• Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9
  • Sony SRS-X9

Specs / Features


Sophisticated sound with 154 Watts digital amplification | Seven speakers for immersive sound (45 Hz to 40 kHz) | Dual passive radiators and Magnetic Fluid Speaker for incredible sound | Wi-Fi audio streaming with DLNA and AirPlay support | Supports High-Resolution audio playback of AALC, FLAC, AIFF, and DSD formats

Sophisticated sound with 154 Watts digital amplification | Seven speakers for immersive sound (45 Hz to 40 kHz) | Dual passive radiators and Magnetic Fluid Speaker for incredible sound | Wi-Fi audio streaming with DLNA and AirPlay support | Supports High-Resolution audio playback of AALC, FLAC, AIFF, and DSD formats

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Specification

Brand Sony
Model SRSX9
Size 12 x 42 cm (4.7 x 16.5 in)

Reviews summary

9.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Supports numerous audio formats
  • Minimal style with premium build and materials

What's bad  

  • Harsh edge creeps in at high volumes
  • Pricey

After struggling for a decade to regain their market share, Sony is throwing out their old designs in favor of hi-res audio across its product line. With the release of the SRS-X9, Sony is bringing their hi-res expertise to the wireless speaker market.

Like other wireless speakers the SRS-X9 is capable of streaming files wirelessly or via Bluetooth and AirPlay. To improve your wireless signal reception Sony has included a built-in antenna, which you can push back into its cabinet when not in use. There are several connectors: a USB-B and A port for high resolution 24-bit playback, Ethernet socket and a 3.5mm audio in jack all located in the bottom right hand corner of the speaker.

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On first glance, reviewers describe the SRS-X9 as "understated" with its "pedestrian" rectangular shape but closer inspection reveals it as a premium and solidly built device. AV Forums calls its appearance "pure class" due to the black glass top, removable metal grille and brushed metal sides. The combination of metal and glass does make the SRS-X9 fairly hefty at 4.6kg. But critics have no problem with the weight considering how solidly constructed it is.

More important than the design, of course, is the sound quality. The SRS-X9 utilizes a seven speaker design with five at the front and two tweeters on the top. This is mean to create a larger sound field. The woofer is located behind the grille with bass radiators on either side and the mid-range driver on the left and right of the bass. Critics note that the location and organization of these speakers allow the SRS-X9 to fill a room with music despite its relatively small size. They add that the sound itself was great as it provided a great sense of scale and rich, full-bodied tones. It especially shines at lower frequencies as What HiFi states, "…[it reaches] really deep into any bassline without ever compromising on precision and detail." But reviewers don't consider it to be too bass heavy. In fact, they consider it to be fairly well balanced across the board except for the occasional brightness to the treble when the volume is cranked up. They do add that the harsh edge to the treble is much more noticeable on compressed audio file formats than on high-res.

Reviewers have no problem recommending the Sony SRS-X9, especially for audiophiles. Digital Trends states, "…[it] is a tour de force of elegant style and high-performance sound, but it will cost you."

Reviews (9.3/10 Avg. rating)


Future Shop

Does a great job of filling the whole room in rich full-bodied sound

from Future Shop

It’s really hard to find anything to complain about with this speaker. It has subtle, beautiful design qualities that any industrial designer would be envious of. It has top-notch functionality. It’s performance is impressive, and the build quality means you will be able to rely on this speaker for many years. Its impressive to get all of that in such a diminutive package. Listening to the audio you would be forgiven for imagining a giant sound system but all of it just barely larger than a shoebox, and can be streaming and controlled from the phone in your pocket. I tried reall... Full review

Digital Trends

Sony’s SRS-X9 is a tour de force of elegant style and high-performance sound, but it will cost you

from Digital Trends
Sony’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker is a tour de force of elegant style and high-performance sound, but it will cost you. Still, for those who can handle the sticker shock and a sound signature as bright as the morning dawn, this speaker is teeming with moments of brilliant detail and sonic refinement that make it well worth the ride... Full review
Expert Reviews

A stylish wireless speaker with high-resolution audio support and excellent connectivity

from Expert Reviews
An excellent wireless speaker system with a wide array of connectivity options that can play nearly anything you throw at it. Its sound quality was impressive and its design is particularly attractive. We like the SongPal app, and the SRS-X9 is a wonderful object to behold and hear... Full review
Wovow

Precisely the contemporary music center

from Wovow
Excellent design, materials, unique functionality – you can connect anything and whatever. Amazing sound quality, the ability to charge smartphones, music players and tablets. The system will serve you for years, it is easy to move from the apartment to the country, it’s just one block. No problems with the setup, if you use gadgets based on Android, you can forget about AirPlay and use Bluetooth – but if you suddenly buy the iPad, you may use and transfer music, Wi-Fi... Full review
T3

Superb definition, deep tight bass and a crisp naturalistic mid-range make it a complement to all types of tunes

from T3

Sony has delivered a sensational wireless sound system with the SRS-X9. Superb definition, deep tight bass and a crisp naturalistic mid-range make it a complement to all types of tunes.

The gloss black finish and substantial build are emphatically high-end, and when fed high resolution files, be they DSD or FLAC, the system sounds positively awesome.

Power distribution is spread evenly across the main speaker array at 2x25w apiece, with an additional 2x2w adding some acoustic space through the top facing tweeters. Quite possibly pound for pound the finest sounding wireless s... Full review

Avforums

A fantastic wireless speaker that combines flexibility, looks and performance

from Avforums
Regardless of your musical tastes or the type of audio files that you use, Sony's SRS-X9 will deliver a great all round performance that more than justifies its price tag. It also proves just how good high resolution audio can sound, even from a wireless speaker, so it would be good to see Sony release more high-res content, themselves... Full review
Canadian Reviewer

Ultra premium personal speaker

from Canadian Reviewer

It’s been challenging trying to come up with a recommendation on the SRS-X9. On the one hand, when paired with lossless audio via a USB connection, the speaker really lives up to its billing as an “Ultra Premium” speaker. But you’re not buying just an ultra premium speaker. For $700, you’re buying an ultra premium wireless speaker, and it should sound just as good when playing music wirelessly as it does when it’s physically connected.

While WIFI audio quality is good, it’s not stellar, and doesn’t seem to let the SRS-X9 live up to its... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A do-it-all speaker that puts superb sound quality at the top of its list of priorities

from What Hi-Fi
The Sony SRS-X9 speaker wasn’t three years in the making by accident. It’s a carefully considered product, and a multi-talented one at that, all wrapped up in a stylish package. When you buy it, you’re not just buying into high-res but into a superb wireless speaker than can pretty much play whatever you want, however you want, and sound superb in the process. It really is a true wireless wonder... Full review
Sound Vision Review

Wireless and compact all-in-one speaker with neat sound

from Sound Vision Review

SRSX9 takes true hi-fi audio and scales it down to a smaller size, without immediately missing something. The most important is that it balances the sound as well as it does. I wrote that at first I thought it cost $500. For that price it would have been a good buy and gives any other iPod speaker a hard match. But now it costs ~$700. Now we´re suddenly talking about a lot more money.

Altogether, Sony SRSX9 is a very good speaker, with exquisite balance in the sound and more power than you´d think. A splendid compromise for anyone who does not want a speaker to take u... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

51 from Amazon.com

51 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Sony SRS-X9. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

4 from Amazon.ca

4 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Sony SRS-X9. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

10/10

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