Sony Wireless Home Speaker with Google Assistant $119 (RRP $249) Free C&C or + Delivery @ JB Hi-Fi

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Good deal coming up on the Sony wireless speaker with Google Assistant. For those looking to buy a Google Home, get this at around the same price as it has better sound according to most reviews.

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  • +14 votes

    These sound good, and work well as a google ho,e.
    The gesture volume control is hit and miss. I usually just tell it the volume I want.

  • +1 vote

    I got one of these.. very fine speaker, I set up Spotify and a able to cast to it after setting up the google home app.

  • -3 votes

    OW price beat?

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    How did you find out about the deal OP? Any deal for link 20?

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    Given that my school uses enterprise wifi, but that I have an Ethernet port, does anybody know if there is an Ethernet adapter for this? I'm currently using a Google mini with an Ethernet adapter and it works. Alexa on the other hand did not. Any help would be appreciated.

  • +1 vote

    How are these for outdoor use?

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      Has a power pack with a barrel jack a bit like a laptop and is rated at DC 15v, so not something you can power off a simple USB power pack.

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    Never got the LED lights to show the time properly on mine sadly. Only time they lit up was to display the volume.

  • +1 vote

    Is not only the white going on special?

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    How it’s sound compared with JBL charge 3, it’s also on sale $119.

  • +11 votes

    Don't need, but will buy.. thanks OP

  • +3 votes

    Seems to have one annoying glitch in that you can't adjust the Google Assistant's volume, which seems a major dampener for one of its touted uses as a bedside alarm clock. It is waterproof but not cordless (unlike my JBL Link 10), so I guess it's for the bathroom and kitchen (where we have lots of clocks on ovens and microwaves anyway)?

    https://www.afr.com/technology/sony-lfs50g-review-this-is-on...
    Https://www.finder.com.au/sony-lfs50g-review

  • +2 votes

    Was looking at this last year during Christmas sales, sound was ok not that great.. But for half price it’s tempting

    • +2 votes

      Sound is quite poor imo and people are misled to thinking it will be a superior sounding Google home because its Sony. It simply isn't. This is why they go on sale cheaply occasionally I guess.

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    When does this go live? Midnight?

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    This cant do google duo calls etc right?

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    FACK this is cheap. They are much better sounding than the Google Home. Go get it.

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    I’ve got one of these and I love it. It’s cheaply put together but the sound is pretty good, for what it is.

    I could have sworn I paid 80 something dollars for it???

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    Is this coming out in the next catalogue?

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    Does anyone know if this links with other Sony wireless speakers lor their amps etc for around the house sound when network connected?

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    quiet possibly stupid questions but here goes - can i use my iPhone with this? What does google assistance do? Just google answers and control the speaker?

    • +1 vote

      'Av a read: https://assistant.google.com/explore?hl=en_au

      You'll need a Gmail account.

      Can't answer the iOS question as I don't have an iOS device handy. But I'd imagine there's a Google Assistant app in the App Store?

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        You would want the "google home" app - same features as android pretty much in native ios land.

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          Thanks. Do you know if I could stream apple music from my phone to the speaker?

          • +2 votes

            @alwaysis: I havent tested that personally. It apparently works as a bluetooth pairable device which would suggest it is possible, but cant confirm until I actually have one.

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      Yes you can. Just install the Android Assistant app and set up your preferences. If you also want to use it for home automation / Chromecast integration / multi-room audio, you'll also need toe Google Home app.

      Google Assistant is what Siri should have been.

  • +2 votes

    Can anyone comment on microphone? Does it pick up sound just as well as the Google home?

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    Is there a way for wireless speakers to be controlled when im out of the house?
    I'd like to leave some music playing for my dog while im out, how would i go about this?

    • +2 votes

      I use mine for that but rather than just scroll through music, I’ll either use a big Spotify playlist or stream a radio channel.

      BTW, there’s now way on earth they’re worth $200. The normal price of these should be far closer to $100.

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        Yeh i have a google mini and tried that but it means i cant use spotify on my phone to listen to music, so for this method I'd need 2 seperate services right?

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          yep…I believe for each account/service, you can only play on one device at a time.

          (When I try playing Spotify between phone, ipad, wireless speaker & computer it knows when it's already playing on one of those and asks if I want to switch)

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          100% right. So, if you have spare slots on your Spotify account (family account), I’m sure you can assign one to this unit? I had a home hub previous and did just that.

