The 7 Best Sony Speakers to Buy in 2018

This trusted brand has come a long way since the Walkman

In 1979, Sony released the world’s first portable music player: The Walkman. Since then, Sony has been revolutionizing the way we listen to music, be it in the comfort of our living rooms or while strolling down the street. Today, the Japanese brand is known for reliability and value, so whether you’re shopping for a speaker for your home theater setup, your car or your boat, you can’t go wrong with one of these best Sony speakers.

Best Bookshelf: Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Bookshelf Speaker System (Black)

Equipped with 3/4-inch fabric-domed super-tweeters, these speakers are crafted for smooth-sounding audio. Also unique to these speakers are the 5.25-inch foamed mica woofers, which makes them light yet stiff. Disappointingly, though, they don’t deliver much bass. Still, the voice reproduction from these speakers is spectacular with no sign of bloat. That’s in part thanks to the high-quality crossover networks that use premier components to ensure a minimal signal loss. They have sound reproduction up to 50kHz and 6-ohm speaker impedance.

Overall, they measure 13.1 x 7 x 8.6 inches, weigh almost 10 pounds and have an expansive soundstage. The sound is warm and accurate and they easily compete with much more expensive bookshelf speakers. In fact, one self-proclaimed audiophile on Amazon wrote, “After hearing them, I'd pay double.”

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best bookshelf speakers

Best Tower Speaker: Sony SSCS3 3-Way Floor-Standing Speaker (Single)

A good floor-standing speaker can immediately up the game of your surround sound system. Not to mention, they look serious. With a fairly small footprint, they use the vertical to their advantage to pack in more speaker drivers. And while the price can creep up, the Sony SSCS3 delivers a shockingly great value considering it has dual 5.25-inch woofers made of foam mica for minimal distortion and a 0.75-inch super-tweeter that can reproduce frequencies up to 50kHz. While you can’t hear that high, expanding the bandwidth of a recording shifts the phase effects of the anti-aliasing filter in the analog-to-digital converter to frequencies where you can hear them. If that sounds like Latin to you, just trust us (and its avid Amazon reviewers) that this speaker sounds great.

Best In-Ceiling: Sposato by Sony CWSIC100T 6.5" Home Theater Speaker

In contrast to a floor-standing speaker that has a notable presence, in-ceiling speakers are quite the opposite. Tucked away into the ceiling, they provide an elusive yet immersive audio experience. This speaker, in particular, is a great addition to any home theater setup, featuring a geometric bezel for solid mounting and proper woofer orientation. Like all Sposato speakers, this one also boasts pivoting dome tweeters with Early Reflection Damper technology that absorbs extraneous internal sound reflections and fine-tune after installation. The speaker cover can be removed and has transparent backing for reduced resonance, and you can even paint the cover to better blend in with your surroundings.

Check out our other reviews of the best in-ceiling speakers available on the market today.

Best for Portability: Sony XB10 Portable Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth

If you’re dashing off to the beach or park and want to bring music to set the mood, the Sony XB10 is a fan favorite. It measures 3.38 x 3.38 x 4.25 inches and weighs less than a pound, making it easy to toss in your bag. It’s also waterproof rated at IPX5, which means it can withstand a surprise sunshower. The battery will last you a solid 16 hours and can be recharged using the microUSB port (cable included).

On the inside, it has a single 1.8-inch driver that fires up. It yields crisp highs and deep lows and although there’s some distortion at high volumes, that’s pretty much to be expected on a sub-$50 speaker. If you’re hoping for a bit more sound, though, you can pair it with a second speaker to form a stereo pair.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best portable speakers can help you find what you're looking for.

Best for Cars: Sony XSFB1630 FB Car Audio Speaker, Pair, Black

So you’ve got your home theater covered, but what about your car? The 6.5-inch Sony XSFB1630 ensure that every drive is soundtracked by superb audio. These three-way speakers are designed to handle tight bass with mica-reinforced cellular woofers and produce high-quality highs through a neodymium tweeter. On top of that, they have ¾-inch Piezo super-tweeters to extend the high-frequency response. Unfortunately, reviewers on Amazon say the bass doesn’t live up to expectations, but they still score impressive ratings, thanks to the fact that they can handle loud volumes without distorting.

Best for Boating: Sony XSMP1611 6.5-Inch Dual Cone Marine Speakers

There’s nothing quite like playing tunes on the open ocean. But when it comes to speakers, the features you seek will be much different than those of a home theater. Above all, you want reliability, and that’s just what the 6.5-inch dual cone Sony XSMP1611 speakers deliver. They produce good audio quality — not the best, compared to higher-priced marine speakers, but still reputable considering the price. They boast 91 dB sensitivity, which is just slightly above the 90dB average, but given that every 3dB increase in volume requires twice as much power, this speaker is essentially 33 percent more efficient than most other 6.5-inch marine speakers. The speaker itself is made of polypropylene, so it doesn’t warp when it gets wet. It’s rated at IPX5 and is also salt water- and UV-resistant, making it a perfect nautical companion.

Best Design: Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker with NFC and Bluetooth

Perhaps you just want a speaker that looks cool to impress your friends? Well, if you have the cash to burn, the omnidirectional Sony LSPX-S1 glass sound speaker is as high-class as they come. The minimalist design stars a LED light that’s dimmable from your phone via the Song Pal app, making it just as much a cozy lantern as a Bluetooth speaker. Its body is built with Pale Gold Alumite and houses a two-inch woofer to deliver warm, resounding audio. Thanks to its rechargeable battery you can get around four hours of wireless playback, but while you can bring it on the go, it really serves best playing background music in a living room or bedroom.

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