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It was the best purchase but not anymore
Comments about Sony Portable Party System with Bluetooth & NFC:
It worked great till one day it wouldn't even turn on and all the bottoms or screen won't light up. We've tried restarting it and plugged it in different areas of the house but it still won't work.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Bluetooth is not reliable
The sound and portability of this speaker are awesome. In theory, and when its working this is a great speaker. However, the bluetooth connectivity is so bad that I would not recommend this speaker to anyone. It has gotten progressively worse, until the point where I can't get through 30 seconds without some sort of choppiness or silence. I can literally set my laptop inches away from the speaker and the bluetooth is still terrible. I haven't had this speaker for more than a year and I treat it very well. I hope it was sold to me with the defect because if all of the speakers are this unreliable I would not say its worth the money.
from Versailles, KY 40383, USA
It seems to be universal that this device is loved by all that are fortunate enough to own one. Mine is fresh out of the box a few hours ago. No issues with functionality. Bluetooth loaded immediately and we be jammin' since!! The sound pressure (volume) level out of this thing has to be heard to be believed!!...and its loud and clear. If you have good source material there is very little to no distortion at high volume. At 35 pounds....this is not your average boom box. Its as large as a stage monitor. You need mass for premium sound. My primary reason for buying this item is for my daughter's upcoming wedding in St Thomas, USVI this summer. We were in need of music for the reception....and I had to have something I can put in checked baggage. My ONLY area of disappointment is that there is no built-in rechargeable battery. It has to be plugged in. Not to worry. I'll fix that with a car battery and a 600 watt sine-wave inverter for the occasions when no outlet is available. Its just what engineers do......figure out solutions. So.....Sony engineers.....put a battery in the thing and make it truly portable. Or maybe come up with an outboard power supply and sell it as an option. That would be better. Its heavy enough as is.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Eye Candy With Excellent Sound
from North Carolina, USA
My wife got this for me as an early Christmas gift and i love it. The led colors really catch your eye and the nfc and bluetooth comes really handy. The sound is crisp and the bass is outstanding. I haven't really turned it all the way up but i'm sure it'll do fine. Don't expect it to do miracles like other products because the product is clearly a portable boom box, but that's what's great about it. Not a whole lot of cables to deal with but it'll surely beat other sound shelf systems. Its sitting in my living room as a tv sound system.
This box really rocks my living room. The led lighting is awesome and changes with the music so it's real cool. I even have a little XM receiver hooked to it. I would highly recommend this music box to anyone wanting full pounding sound in a portable device.
This unit is unbeliveable
I bought one of these systems for myself and I was so impressed that I ordered one for a friend. He could not believe how well it worked. When they go on sale again I will order one for my Grandson.
A Lesson in Not to Judge a Book by its Cover!
from Los Angeles
Upon receiving this product, I was a bit confused. Its a lot larger in person than it looks in the pictures. "Monolith" somewhat accurately describes its style, a tower of glossy black plastic (a Sony favorite) with beautiful lights emanating outwards. Its both stirring and unnerving at the same time. At first my problem was I did not know where to put it.... sitting horizontally, its very wide and I had no place on my floor to set it. Didn't want to put it on a shelf because that would hinder the sound. I wound up standing it up vertically and putting it next to my bed. It was a great choice! Pros: 1: Design. This thing is seriously beautiful. It is more of a traditional Sony design, with the glossy black plastic, and all black monolith design. But there is something to be said about tradition! It blends into the room, but stands out at the same time. People at my Christmas party were a bit astonished. "What is that giant glowing speaker?...... it looks so cool!" were common comments from friends. 