          If not, just ask it to stream from any radio channel or even a podcast. I’m sure it also links to your YouTube account too.

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          I had this problem, I would be driving listening to a podcast and suddenly the Wiggles would come on because my wife was playing it at home.
          Luckily I realised I had a spare family slot on my account so I set the house to that one.

    • +1 vote

      Can't do it whilst you're out of the house (just tried via the Google Home app).

      You could (as gasman70 says) leave a radio station playing (via Google Music or another streaming service)

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        I’m not even sure you need any service to stream radio. I often listen to BBC Radio 4 (and leave it on for the dogs) on mine and simply tell it to ‘play BBC Radio 4’.

        Maybe it uses my Spotify, TuneIn Radio or YouTube account but I’d be surprised if it does.

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        For anyone still interested, i found that u can control google home mini from outside via Google home app
        So in my case i typed in google home mini Google assistant:
        Play slow music from spotify on the bedroom speaker

        N afterwards the speaker will show up on my spotify as connected and i can change songs too
        Just cant control the volume via the app

        But to do so u just type "set bedroom speaker to 30%

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    Anyone that has this - the specs on jbhifi say it has bluetooth, so can I connect my laptop via bluetooth and use this as an external speaker as well as for google home purposes?

  • +7 votes

    I had a few of these at one point due to getting them in a LIFX bundle, couple of things to consider:
    - Sound quality is better than the google home (I had both)
    - From memory the software was rarely updated with the new google functions (Sony are often pretty crap at updating these kind of niche products they release)
    - The clock is actually really useful but found it super difficult to figure out how to change the time (it defaulted to NSW when I'm in QLD)
    - The light ring at the top doesn't look so hot on the White model (you get an outline of the plastic frame underneath), looked better on the black model
    - Google Assistant audio queues etc didn't seem to adhere to the overall volume settings (think this might have been resolved now though)

    At the end of the day, for the cost it's worth it I'd say… especially for kids / relatives who have their own Spotify / Google Play account…

    EDIT: Looks like they've at least updated recently and fixed a few issues!
    https://www.sony.com.au/electronics/support/smart-sports-dev...

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      Hey! Can you explain what you mean by the light ring? I was going to get the white model but if the ring looks so ugly I might have to get the black…

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        It's more noticeable at night and I guess it could have just been mine but it's not a smooth round appearing light.. seems thinner in some areas and thicker in others…

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      Nice write up, definitely going to get one.

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    I have a google home mini. If i buy this sony speaker, will i be able to setup multi room group with these 2 speakers using google home app? I don't want to buy chromecast audio. I know i can make the multi room group with 2 google home but not sure if i can connect sony with google home mini.

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    Will the website reflect the 50% price tonight 12.00am?

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    Can anyone confirm the "night mode" feature has dimmed the volume of google assistant?

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      I had one before I sold it weeks ago, yes it worked for me. Just set the time in the Google Home app and it'll turn the volume and brightness down accordingly. The lowest brightness for me was still a bit too bright.

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        i don’t mind the brightness on the lowest setting at all. Can’t you turn it off completely too?

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          Yes but that means not being able to see the time in the middle of the night when I wake up. First world problem at its finest.

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            @cray: I guess you could get some thin smoky transparent sticky tape and put it on the led display under the cover to get it even darker…

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              @kudoz: I actually did that and it helped a bit, anyway sold it for the Google Home Hub and never looked back (crap audio though)

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      Someone will need to check this as I no longer own one but I remember a rather annoying issue with the speaker. The volume of the Google Assistant does not go down with the speaker volume so at night it gets a bit annoying. Hopefully this has been fixed but it wasn't back in Feb.

  • +4 votes

    Just got this. Returning it tomorrow. The sound leaves a lot to be desired. It’s akin to a Sony SB20 range Bluetooth speaker. Honestly, don’t waste your money.

    • +1 vote

      When I had it I didn't think the sound quality was good either, it's a bit too flat and bass was especially non-existent, so I'm not sure what some of the comments here are raving about.

      Anyhow, I did swap it out for a Google Home Hub so sound-wise that's even worse…

    • +2 votes

      Agreed, I was very disappointed. People convince themselves its Sony so its better than Google Home but in fact I felt the Google had better sound.

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