If you’ve gotten bored with the looks of most wireless speakers on the market, you might want to take a look at the new one Sony just introduced. The Sony LSPX-S3 is a wireless glass speaker, probably the first of its kind. It may look like an electric lamp at first glance, but it actually works with an organic glass tweeter to deliver “clear, powerful high tones,” as well as “general sound with even volume dispersion.”
The way the glass loudspeaker works is through “Advanced Vertical Drive Technology” with its organic glass tweeter and three “discreetly” connected actuators. It’s powered by a 46mm speaker unit to deliver a well-balanced midrange. It also has a passive radiator for clear low-end notes and a “Bass Boost mode” for a “more powerful sound”. All of these work with LDAC, a proprietary encoding technology from Sony that allows you to stream Hi-Res Audio over Bluetooth.
And since the LSPX-S3 looks like a lamp, it has lighting inside it with 32 levels that you can adjust by simply sliding the key on the touch sensor. There’s a candlelight mode that, well, flickers like a candle, a bright mode when you need more light, and a delicate mode for when you’re about to sleep. The light can also be synced to gently pulse with the rhythms of the music in case you want to have a mini nightclub in your house. These things can be controlled through the Sony Music Center app, where you can also set a sleep timer.
The speaker also has a built-in rechargeable battery that Sony claims can last up to 8 hours on a full charge as it is meant to be highly portable. But you can also keep it plugged in if you want it to last longer, of course, and it uses USB Type-C connectivity. You can also connect two Glass Sound speakers using a stereo pair. It is also built “with the environment in mind”, so only 5% of the packaging material is made of plastic.
You can start to order the Sony LSPX-S3 by August 2021, but they did not specify if it will start shipping by then as well. It will launch at a suggested retail price of $ 349.99.