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Sony SRSBTX500 Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Premium Speaker System

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  • Bluetooth audio streaming capability
  • One-touch Bluetooth pairing with NFC
  • Speakerphone functionality
  • 40 watts output power
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight5.9 pounds
Product Dimensions7.4 x 19.6 x 5.1 inches
Item model numberSRS-BTX500
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Power Source TypeAC & Battery
Wireless Comm StandardBluetooth
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Shipping Weight9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableFebruary 5, 2013

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SRS-BTX500
  • Supported Standards: AAC
  • Battery Average Life: 4 Hours
  • Weight: 6.97 pounds
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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Turn up the fun with bold, premium sound and wireless audio streaming with Bluetooth. One-Touch listening technology even lets you connect and listen with a simple touch. The powerful, 40-watt Magnetic Fluid speaker system delivers an experience that begs to be heard and also doubles as a convenient speakerphone. You won't believe your ears!


Enjoy powerful sound

Packing a 40-watt punch1, this stereo Bluetooth speaker system combines Sony-exclusive DMC technologies: Dual Passive Radiators, Magnetic Fluid Speakers, and Clear Phase DSP to deliver a superb audio experience.

Stream your music wirelessly

Easily pair, stream, and control your Bluetooth audio streaming experience via integrated Bluetooth A2DP (advanced audio distribution profile) support and a compatible digital music player, smartphone, tablet, or computer. For maximum performance, built-in AAC and apt-X codec support avoids signal quality loss when streaming your favorite music.

One-Touch listening

Enjoy simplified Bluetooth connectivity thanks to One-Touch listening technology. Align and touch NFC (Near Field Communication) logos to: power the speaker on, activate Bluetooth, pair devices, and stream music. When done, align and touch the NFC logos to disconnect.

Take or make calls

More than just a speaker, you can take advantage of hands-free calling via the built-in speakerphone at the push of a button.

Move from room to room

With a built-in battery you can enjoy your favorite tunes anywhere around the house, indoors or out (up to 6-hours battery life2). The supplied neoprene case is perfect for protecting the speaker unit during transport.

Charge while you listen

A convenient, rear-mounted USB port is available to charge your compatible audio sources including: digital music players, smartphones, or tablets, even when not plugged into an AC outlet.

Additional Features

Sleek and modern design

A premium design with brushed stainless steel accents will complement any decor.

Auxiliary Audio Input

An Auxiliary Audio input lets you connect a variety of digital music players to the speaker dock for easy access to your music (cable not included).

Handy Travel Case

A supplied neoprene case is perfect for protecting the speaker unit during transport.

Comparison Chart

Bluetooth Audio Streaming
One-Touch listening with NFC
Speakerphone Function -
Sony Sound Enhancement - - - Passive Radiator DMC
USB Charging - - -
Battery Operated1 Rechargeable
up to 5 hours
AA x 4,
up to 20 hours
C cell x 6,
up to 16 hours
Up to 8 hours
Up to 6 hours
Recommended Uses Ultra-Portable Portable Portable Boombox Portable Home/Office
Colors Black,White,Pink Black Black Black,White Black

1. Measurements: 10 watts minimum RMS power at 6 Ohm load from 150-10,000 Hz with a THD of no more than 10% (using AC power).

2. Actual battery life may vary upon usage patterns, product settings, battery and environmental conditions.

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Product Description

Welcome to premium sound and the ultimate convenience. This 40-watt speaker lets you rock out with bold sound and effortless, one-touch pairing to your smartphone. NFC lets you wirelessly connect your compatible devices by tapping them together—no fussing with codes required. Bluetooth connection is also built in, so it makes a great speakerphone.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The bluetooth audio works very well (get nfc easy connect to quick pairing).
Both speakers offer excellent high and mid range sound and decent bass for the size of speaker.
I have heard the Bose, and I do like the Sony better as far as sound quality.
Robby L Vogel

