Sony’s SRS-DB500 has a smart appearing sub woofer. It appears large, but is in actual pretty light. The illuminated dial on the front is not only for show – it develops brighter the more you boost the bass, treble or volume utilizing either the knobs on the sub woofer itself or on the wireless remote control.
The sub woofer just has phono insert links, which are not basically got on much PCs, but a phono-to-3.5mm adaptor is added in the box, so linking your Computer would not be a trouble. The cables attaching the satellites to the sub woofer are just 1m long, which limits how long away you can position them from your computer. As with other Sony speakers, the cables can be covered, although their proprietary Sony links creates this relatively difficult and costly to do so.
The bass was deep, rich, thumping and concentrated, which created listening to most bass-heavy music, such as rock or drum and bass tracks, a pleasure – particularly at volumes loud sufficient to annoy the neighbors. We suspect this is at least partially due to the big size of the sub woofer.
Together vocals and instruments in pop tracks sounded clear and detailed with no suggest of muddiness. The high end can sound harsh, which is surprising since few more affordable 2.1 sets, adding Sony’s own SRS-GD50iP, do not suffer from this consequence. Jazz, blues and classical pieces entire sound reasonably detailed, but high-pitched sounds made through percussion and string instruments can sound harsh and piercing. It is instantly noticeable and can spoil the enjoyment of many tracks.
We had high desires for the SRS-DB500, if just because of its high cost. Unfortunately, while it flatters few genres of music so well, particularly bass-heavy music, its harsh-sounding high end spoils others. This unbalanced sound is dissatisfactory at this cost – we had look much more well-rounded audio quality for speakers that price this much. The short proprietary cabling is a nuisance also. Its unbalanced sound and high cost detract heavily from this fix and Logitech's X-230 is a much excellent purchase.