Sony SRS-X99 is the largest speaker in Sony’s wireless speaker series, and comes with the clean modern style that’s distributed over the series. The gloss top matches well with the brushed aluminum finish on the back and sides, designing for a classy looking wireless speaker overall.
The SRS-X99 clearly boasts an outstanding number of drivers, with one main woofer flanked by two passive radiators intended for deep bass, two mid-range magnetic fluid speakers designed for vocals and crisp mid-range performance, plus four super tweeters for “ultra-high frequencies”. These super tweeters are split equally between upward facing and front facing, enabling better dispersion of sound across the room.
Sony is definitely a proponent of High Resolution Audio (HRA), and it certainly proves as the SRS-X99 provides full support for eight of the most popular music formats in both compressed and uncompressed form (AAC, WMA, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, WAV, MP3 and FLAC). Additionally, it also takes advantage of Sony’s latest LDAC codec to transmit data at three times the rate of existing wireless technology, being sure that your audio isn’t down-sampled during transmission.
It also advances Sony’s latest audio codecs like S-Master HX, DSEE HX, and ClearAudio+, which together promise best clarity and separation with minimal distortion and noise for full-bodied sound. DSEE HX is a very interesting technology as it’s in order to upscale existing music to close to high-resolution quality.
Like the Bose sound Touch 30, the SRS-X99 also includes a remote control, though the speaker offers you basic play back controls as well as relevant source buttons and nothing else.
Thanks to Sony’s SongPal app for make the multi-room magic goes on, and that’s thankfully a pretty well designed affair. Speakers and music sources are assigned to groups you can name, and you can easily switch speakers from one group to another. Having the whole group play to same track is as simple as assigning it to one source, and in general this was probably one of the easiest ways to manage speakers and sources.
Setup was also a quite simple, as the app quickly connected to the SRS-X99 once it was on the network, leaving us to just follow the on- screen instructions.