In the never ending race of technologically innovative consumerism leads Sony’s hyped up speaker, the LF-S50G, that created more waves than any other sound box released before. Its elegant rectangular shape and curvy edges seduce the most severe music fanatics – and for a good reason, too. Beyond the superficial vanity of physical appearance, the speaker offers an audio experience like no other before.
Its half-brother, the Amazon Echo, might provide access to skills, which are also commonly known as apps. If you are in the mood to fix yourself a fancy cocktail while setting up a spontaneous game of Jeopardy, this speaker could be the right choice for you. However, if compromisations make you queasy at night – stick around for its runner up.
Behind curtain number two stands Sony’s evil twin – Apple’s HomePod. There is no doubt this is the best sounding voice-enabled speaker available for instant purchase (that is not black market-related), but all in all, we have already grown accustomed to having our smart devices attend our every need, be it blow dry our hair or drive the kids to school. Gone are the days where technological utilities are used solely for what they were intended.
It is for that reason we left the HomePod in its dusty old box and moved on to bigger and better things – the mythological ex – Google Home. With Google search, every piece of information you have ever needed is at the tip of your fingers. In a certain sense, Google Home is the facetious device-turned-friend we never even knew we needed.
This long list of ex-speakers may have broken our hearts in the past few years, but much like a bad breakup, there is nothing a new crush cannot fix. That is why during the IFA trade show in Berlin so many people stood in awe. Sony announced they would be releasing a new speaker in October, one that would make audio-holics anonymous refresh the online shop page continuously until a purchase would become available.
With its slick HomePod-like shape and sound, the new LF-S50G also walks hand in hand with the Google assistant. The glorious speaker pumps sound in all directions, maneuvering music through its two-way speaker system. Sony put it second best with the incoherent claim the speaker has enough power to fill “the average room,” but with its useful clock, timer and calendar features, it’s easy to push the statement aside.
Hosting friends over for a soiree, impress your beloved ones by showing just close you and your shiny speaker are. Clicking buttons is passé for true techies, and that is exactly why Sony came up with the fantastic feature of only having to wave one’s hand above the speaker to get it to play, stop or turn up.
With high-end features and top-quality functions like these, is it really surprising the only choice left to make is whether to get it in black or white?