Sony seems to know something that other manufacturers don’t. After launching 2 models, Sony releases the third version of the Glass Sound Speaker series. The LSPX-S3 is also retailing at a lower price of S$499, which sets it apart from other casual portable Bluetooth speakers. Indeed, the Glass Sound Speaker is designed to be more ornamental than functional, like buying a Devialet Phantom. But instead of playing massive sounds with rumbling bass, the LSPX series is for the romantic, candlelight setting.
The LSPX-S3 design is slightly tweaked from the LSPX-S2 I reviewed 3 years ago. Its base is larger and slightly taller while retaining the same weight of 1.1kg. Handling the LSPX-S3 with one hand feels somewhat precarious because it lacks the neck to get a grip. Its woofer speaker unit is 46mm compared to 35mm on the previous model, which technically means it can bring out more lower frequencies.
LSPX-S3 no longer support S-Master HX and DSEE HX Modes, only Bass Boost. NFC pairing is also absent from the connectivity, as well as removal of 3.5mm input connector, Wi-Fi and DLNA support. The major shift in the operation button layout is the LED brightness control is moved to the area above the USB-C charging and operated by touch (mode change) and swipe (brightness). Like previous models, you can make calls with the LSPX-S3 with its built-in mic.
For sure, the LSPX-S3 is not a party machine, so no one should expect to host a room full of guests and expect this speaker to deliver engaging music. But use it for a quiet evening by yourself or with your companion and play smooth jazz, instrumental, or soft pop, and it will elevate the atmosphere. You can still play any genre, but the music will sound top-heavy. The bass lightly punches cleanly through the air like little blobs of cotton, classy and musical, but the sweetness comes from the treble, which is channeled through the glass tube, so you can hear the crisps of the percussion. Sure, you can push the LSPX-S3 to play EDM pops at maximum volume and work the bass. What you get is some reverberations on the surface and resonance at the right frequencies at mid bass, excellent vocals and sizzling drums. While it lacks in grunge, you get clarity.
The speaker is best enjoyed at close range as the bass has a limited range, so in a large room, the treble will overpower the bass. The best tracks are those with midrange emphasis, like piano, as it cleanly projects the warmth with tinge of treble sparkle and audible bass presence. I am totally mesmerised by it when listening to piano music.
- Bass: 6.5/10. Tangible impact at close distance.
- Midrange: 6.8/10. Neat controlled warmth and overtones.
- Treble: 8/10. Sparkling presentation.
As we try to improve the quality of life, the Sony LSPX-S3 serves both as a light source and a audio source to create a perfect intimate setting. The LSPX-S3 retail price of below S$500 might encourage some consumers to splurge a little to beautify their designer homes. And I’m very sure homeowners would delight at receiving a gift such as this.