Sony SRSBTX500

7.8/10 AVG.
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  • Sony SRSBTX500
  • Sony SRSBTX500
  • Sony SRSBTX500
  • Sony SRSBTX500

It won't be for all, but the sound quality is really next-level stuff, and it feels like a return to form for Sony...

- Ian Morris , Pocket-lint 


Sony has produced a top-notch wireless design that looks and sounds every bit as good as the competition.

- Chris Haslam , T3 

Specs / Features


Bluetooth audio streaming capability | One-touch Bluetooth pairing with NFC | Speakerphone functionality | 40 watts output power

Bluetooth audio streaming capability | One-touch Bluetooth pairing with NFC | Speakerphone functionality | 40 watts output power

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Specification

Brand Sony
Model SRS-BTX500
Warranty 12 months
Size 19 x 50 x 13 cm (7.5 x 19.7 x 5.1 in)

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


Shipley Electronics

Delivers a terrific audio experience

from Shipley Electronics

The SRS-BTX500 is more than just a speaker. You can use it to make or take calls by taking advantage of the hands-free calling using the built-in speakerphone by simply pushing a button. It also features a premium design made of brushed stainless steel accents that allow it to complement any color.

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The SRS-BTX500 is more than just a speaker. You can use it to make or take calls by taking advantage of the hands-free calling using the built-in speakerphone by simply pushing a button. It also features a premium design made of brushed stainless steel accents that allow it to complement any color.

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What Hi-Fi

Clear and sharply defined sound, punchy rhythm and agile timing

from What Hi-Fi

So, where does that leave the SRS-BTX500? WOn the one hand, we like the convenience and portability but, despite that wonderfully clean sound and snappy timing, the Sony just doesn’t have the levels of emotion and subtle depth to compete with its rivals.

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So, where does that leave the SRS-BTX500? WOn the one hand, we like the convenience and portability but, despite that wonderfully clean sound and snappy timing, the Sony just doesn’t have the levels of emotion and subtle depth to compete with its rivals.

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Pocket-lint

The sound quality from this Sony is nothing short of amazing

from Pocket-lint

There 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.

It won't be for all, but the sound quality is really next-level stuff, and it feels like a return to form for Sony, which seems to have been enjoying a real boost in both build quality and well thought-out products in the past year....

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There 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.

It won't be for all, but the sound quality is really next-level stuff, and it feels like a return to form for Sony, which seems to have been enjoying a real boost in both build quality and well thought-out products in the past year.

This is the Sony we remember from the 80s, not the company that got tangled in its own tentacles in the late 90s.

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Top Bluetooth Speaker

It’s quite a great speaker which really offers value for its price

from Top Bluetooth Speaker

Though it may seem quite pricey for the ordinary buyer, the Sony SRSBTX500 provides wonderful deep and clean sound and also features speakerphone and NFC pairing capabilities. It’s quite a great speaker which really offers value for its price, a worth-it gadget, and one which really comes i...More

Though it may seem quite pricey for the ordinary buyer, the Sony SRSBTX500 provides wonderful deep and clean sound and also features speakerphone and NFC pairing capabilities. It’s quite a great speaker which really offers value for its price, a worth-it gadget, and one which really comes in handy for one who likes his/her music flawlessly.

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T3

A top-notch wireless design

from T3

It 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.

It's no travel speaker and the battery life is more tea than house party but it makes an e...More

It 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.

It's no travel speaker and the battery life is more tea than house party but it makes an excellent go-anywhere hi-fi for the garden and a more than capable stereo replacement. At £279 we can't call it a bargain, but you won't feel short changed with its performance.

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Big Picture Big Sound

It certainly holds its own -- in terms of sound quality and functionality

from Big Picture Big Sound

It's hard to stand out in the sea of tabletop speakers out there. Sony has made a nice effort with its SRS-BTX500. It doesn't pack the same power as something like the Sonos PLAY:3, which I think projects slightly better sound overall for the same $299.99 MSRP. But the Play:3 requires a hard-wired connection, while the Sony can crank out tunes without wires for up to six hours....