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By KentuckyWildcat1973 on June 6, 2013
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I spent a lot of time going into stores to hear the sound in person and reading reviews on line that I found to be informative and helpful. My most important requirement was sound quality. I was not looking for out of control boom boxes, etc. At one time I considered the Bose but reviews and in store sampling steered me away. I was in a store and stumbled upon the Sony BTX300 and was very impressed with the power and sound quality in the store. I was able to walk over a hundred feet away and the connection was not lost. I then went home and read up about it and that's when I discovered that there was a BTX500 with double the power. While I don't blast my music I still appreciate the richness. I use the speaker with supplemental bass options turned off - I also turn off the Beats option on my phone. The sound is simply rich and beautiful. Very happy with my purchase.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By BP on April 1, 2013
Sony is a company that has the resources, market share, and brand recognition to do great things in the audio world, but often doesn't commit itself strongly enough to make waves in the pool of audio products floating around in today's marketplace. Enter the BTX500. Sony's new, flagship, portable Bluetooth speaker strikes a great balance between portability and straight up audio punchiness. When plugged into the wall on AC power, the dock offers 40 watts of RMS output at less than 1% harmonic distortion. In short, medium room filling volume. 2 of Sony's latest damperless, magnetic-fluid suspended drivers maintain a wide, balanced soundstage, while a center-mounted, front-firing subwoofer pounds out the lows. Flanking the sub are two rectangular passive radiators for extra low-end reinforcement. Clear Phase DSP is Sony's audio enhancement logarithm, and it does a good job here of eliminating distortion without overly compressing the sound. This is likely more a result of Sony's smart driver/amplifier matching than anything special going on inside the unit's audio processor. The BTX500 doesn't have to hide behind audio compression simply because it is saddled with a powerful amplifier. Compared with other flagship Bluetooth speakers, Sony's entry compares favorably. Battery life is a bit short at 6 hours, but the BTX500 is arguably the most powerful, cleanest Bluetooth speaker I have heard thus far. Having spent time with the Logitech UE Boombox, considered the largest, most powerful battery powered Bluetooth speaker until now, I can vouch for the lungs of Sony's Premium Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Unplugged, the Sony unit offers 16 watts of power, several more than the UE Boombox, and sounds cleaner thanks to a dedicated subwoofer and DSP.Read more ›
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeep on August 27, 2013
I'd been wanting a small, portable speaker to use with my ipod and phone. My first choices were lower priced units, which I researched online. I listened to many different models that were highly rated, but none of them really sounded great to me, good but not great. I tend to be picky when it comes to audio and not wanting to cover the Earth in plastic garbage, didn't want to end up buying a second speaker later if I was not satisfied. That being said, I decided it would be best to save up a little longer and buy a more premium speaker and I'm glad I waited.

Initially I was considering the Bose Soundlink II and that was the baseline for my comparisons. The Bose does offer great sound and a nice design, plus for those who like to show off, name recognition. For me sound quality, build quality and value were tops on my list. The Sony compared very well to the Bose in sound and build quality, and I don't think there's a clear winner between the two. I actually like the fact that the Sony is the underdog and that they came with teeth showing. Both speakers offer excellent high and mid range sound and decent bass for the size of speaker. With the Sony being lower in price it beat the Bose in value.

The speaker connects wirelessly to your device using Bluetooth. I have an iPod with the old multipin connector and a newer phone with the lightning jack so ideally I wanted a device that could handle either of those devices; Bluetooth solves that problem. In addition to the Bluetooth, the Sony has a 3.5 mm input jack so you can use it with anything with a headphone/ line out. It also has a USB output to charge your phone or other device. I haven't tried that feature yet, so I can't comment on how good or fast it is, but I really like that it's there if I need it.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David W. on April 25, 2013
Edit: 5/5/2013. Just bumped it to 5 stars. The device is charging my iPhone 5 on battery alone. Other reviews indicated this was not possible. I'm up from 43% to 65% in about 35 minutes of low volume listening. One small point. At very low volume listening our Jabra Soulmate does have better sound. I haven't done critical listening comparisons, but I pretty much expect this. I bought the Sony for room filling sound, where the Soulmate cannot compete.

Edit: 5/2/2013. Received the speaker about 2 hours ago and it continues to impress. I went to listen to the Bose Soundlink 2 again while waiting for the Sony and in my opinion this Sony is a level or two above. I don't like the bass on the Bose. I'm not sure this is a fair comparison as the form factor of this is less portable. But the price point is the same and I think the SRS-BTX500 is still portable, not quite into the range of transportable. Make no mistake, it would be a commitment to take this with you in a carry-on. It would take up about the same volume as a pair of men's shoes perhaps at a multiple of the weight in a carry on. The sound is really fantastic. It's getting so loud here in the home I'm having to turn it down. I'll have to play with it when the wife/kids/baby are away it gets so loud without noticeable distortion. Also, when I pull the power cord there's NO reduction in volume. In other words they aren't hammering down the output when on battery power. This shocked me. I'm going to upload a photo of it in our master bath.

Anyone who may care as this is part of your travel size/weight: the AC Adapter "brick" weighs 9.54oz or 270.5 grams. Measures 3 7/8" x 2" x 1 1/4" deep not including prong sticking out (by ruler estimation). Sony, if you are listening: please engineer us a much, much smaller AC adapter.
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