Sony - HG1 Hi-Res Portable Wireless Speaker - Yellow

Hear all the subtleties of your favorite music with the Sony h.ear go speaker. This portable speaker isolates the left and right channels for audio clarity and greater sound resolution. Connect the Sony h.ear go speaker wirelessly to multiple speakers for a multi-surround sound system experience, or share music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Sony HG1 Hi-Res Portable Wireless Speaker

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (151 out of 172)

Features


Multiroom compatible portable speaker

Plays music in multiple rooms at once.

Wireless streaming lets you access all the music you love in one place

Enjoy your music library, radio stations and online services.

Play a different song in every room, at the same time

Tune in to an Internet radio station in the bedroom, stream a music service in the kitchen and play a song from your music library in the living room - simultaneously.

DSEE HX technology

Offers rich audio.

SBC sound decoders

Provide rich, detailed sound.

Supports LDAC format

For high-resolution sound.

Rich, powerful sound

Includes 2 full-ranges.

Simple setup

Put your Sony wireless speaker in any room where you want music and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network. With the touch of a few buttons, you're ready to enjoy multiroom music.

More ways to connect with the music you love

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability for pairing wireless devices, plus 3.5mm stereo mini input for wide-ranging compatibility.


Customer rating

4.4
88%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.0

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Speaker with Minor Connection Issues

    Posted
    GoodTimes411
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    I bought the Sony speaker specifically for its ability to be used with Chromecast Audio. While it does work and can be added to groups it does take about 30 seconds after turned on to actually show up on my android phone or ipad (Google Play Music) to actually show up. Also it seems to lose connection from time to time, but this could also be an issue with my network or that I have 5 Chromecast Audio's (Although I have a top class Orbi Router and my wifi signal shows as strong). I've looked into google to see if there is a limit to the amount of Chromecast Audio's or simply Chromecasts that can be allowed and have not found a limit. Aside from the infrequent connection issues which I've troubleshoot extensively the speak sounds good. It seems to hold a charge fairly well and produces enough sound to fill a small room. I would recommend this little speaker but only if you are trying to use it for Chromecast audio. That said, you could easily find a speaker that is just as loud for a good bit less; otherwise, its your best bet for built in Chromecast audio. I also would note that I find the Sony 'Hi Res' is a bit of a gimmick. Unless you have a very specific Sony audio product that includes this feature you will likely never get any use out of this anytime soon. I have a various android devices including the google pixel phone as well as an iPad Pro and neither support it (*Although it is said that in the Android O update (post nougat).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Quality & Excellent Sound!

    Posted
    SeanWestLosAngeles
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    I use this speaker as part of a multi-room wireless setup for music throughout the house. The sound is very rich, and great for mids and highs. Amazing coming from such a relatively small speaker. There's an Extra Bass setting for heavy bass- but it sounds great and has plenty of bass as-is so I leave that feature turned off. If turned on it's too bass-heavy at higher volumes in my opinion. I have larger speakers and subs for that. I would highly recommend this speaker, even as a stand-alone portable unit as it can definitely hold its own, and it can be paired to another one for double the power. It's also VERY sturdy, it's got some heft to it as its interior is of steel construction, not cheap plastic. There are all sorts of settings you can select from using the Sony app for iOS or Android. It automatically turns on when activated via Apple AirPlay/Spotify/GoogleCast/Bluetooth (when you have the standby feature turned on) and it automatically turns off after 15 minutes of not being used. But you can adjust either feature using the app, amongst other options for sound, battery, network name, auto or manual updating via WiFi, etc. etc. This is obviously not a cheap speaker, so I'd never take it to the beach for example - I'd buy a much cheaper speaker for that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC. I can't believe how happy I am!!

