Great de­sign, dull sound

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Sony SRS BTV5 is a good mo­bile com­pan­ion. This small, ten­nis bal­l­like speaker doesn’t weigh even as much as a pool ball. It has the speaker side cov­ered with a raised bridge which also hides the NFC chip. Along with the wire­less op­tions, there is a USB for charg­ing and an au­dio in port. The vol­ume con­trols are placed next to this, while the on/off tog­gle switch is at the bot­tom.

But the per­for­mance is not as good as the de­sign. We tested the speaker with the Google Nexus 4 smart­phone and were paired and ready with a tap on the top. The sound qual­ity was good enough for a small room. Also, it was wasn’t very clear and lacked bass. The equaliser set­tings didn’t im­prove the qual­ity sig­nif­i­cantly.

The good thing is that the speaker can be used to an­swer calls as well. Al­though the au­dio in calls was sig­nif­i­cantly clearer, it was still not loud enough. BAG IT OR JUNK IT? Aver­age per­for­mance but the porta­bil­ity fac­tor works for this speaker.

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