• Type: Bluetooth Speaker
  • Driver: Organic glass cylinder tweeter, 50 mm woofer
  • Frequency Range: 60Hz-40,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 105dB/mW
  • Impedance: 6Ω (at 1kHz)
  • Dimensions: 82 (diametre) x 303mm (height)
  • Weight: 920g
  • Other: NFC, aptX, Audio-in
  • Pros:
  • Clear vocals
  • Usable as portable light
  • Cons:
  • Pricey

Cylindric Novelty

Portable speakers come in all shapes and sizes these days, but a lot of them are in colourful plastic bodies or rugged builds that can tough out the elements. So it is with some surprise when we first saw the Sony LSPX-S1, a portable speaker that was made from glass, according to Sony.

The LSPX-S1 comes in a cylinder shape, which is pretty unusual in and of itself. What makes it even more unusual is that the top part of it made mostly out of what Sony calls organic glass; feels like acrylic, to be honest. The top part is soft rubber with a piece of aluminium plate attached to it and closer to the base is an opening that separates the top and bottom via four pillars. Below you’ll find a DC charging port, an audio-in port, and the power button.

Port for charging the battery and for audio-in

Port for charging the battery and for audio-in

When you switch the LSPX-S1 for the first time, you may be forgiven for thinking that it’s a fancy light fixture. But by pairing it with a device like a smartphone, you can use it as a speaker, You can even pair up to two units of LSPX-S1 this way for stereo sound. This speaker consists of a 50mm woofer that outputs sound through the opening, while the entire cylinder functions as the tweeter.

Trying to get it connected stumped us at first. First, you need to switch the speakers on, then press the pairing button at the base of the speaker. Once you do, a tiny LED inside the opening area will flash white to indicate pairing mode, which will then allow you to detect the speaker on your device.

Besides connecting through the Bluetooth settings, you can also use the Sony Music Centre app and activate NFC connection. Getting the app can be useful, as it allows you to control the LED light’s intensity and the speaker’s volume too, without having to lift up the speaker to reach for the buttons at the base.

You can turn it into a portable light and even control the light intensity

You can turn it into a portable light and even control the light intensity

The two main aspects of this device prove to be good. Its LED’s intensity can be surprisingly bright at maximum, so you can use it as a functional decoration. We were pleasantly surprised at its audio quality too, with its strong point being solid clarity on vocals. There’s some bass to it as well, but it didn’t have much impact to it. Though if your plan is to play some jazz over a candlelight dinner with it, you’ll get pretty favourable results.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A combination of design, lighting feature and good audio is an innovative idea, assuming you’re willing to pay for it.

(to be published in issue March 2019)