Sony is no stranger in the portable Bluetooth speaker market, and the Sony H.ear Go is another addition to add to their growing list of devices within this sector. While the Japanese tech firm is known to offer some amazing audio-listening devices, which includes the great performing SRS-XB3, it does make you wonder what they were thinking when they were developing this particular wireless speaker. Why? Because it costs quite a bit when there is a lot of unnecessary things going on with it; and what’s worse is that all of it equates to a middling performance in terms of sound.
The Sony H.ear Go is Definitely Not Sony’s Best
The Sony H.ear Go comes with measurements of 2.5 x 8.0 x 2.4-inches, and it weighs approximately 1.7-opounds. With these figures, you can stow it away inside your backpack or carry-on pouch without it taking up too much space. The speaker is available in different color variations, them being red, lime yellow, black, pink, or blue. And at first glance, you might even look at it as a go-to portable Bluetooth speaker because of its colorful, well, colors. However, take a few steps closer and you will find the first caveat brought about by this speaker.
Looking at the back panel alone, and you will find that the H.ear Go is cramped and looks very busy as compared to your typical Bluetooth speaker. To start, there are two microUSB ports, which is an oddity for portable speakers everywhere because one is already enough. There is one microUSB port found on the left, which is intended for charging, and the other port is for playing tunes directly from your computer.
Then there’s also the Function button, which lets you switch between different modes, them being Network, Link, Bluetooth, Audio In, and Bluetooth. Each of these function has its own LED to let you know what mode you’re currently using. Then there’s also the Stereo Pair button, the Update/WPS button, and the Set Up button. All of these buttons make for an unnaturally cluttered device.
Okay, so there are a lot of buttons to go through, but what does the Sony H.ear Go sound like? When playing tracks with powerful bass content, it will deliver two flavors in terms of audio performance – one with the Extra Bass button pressed or when the feature is not used. When using the Extra Bass feature, distortion does get a bit better, but don’t use it and the bass response will distort at higher volumes. When listening to tracks without the powerful kick in the bass, they sound dull as other frequencies besides the bass are clearly dialed back. Ultimately, it might be wise to turn your cash into other of Sony’s portable speaker offerings instead of this one.
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