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Sony SRS-BTM8 Portable Speaker 

This is a speaker with a handle that can be mains or battery powered. Apart from Bluetooth, NFC and the ability to have a hands free conversation with it from a Smartphone it also has a 3.5mm socket so an MP3 player can be connected.

Sony SRS BTM8 Bluetooth Speaker
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The Sony SRS-BTM8 Portable Speaker measures 19x8.5cm at the base and 25x2cm at the top where the handle has all the controls. The total height is a tad over 16cm.

With the optional 4x 'AA' batteries inserted in the base it weights 1060grams.

At the base of the back you can insert the provided power adapter it has a 1.5metre lead to a small power brick built into a 13amp plug. The base of the back is also where you will find the 3.5mm socket for Auxiliary input.

The controls are built into the top of the curved carry handle so are easy to see and use, there are three touch buttons either side with the central area where you would hold it while moving well away so no chance of touching any by mistake.

The left side of the handle has on/off, pairing and play/pause while the right side of it has answer call and volume down and up buttons. The units microphone is a very efficient pin hole offering built into the edge of the right side of the top of the handle while the left side has a battery status button.

At the top of the unit under the handle is a Bluetooth LED.

There are full instructions on a side of a huge 70x60cm sheet of paper so I would suggest either the floor or table to read them to fully explain how everything works.

The speaker system is 50mm and it has two x two watt forward facing units behind the front grill.

The Bluetooth is V3 with a range of up to 10metres dependant on walls etc.

Using batteries I got just over 20 hours or continuous use via Bluetooth. You will of course get far more if connected via a 3.5mm lead to output from a phone or MP3 player etc.

If you use the DC lead the stated power use in standby mode .2 watts.

As the main use is by Bluetooth or NFC no 3.5mm lead is supplied, maybe a little mean but most will have one around from another device.

The sound quality was rather good but unlikely to be loud enough for a noisy room as with say a party but fine for personal listening.

The Sony Wireless Speaker System seems to be built to the high standard expected of Sony devices but of course there are other cheaper devices around.

However it works well and is easy to use and I cannot find any minus points apart from the lack of a 3.5mm lead and the over large sheet of paper for the instructions, nit picking – even for me – so the only down point could be the price.

The Sony SR8-BTM8 Wireless Speaker System is available for £58 in White or £63.24 in Black both with free delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009WNN706?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

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