Price (RRP): $449
The Sony GTK-PG10 is a pretty fantastic portable speaker that even has cup holders (seriously), but you need to look beyond that kitsch. Outside it looks like a ‘blunt instrument for maximum volume’ that will annoy the neighbours. Inside there is quite a lot of tech.
I like Sony; it’s [usually] refined design cred and a touch of elegance. There is nothing subtle or elegant about the Sony GTK-PG10. It looks straight out of the 90s – a boom box with cup-holders. I am waiting for the next version replete with a cooler for drinks to put in the cup holders.
Let’s get over the cup holders. Sony claims the Sony GTK-PG10 cupholders are a world first and a focal point of any party. I say cup holders are not going to make people buy it. The focal point of any party is the music – how loud and how it sounds.
Spoiler alert: It is big and loud with surprising versatility from bass-heavy tracks to high instrumentals if you master its app and use the EQ.
Sony GTK-PG10 portable party speaker
We Aussies have an architectural expression – brutalist design – that means stocky, blocky and lots of hard lines. That describes the 330 mm x 376 mm x 303 mm 6.7kg boom box with a massive front woofer and interesting ‘wings’ a.k.a. Cup holders at the top.
I am not saying it is ugly, but it lacks the Sony finesse that I, and I suspect most of us like. It is fine for taking to the beach, on camps, the back of a ute (pick-up truck in US terms) or you live in a cave, but it is also large and relatively heavy. If you need portability and IP ratings, then look at Sony’s SRS-XB (Extra Bass) range. It is not a delicate Objet d’art by any stretch.
So, note to Sony: love the concept (of the wings – more on that later) but not the execution.
Sony GTK-PG10 Australian website here.
Sony GTK-PG10 Price
$449 but you may find it online for about 20% less.
The left and right wings have a tweeter on each. When the wings are closed, the tweeters point down at 45°, and when the wings are open, they point up at a 45°. As you open or close the wings, its DSP (digital signal processor) adjusts the ‘sound stage’.
Orientation makes a considerable difference to the sound stage but so too does the speaker location and height. You probably should only use the down position if the speaker is around 1.2 metres or more off the ground if only to focus the sound in a narrower area.
With the wings up it creates a broader sound stage both in front and above the speaker and works best when your ears are above the speaker, e.g. it is on a table or the floor.
The Wings have a 10kg weight limit, and the speaker must not be used as a ‘stool’. They latch down into place to act as carrying handles.
It is an in-your-face, I am loud kind of speaker including the tripod mount. A trap – it is just a recessed hole in the base (no screw mount), and you need a shaft diameter of 35mm to insert into the socket. As it weighs 6.7kg be careful that the three legs have a minimum of 55cm (spread from the centre). Don’t mount the device over 1.2 m height or it could be top-heavy and tumble.
Sound and volume
We test with a huge variety of music to ensure that we cover bass, mid, treble – or head thumping metal, pop, vocal, classical and instrumental.