    Posted
    SavvyShopper
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I LOVE music and enjoy a wide variety of "Flavors" (genres). I sold my old home and it's integrated whole-house sound system, got busy and was drifting away from music. :-( Well, I had no interest in buying a little speaker to Bluetooth my iPhone. They looked like a gimmick. Then a friend played his smartphone music on his portable speaker. I decided to check some speakers out. Then I checked some more.... lots more. Absolutely I trusted my ears. This Sony speaker sound is FANTASTIC and POWERFUL to me. It is so simple by design, yet packed with versatile features, including Link, Network, Bluetooth, USB, Audio jack, Google Cast, Software upgrades when needed, and the ability to pair in Stereo to a second Sony speaker. The sound is distinctly different when you push Extra Bass. Both envelopes are great! You can release the speaker grille with a small toggle. ITS A HOOT to see those small speakers working, belting out a great sound. With my Pandora, Apple Music, and Shazam, I am in music heaven... :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a Swiss Army Knife of a speaker

    Posted
    DonPabloVI
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    I love this thing. It's not flashy. No blinking lights. The sound quality however is excellent for this price point and it's loud and clear enough to fill most rooms. Build quality is good. Battery life is very long. Where it excels is in it's various features. First of all I love that it can bluetooth pair and connect to your phone with just an NFC tap. No fishing through menus. No long pressing buttons. Just tap your phone and you will be connected. Second, if you buy more that one you can connect them via wifi and Sony's app and have synced music in multiple rooms. Third, if that wasn't enough it has built in Chromcast Audio abilities. If you have other Chromecast Audio speakers it can be synced with them using the Google Home app. I've had this speaker playing music with my 3 other Chromecast Audio speakers and they play perfectly in sync throughout my house. I have been very pleased with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful hi resolution sound.

    Posted
    Jrpraptor
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    I haven't been impressed with portable Bluetooth speakers until now. I was looking for a portable size speaker that could put out a crisp, clean sound with some rich bass to go with it. The only two to meet my expectations were the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 and the Sony. I'm a Bose fan, but in my opinion the Sony sounded even better. I did a little research and was impressed with the hi resolution specs of the Sony. It was also about $100 less than the Bose so I went for it and I've not been disappointed. I'm amazed how this miniature stereo can put out an appreciable amount of bass without sacrificing clarity. It outperforms speakers twice its size. I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not A good Sony product

    Posted
    Geo1

    Was duped visiting the store by a Sony rep, who convinced me its the best sound for the price. Gullibly, and without doing due diligence, I bought it to use with my Alexa. The speaker does not stay powered on; even if plugged in to a power source. So, any time you want to use it after period of dormancy, you have to physically push the power button. Second issue: bought a Peleton bike, so figure I'll use this speaker for that instead; I got a Bose to use with Alexa. The Sony drops it's Bluetooth connection constantly; very irritating. I went to support; did factory reset, nothing. My bad; again; passing the return deadline; so I'm stuck with this lemon. In the time being, I bought a Bose Soundlink 2; works like a charm. My Harmon Kardon also works beautifully. I love Sony products; but NOT THIS ONE.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound Quality

    Posted
    Ricky
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    The best BT speaker I have owned to date. Sound quality is excellent covering a vast range from less than 10hz to 20Khz over Bluetooth without any noticeable degradation in sound clarity. The "Extra Bass" button provides deep and loud bass especially useful for hop, R&B, rap, electronic and rock music. I wasn't able to test the add speaker function because I only have one SRS HG1 speaker unit. Battery life is exceptional and compared to other BT speakers I have owned these last about twice as long in real life situations at nearly 8 hours with volume maxed out and "Extra Bass" enabled.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good speaker with good options

    Posted
    Brian
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    The speaker itself is pretty good, lots of options. You can use Bluetooth, google cast, USB, and aux to play music. The battery life is pretty good too, and the build overall is great. My only issue with it is the sound. It has an EXTRA BASS mode yet my Bose Sound Link 2 has better sound quality and better bass. This model has more bells and whistles but is beat out by my other speaker in terms of sound quality. If I crank up the volume on this and the Bose Sound Link, the Bose wins in my opinion. While the h.ear go gets loud, it does not fill the room with sound as well as the Bose. If you want the extra bells and whistles I would say that this is a pretty good option. I on the other hand like the room filling sound of the other speaker, so I may switch to another one of those.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Brian, Thank you for your input. Sony takes into consideration all good or bad feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We will forward your information to the proper department. Thank you for your feedback. -Vincent sony_US

What experts are saying

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, design, size and price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 87/100 = Very good quality.
  • PCMagRating, 3 out of 5Tim Gideon on November 11, 2016
    Sony H.ear Go
    The Sony H.ear Go is a decent wireless speaker that tries to do too much and comes up short on audio performance.Full Review



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