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Sony SRS-X88

Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® powered speaker with high-res playback

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Item # 158SRSX88

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Our take on the Sony SRS-X88

The clean lines of the Sony SRS-X88 give it a simple, understated appearance. But this Bluetooth powered speaker has a secret. It can play high-resolution digital music files, including Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files. A digital audio format developed by Sony for Super Audio CDs, DSD offers warmth and smoothness that many consider to be similar to high-quality analog sources, but with the clarity and dynamics that we've come to expect from today's digital sources.

Bluetooth convenience and high-res quality

The clean lines of the Sony SRS-X88 give it a simple, understated appearance. But this Bluetooth powered speaker has a secret. It can play high-resolution digital music files, including Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files. A digital audio format developed by Sony for Super Audio CDs, DSD offers warmth and smoothness that many consider to be similar to high-quality analog sources, but with the clarity and dynamics that we've come to expect from today's digital sources.

High-performance sound

The SRS-X88 features a five-speaker array that creates a spacious stereo soundfield. Two tweeters reproduce highs with clarity, while two dedicated drivers deliver solid midrange fill in the mid-range detail. A dedicated woofer, reinforced by two passive radiators, handles the low frequencies. Sony's advanced enhancement mode restores some of the elements that can get lost with compressed music files, including high-frequency response, so your music will sound its best.

Sony SRS-X88

The SRS-X88 features two tweeters and mid-range drivers (far left/right), a low-frequency woofer (center), and two passive radiators (left/right center).

Many ways to play

A world of wireless — and wired — listening options areyours with the SRS-X88. Stream wirelessly from any smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth. Have an iPhone®or iPad®? Use Apple®AirPlay®to wirelessly stream audio. The SRS-X88alsohas a USB input so you can play high-resolution music filesdirectly from your computer. A second USB input lets you connect your smartphone or tablet and play music through the system while your device recharges.

Connect to your home network via dual-band Wi-Fi. With Sony's free SongPal app for iOS® or Android™ , the music stored on your phone, Pandora® Internet radio, and even music stored on a DLNA-connected server can all be accessed directly from the app. And of course you can always use the system's auxiliary input to make a wired connection from a portable device.

Product Highlights:

  • Wi-Fi connection for playing music stored your phone or tablet, and streaming from services including Pandora® and Spotify®
  • plays MP3, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AAC, WMA, and AIFF
  • plays Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files
  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming
  • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone, iPad, or computer running iTunes®
  • DLNA for streaming music from Android smartphones, tablets, and compatible PCs
  • free downloadable Sony SongPal app (available from iTunes Store and Google Play) helps connect the speaker to your wireless network and controls playback, volume, and sound levels
  • Google Cast for Audio to stream music
  • 2 tweeters, 2 midrange drivers, 1 woofer and 2 passive bass radiators
  • frequency response: 55-40,000 Hz
  • 90 watts total system power (15W x 2 tweeters, 15W x 2 mid-range speakers, 30W low frequency woofer)
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • 2 USB ports
    • USB Type A input for charging your phone (USB cable not included)
    • USB Type B port for connection to computer for audio playback
  • Ethernet jack for connection to a wired home network
  • retractable Wi-Fi antenna
  • NFC touch pairing with compatible phones
  • DSEE HX and ClearAudio+ sound modes for restoring compressed music
  • AC power adapter
  • 14-1/8"W x 4-3/8"H x 4-7/8"D
  • weight: 5.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Good buy! Worth it!

Jeff, Bolingbrook IL

What's in the Box:

  • Active wireless speaker system
  • AC power adapter (w/ 44" DC cord)
  • 22" AC power cord
  • Remote control (RMT-CX9)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Speaker grille detach tool
  • Operating Instructions
  • WiFi Startup Guide
  • "Updating Software" note
  • "Google Cast" instructions
  • "Using The Spotify Service" instructions
  • Warranty Information
  • End User License Agreement
  • "Important Information On Software" sheet

Sony SRS-X88 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Great sound!

Jeff from Bolingbrook IL on 12/20/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good buy! Worth it!

Pros: Portable.


Good sound, one nit to pick

Brian from Washington on 1/4/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to set up and use. Song pal app is decent. Sound is very good for a small box. Not a wide immersive soundstage, but natural sound for a small box. Bass is decent given size limitations, but not for Bass lovers. My only complaint has to do with wireless connections. All are strong; it's never dropped a network. It's just too easy to connect to. I had it linked to my iphone with airplay, listening to some Led Zeppelin, when my son interrupted my tunes with some techno music from his phone. He had connected to the speaker with his phone using Google Cast. There is no way to prevent other sources from connecting. Not a problem for some, but a letdown for me. I worked around this by not enabling Airplay and just using Bluetooth. Once connected this way nothing else can hijack my tunes. Bluetooth does not sound as good as airplay however.

