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Portable Bluetooth speaker SRS-BTV5 Review

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All Round Surround with the Sony SRS-BTV5

The Sony bluetooth speaker SRS-BTV5 is a small speaker looking like a ball. You may think it would give out some mediocre sound without any bass. It may look like an ordinary, fancy design Bluetooth speaker, but I guarantee you that is not the case here. Looks do not always tell the entire story. I say, listen to believe it.

First noticeable thing about this speaker is Touch to pair feature. You need to enable NFC and Bluetooth on your phone as well as on the speakers (a small button at the bottom) and touch your phone to the speakers to get the two devices paired together. It may take a couple of seconds to switch from your phone speakers to the external ones. You would instantly recognize the difference if you are already playing some music track on your phone and then switch on to Sony speaker.

According to the specifications, this speaker operates on Bluetooth 3.0 which has the high speed capability but that does not mean you can stream music at uncompressed bit rates. The A2DP protocol limits your music bit rate to 320 kbps, but that is still more than enough for these kind of speakers. I just felt to be a little more informative here and let you know that “Bluetooth 3.0” is purely for marketing purpose because you can get the same quality sound from Bluetooth 2.1. Additionally, the support for AVRC protocol enables you to play, pause and switch between next and previous music tracks using the buttons provided on speakers. The HFC protocol that comes along with this bluetooth speaker also lets you use it as a hands free speaker phone. There is a little notch on the side which is an opening for the microphone.

The Sony SRS-BTV5 speaker has 360-degree circle sound technology to disperse the sound in all the directions equally. This ensures that you get an equal volume of sound around the speakers. This is nice feature because some low quality speakers do not have equal spatial response.

The battery life for Sony SRS-BTV5 speaker is about 5 hours according to the specifications, but it varies depending on the volume you like to use your speakers at. Speakers can dissipate about 1.2 W of power with some unnoticeable distortion. For those who do not have bluetooth may prefer to use the 3.5 mm jack. This speaker is a nice little replacement for your laptop speakers or car speakers.

The ball only weights about 135 gms. It can be bought for approximately £40 as stated on Sony website, but I am sure you can get it for quite lower cost from other websites.

What would u expect from a speaker the size of an egg… Good for desktop or small area for personal use, don’t think it’s gonna go boom… Stylish, compact are its best features.. Has nominal sound quality though.

Design is just beautiful and small. One of the strong features about this is that is VERY small and portable. Which means not only that you can carry it with ease, but you can put it ANYWHERE.

Its no different than other chinese brand bluetooth speakers. Sound is barely loud than my Galaxy S4 speaker and sound gets distorted before it gets to full volume.

Speaker phone use was ok. Pairing was good, but volume and mic sensitivity was pretty low.

  • Impedance : 6 OhmsFull Range
  • Speaker Size : Approximately 1-3/8 in. (34 mm) diameter
  • Color : Black
  • DC-In : 5 V DC, Micro-USB terminal (Charge Only)
  • Audio In : Audio In jack (3.5 mm stereo mini jack)
  • Battery Type : Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (Built-In)
  • Battery Life (Approx) : Audio Playback: Approximately 5 hours
  • Input Voltage : DC IN 5 V
  • Impedance : 6 Ohms
  • NFC : One-touch Listening with NFC (Near Field Communications)
  • Bluetooth® Technology : Bluetooth® Ver 3.0
  • Profile Support: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approximately 2-5/8 inches x 2-3/4 inches x 2-5/8 inches (65 mm x 67.6 mm x 65 mm (w/h/d))
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approximately 4.8 oz. (135 g)

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Conclusion
A very satisfying piece of equipment which can deliver sound in a variety of scenarios.
Sound quality85
Worth it?90
Features90
Reader Rating5 Votes63
Positives
Compact and light weight
Great frequency response for the size of the speakers
One touch easy pairing
Good quality bass
Negatives
Battery life is around 5 hours, usually a little less
Little bit on the expensive side
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