With the SRS-XV800, Sony is presenting a portable wireless loudspeaker outdoor and indoor model that, thanks to the 360-degree sound, should also cut a fine figure on the TV as a soundbar replacement. Sony combines two 170-millimeter woofers with two tweeters.
With the SRS-XV800, Sony competes with the Samsung Sound Tower MX-ST90B (about $500 on Amazon). With dimensions of 72 x 37.5 x 31.7 centimeters and a weight of 18.5 kilograms, the wireless loudspeaker outdoor model is not particularly compact, but Sony promises a battery life of 25 hours and enormous power to fill even the most boisterous parties with sound.
Sony has also installed two X-Balanced woofers with a diameter of 170 millimeters and tweeters on the front and back, which enable 360-degree sound, which should make the sound convincing regardless of the speaker’s positioning. Two SRS-XV800s can be combined into a stereo pair using the Sony Music Center smartphone app. The integrated handle and the two wheels should make transport easier.
For the connection to smartphones, Sony installs a Bluetooth 5.2 module that supports Sony LDAC in addition to SBC and AAC. Optical digital input allows the speaker to be conveniently connected to a TV to use the SRS-XV800 as a replacement for a soundbar. A USB-A port allows smartphones to be charged with up to 7.5 watts. The speaker’s RGB lighting automatically synchronizes with the beat of the music.
Sony SRS-XV800 price and availability
The Sony SRS-XV800 party speaker will be available for a recommended retail price of $649.99 / £599. The best outdoor speakers for garden can already be pre-ordered from Adorama.com and Amazon.co.uk, and according to the online shop, delivery will begin on May 12th.
LG recently also introduced the new portable XBOOM XL7 2.1 tower speaker with RGB lighting of its XBOOM series. The light ring that surrounds the front-facing main speaker is joined by a matrix LED display that can display a range of animations, text banners, or other effects, some of which can be customized in the application. It costs $599.99.