In August 2021, Sony took the market by storm when they released the LSPX-S3, a speaker with glass as the major part of its body. What added to its charm was the way the speaker’s light within the glass was designed. It features more like a candle than an actual speaker.
While that’s not the kind of design that many customers like, suffice to say, the glass speaker was able to reach its target audience. Of course, Sony releases immensely powerful speakers, earbuds, premium soundbars, and OLED TVs. They never fail to showcase how far their designers think outside the box.
The Sony LSPX-S3 not only adds a warm ambience to dinners, but its light also provides the feeling of being in a candlelit dinner–which is something suckers for romance love. You can even put the speaker on your bedside table let it stream music while the dim light basks your room ever so faintly. Either way, Sony believes their glass speaker is something worthy of attention. And it is.
Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker: DESIGN
The Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Speaker stands at 11 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. We didn’t expect the weight because of how the speaker looks, but it makes sense because it has a built-in 46mm speaker–providing powerful midrange.
If you look at the entire design of the speaker, you’ll realize that the cylindrical glass enclosing its warm orange hue of LED light is just a bonus. The speaker is at the bottom, enclosed in a plastic, steely material with a metallic grille at the bottom. There are also open spaces between the glass and the reversed cone stand (the speaker) to allow 360 degrees for the audio’s direction.
Sony got creative with this one, not only with the design but also with how they placed the buttons. You can find the Bluetooth Mode and Sleep Timer buttons on the bottom–literally on the bottom of the speaker. On the grey metallic grille is where you’ll find the controls for power, call option and volume controls. Between the speaker’s icons is a space solely for the speaker’s charging port.
Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker: FEATURES
The Sony LSPX-S3 features a 360-degree sound that allows you to get the full experience of the songs you’re streaming. If you want to fall asleep with music playing in the background, you can also set a timer on the speaker by pressing the Sleep Timer button at the bottom. It will allow you to set when the speaker is meant to shut off before sleeping. You can set the LSPX-S3’s Sleep Timer anywhere between 15 to 120 minutes.
The LSPX-S3 model can give you, at most, 8 hours of playtime. You can also adjust the light brightness, giving you more freedom on setting the mood in your room, especially when you’re about to sleep.
If you want to double the experience and have both glass speakers on each side of your bed, you can pair up to two of Sony’s glass speakers. You can do this through the Sony Music Center App, where you can set your sleep timer, remote control the brightness of your lamp, and adjust EQ settings.
Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker: SOUND QUALITY
The Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker features High-Resolution Audio content–which is what this speaker’s LDAC supports. You can rest assured that the sound you’ll be getting from the speaker, despite its size, is decent enough.
Note that this speaker may not give justice to music genres such as pop, rock, hip hop, or electronic. It sounds limited and a little thin to the ears and wouldn’t satisfy bassholics. Classical, Jazz, Acoustic, and slow songs are best suited for this speaker as it’s pretty mellow and also fits the speaker’s design.
In more detailed feedback about LSPX-S3’s sound quality, the bass is not powerful enough to shake or give you that thumping feeling in your chest. Instruments such as the keyboard typically drown out in the noise of other instruments, and there are songs where the vocals struggle to resurface. Of course, with slow songs that don’t have instruments brawling, the audio sounds pretty good. Just that, when there’s a lot of noise going on, expect to be overwhelmed by the brawl. Still, comparing it to other speakers of its size, the LSPX-S3 has more clarity. It doesn’t change the fact that other speakers can easily surpass it.
Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker: PRICE
The Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker is available on Amazon for $348. You can have the speaker delivered to your doorstep at an extra cost to that.
Sony LSPX-S3 Glass Sound Speaker: VERDICT
Considering the price, it seems that Sony has very high expectations of this speaker. But truth be told, there are better ones in the market that are far cheaper but have more features. The LSPX-S3 doesn’t feature the Voice Assistant technology, nor can you connect to your Spotify and even AirPlay 2. The battery health is not that impressive, either. It’s an unchangeable fact, though, that there will always be customers who aren’t picky with their speaker’s features and are satisfied with its performance.