Sony RDPX500iP Review – Great Speaker for iPod, iPhone and iPad

The Sony RDPX500iP Review

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.

You can hear the bass failing slightly. At mid volume though, the sound is crisp and clear. This unit can easily fill up a small room with its bass. An application needs to be download. If you want to control over the equalizer settings and adjust the bass or treble levels.

It has an inbuilt alarm clock system as well but a major flaw here. 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 x 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.

Size & 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.

Sony RDPX500iP

Design

There’s also an Apple docket made specifically for Apple devices so that you can play your music from it. This dock is smartly placed at the back side of the speaker. It can be hidden from the front view when it’s not in use, which keeps 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.

This unit 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.

Sony RDPX500iP

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 $$$, 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 speakers currently available and it looks really good too but that will not justify its tremendous price.

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