Sony Ericsson MS430 Portable Media Speaker Stand Review

Sometimes you don’t want to use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or videos on your mobile device. For those times, it’s nice to have an external speaker. The Sony Ericsson MS430 Portable Media Speaker Stand offers a compact speaker that doubles as a stand. Note: The images in this review are clickable. Click to see a larger view to see more detail.

The MS430 is a 4.3 x 0.1 x 1.2 inch brushed aluminum tube that weighs in at 2.4 ounces. On one end you’ll find the Sony Ericsson logo.

And on the other end is a speaker grill.

The speaker is powered by 3 AAA batteries that are included. The battery compartment is accessed by twisting the logo side of the tube counter clockwise.

If you pull the logo side straight out, you’ll expose the 3.5mm headphone jack. Nifty huh?

Just pull, twist and let it spring back.

The end ratchets so that you can orient the plug to allow your mobile device to easily connect to it.

Then the back of the mobile device can rest against the speaker to act as a stand. You’ll also notice the other speaker.

When plugged in to your mobile device, you can hear audio through the MS430. There’s no power button, it just automatically powers on and off when connected. Audio quality is pretty decent for such a small speaker. There’s not much in the way of bass, but it’s fine for sharing tunes in a small space with your friends, or watching a video on your desk. According to Sony, you’ll get up to 12hr play time before needing to change batteries.

I tested this speaker with my Droid X, but it will work with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course the location of the headphone jack on your mobile device makes a difference. Especially for devices with displays that don’t automatically rotate…

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Is this the best speaker you’ll ever use? No. But it’s compact, sounds decent, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Sony Ericsson
  • Inexpensive
  • Compact
  • Neat design
  • No bass
8 comments… add one
  • Jackie Cheng April 26, 2011, 1:26 pm

    oooo….something from Sony that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Sucks that it only works with devices that has the headphone jack on the top and bottom. My Blackberry has the jack on the right side of the phone. So it would be kind of awkward using this with it.

  • Brent April 26, 2011, 1:46 pm

    does it work with iPad?

    • Julie April 26, 2011, 6:09 pm

      @Brent No, it won’t work with the iPad because it’s too large and the speaker isn’t long enough to support it.

  • Alan April 27, 2011, 8:40 am

    Surely it makes no difference what side your jack is on! Turn the device 180 deg and the jack is then on the right and will fit a Blackberry or whatever 🙂

  • Ken Esq June 16, 2011, 11:33 am

    It looks like it would be all too easy to break off either the input or the jack if something were to hit the device or the speaker. I’d much rather have short cable within the device to make the connection…just for a little play in case of an accident.

  • Izzy June 4, 2012, 4:43 am

    Will this accept rechargeable NiMH batteries? Normal AAAs are rated at 1.5v, while the NiMHs are 1.2v.

  • Petr June 18, 2012, 7:05 am

    yes, it accepts NiMHs aswell.. cool combination with iPod shuffle 1st gen ;o)

  • Chris August 17, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I have this. Another Con; you need an audio extension for fm radios’ antenna for mobile phones.

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