Sony’s new trio of Bluetooth speakers each have their own special sound

new trio wireless speakers from sony srs x5 white edit
At $200, the SRS-X5 (pictured above) is the least-expensive of the three models, but its portability and speakerphone capabilities make it a worthy sibling of its SRS-X9 and SRS-X7 counterparts.
Check out our written Sony SRS-X7 review and Sony SRS-X9 review.

These days, it seems that many audio companies release lines of products in which the individual models vary only in wattage and physical size — “Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear,” so to speak. Sony goes against this grain with its new trio of portable Bluetooth speakers, all of which have different sets of specific advantages and disadvantages.

Just because you can afford the most expensive model doesn’t necessarily mean you should automatically opt for it — your personal preferences one of its perfectly capable younger siblings may suit your needs.

The $700, 154-watt SRS-X9 is the top dog of the three, and is the only one capable of high-resolution music file playback — it supports WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit, PCM FLAC up to 192/24, and PCM up to 192/34, according to info gleaned from Sony’s online product comparison tool, which we set up to automatically compare the three models. You’ll get one speaker for each $100 you spend on the X9 — it’s a three-way, seven-driver system with super tweeters, midrange drivers, a bi-amplified subwoofer and dual passive radiators … phew.

Both the X9 and the $300 SRS-X7, are compatible with Wi-Fi, AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth, and online streaming services.

The two-way X7 cranks out 32 watts via three drivers and is, and is more portable than the X9, which you’ll have to charge with an AC adapter. Both the X7 and the SRS-X5, the $200 “Baby Bear,” have built-in rechargeable batteries with six- and eight-hour charge lengths, respectively.

Sony’s X5, also two-way, is the smallest and most portable, with 20 watts and a built-in sub and microphone, allowing it to moonlight as a speakerphone.

This SRS line was developed in collaboration with Sony Music, and each model can connect to NFC-enabled Bluetooth smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. Codec-wise, they’re also AptX- and AAC- compatible. Finally, they all feature Sony’s proprietary Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, as well as the ClearAudio+ and S-Master Digital Amplifier technologies.

If you decide to buy one or more of these bad boys, you may also want to download the SongPal app for online music capabilities.

Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.

Netflix’s latest price increase heralds the end of streaming’s golden age

Netflix’s recent price rise is just the latest in a string of signs that streaming’s golden age is nearly over. As more services enter the fray, content will be further partitioned, signaling the end of streaming’s good old days.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.
Home Theater

How much are the initials ‘LV’ worth? $700 if you put them on your earphones

If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds that make as much of a statement about the state of your finances as they do about your high-tech street cred, Louis Vuitton's Horizon earbuds fit the $995 bill.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.
Home Theater

What are HDMI ARC and eARC? Here’s how they can simplify your home theater

HDMI ARC is one of the coolest TV features at your disposal. But if you're like most folks, you have no idea how it works, if you even know what it is at all. Here's our primer on HDMI ARC, as well as the next generation technology, eARC.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.