Sony SRS-T33 compact portable speaker review: Sony SRS-T33 compact portable speaker

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The Good Sleek, ultraportable design; five available colors can be coordinated with Sony's flash MP3 player line; built-in kickstand; inexpensive.

The Bad No AC power option; no integrated volume control; might not be loud enough for some tastes.

The Bottom Line The SRS-T33 speaker is appropriate for budget-conscious travelers who want a way to listen to their tunes in hotel rooms and other small, stereo-less areas.

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Sony SRS-T33 series

Sony's $40 SRS-T33 compact portable speaker system definitely lives up to its name. This ultraportable audio component couldn't be much more travel-friendly. Measuring 6.7 by 1.7 by 1.2 inches and weighing just TK ounces with its two AAA batteries installed, the speaker's small size isn't its only redeeming design characteristic. The SRS-T33 is available in five color options--pink, blue, silver, Psyc White, and Psyc Black--that can be matched to various Sony flash players. For example, pair up a Psyc White speaker with the Sony NW-E105 in Psyc White or a pink one with the corresponding model.

The Sony SRS-T33 doesn't have any real features to speak of--not even its own volume control, which is a bummer, because it doesn't get very loud. The front of the device is dominated by a pair of 1.5-inch speakers, while an on/off switch and a power LED rest along the top. Flip it over and you'll find the battery compartment, two included AAA batteries, and a flip-out stand that also functions to hold the 1/8-inch cable in place during travel. Unfortunately, you cannot power the speakers via a wall outlet.

In our tests, the SRS-T33 provided surprisingly decent sound, considering its bargain price tag. We had no Sony player on hand, so we used a Creative Zen Micro, which boasts a signal-to-noise ratio of 98dB. There was no noticeable background hiss, and the highs and lows of our tunes came through clearly. Vocals sounded a bit hollow at high volumes, and although bass response was acceptable for speakers of this size, we noticed some distortion--especially in guitar-heavy songs--at the highest volume.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color white
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 0.18 Watt
  • Nominal Impedance 4.7 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active/passive
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers
  • Sensitivity 80 dB
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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.