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CNET First Look
Sony's Bluetooth ball of soundThe NFC-packing SRS-BTV5 is a compact wireless speaker that sounds just OK for its size and price.
I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for cnet.com and I'm here with the Sony SRS-BTV5. This is a small Bluetooth speaker. It's a very quite Bluetooth speaker it's in a shape of a ball. There's a lot of them out there. However, this one claimed to fame. It also has a speakerphone built in as well as NFC pairing capabilities. NFC is available on a live new phones but not the iPhone just yet. This does come in a few different colors. I have the black and white models here. We'll see that it feels like a nicely built speaker. Some of these ball speakers are very light. This one has a little bit of half to it. However, it only sounds okay. The sound is pretty thin. There's a Philips small speaker like this that does sound better and has a little bit more base. This doesn't sound great. The one of the big issue I have with the speaker was while it is NFC compatible. I just couldn't get it to pair using NFC even using a Sony phone. You supposed to download a special app called NFC Easy Share. You read the instructions carefully and I tried to pair twice with both the Samsung phone as well as the Sony Xperia phone and I could not get the device to pair so there still are some kinks to be worked out with the NFC. In the end, I really thought that strength of this little speaker was its design. It is well-designed. However, it is a little bit pricey at $70 and [unk] at other mini bluetooth speakers in this size that have the speakerphone capability for less. So obviously this isn't a great deal. I would like to see that NFC pairing work. I assume will get it working but for now I wasn't able to get it working. It's also worth mention the Sony supposed to give another more catchy in the speaker but for now I will have to finish by saying. This is the Sony SRS-BTV5 Bluetooth speaker. Thanks for watching.