2: Sound Is this an Audiophile's dream? Probably not. But that doesn't stop it from filling a room with high quality sound! A true audiophile would have a 5.1 or even 7.1 system, with sound coming from all directions. It would probably cost them ~thousands. This is not meant to replace that though! When listening to songs, I usually keep the volume towards the lower limits, and even then it still fills my ~600 Sq. F. Bed Room with sound! For its size the Bass is above average. When put against the wall, it can easily make said wall shake, and the neighbors already complained when I was conducting "Midnight testing"! It truly is a "portable party system", designed to fill the room with sound, and get people dancing. And it does just that extremely well. Mission accomplished Sony! 3: LEDs: One of the nicer things about this system is the way it lights up! Glowing led lights in both channels, and in the ipod dock glow more than 7 (by my count) different colors, and depending on the beat of the music you are listening to, change frequently to keep pace with your music. Turn the lights off, the sound up, and get your party started! These LEDs shine bright and strong, and look truly beautiful! At night I love sitting in the room, listening to classical music and watching the LEDs change at a slower pace. Its extremely calming and somewhat soothing. A great way to unwind from a long day! 4: NFC/Blue Tooth: Truth be told, we are not an iPod/iPhone household anymore. I have not had a chance to test how docking an iPod in this system is. But please note it has a Lightning Connector, so newer iPods/iPhones only. No way in heck would you be able to dock an iPad here either! BUT - whats great is the way this thing pairs via NFC and Blue Tooth. Turning Bluetooth on via my Nexus 5. You just Tap said phone against the marked NFC sign on the right side of the machine and the two are paired nearly instantly. No more "enter code" on both machines, and then pray they pair anymore! Just tap and you are set! The beauty of NFC, I am incredibly happy Sony choose to embrace it, and the implementations are solid! You can even pair more than one device, I have both my Sony Tablet Z and my Nexus 5 paired to the machine, and switching between each is incredibly simple! With BlueTooth you can stream music from any source to this machine - I tested Spotify, Google Play Music, iTunes (on my desktop), and Rdio - and each worked flawlessly. However, whats even better is that sound even streams from other apps as well. For me, I was able to watch movies on ShowTime Anytime, on my Tablet Z, and the sound streamed perfectly! Its a much better listening experience, and honestly is one of the reasons why I have come to love this machine. CONS: 1: Some people might have issues fitting this speaker in their homes. I know it wasn't easy to find a spot for it in my home 2: Audiophiles might complain its not good enough. To which I say they are in the wrong product category. 3: Price - some might have issue paying this much for such a system that is not 5.1. But honestly, all said and told - its worth it! Sony has always been a premium brand with premium products, and you get what you pay for! 4: The remote: My biggest complaint about this system would be the remote and its functionality. An LED "On/Off" feature would have been great here, but unfortunately is not present. You have to scroll through the >5 LED profiles before you can turn the LED lights OFF! Its slightly annoying. Worse, after a while the system hibernates and goes into a "Demo" mode - and the LEDs turn back on again! I am sure there is a way to relieve this issue, but at least for me, I have not been able to figure it out yet. So consider me a bit peeved! Overall Rating: 4.5/5 This system has great sound and amazing capabilities. Most any family who bought this thing for their home would love to place it under their TV and have weekly jam fests with friends and family. Quieter people could put it in a room and use it for casual listening to music, as well as streaming sound from movies/Tv shows they watch on ANY Blue Tooth device. While I was unsure at first about how this device would fit in, in my home, I am now in a position where I cannot do without it. I honestly have come to love it. Don't judge a monolith by its cover! ;)
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from New York
try-it / Buy-it.... took me 15 seconds to purchase this incredible sound speakers... Bluetooth work great and connects fast. Have not yet used the Ipone dock, using USB instead.... the IR control could have longer reach. buy it, you won't regret it.. you neighbors might! lol
Simply Amazing Quality
This is a great speaker system. $350.00 well spent on a good quality of speaker system. It is big and not the most portable system at 30 lbs, but the sound is well worth it if you love bass. Great buy!! Happy New Year to my self!!! Can't complain at all.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
A MUSIC SYSTEM WITH MANY NAMES â€"
from Suburb of New York
