A larger Sony X-series speaker for larger rooms, the Sony X55 will let you entertain with great audio.
Sony makes a return offering new updates to its entire Bluetooth speaker lineup. Although physically not much has changed, Sony still offers the Bluetooth speaker that looks completely different from most others on the market. If you’re into a more streamlined modern look without any colors or too radical styling, the Sony Bluetooth speakers are the ones for you. But its not all about looks… last years model did very well in regards to sound, so I’m eager to see how the new X55 sounds today. I personally paid $199 at the time of this video, making this fall into the mid-range of products at this price point.
Sony hasn’t changed the size at all from last years model, coming in at 8.8 inches wide, x 4.8 inches tall and 2.0 inches thick. It does get slightly heavier weighting in at 2.10lbs versus the 2.6 from last year. Overall, because of its somewhat tall, but narrow build, the weight does help a little bit keeping this upright. It does take some effort to accidently knock this over, yet its not prone to tipping constantly. If this speaker is away from pets or a not so stable end table, you should be fine. Overall, rock solid build once again with aluminum on the front and on the back of the speaker.
As with last year, the top is very fingerprint prone, but looks gorgeous in my opinion. Its a mirror-like finish that is slightly sensitive to fine scratches, so just be aware of that. Regarding the buttons, they still glow in that classy ambient LED white. Very simple layout offering on and off, a Call button to have the speaker act like a speakerphone for phone calls, volume up and down, Audio IN for the times you physically connect this speaker to your audio source like a phone or tablet, Bluetooth pairing, your charge indicator light, and last is the ClearAudio+, which switches the audio characteristics to enhance bass and clarity… but I’ll go over that in my sound test later.
Very last and on the far left is the NFC area, abbreviated for Near Field Communication. Apple devices as of this video still doesn’t support NFC, but your NFC enabled Android devices, just tap on the side and your phone or tablet will pair with the speaker effortlessly. No need to go through your settings.
Rotating to the rear and I love this feature for emergencies… it’s a USB Charge out port. You can connect your phone or tablet, and the battery powered Sony speaker will charge your device. Some competitors don’t offer that option. Next is an Audio In Port and last is the A/C power port to connect with the supplied wall charger.
The real difference is what’s underneath. There is a slight bump in total power from last years 20watts compared to this years, 30watts of power. LDAC, which is Sony’s developed CODEC is designed for wireless transmission of high-resolution audio files. Think FLAC files, lossless audio as one example. LDAC is now featured on here.
With volume all the way up, it gets loud, fitting for small and medium sized rooms for sure. With large rooms it works decent for more personal and intimate listening rather than entertaining over larger crowds. Bass is well done, considering Sony provides one big passive radiator along with two woofers, all helping drive lower tones. Its not droning and its not dominating other sound fields either. If you want that added bass, place this in the corner of a room and let the bass reflect off the walls.
Mid tones are crisp and clean, vocals are strong and held tight during loud volumes. Not bright sounding but also not lost in the bass offered. Like most Bluetooth speakers, there isn’t much sound separation, that’s left and right audio channels. Using the ClearAudio+ does push the mid-range, specifically vocals a bit more forward, and you receive a slight increase in depth of sounds. It does help and its more fitting for genres more vocal focused. As for the highs, most genres do well, never once did I feel it was tinny and ear ringing, but I did notice in some EDM music with very fast beats, a lot of snares and cymbal crashes, it gets a bit jumbled and slight clarity is lost on the top end, only at higher volumes. Most of the time and if you’re not blasting this all the way up, that shouldn’t be an issue. The X55 really is a well rounded speaker working for EDM, hiphop and especially Pop music. Rock and country is fitting as mentioned earlier due great clear vocals. And compared to last years model, it does sound louder and consist of more bass in general. There is a slight uptick in overall performance. Overall, I’m very pleased once again by what the X55 offers in regards to sound, and if anything, they have made it better.
Regarding the range since this is a wireless speaker, doing my standard test I do on all wireless products, leaving the speaker on one side of the house and walking downstairs to the other side, going through several walls and of course the first floor ceiling, never did I lose connection.
Regarding battery life, this is now rated at 10 hours versus 8 hours on the older model, and performing my standard test of leaving this at 50% volume, so that way we have a good median, From a full charge, the X55 died in 9 hrs and 32 minutes to be exact. For the price, for the features offered, this is not a bad alternative to the others on the market. If you’re entertaining for a mid-size room, maybe some large rooms for personal casual listening, the X55 is a great choice I think. You won’t be disappointed.
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