Wireless speakers have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years and there’s now more choice than we often know what to do with. We’ve been reviewing speakers of all sizes for some time now, in fact we recently gave one away and this week we’re helping out Nexus 5 owners with poor battery life. A big name in audio since the dawn of the Compact Disc, Sony is releasing two new models of wireless speakers today, and while we’re not fashionistas here, I’d like to say these look pretty damn good. The two models, the SRS-x7 and SRS-X5 are both very similar in design, with the X5 comes in black, white or red with the X7 only available in black. Both of these guys feature NFC for quick pairing over Bluetooth, as well as supporting APT-X for better quality streaming and Sony’s ClearAudio+ technology. The two models do differ a little in price, as well as their internals so let’s take a look.
The SRS-X5 is the more affordable of the duo, starting at $199 in either black, white or red and features 20W of power, with a built-in battery capable of eight hours listening. There’s also the ability to charge another device through a USB port and it’s not too large a guy coming in at just 2 x 8.8 x 4.8 inches. While the recommended price is $199 for this guy, the red and white versions are available right now from Amazon for just $170 or so, which is a nice little saving. Take a closer look at the SRS-X5 in red in the gallery below.
Moving onto something a little more serious, the SRS-X7 is a different beast with 32W of total power, DLNA and WiFi capabilities as well as some beefier speakers inside the cab. For $300 though, you would expect quite a bit of an improvement up from the SRS-X5. Coming in at a little bit bigger at 2.4 x 11.8 x 5.2 inches, the X7 features the same Bluetooth streaming, and the ability to charge another device but curiously lasts for just six hours on the battery, which perhaps makes this more of a stationary beast. It too is available from Amazon for $300 and is only available in black. You can take a closer look in the gallery below. From a personal standpoint, I have to say these look really nice, looking more like a piece of HiFi equipment than a Bluetooth speaker these should appeal to audiophiles like myself all over.