Sony SRS-BTS50 loudspeaker - loudspeakers
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Let there be music wirelessly
Share music out and about: A lightweight, portable speaker that fits into a bag, or is equally comfortable in your hand – the perfect outdoor companion.
Two ways to connect your smartphone or tablet: it takes seconds to pair your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth, or use NFC for super-fast, one-touch connection.
Superior surround sound mode: with its two modes you can direct the sound towards you, or share your music in surround sound by tilting the speaker upwards.
Splash proof: With its mesh fabric and rubber belt, the SRS-BTS50 wireless speaker offers splash proof performance, even when hands are wet.
Hands free: Leave your smartphone alone. Answer calls with a simple press of the hands free button on the speaker.
Long battery life: with its built-in rechargeable battery, the wireless speaker offers you up to 10 hours' usage on a single charge.
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If you don't have bluetooth, it has an aux in plug, so you can connect to it using a standard 3.5mm cable. It also has an audio out plug, so it can double as a bluetooth receiver if you wanted to connect it to another set of speakers, for example.
If I had to give this unit a downside, it would be the sound quality, but that is to be expected with a unit of this size and weight. It's clearly not going to fill a large room with great quality sound, but it's not a bad option to use at your desk, or if you're with a small group of people and need to play something louder than your smartphone or laptop.
What I liked about these speakers:
- Appears to be solidly constructed. Would probably survive a drop to a concrete floor. I don't anticipate being near water with this, so I can't comment on the splash-proof feature.
- Sound is adequate and ok for my needs, but I wish it was louder. Base and treble responses seem to be ok, but as I mentioned, I don't listen to much music.
- Pairing was easy. Used NFC to pair with my Samsung G3 with just a tap. No problems with the bluetooth connection.
- Battery life is roughly around the 10 hours advertised. I like the battery button that announces your battery level when you press it.
- I like the phone connect option / button.
What I do not like:
- There are no buttons for media playback (e. g. pause, forward, back). You have to control your media from the sending device.
- Does not use a USB connection for charging, so I can't charge it in my truck (without an inverter). It comes with a Sony proprietary AC adapter. However, the battery life seems to be long enough for me to charge it on the weekend and it should last through the weekdays.
I would rank these speakers as OK for my intended use and for the price I paid. If I had paid what Amazon is asking for, I would probably feel differently.
Pairing was straightforward with multiple devices, and the spoken feedback for for BT connection status and battery charge level is surprisingly useful — although it would be nice to have an option to disable it. Unlike the Sound Kick, the Sony can be used as a BT speaker phone (a feature of no interest to me), but lacks a USB port, a handy feature on the Sound Kick for charging other devices (such as a phone or tablet), reducing the number of chargers one needs to carry on a trip. Volume is reasonable, although like any speaker of this type, it will distort at high levels.
Color was not my favorite, but the price was good. Sound is good. comparable to the JBL Flip.
[ I listened to the JBL line at Bestbuy]
The Sony is pretty loud, but not earth shattering. Loud enough that my g/f and kid were annoyed.
The base is pretty non-existant. I tried it with Boston, 3 Doors,Disturbed, Fleetwood Mac.
The mids were clear as were the high's. The pairing is simple hit the pairing button and its automatic when your phone's
bluetooth is also on. I have a Sony Xperia SP that i used the NFC is also easy.
The speaker will outlast your phone generally in battery life. Might have been nice to have a usb charger instead of Sonys version of it. The phone application's are nice the other party is clear and they hear you fine also, so no need to yell into the phone as sometimes it seems its necessary when your using your speaker on the phone.