There are a whole lot of Bluetooth speakers out there these days, but they all tend to look like speakers (okay, some look a bit more like alien artifacts). Sony, however, has decided to make Bluetooth speakers that actually look like artistic tablet lamps…and the result is pretty cool. The Glass Sound may not make it into our best Bluetooth speaker reviews for 2018, but it is certainly an original idea.
This speaker, officially the LSPX-S1 Glass Sound, has a very candle-like apperance thanks to the glass flute and the LED lights that gleam as much like a refracted candle flame as they can. Sony specifically mentions that the glass was designed to resonate with frequencies produced from the driver and expand the speaker’s sound capablities, particularly when it comes to the human voice.
As far is it goes, Sony has hit all the décor buttons with expert fashion – it really does look excellent, and nothing like a Bluetooth speaker except for a few ports hidden in the back of the base. The idea is to buy two of them, display them on your table, and link them both to your phone over Bluetooth to play whatever music you prefer. There are secret controls on the bottom of the candle to change volume or the brightness of the LED lights. Each base has a battery life that lasts for around four hours before it needs to be recharged.
Now, Sony assures us all that there’s a 50mm woofer for reproducing low and mid-range sounds expertly. However, the reports surfacing indicate that the speakers do struggle to replicate bass sounds, but excel at the high range – in other words, they’re more suitable for violin music, as befits their appearance, and less for hip-hop.
Oh, in case you haven’t picked up on it yet, these Bluetooth speakers are very high-end. They will be selling in mid-2016 at MoMA Design Store for $800 a piece. Could that price be more ridiculous? We had to double-check to make sure the speakers weren’t gold-plated. Yes, they look like candles, but they also have poor bass reproduction and battery that won’t even last all evening. If Sony is aiming for premium branding here, we’re not convinced until that price drops by about 80%.