Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sony

SRS-ZR7

Snapshot: The Sony SRS-ZR7 doesn't have a battery, instead relying on mains power. It is heavy, but can connect to WiFi.

SRS-ZR7
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$550

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Test results

Overall score
72
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Very good sound signal.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.

But

  • Just OK sound.
  • Isn't battery powered.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

System review

This speaker can be linked to other speakers to create a “network” or “system”.

The Sony SongPal system has OK sound and the Android and iOS apps are easy to use. It's also a cheap total system but the speakers are the very difficult to use. It works with Google Play Music but not with Apple AirPlay. Sadly the speakers can't extend your network.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and other sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on an October 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$550

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
Treble on app
Tone presets on app

Specifications

Weight (g)
1848
Mains powered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Battery low indicator
n/a
Claimed battery life (hours)
n/a
Battery runtime (mins)
n/a
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
92x299x108

Features

Controls

Power/Pairing/Volume_+/-__/Function/Stereo Pair/Set-Up/Update/WPS

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
Headphone jack
Charge external devices via USB
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
n/a
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
No
Can be paired for stereo
n/a