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Sony SRS-X33: A smaller but punchier Bluetooth speakerThe successor to the impressive SRS-X3 has shrunk by 20 percent but arguably sounds better and offers better battery life.
I'm David Carnoy from c net dot com and this is the Sony SRS-X33 a $130 bluetooth speaker that comes in a few different colors Including this blue version, which is my personal favorite. This is the follow up to last years X-3 which I liked a lot for the money. What's different about this model? Well, for starters it's 20% smaller and 1.5 pounds instead of 2.1 pounds. It also has better battery life, it's rated for 12 hours of playback at moderate volume levels while this X-3 only offers seven hours. In terms of features, it has the typical Bluetooth range of about 30 feet. And offers NFC tap-to-pair technology for smartphones and tablets that support it, as well as a built-in speaker phone. It's also got support for Sony's LDAC codec. Which, like app deck, is supposed to make Bluetooth audio streaming sound slightly better, but you'll need a device that has all of that to actually use it. As far as the sound goes, this model already sounds better than the x3, with a little better bass performance at higher volumes and a bit more balanced sound overall. But, like all these small bluetooth speakers, it does have it's limitations and really sounds best at more moderate sound levels where it doesn't run into issues with compressing the audio to keep it from distorting. You're going to get a little better sound from Sony's larger step up, SRS X55 and Bose's Sound Link Mini 2, which costs $200. But I'm still a fan of the size and design of the speaker, which makes it a good fit for someone looking for a very compact, very good performing Bluetooth speaker for home or office use. I'm David Carnoy, and that's the Sony SRS-X33. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]