Pros: good sound, especially for small size. very flexible connections.

Cons: connections are too flexible.

Excellent Gear

Jose from Florida on 11/24/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent Gear and Price. The best speaker with HR I recommend to everybody!

Pros: Price! HR



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Multi-Driver Speaker System: The Sony SRS-X88 wireless speaker system houses a total of to five drivers; two 0.75" super-tweeters, a pair of 1.5625" midrange drivers, and one 2.75" subwoofer to deliver rich and powerful sound. The drivers are powered by a S-Master HX digital amplifier that is rated at 90-watts of total power; 15W X 2ch (tweeters), 15W x 2ch (midranges), plus 30W x 1ch (sub). The speaker system also includes dual oval passive radiators for bigger bass response.

  • Super-Tweeters: Originally developed by Sony for high-end systems, the two 0.75" soft dome-type super-tweeters deliver the crystal clear highs of high-resolution audio.
  • Magnetic Fluid Midranges: Enjoy crystal clear vocals with two 1.5625" magnetic fluid midrange drivers, where a damperless fluid suspension keeps secondary sound pressure from developing.
  • Bass Woofer: The long-stroke 2.75" subwoofer lets you hear your favorite tunes with newly enriched bass presence.
  • Passive Radiators: Newly developed, dual oval passive radiators extend and enhance the bass response of the subwoofer for deep, resonant lows.

Sony Audio Technologies: The SRS-X88 incorporates three Sony-unique audio technologies for high-resolution audio playback and to revitalize your favorite compressed digital music tracks.

  • S-Master HX: S-Master HX digital amp technology, developed for high-resolution audio, reduces distortion and noise across a wide frequency range for rich, full-bodied sound.
  • DSEE HX: DSEE-HX enhances high-frequency audio response and upscales existing audio signals from MP3, AAC, ATRAC, and WMA music file to high-resolution levels.
  • ClearAudio+:  ClearAudio+ renders a vibrant soundfield with immersive bass, full mids, and pronounced highs for all your music tracks (available through Sony SongPal app for Apple iOS and Android).

192kHz/24-bit High-Resolution Audio Playback:The Sony SRS-X88 speaker system supports a wide variety of compressed, uncompressed, and high resolution music files (up to 192kHz/24-bit).

  • Compressed Music Files:
    • MP3 with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48 kHz and a bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
    • WMA with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48 kHz and a bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
    • AAC with a sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz and a bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
  • High Res Music Files:
    • WAV with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and bit-depth of 16/24-bit
    • FLAC with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and bit-depth of 16/24-bit
    • AIFF with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and bit-depth of 16/24-bit
    • ALAC with sampling frequency of 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz and bit-depth of 16/24-bit
    • DSD with a sampling rate of 2.8 MHz and bit-depth of 1-bit

Network Connectivity: The Sony SRS-X88 features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) 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.

  • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services.
  • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
  • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 b/g/n compatible wireless router for WiFi connection (2.4GHz or 5GHz).
  • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.
  • WiFi Security: WPS, WEP 64-bit, WEP 128-bit, WPA/WPA2-PSK (AES), or WPA/WPA2-PSK (TKIP)

IR Remote: The speaker system includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system. It includes Power On/Off, Source Selection, Volume Up/Down, Mute, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.

SongPal Remote App: By downloading Sony's free SongPal remote app (fromApple's App Store orGoogle Play), you can use your Apple iOS (7.0+) or Android (4.0.3+) device to control the Sony SRS-X88 speaker system via a WiFi network connection. From the SongPal 3.0 remote app, you can select music sources and customize sound settings of the speaker system. You'll be able to browse music stored on your DLNA music server or connected USB device. You can also access the system's built-in online music services. The SongPal app will display song/artist information and album art on your compatible smartphone or tablet. The SongPal app also provides WiFi connection setup for the SRS-X88 system from your smartphone.

SongPal Link: Use SongPal Link to group selected Sony soundbars and speakers together to stream the same music to multiple rooms of your home or office. Choose from online music services, Apple iOS/Android devices, Windows/Mac computers, or your DLNA network. This feature requires the SongPal Remote App on your Apple iOS or Android device, plus at least a 2.4Ghz wireless band on your wireless router. For a better experience, Sony recommends configuring your wireless band router to a 5Ghz wireless band.

