Sony has announced the latest iteration of its long running wireless glass speaker design, the LSPX-S3. A combi Bluetooth speaker and faux candle light, the new lamp uses Advanced Vertical Drive Technology: three actuators vibrate the glass tweeter to produce a bright, omnidirectional sound.
This combines with a 46mm midrange driver, and a passive radiator to enhance the low end. If this model is like previous glass speaker designs we’ve heard from Sony, there won’t be too much deep bass to speak of, but the brand hopes to have that covered with a Bass Boost mode available from a partnering app.
The LSPX-S3 doesn’t use aptX Bluetooth, instead favouring LDAC for higher quality wireless sound transmission. You’ll need an LDAC compatible smartphone to take advantage of this. It’s not a Smart speaker either, so no Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant interaction. That said, the speaker has a built-in microphone, so you can use it to hold telephone conversations.
Two Glass Sound speakers can be paired to create stereo, each acting as a left or right audio channel. Don’t expect to get 360 Reality Audio out of one though.
A combi Bluetooth speaker and faux candle light, the new glass lamp uses Advanced Vertical Drive Technology…
Of course, this isn’t just a music speaker. It’s very much intended to be part of your home lighting set-up. The LED lamp will cast a candle-like low glow, to enhance the mood. In fact, a candlelight mode flickers the light like a candle. Alternatively, you can even sync the light to pulse in time with your music. The LSPX-S3 has four different lighting modes and 32 brightness levels. Brightness is adjustable by sliding the touch sensor.
The design is distinctive: the base is silver with a satin finish and features a fabric bottom. While it looks like a living room light, there is a sleep timer built in.
The LSPX-S3 battery will run for up to 8 hours, and features USB Type-C charging.
The Sony LSPX-S3 is available from August 2021, priced at €350.
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