We have heard the rumours for a while but they were yet to materialise, until now. Today at their press conference at IFA in Berlin Sony have announced their entry into the new smart speaker category, the LF-S50G.
The Sony LF-S50G (doesn’t quite roll off the tongue does it?) is a 360 degree wireless speaker that is designed to serve as the digital hub for your home, all controlled by your voice and Google Assistant. It promises to fill “the average room” with “high quality sound” and inside a relatively compact body (110mm x 162mm) it packs:
- A full range speaker to clearly reproduce vocal and treble notes
- A dedicated subwoofer to reproduce bass
- Damped bass reflex duct for neutral bass from a small speaker enclosure
- Omnidirectional two stage diffuser to spread sound in all directions
The LF-S50G can easily be used in the kitchen as it is splash resistant (IPX3). It also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC (for Bluetooth pairing) and supports Android and iOS. There is a gesture panel to begin playing music, skip tracks or adjust the volume and a display that is a digital clock — of course, this can also be done using voice controls and Google Assistant as well.
The LF-S50G will be available in Australia from early December 2017 for SRP $299.00 in three colours; blue, black and white. We hope to have one on hand soon to put it through it’s paces.
At $100 more than a Google Home are you interested in a smart speaker with better sound quality?