Sony unveils SRS-BTX300 and SRS-BTX500 portable wireless speakers with NFC

Sony has revealed two new portable NFC speaker systems, the SRS-BTX300 and SRS-BTX500.

The SRS-BTX500 and SRS-BTX300 will work with NFC technology in smartphones and tablets from any manufacturer, requiring a simple touch of your device on to the speaker to pair them together. You can then play music using Bluetooth.

The SRS-BTX500 is the larger and pricier of the two, with 2.1 channel speaker system with 40W of power that will RRP for around £280, while the smaller SRS-BTX300 offers 20W of power for £180.

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Both take advantage of Sony’s new Magnetic Fluid technology, originally developed by NASA, which is used to reduce distortion, improve clarity and boost efficiency so Sony says you’ll get more volume compared to other speakers with the same power.

Other features include a USB port for charging your device and a ‘hands free’ mode that will allow you to take calls through the speaker as and when they come in.

Both speakers are portable, thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery lasting six ('500) and eight ('300) hours respectively. A carry case is included, too.

This is another show of support for NFC from Sony, which has already showed off its NFC-enabled Bravia TVs at CES, not to mention sound bars, headphones and home theater systems also packing the technology.

The BTX500 will be available in a black and silver finish, while the BTX300 will be white and silver, and both will hit shops in April.

See also: Sony TVs for 2013

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Joe Cox
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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).