's connected. All these are done automatically and you are ready to play music from your phone in a few seconds. Hold the phone over the speakers again, the light goes white again and it disconnects from the speakers and turn off Bluetooth on the phone for you.The speakers goes into stand by if it's not used for 20 minutes, where the ambient light will go off.Not so greatThe only annoyance for me is that I cannot get NFC connection to work with my Nexus 7. I know that my Nexus 7 NFC works fine. I called Sony support and they cannot help either, telling me to contact Asus as it may be something wrong with my tablet. This could be something to do with NFC support on pure vanilla Android OS, since my S3 doesn't seem to have any issue.Bluetooth connection however works just as well after first time pairing.Overall pretty good.
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