Sony tries again with the strange hybrid between candle and speaker with the LSPX-S3, wireless and glass
There are many wireless speakers that opt for a cylindrical shape, convenient to be able to emit sound in 360 degrees, but Sony perhaps goes a little further with a product that is not strictly new, but that does not stop attracting attention. The Sony LSPX-S3 It is the third generation of loudspeaker with a glass cylinder, which also serves as a light point.
The idea was launched five years ago with the LSPZ-X2, although in that case it was a wired speaker. The LSPX-S3 maintains that form factor reminiscent of an oil lamp, but with a light that has 32 brightness levels.
A fake candle that flickers to the beat of the music
This Sony speaker, despite being cylindrical, seems to fit more in the product line as Beoplay Emerge Bang & Olufsen or the Symphonic of IKEA and Sonos, by which one tries to imitate other objects “not sound” so to speak. Of course, the design is totally different from the Sony SRS-XB43, cylindrical but more off-road.
The curious form factor is possible in part because the glass tube makes of tweeter (tweeter) when vibrating, also having a midrange driver and a passive bass radiator. With this, the brand ensures that the sound can be sent to all directions.
With the glass tube also as a box, the transparency allows it to function as a lamp, including a light whose brightness is adjusted in 32 levels, so that it can be from a powerful point of light for reading to emulate a candle (imitating flickering that they produce). It can also be activated a way for the light to blink to the beat of the music, but no more colors available.
The connection is made via Bluetooth 5.0 and supports SBC, AAC and LDAC codecs, which can be interesting having compatible devices. In addition, it can be synchronized with another LSPX-S3 or one of the other compatible models (SRS-XP500, SRS-XG500, SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33, SRS-XB23) to achieve stereo sound.
The autonomy that Sony gives is up to 8 hours, having charging by USB port. It has some physical buttons on the base, both around it and on the part on which it rests, specifically finding the timer button there (which admits intervals of 15 to 120 minutes).
Sony LSPX-S3 price and availability
The Sony LSPX-S3 will be sold in the United States for the time being and will be available from August. The starting price is somewhat lower than the original LSPX, specifically $ 349, ** about 288 euros to change ** (the LSPX-S1 started at $ 799).