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Sony SRS-M30 Active Speaker System - Black

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  • Flat speaker panels
  • Left and right channels attach for easy portability
  • 39mm neodymium magnet thin type unit
  • 500mW max output
  • Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included) or AC power
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight11 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 5 x 10 inches
Item model numberSRS-M30
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000BLI0P0
Best Sellers Rank #88,244 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.2 ounces
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 30, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SRS-M30
  • Speaker Type: Surround
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 2 Watts
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Product Description

Compact and stylish, these speakers feature flat speaker panels for easy portability and make it easy to take your music wherever you go.

Customer Reviews

Save up a bit more and buy a Logitech speaker system.
Kevin Hudson
I didn't expect great sound, but I was still surprised by how bad the sound really was.
ratyoke
Takes batteries and also has adapter to plug into wall.
michael

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beccy G on June 16, 2006
We have searched for ages to find a set of portable travel speakers that are reasonably priced, small, lightweight and have batteries (ones that dont run off batteries tend to have low volume)...finally we found them.

A friend of ours got these speakers and I was so impressed with them I got a set myself. The batteries last for ages and for portable speakers they have good volume.

If you want a home stereo, get a home stereo system; if you want to listen to your ipod or whatever using headphones, get head phones, but if you want a really nice set of portable, compact travel speakers with good volume, get these.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on April 4, 2006
These are very "tinny" (and tiny) sounding speakers. My laptop speaker sounds better than these do. Zero bass. For travel use, you're far better off with headphones. For home use, you're far better off with the kind of aftermarket speakers that are AC-powered and readily available for desktop computers. I recognize that getting bass sound off of batteries is a challenge, but this attempt by Sony shouldn't have been brought to market. About the only positive thing I can say is that the jack fits my iPod Shuffle without an adapter. The sad thing is, the speakers come with an AC-adapter and Sony could have built in bass sound, knowing there would have been a weight and battery penalty that was worth the gain in sound quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dennisr on April 1, 2007
Right, so they're not the best sounding speakers. But they run on batteries and I can listen to mp3 podcasts in my car by plugging these into my portable (Sony) CD-mp3 player--my car CD player doesn't do mp3's.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the sound isn't the best, but I don't want to listen to high quality music. I just want to hear Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon podcasts that I've burned to CD while driving in my car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael on March 22, 2011
For years I used the Sony Active Speaker System SRS-M30 portable speakers (before the barrage of other small/compacts hit the market) for travel and listening to my iPod. -And I was always left dissatisfied because there is no bass. I have a hard time even saying it produces acceptable mid range. These speakers let out all the highs and distort (static noise) when turned up past half way on the volume. -Gets a lot of static like a bad radio station connection. Countless times I found myself just turning the speakers off because they didn't do the music justice. I'm not convinced these are "better than nothing" so don't ask me why I'm giving them 2 stars.

Recently purchased the iHome iH16 and I'm very impressed, especially when compared to the SRS-M30. Here is my review on the iH16: Okay, so here is the scoop: This isn't your $200-$400 Bose or Polk system, and you're not going to get the big, full range sound like you would from Bose or Polk. You will, however, get a compact speaker system that delivers highs and mids wonderfully and enough bass (albeit quite small) to give you full, rich, satisfying music when played at minimal to normal listening volume. I did crank this little system and could hear it all the way through our 3000sqft house with no static/noise/hiss (which was great) but could definitely tell it was coming from a small speaker system. Paid $50 at BedBathBeyond and they are worth every penny considering it charges the iPod while listening and we can use the AUX when we want to watch a movie on the iPod. Takes batteries and also has adapter to plug into wall. Compared to all iPod clock speaker systems I would give this 4 stars. In it's small, compact, "could-you-travel-with-it? Yes!" category, I would give it 5 stars.
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Since I wrote the description below, the Sony system has apparently been discontinued, and I had an opportunity to use the Logitech system during a two-week stay in Greece during the summer of '08. When possible, I plugged in the Logitech system to 240v European current to preserve the batteries. (My IPod also works on 240v current) The Logitech speakers worked fine on 120v North American current, 240v European current, and the AA batteries, which I did not exhaust during the trip. In use, this small unit had surprisingly good and large sound.

Being long, narrow, and streamlined in its carrying case, the Logitech speaker system slid easily into a corner of my traveling bag. It was very cool to be able to pull this unit and an IPod from my bag and have good-sounding music and historical lectures wherever we went, whether sitting on a veranda or at the beach. June, 2009.

My original review follows:
In preparation for a month's travel in Europe, I bought both the Sony SRS-M30 and the Logitech mm-32 portable speaker systems, intending to test them side-by-side and return one of them. The Sony is a bit less expensive, smaller, and lighter than the Logitch, but the sound quality is decidedly inferior to the Logitech. The Logitech also includes a slick padded carrying case with a separate compartment for the power supply.

But at only 8.4 oz. for the Sony compared to 15.6 for the Logitech, it was a pretty even trade-off between sound and weight. If operating in battery mode, the Sony uses 3 AAAs whle the Logitech needs 4 AAs, increasing the weight differential by 2.2 oz. As I travel with only one carry-on convertible suitcase/backpack, weight is an important consideration.

The AC power supply units decided the issue. The Logitech is rated at 100-240v (suitable for both U.S. and foreign use) while the Sony is rated at 120v, limiting it to North America. I returned the Sony.
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