Sony RDPX500iP Review

Sony RDPX500iP backAmazon Rating: 3.8/5
Amazon Reviews: 29
Price: $299
Dimensions In Inches (Length x Height x Width): 14 x 6 x 6
Weight (Ounces): 48
Minimum Frequency Response: 50
Maximum Frequency Response: 10000
Dock For Apple Devices: Yes
Remote Control Device Provided: Yes
Controllable With Phone/Tablet: Yes
No. Of Frequency Drivers: 3

Sound Quality

The audio quality is great if you don’t plan on playing it out loud at booming volumes. A certain degree of distortion is noticeable once you tune it up to the higher volumes and you can hear the bass failing slightly. At mid volume though, the sound is crisp and clear and it can easily fill up a small room with its bass. An application can be downloaded if you wish to have control over the equalizer settings and to adjust the bass or treble levels.

It has an in-built alarm clock system as well but a major flaw here is that you have to activate the alarm manually every single day. For some reason, Sony had decided that alarm clocks shouldn’t reactivate automatically after each session. There’s also a problem with regard to its compatibility with older Apple devices however. Some of the older iPods models (before 2011) will have problems working with this speaker so you might wish to call up Sony to check on this first. Otherwise, you might be up for a nasty surprise. With the latest iPhone 5 out and all, you should also know that the Sony RDPX500iP doesn’t work with it unless you use an external adapter to connect it to the speaker.

Sony RDPX500iP multi angle viewSize & Portability

The Sony RDPX500iP isn’t exactly compact for a portable speaker. It has a length of 14 inches, a height and width of 6 inches each. How large is that? Well let’s just say that it’s almost twice as large as the average portable speaker. That essentially means that it’s easily one of the bulkiest portable speakers on the market. Likewise, it’s kind of heavy at 48 ounces (approx. 1.3 kg) so it just isn’t the type of speaker that you would want to lug around in your backpack during your travels.

Design

There’s also an Apple docket made specifically for Apple devices so that you can play your music from it. This dock is smart placed at the back of the speaker and it can be hidden from view when it’s not in use, which keep things simple and neat. To access it, you basically have to slide it out from the bottom. Since the product was developed with Apple product users in mind, if you wish to connect any non-Apple devices, you’ll have to connect it via another Audio In jack.

It looks sleek and its design is rather streamlined so it shouldn’t have any trouble fitting into any modern looking environment. One thing I like best about its overall design is that its controls aren’t littered haphazardly in a huge panel but instead, they are neatly placed on a top silver strip that runs along the top of the speaker. This gives it a majestic yet minimalistic aura.

As far as setting up the whole speaker goes, it doesn’t require much effort to do so. The only thing you have to do is to plug in the Sony RDPX500iP into a power socket and you’re good to go.

Verdict

The reason why the Sony RDPX500iP isn’t as popular as some of its comparable counterparts is simply because it’s really costly. Priced at $299, you would expect it to perform way better than some of the cheaper alternatives like the Jawbone JAMBOX or the iHOME Id50Bzc but it doesn’t. To be fair, it is one of the best Apple docking speaker currently available and it looks really good too but that will not justify its tremendous price.