Updated 1 Mar 2018

Sony

SRS-ZR7

Snapshot: The Sony SRS-ZR7 doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

SRS-ZR7
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$550

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Test results

Overall score
62
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

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

But

  • Poor 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 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 a January 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
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
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