AND JUST AS MANY FEATURES/USES.... Call this â€œPortable Party System w/Bluetooth & NFCâ€� as Sony does on this website, or call it â€œPersonal Audio Systemâ€� as in the printed usersâ€™ manual, or even call it â€œThe Official Personal Audio System of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Brasil)â€� as marked on the rather substantial shipping carton. Wisely, Sony has nicknamed this music system the â€œG-Tankâ€�, so for short I will, too. And its no wonder they chose that name, because this elegant audio device really is built like a tank â€" 30 inches tall and 30 lbs. of sleek and gleaming black â€" it is definitely not a sling-it-over-your-shoulder boom box. But, set it down on a table or ledge, or stand it up vertically on the floor; plug it into an AC outlet, and you have the makings of a formidable 2-way speaker system with dual woofers and tweeters driven by 420 watts total RMS power. There are 11 preset equalizer settings to choose from [such as Flat, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Salsa, Dance â€" you get itâ€¦]. If that sounds too tame for you, select the Bazuca bass boost, just donâ€™t say I didnâ€™t warn you! Add a music source and you can project it from whisper soft to room-filling loud. A large room, or your terrace or patio. The Volume display LED goes to â€œ50 - Maxâ€� but you are likely to rattle your windows or your neighbors â€" Iâ€™m finding I mostly set it between â€˜20â€™ and â€˜35â€™. Did I mention the G-Tankâ€™s multi-color LEDs (14 music-synched patterns with strobe) and Isolator/Flanger DJ effects? Call it: Instant Party Time! What strikes me about the G-Tank is its versatility and ease of use. I can control all of itâ€™s features and settings using the included palm-sized IR remote control (RM-AMU166). Sony even includes two AA/R6 batteries for it. There is a built-in Clock/Timer, a 30-minute Standby mode, and even a Child Lock feature (think about that). Clip on the included FM/AM antenna and the G-Tank becomes a stereo/mono broadcast receiver with 20 FM and 10 AM presets. Sonyâ€™s One-Touch Listening capability allows me to connect the G-Tank with any compatible device via Bluetooth or using an NFC tap. Also, thereâ€™s a stereo RCA-type Aux-In jack on the back for almost any music player that can output to a headphone. If you have an iPhone 5 or an iPod Touch (5th generation) or an iPod Nano (7th gen), you can place it directly into the front-panelâ€™s neat dock/charger with 8-pin connector, or connect it via the USB slot just beneath the dock. I donâ€™t normally use an iPhone or iPod, but I did connect an older iPod 4Gb (A1051) by simply plugging it into the Aux In jack I mentioned. I used a 3.5 mm stereo mini-male to RCA audio cable that I had, which I now leave connected to the back panel to easily switch between several attached devices as needed. Curious, I decided to see which music sources around my house I could connect to my G-Tank. I used the built-in NFC capability to wirelessly connect my Android Tablet (it is a Sony Xperia Tablet Z). I dug out my Sony Discman ESP CD Compact Player from 1997 and used the Aux Input with that 3.5mm Male/RCA cable; then I did the same with our 1997 boom-box-styled Sony CD/Radio/Cassette Corder (via its headphone jack). It would have been a nice touch if Sony included a 3.5mm Male/RCA cable in the box, there was none. Before you accuse me of nostalgia for ancient Sony music players, think about it, those 16-year-old Sony machines still work and I can listen to them in 2013, which bodes well for the useful lifespan of Sonyâ€™s G-Tank! [Actually, I donâ€™t really recommend trying to listen to such old cassette tapesâ€¦] Now what are my current listening alternatives? Almost unlimited, really: FM/AM local broadcast; CD or Cassette; any internet music, audio, game or video sources via Android apps on my Xperia Tablet Z; most other auxiliary sound inputs, such as an iPod, my MacBook Pro, or my LifeStyle 20 that Iâ€™ve replaced with the G-Tank for HDTV playback; or, USB thumb drives (FAT16- or FAT32-formatted): AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA files; etc. Uh, Karaoke not â€¦ too bad there doesnâ€™t seem to be a simple pathway to add Karaoke to my B-Tank parties, like connecting a microphone in tandem with another sound source. I suppose one could attach some pre-amp/mixer type of black box, or am I being naÃ¯ve? BTW, the first CD I listened to was the Giogio Moroder soundtrack from the movie Midnight Express that I popped into my resurrected Sony Discman, set the G-Tank to â€˜DVD/PCâ€™, equalizer to â€˜Flatâ€™, volume to â€˜35â€™, and â€˜Bazucaâ€™ bass boost â€" wow! My only real issue so far is that the printed usersâ€™ manual falls short of this deviceâ€™s capabilities. Some sections are too brief to be helpful â€" such as p.13 Connecting iPod/iPhone to the USB port â€" which forces a user like me to look elsewhere for answers and solutions. I would have much preferred a detailed how-to video from Sony. Hereâ€™s a helpful hint: whether the party is at your place or you bring the G-Tank to the party, everyone is likely to want to connect their own devices and playlists â€" so, Keep Control Of The Remote! I highly recommend the Sony â€œG-Tankâ€� for its overall value, quality sound and quality build. It is incredibly versatile and easy to use; best get one for yourself before the next party!
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