There are ton of great Bluetooth speakers on the market today and as a result, companies are increasingly finding niche parts of the market to fill. One of those niche markets is the party speaker and it’s users are looking for a speaker that can play loudly without distortion, last all day, and stand up to dust and water. This is exactly the niche that Sony’s SRS-XB501G fills but with one more trick up its sleeve in the form of Google Assistant. To that end, the SRS-XB501G is a big speaker that offers a light show, tripod mount, big sound, and Google Assistant. This is a speaker that you can truly use on the go and in the home after a day of partying. On the go, the speaker is brilliant, playing loudly and for up to 16 hours. But at home, it’s dated design and average voice detection are compromises compared to dedicated home speakers. Design At 6 lbs (2.72kg), there’s no getting around the fact that the Sony SRS-XB501G is a big, heavy speaker. You’ll feel it the moment you take it out of the box. But thankfully Sony saw the issue ahead of time and added a handy carrying handle to make lugging it around a bit easier. The design is like a large rounded rock and you can see the two tweeters and one woofer through the grille. Its shape looks dated, like a speaker from a boombox and a stark difference from the trend of… [Read full story]
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