there is a distinct difference between audiophile-grade speakers and other ‘regular’ consumer electronics, and through the years, giants like Sony were never in the former territory, let alone be remotely associated with the name ‘audiophile’. we could go to length to explain why so and ended up with a book on this topic but we are not going to so, because Sony has just broke that tradition which might change our perception, and the system in question is the flagship wireless speaker system the SRS-X9. the SRS-X9 sports a sleek, minimalist look which we have come to expect from design-orientated Sony, while under the skin it offers 154W of audio output, delivered through a total of seven speaker comprising of a quartet of 3/4 in. super tweeters (two upward-facing and two forward-facing), a pair of 2 in. midrange drivers, and a bi-amped 3 3/4 in. subwoofer.
audio reproduction department is further enhanced by dual passive radiators, Sony’s ClearAudio+, as well as advanced Digital Sound Enhancement Engine audio modes. on the connectivity front, it has pretty much every aspect covered, including Ethernet, Bluetooth, AirPlay and DLNA-friendly WiFi (b/g), USB ports, as well as an obligatory 3.5mm stereo mini jack. and oh, NFC is also in order for a hassle-free tap-to-play experience. the ultra premium SRS-X9 Hi-Res Bluetooth Speaker is now available for $699.99.