Software/Firmware Updates: You can update to the latest software version of the SRS-X88 through its wired or wireless network connection.

AC Power: The Sony SRS-X88 speaker system operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord.

Variety Of Sources

Google Cast Audio: Google Cast Audio, the same technology behind Chromecast, lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your Android (OS 2.3+) smartphone tablet, Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or Chromebook to the Sony wireless speaker system and your speakers. Google Cast Audio certified apps include Google Play Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and Rdio (click here for a complete list of compatible apps). Google Cast Audio streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won't lose any sound quality. Additional Google Cast Audio features include:

  • Google Cast Audio allows you to search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop.
  • While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the receiver's speaker system or draining your battery.
  • Friends and family can even use their own Google Cast Audio compatible phone or tablet to cast music to you system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
Note: Google Cast needs to be set up initially using Sony's "SongPal" app on your Apple iOS or Android device.

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-X88 by usingSpotify 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.

Dual USB Ports: The Sony SRS-X88 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 class 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.

  • USB Type-B Port: The Sony SRS-X88's rear-panel USB (type-B) port lets you stream 192kHz/24-bit high-resolution music directly from your Windows PC or Mac computer to the speaker system. Compatible computers include Windows Vista/7/8 and Mac OS X 10.6+. To play high-resolution audio format files on your Windows PC with the speaker, you need to download and install Sony's"Media Go" and "Hi-Res Audio Player" software to your Windows PC. You'll only need to download the "Hi-Res Audio Player" software to your Mac computer. Supported audio formats include PCM (44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz; 16/ 24/32-bit) and DSD (2.8 MHz; 1-bit).
  • USB Type-A Port: The SRS-X88 is also equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to connect a USB mass storage class (MSC) memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), Sony Walkman, or USB thumbdrive. You can enjoy MP3/WMA/AAC (32-48kHz; 16-320kbps), WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), and DSD (2.8MHz; 1-bit) music files on your USB device through the Sony speaker system. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the unit's USB port (5V/2.1A).

DLNA: The Sony SRS-X88 speaker system is DLNA certified. By connecting the Sony SRS-X88 to your home's network, you can wirelessly listen to music stored on your Windows Vista/7/8 PC or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server. Compatible music formats include MP3/WMA/AAC (32-48kHz; 16-320kbps) and WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit).

Bluetooth: The Sony SRS-X88 features built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0) with support for A2DP wireless audio streaming and multiple audio codecs like LDAC, AAC, and SBC. The speaker system also offers Simple Secure Pairing (SSP) and Near Field Communication (NFC).

  • SSP + NFC Pairing: The SRS-X88 pairs wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices (up to 9) with a single press of a button thanks to SSP (Simple Secure Pairing). Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android 2.3.3 or later) that have Near Field Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to the NFC logo on the speaker and they're paired. NFC Easy Connect app is needed for your Android device, unless you have Android OS 4.1 or later installed. Once paired, the speaker system will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').
  • Wireless Audio Streaming: You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, or Mac computer to the Sony SRS-X88 speaker system. The speaker automatically selects the optimum compatible codec for your Bluetooth device so you can enjoy high-grade wireless sound. You'll continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device for music navigation and song/artist information display.
  • LDAC Codec Support: In addition to support for Bluetooth standard SBC codec and Apple's AAC codec, the speaker system also supports Sony's newest LDAC codec. LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x the data transmitted (compared to regular Bluetooth), LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.

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-X88 system.

Apple Device Connectivity: The Sony SRS-X88 speaker system supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB port and built-in AirPlay technology.

  • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Sony SRS-X88 speaker system, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote app onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
  • USB Direct: The Sony SRS-X88 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the speaker, bypassing the iPod/iPhone DAC for better sound quality. 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 have to be done from your Apple device. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 2.1A).
Note: Click here for Apple device compatibility.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony SRS-X88 is "made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model functions (as of 9/17/2015):

Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionConnection TypeMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
USBAirPlayBluetoothAudioVideo SongPalRemoteiPod/iPhoneAlbum ArtArtist/Song TextTrack Info
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Aux Input: In addition to Bluetooth and Network connectivity, the Sony SRS-X88 is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

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I bought one in December and have been very pleased with it.[ David  Mar 14, 2016 ]
AirPlay is way better than Bluetooth[ BRIAN  Dec 21, 2015 ]