Sony SRS-ZR5 Review – Not for Purists Due to Sculpted Audio

There are a lot of things that the Sony SRS-ZR5 shares with the Sony H.ear Go, such as they work with the same free accompanying mobile application, and their ability to connect through your home wireless network or another speaker to form a stereo operation. So what does this speaker have that separates from the H.ear Go? For starters, it is capable of impressive audio despite its size, albeit it doesn’t do much in terms of portability.

Sony SRS-ZR5 Review - Not for Purists Due to Sculpted Audio

The Sony SRS-ZR5 Shares a Lot of Things With the H.ear Go

For its measurements, the Sony SRS-ZR5 comes rough figures of 6.3 x 3.9 x 3.9-inches, and it weighs 3.8-pounds. There are only two color variations available, them being black or white, and the design makes it resemble an ordinary bookshelf speaker. When looking at the front-facing panel and the two side panels, these are all speaker grille. It also contains dual passive bass radiators, which means it can push out more of the low-end goodness that bass lovers, well, love.

Those who have seen the Sony H.ear Go should know about its cluttered controls, but the SRS-ZR5 is a more curious sort because it looks so clean, despite the fact that it does share similar controls. In other words, the Sony H.ear Go feels unnecessarily busy, whereas the SRS-ZR5 feels more refined, albeit spare.

Looking at its top panel, you will be able to find the power/pairing button, and it should be noted that it has a built-in status LED. The top panel also has three capacitive touch buttons that will let you take control of the volume. Speaking of the volume, it should also be noted that it will work in conjunction with the connected device. There’s also the Function button here, in which it allows you to switch between HDMI mode, USB mode, Bluetooth mode, Audio in, and Network mode.

But what does the Sony SRS-ZR5 sound like? When it comes to audio performance, this particular offering from the Japanese tech manufacturer plays tracks with an extra kick in the low end. When playing tracks with powerful sub-bass content, it does employ digital signal processing to stop the possibility of sound distortion at higher volume levels. For tracks with less bass, any amount of low-end signatures within the audio will sound unnaturally heavy. Ultimately, this is a speaker that you would not want if you’re looking for pure audio.


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Sony SRS-ZR5 Review – Not for Purists Due to Sculpted Audio
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