Sony is known for their “monolithic” designs and hints of that philosophy can be found in the aesthetics of the SRS-BTX500 wireless Bluetooth speaker, with clean, straight lines and minimal frills. The grey tone of the speakers is further spiced up with metallic trim on the sides.
Flipping the SRS-BTX500 around reveals that the speakers also come with a kick-out stand, like the Samsung DA-F61. Unlike the DA-F61 however, the SRS-BTX500 was solid and steady once propped up. You will also find a 3.5mm port for wired audio input, as well as a port for the power adapter on the back panel. Sony has also included a (power-only) USB port to help charge devices like your smartphone which is a nice touch.
Like the JBL PowerUp, the NFC tag is placed smack in the middle of the top surface of the SRSBTX500. However unlike the JBL speakers, the thin profile of the resting surface for the SRS-BTX500 involves placing your smartphone on it like a seesaw.
Even though the SRS-BTX500 is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, we would score it the lowest in terms of portability from all the (portable) speakers in this shootout. For one, it is easily the largest of the lot, and can only be carried by hand thanks to a recessed hold at the back. Furthermore, you only get up to six hours of playback, while a full-charge can be achieved after four hours plugged in.
There is an upside to the large size of the SRS-BTX500: It’s got power in spades. The SRSBTX500 has a power output of 40W, which is the highest rated number of all the speakers tested here. Sound is taken care of by two 48mm drivers, an 80mm sub-woofer as well as two passive radiators. Sony has also included their Clear Phase DSP to attempt to provide a refined listening experience.
When tested, Sony’s diligence appears to pay off. The SRS-BTX500 has balanced sound with clear mids and highs. The low frequencies are controlled, but sufficiently deep for impact. For those looking for even more oomph from their bass, they can switch on Sony’s Mega Bass feature which extends the low frequencies without compromising too much in either the control or definition departments. Sound Field Expansion is another audio feature which expands the soundstage and brings the highs into greater prominence. These features add versatility to the SRS-BTX500’s already impressive sound profile.
“ThE SrS-bTX500 haS a PoWEr ouTPuT oF 40W, WhiCh iS ThE highEST raTED nuMbEr oF all ThE SPEaKErS TESTED.”
Buttons on the side provide access to sound enhancement features and controls.
Tap the NFC tag at the top of the SRS-BTX500 to pair your device with the speakers.