How does it stack up?
It is great as an easy-listening speaker provided you keep volume in check. As it is 1.0 mono, it is suited to radio and MP3 streaming.
I guess it depends on whether the Sony fits your décor as well.
Yes, I would buy it over the Google Home any day although to be fair that sound is fit for purpose.
- The clock is handy
- Decent volume but distorts after 70%
- Sony’s ‘warm and sweet’ sound signature for easy, fatigue-free listening
- Thoughtful design allows the woven cover to be removed and washed
- Gesture controls are erratic
- Bedside clock
- Personal listening – it is not quite a room-filling stereo system!
- Overall: 4.2 out of 5
- Features: 4 out of 5 – Needs to act as a handsfree phone although can do this with Bluetooth connection
- Value for money: 4 out of 5 – bag an online bargain to take this up a point
- Performance: 4 out of 5 – in all tests it met specifications
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – but forget gesture control
- Design: 5 out of 5 – Woven light grey/white – looks elegant
RRP is $249 but if you shop around you will find it at just under $200.