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84
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Sony brings Bluetooth connectivity, NFC support, and good sound to a sub-$300 speaker that competes with the big boys. The SRS-BTX500 is intended to be a portable speaker, and it is, but CNET says "it's probably not something you want to be carrying around in your luggage" due its weight. The weight leads to some durability, though, with Wired saying it's "ruggedized a bit to handle the beach or park." The issue of weight is offset when you start to listen to music, and T3 says "it manages room-filling hi-fi quality sound with ease." Wired was just as impressed with its sound, saying it "sounded way better than other mid-size speakers." At $269 it's priced competitively with the similarly sized Big Jambox, but the Big Jambox doesn't have NFC for quick pairing. If you're ok with a portable speaker being four pounds, and like the idea of NFC pairing then put the SRS-BTX500 at the top of your list.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Wireless speakers
Power output
40(max) W
Connections
USB, 3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth

General

Type
Wireless speakers

Speakers

Woofers
1 (8 inches)
Tweeter
2 (4.8 inches)
Power output
40(max) W
Total harmonic distortion
1%

Connections

Connections
USB, 3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Controls

Controls
yes (Volume) (no)

Power

Has batteries
yes (up to8 hour) (Rechargeable)

Other

Clock
no
Kickstand
yes
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