Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers review: Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers offer good stereo separation and clear audio without any distortion at high volumes. They're cute, compact, and come in a few color options. The speakers work with any music source and can be powered by batteries or a wall adapter.

The Bad The Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers offer little in the way of bass, and there's no carrying case contained in the package. Batteries are not included, and the wires tangle easily.

The Bottom Line The Sony SRS-M50 Portable Speakers feature clear audio quality, good stereo separation, and a compact, travel-friendly design. They're a great option for the hotel room or office.

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One of several problems that can plague portable speakers is a lack of stereo separation. The easiest way to remedy this issue is to create a design where each speaker driver is actually housed in a separate unit, so the left and right channels can be placed some distance from one another. Sony implements this technique in its SRS-M50 Portable Speakers, a compact set that retails for $49.99, and there's no doubt the unit offers better separation than most ultraportable speakers. In fact, overall sound quality is pretty decent, the style is likable, and the design lends well to portable use, all of which make the SRS-M50 a great option for frequent fliers.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov. 18, 2008
  • Color pink
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 2.5 Watt
  • Nominal Impedance 4.7 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.