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It's hard to stand out in the sea of tabletop speakers out there. Sony has made a nice effort with its SRS-BTX500. It doesn't pack the same power as something like the Sonos PLAY:3, which I think projects slightly better sound overall for the same $299.99 MSRP. But the Play:3 requires a hard-wired connection, while the Sony can crank out tunes without wires for up to six hours.

That said, it certainly holds its own -- in terms of sound quality and functionality -- in a really crowded market. It's one of the best-sounding portable speakers we've seen (and heard). I'm not talking just room to room. This thing would be just as easy to take out of the house, although you probably don't want to carelessly throw it into a suitcase. It would have been nice to have a little love for AirPlay to make it a complete solution.

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Wired

Premium audio in many different situations

from Wired

The BTX500 is intended for music, though, and I can report that it’s a top performer. I first noticed the superior sound quality when I played the new album by Javelin. You get the best of both worlds: the rich boom of the drums and the finer details of the synth and guitar work. On a song...More

The BTX500 is intended for music, though, and I can report that it’s a top performer. I first noticed the superior sound quality when I played the new album by Javelin. You get the best of both worlds: the rich boom of the drums and the finer details of the synth and guitar work. On a song like “City Pals,” with its swirling piano part, you can easily make out each distinct note clearly. There’s very little distortion — it is effectively unnoticeable even at higher volumes.

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TechReviewSource

A Bluetooth wireless speaker that sports an impressive, sleek design and high-quality audio output

from TechReviewSource

Overall the audio quality was very good. At extremely high volumes, there was noticeable distortion and crackling but at "regular" volumes, it was great. The amount of bass level available was good, but nothing worth raving about. The Mega Bass and Mega Bass + Surround modes seemed to improve the...More

Overall the audio quality was very good. At extremely high volumes, there was noticeable distortion and crackling but at "regular" volumes, it was great. The amount of bass level available was good, but nothing worth raving about. The Mega Bass and Mega Bass + Surround modes seemed to improve the overall audio quality, but we found the Mega Bass setting to be the best.

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New York Daily News

An all-around good bet for picnics and small parties

from New York Daily News

Sony’s ability to nail the sound quality in the BTX makes the other features that much more enjoyable. First off, the unit looks attractive with a solid black speaker front and brushed aluminum along the sides. The buttons are well-placed, and pairing and other features such as MegaBass are intuitive. A glowing blue light bar completes the design, and the entire look exudes understated, sophisticated polish....

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Sony’s ability to nail the sound quality in the BTX makes the other features that much more enjoyable. First off, the unit looks attractive with a solid black speaker front and brushed aluminum along the sides. The buttons are well-placed, and pairing and other features such as MegaBass are intuitive. A glowing blue light bar completes the design, and the entire look exudes understated, sophisticated polish.

On the back side sits an easy flipstand, a charging port, an audio in jack, and that USB charging port. The USB charging port’s usefulness is limited since it’s only usable when the speaker is plugged in, but it’s a nice touch nonetheless.

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Cnet

Classy wireless speaker excels

from Cnet

The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II and its predecessor have really owned the premium portable Bluetooth speaker market (yes, the Jawbone Big Jambox is a strong product, but it hasn't had nearly the success of the much smaller, original Jambox). While the SoundLink II is an excellent product, its dominance has been more than partially fueled by Bose's massive marketing efforts....

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The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II and its predecessor have really owned the premium portable Bluetooth speaker market (yes, the Jawbone Big Jambox is a strong product, but it hasn't had nearly the success of the much smaller, original Jambox). While the SoundLink II is an excellent product, its dominance has been more than partially fueled by Bose's massive marketing efforts.

The Sony SRS-BTX500 won't get that kind of support from Sony, but it certainly holds its own against the Bose. It's a slick, excellent-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker that also features speakerphone capabilities (the Bose doesn't offer that), a USB charging option for smartphones, and NFC pairing for NFC-enabled devices. As I said in the beginning of this review, if you're in the market for a premium portable Bluetooth speaker, the SRS-BTX500 should certainly make your short list.

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