I’ve tried quite a few portable speakers over the years, and this Sony SRS-X3 is easily one of the best.
Why so special? Well, it’s so easy to use, it’s compact, has great battery life and it doesn’t look too shabby either.
It’s incredibly simple to connect it to my Macbook via Bluetooth and start listening to Serial.
Speaking as someone who feels a sense of dread anytime I’m obliged to open iTunes, I do anything I can to avoid using it. I streamed Serial direct from their website, and I listen to This American Life and BBC podcasts the same way.
So what I love most about the Sony SRS-X3 is that I can pair it to everything in my house and then just shoot music, podcasts or radio straight to it via Bluetooth.
Jon Ronson loud and clear
Most importantly, it sounds GREAT. Really good bass notes, but also really clear on audio files, so Sarah Koenig and Ira Glass boom out nice and loud , as do Jon Ronson, Josie Long and the assorted audiobooks and Storynory children’s podcasts my daughter listens to.
Meanwhile, music sounds excellent too – and very loud! This is good news for my youngest, who knows how to locate the Sing & Sign album on my phone and can pump it straight to the portable speaker, much to everyone’s delight. (I say delight because there’s a chance her Sing & Sign teacher could be reading this.)
It looks good, fits snugly on every mantelpiece, window sill and shelf in our house, and has already made itself part of our lives.
What else? I’ve used it loads and I haven’t had to charge it yet and it’s got a line in for things that don’t use Bluetooth.