There are lots f portable speakers' available in the market but the channel separation or stereo separation is hardily there as a consequence they make excellent players sound just acceptable. The basic problem with them being that keeping these speakers apart left and right is impossible since pulling one will invariably result in pulling the other one too. It is widely accepted that portable speakers are a boon to music lovers especially those who tend to be very mobile. As such speaker technology is a tricky affair and portable speaker system are even more is so. To get a reasonably good channel separation or stereo speration it is very important to have certain distance between the two speakers and Sony with its Sony SRS-M50 which is mainly meant for those music crazy travelers who are too finky about good and quality stereo audio output has got that axiom right.. They have been successfully able to a design the SRS-M50 whereby both the speakers system has two different driver units and this makes it possible to distance the speakers from each other. But the cleverest part is that they have not compromised with its portability since they have sort of tabs and matching slots allowing you to clasp with each other when the user is in mobile mode.
The reason for reviewing this particular traveler friendly speaker system is not only the unique design but also keeping in mind my previous review of Sony Vaio X as these are compatible with this genre of netbooks. Laptops and PCs have no compatibility problems with these speakers either.
The two 39mm full-range speakers of the Sony SRS-M50 speaker system has their drivers own different "base-reflex" encasing. As we will see in the technical specification it is to be admitted that they are not the tiniest but tiny enough to be carried around air-crafts, cars and in most mobile units. In fact if you can manage a strap-on (Sony does not provide it) you will have no hint of problem carrying it while riding your Honda.
The system is provided with magnetic shielding which proved for unnecessary electrical and wi-fi interference.
These separate speaker drivers connects with a reasonably long 32-inch cable and another cable, a bit short though with a 3.5 mm plug (male) which can be attached to any standard music player.
*The left box:
# DC input
# Power switch
# Volume controller
The right box:
# Battery compartment
Before going into a discussion on its audio performance let's have a look at its technical specification:
^ Speaker Type: Active
^ Nominal Output Power (Total): 5 Watt
^Response Bandwidth: 100~20000Hz
^ Input impedance: 4 ohms
^ Audio Amplifier: Integrated
^ Connectivity: Wired
^ Magnet type: Neodymium
^ Magnetic shield: Built in.
^ Batter: 3x AAA type Battery (not supplied)
^ AC Adapter; Yes (not supplied)
Left channel speaker: 7 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm / 125 g
Right channel speaker: 7 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm / 145 g
^ Color Options: Black, White and Pink
Since it had got a bandwidth pf 100~20000, as expected it performs very smoothly and uniformly over the whole gamut of the audio spectrum. The responses to all kinds of music are little short of being excellent but none the less very pleasing to listen to. The bass is not exactly booming but very soothing and underlines the highs superbly. The volume level can be adjusted both ways from the player as well as Sony SRS-M50's own. I am very satisfied with its high volume performance, no distinct distortion and at a low volume it will help you go to sleep without switching it off. Although the midranges are a bit mixed up but the overall performance is so good it hardly makes a difference. Set it up in hotel room, your office or even your drawing room, the performance is "Sony".
The wires sometimes can be confusing and may get into a mess.
At £31.4, it is an excellent buy.
Note: I have tried SRS-M50 with Walkman MP3 player, the performance is roaring.