Sony perseveres with the LSPX-S3

The Sony LSPX-S3 lighted glass enclosure.

For years, Sony has been trying to compete in the crowded portable speaker market. Here is its third generation of light speakers that we had the opportunity to see at the IFA in Berlin during previous editions. With the LSPX-S3, it plays a certain “democratization” with a list price of 379 francs …

With an autonomy of nearly eight hours and rechargeable thanks to a USB-C port, this LSPX-S3 is characterized by its organic glass cylinder which acts as a tweeter, its active speaker for the midrange and a passive radiator for low. Again, the highlight lies in the possibility of using it as a kind of “candle”. Technical sheet.

Clear audio ambitions

Weighing just over 1 kilo, this small speaker some 29 cm high with a diameter of 9.4 cm is intended to be transportable. Its Bluetooth 5.0 connection allows it to be connected to the dedicated Sony application, which makes it possible in particular to pair two units together to benefit in this case from stereo-type sound.

Sony wants to be confident in the quality of its product, because like the first generation, the wireless music transport is done according to the LDAC codec, synonymous with a wireless quality equivalent to the CD. While Sony communicates over a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz for wireless music transport, it does not provide this same information for its speaker during operation.

Marriage of music and light

Anyway, this product with a particular design was designed by the Nippon to create a warm atmosphere. This is somewhat reminiscent of the range of Ambilight televisions of its former CD co-inventor partner Philips, which has positioned itself on the marriage of sound / image and light for very long years.

In the evening, Sony specifies that its product can be used “in candle mode”. In this case, “the illumination flickers like a real candle; you can choose between a brilliant flicker for everyday use, or a delicate one to relax in the evening ”, underlines the Japanese who also indicates that it is possible to synchronize the light so that it flashes to the rhythm of the music… For amateurs !

Xavier Studer

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