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Item # 158SRSX88 | MFR # 11652493
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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.
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.
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).
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.
Good buy! Worth it!
Jeff, Bolingbrook IL
Average Customer Review(s):
Good buy! Worth it!
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 and Price. The best speaker with HR I recommend to everybody!
Pros: Price! HR
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 (from Apple's App Store or Google 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connection Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|USB||AirPlay||Bluetooth||Audio||Video||SongPal||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track 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 ]