Sony has announced the LSPX-S3 wireless speaker, which looks like an old school lantern, which Sony says will offer “widespread crystal clear sound through [an] treble for organic glass ”while softly illuminating the surroundings.
The Sony LSPX-S3 Wireless Speaker will be available for purchase in August 2021 for £ 315 (around $ 439 / AU $ 589), although there is no word yet on when – and if – the speaker will be released worldwide.
Although it does not look like a speaker, it seems that Sony wants to put sound first with the LSPX-S3, as it has three actuators that surround the speaker to help push sound in all directions. Those who work next to the tweeter can provide a clear sound with a solid midrange balance. There is also a bass boost mode and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect the device to the speaker without a cable.
The old is new again
The most striking aspect of the Sony LSPX-S3 is the design, which looks fantastically retro without being tough. The subtle glass design brings to mind a candle or an old lantern, underlined by the soft lighting provided by the speaker.
The only obvious drawback we can see so far is the relatively short battery life, which only lasts 8 hours on a full charge. It̵
It will also be interesting to see how the speaker compares to other hybrid speakers such as the Sonos IKEA Symphonic Lamp speaker. We loved the well-balanced sound, the smart home theater integration and the Sonos system compatibility, although we did not feel that it was the best speaker we have ever tested.
Still, we can see the Sony LSPX-S3 appealing to a crowd that likes new, stylish designs for wireless speakers, and if the sound is as clear and high quality as the company claims, it can still present a valuable purchase for audio enthusiasts. looking for something a little different.