Wireless speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® and Bluetooth®
Item #: 158SRSX9
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Original Price: $699.99
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Item #: 158SRSX9
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $699.99
The SRS-X9 features a total of 7 drivers plus 2 passive radiators.
The Sony SRS-X9 exudes style, with its piano black gloss finish, an elegant glass top featuring touch-control buttons that illuminate when your hand hovers over them, and subtle gold trim around the tweeters. But it's what you find "under the hood" that really makes the SRS-X9 a gem of a wireless speaker.
This system comes with state-of-the-art wireless playback options such as Wi-Fi®, AirPlay, and high-quality Bluetooth aptX. The SRS-X9 can also play high-resolution music files for better-than-CD sound quality. The time Sony spent developing, creating, and tweaking the speaker's hardware and technology definitely paid off.
Remove the metal grille with the provided magnet tool and you'll see what makes this system really tick — five of the SRS-X9's seven drivers. In the center, a woofer sits surrounded by dual passive radiators. Two midrange drivers and a pair of tweeters are found on either side. To make the most of their space, Sony used their Magnetic Fluid drivers for the midranges, which are thinner and more efficient than typical speakers. There's a second pair of tweeters placed on top of the speaker to provide more spacious sound. The soundfield produced by this single speaker system is extremely impressive, fueled by an eight-channel S-Master® HX digital amp pumping in 154 watts of total sonic muscle.
Sony developed the noise-reducing amp with high-resolution audio in mind, and the SRS-X9 is capable of 24-bit/192kHz playback. It handles lossless and uncompressed music files including FLAC and DSD through a USB Type A or Type B connection. But if you are streaming or playing files that may not inherently be the best — such as your favorite MP3 playlists — Sony's added an enhancement mode to restore some of the elements that can get lost with compressed music files, including high frequency response.
When choosing an audio system these days we often have to prioritize: do we want to go for sound quality or convenience? When they built the SRS-X9, Sony clearly thought this was an unfair choice. Not only have they paid close attention to delivering an excellent audio experience, but they've also included the latest technologies to make sure you can easily access your music:
Modest yet good-looking design
When your iOS or Android device and speaker are synced up to your Wi-Fi network, there is another way to play music wirelessly if you have a Spotify Premium account. The SRS-X9 becomes an option for the Spotify Connect feature of the Spotify app, found in the form of a "speaker" icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the "play" screen. Spotify Connect is a new way to use your phone or tablet to select, play, and control music from your Spotify account through the speaker. Since the music is streaming through the Wi-Fi connected network, you don't have the range restrictions of Bluetooth. You can also make a phone call, play a video, or use an app on your device without interrupting the music coming from the SRS-X9.
I have had this speaker for about a month now and I am still amazed at how good this speaker sounds. I have placed it in several different places through-out the house and it sounds great where ever I put it. It is linked up to my network so I can play all my I -Tunes files through it anywhere in the house. I also connect my Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 to it with Bluetooth and listen to my Hi-Res files. If you have a smart phone or tablet you can download Song Pal from the Sony web site and it will let you control all of the SRS-X9 functions which is all the inputs and Pandora. If you really want a GREAT sound insert a USB-A flash drive with Hi Res files on it and this speaker will amaze you. This is one well designed speaker and I really love it so far.
Pros: Sounds Great, Plays from your Network, Connect any Bluetooth Device, Plays from regular MP3 players, Has USB-A and B connections.
Cons: None as of this review.
Audio Section: The Sony SRS-X9 wireless speaker system houses two top-firing 0.75" super tweeters, two front-firing 0.75" tweeters, two front-firing 2" midrange drivers, a single front-firing 3.75" bass woofer, and dual front-firing rectangular passive radiators for dynamic, impactful sound. The system's employs eight S-Master HX digital amplifiers rated at 2W x 2ch (for super tweeters) + 25W x 2ch (for tweeters) + 25W x 2ch (for midrange) + 25W x 2ch for subwoofer for undistorted high-quality sound even at loud volume levels. The SRS-X9 also incorporates three Sony-unique audio technologies to revitalize your favorite compresses digital music tracks.
Dual USB Ports: The Sony SRS-X9 speaker system is fitted with two USB ports; one USB (type-B) port for computer audio streaming and one USB (type-A) port for streaming audio from a USB mass storage glass device. The included IR remote offers basic playback control, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. However, advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still have to be done from your USB-connected device.
Network Connectivity: The Sony SRS-X9 features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to connect the speaker system to your home network via a hardwired or wireless connection. By connecting the system to your home network you are able to stream select online music services, access audio files on your DLNA music server, or enjoy your iTunes music library via AirPlay. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this speaker system.
Online Music Services: You can listen to select music services offered on the internet with the Sony SRS-X9 speaker system. You'll be able to enjoy some of the web's most popular internet radio services through these built-in services; like Pandora, TuneIn, & Music Unlimited (as of 6/18/2014). The SongPal app for Apple iOS and Android is required in order to select between music services. Once a source is selected the included IR remote can be used for basic playback control, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.
Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Sony SRS-X9 by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the speaker system for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music. The Spotify app for Apple iOS/Android devices and a premium account are required.
Apple Device Connectivity: The Sony SRS-X9 speaker system supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB port and built-in AirPlay technology.
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DLNA: The Sony SRS-X9 speaker system is DLNA certified. By connecting the Sony SRS-X9 to your home's network, you can listen to music wirelessly stored on your Windows Vista/7/8 PC or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server. Compatible music formats include MP3, Linear PCM, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and AIFF. The included IR remote offers basic playback control, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. However, advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still have to be done from your DLNA server or compatible PC.
Bluetooth: The Sony SRS-X9 features built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0) with support for A2DP/AVRCP wireless audio streaming and multiple audio codecs, like aptX, AAC, and SBC. The speaker system also offers Simple Secure Pairing (SSP) and Near Field Communication (NFC).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony SRS-X9 system.
Aux Input: In addition to Bluetooth and Network connectivity, the Sony SRS-X9 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.
Remote Control: The Sony SRS-X9 offers wireless remote control via the included IR remote or SongPal app for Apple iOS and Android.
AC Power: The Sony SRS-X9 speaker system operates off of standard household current using the supplied 5' AC power cord.
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