Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sony SRS-BTM30 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review

Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker System

The outer packaging for this device is simple: no bells, whistles or frills. The actual appearance of the unit is also simple. The Sony BTM30 is a pretty compact unit, measuring 11x 5.5x 4” (Lx Dx H) and weighing about 2lbs, with only 4 buttons on the top: on/off, paring, volume +/-, and 2 jacks on the back, for DC and line in. The battery compartment will take 3 AA batteries.

Sound: The 6 watts speaker delivers a clear sound, crisp and powerful enough for streaming music your cell phone or PC (A2DP required), even when running on batteries. You can lay the unit flat, or in an upright position, on its”pods”. If you are planning to use the line in, be aware that the sound quality is pretty muffled and not as crisp.

Pairing: Ease to pair. The caveat is that the unit must be turned off prior to you pushing the pairing button. (You have to hold it for about 7 seconds). Whether it is with your Bluetooth-enabled audio player or your cell phone, it is easy to pair.

Cool Stuff: There is a line in that allows you to connect non-Bluetooth audio devices. The sound quality is not as good as the Bluetooth connection though.

Areas of Concern: The finished surface is very pleasant to the eye, but when you move the unit, it gives you the impression that it is going to slip from your hands.

Bottom Line: Great Bluetooth portable speaker for offices and dorm rooms. A good Sony unit.

Good sound via Bluetooth

Two-way power supply

No carrying case

Sound quality loss with line-in

Need handle to prevent dropping


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