If wireless speakers were made in the 1800s, they’d probably look like the Sony LSPX-S3

Sony has announced the LSPX-S3 wireless speaker, which looks like an old school lantern, which Sony says will deliver “broad crystal clear sound. [an] Organic Glass Tweeters” while gently illuminating your surroundings.

The Sony LSPX-S3 wireless speaker will be available for purchase in August 2021 for £315 (about $439 / AU$589), although there’s no word yet on when and if the speaker will be released worldwide.

While it doesn’t look like a speaker, it looks like Sony wants to put sound first with the LSPX-S3, as it has three actuators around the speaker that help push sound in all directions. Those working with glass tweeters, can deliver a clear sound with a solid mid-range balance. There’s also a Bass Boost mode and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect your device to the speaker without a cable.

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old is new again

The most appealing aspect of the Sony LSPX-S3 is its design, which looks surprisingly retro without being too flashy. The subtle glass design calls to mind a candle or a vintage lantern, emphasizing the soft light that the speaker provides.

The only obvious drawback we can see so far is the relatively short battery life, lasting only 8 hours on a full charge. It’s handy that the speaker is portable, but current options like the Sonos ROM last about 10 hours on a full charge and cost half that.

It will also be interesting to see how the speaker compares to other hybrid speakers such as the Sonos IKEA Symphonisk Lamp Speaker. We loved its well-balanced sound, clever home cinema integration, and Sonos system compatibility, though we didn’t think it was the best speaker we’ve ever tested.

Still, we can see the Sony LSPX-S3 appealing to the crowd that likes a novel, stylish design for a wireless speaker, and if the sound is as clear and high quality as the company claims, So it may still make for a worthwhile purchase for audio enthusiasts looking for something a little different.

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