If you like thump, then you’re bound to like the Extra Bass series of Sony Bluetooth Speaker and Headphone. It’s a question of preference whether that’s extra or not. I overlooked that while listening to it, because of the overall nature of its audio output. Trust me, I’ve never seen that before.
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Sony Bluetooth Speaker SRS-XB32
Design with features
The SRS-XB32 version I tested was black and was about 9.3 inches long, 3.3 inches deep and wide, and just about two pounds weight. As I said, this carries an IP67 ranking, which implies that if you don’t drag it down more than three feet, you can take it in the water. Generally speaking, there is still one partner willing to fall down to the edge regardless. Don’t count them out.
On the back of the SRS-XB32, there is a captive rubber connector, which exposes a Type A USB port for charging certain devices when detached, a micro-USB port for charging the SRS-XB32 itself and a 3.5 mm analog audio connection.
There is also a recessed reset button and three control keys at the battery level allowing WPC (Wireless Party Chain — up to 100 Sony Bluetooth speakers all do the same thing) and Connect respectively. The Save feature should connect the SRS-XB32 in stereo with another Sony Bluetooth mic. Feedback on the battery-level is received via a friendly female voice. Pressing the last button invokes psychoacoustic synthesis, which makes audio information meaning of space.
My only concern regarding the buttons, which are still managing phone calls, is that the Extra Bass impact has no designated function. Then, you click and hold the boost / lower volume keys for three seconds to turn it on and off. You’re presumably getting the SRS-XB32 for additional bass and are not going to turn it on and off but still.
Sony Bluetooth speaker facilitates Bluetooth pairing with NFC, too.
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Going into depth
The XB32 adds a ring of illuminated LEDs to the bling in the shape lining the sides and front of the panel, and two blinking lights behind the screen. Apparently the organization mentions “Flashy lights” as one of the characteristics of the mic. Men are reporting a sense of fun. Who said what? For the Sony Fiestable device, you can customize the lighting as well as monitor it in real-time via the device.
Sony Bluetooth speaker also offers a Group Booster function, which is activated three seconds by pressing and keeping the up / down volume keys. Tapping the device allows a drum tone, but having a rhythm out of it needs a powerful beat. It’s even sensitive to velocity; that is to say, the harder you hit it, the louder the sound. It’s sort of enjoyable but it’s also possibly why Sony speaks about the device being shockproof in the reviewer’s guide.
The lifespan of the 2700mAh battery is around a complete day unless you use Live and Extra Bass mode. With those enabled, it drops to around 16 hours. To everyone but the most die-hard party-goers, this is always enough.
The Sony SRS-XB32 is fitted with Bluetooth 4.2 and the range is very normal in every direction at about 30 feet. I was also able to get to around 50 feet until the link began stuttering when checking outside with nothing on the route. It also has NFC that helps you to connect quickly with the system only by clicking on top of the NFC logo on your compatible screen.
I haven’t seen a lot of new speakers use NFC lately, and I’ve forgotten how nice it is to pair. In seconds, I had it lined up and played music. If you do have an iOS device, however, you will still have to go through Bluetooth settings as NFC is not as open on iOS. Even, attaching to more than one computer isn’t simple or obvious — and I ended up fixing many times.
The Sony SRS-XB32 also supports both AAC and Sony’s own good quality LDAC codec for downloading. Both are compatible but should be used with care. But, whether you download music from a provider such as Apple Music or Spotify, it doesn’t even matter either. Thanks to the sound quality I doubt anybody would warn you off at the next backyard disco.
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You would want to download the software to get the best out of this speaker as I described earlier. This will surely enhance your experience with different modes to try.
You can manually change the connectivity to as many devices as you want. Besides that, if you decide to hardwire in apps that are cool, there’s even a 3.5 mm entry, but to use that you do need to show the ports under the waterproof flap so bear that in mind if you’re near to water or sand.
Lining the speaker is a vibrant strip of light that can be operated through the Fiestable app. Also, the Sony SRS-XB32 borrows from some other Sony speakers a strange and special function that lets you use it as an instrument. Enabling the “Gang Booster” only by pressing it to the rhythm makes kick drums, snares, and cowbell sounding. Turning off both of those features would allow you to enjoy a longer battery life.
Sony boasts a 24-hour battery life with continuous replay, but this is just when you switch off all the lights and toggle off extra bass mode. Sony reports some 14 hours of continuous playback, with all of the lights and extra bass mode switched on. It took a good 11 hours and 5 minutes of continuous replay in my research but it wasn’t the 14 Sony reported.
Even worse than the fact that the Sony SRS-XB32 speaker charges via micro-USB do not hit the mark on battery life. It’s enough detail for USB-C. So the cable problem is a myth. It does have a regular USB-A output on the positive side so you can charge your computers on the go. But you can take a hit from the battery life.
Hearing Toto’s “Africa” in a humble volume, sitting before me while I am writing this article, I find it difficult to imagine a more pleasant-sounding portable microphone. Loud and remote, I wasn’t as enamored as much because the low mid-range didn’t hold up, but the bottom line is — this is the greatest damn waterproof speaker of its type I’ve ever heard of.
The “Live” button on the XB32 is approximately the equivalent of a surround effect, and it performed even better than I had anticipated — not fake at all. It provides some much-needed distinction to the audio content necessary for each single-box stereo setup. Proposals for Sony adopting.
That’s less than you would expect, so keep that in mind. Tastes differ, and amateurs of the mid-range will choose a JBL. But I stay with this Sony Bluetooth speaker. It is no small feat to get sound out of a waterproof speaker of this size.
Where can it be used?
- Citizens in the League. If your thing is strobe lights and bright light strips, this is your mic.
- Go-ers at the water. And even dust thanks to the IP67 number, as long as you hold the rubber flap closed on the rear. So this is a perfect choice to carry with you to the beach.
- Anyone camping. If a campfire is your only light source, this should look pretty good at the night. And it gets noisy and the bears (hopefully) are frightened away.
The size for some users is not up to the mark but for others its perfect. Fortunately, it’s still pretty compact and on a short weekend ride. I had no trouble packing it in my backpack. However, when you’re in one position like the beach, lake, or campsite, this could be your speaker.
Sony Bluetooth Speaker SRS-XB12
I always believe that the SRS-XB10’s touch-and-go NFC functionality is helpful, and that the should update has it.
However, you can certainly notice the distinction between the two at high frequencies. In Sony’s new release, the overall sound output was somewhat higher because the bass has more power, while the earlier one scores on clarity
One thing about Sony’s audio tools that I particularly like is the powerful sound. The balance is perfect, such the music feels to one’s body.
The bass is punchy, and aside from the regular punk and alt-rock, I’ve listened to other styles of music, including the trendy K-pop that I was exposed to recently. And I enjoyed the combined bass-treble tuning. At every volume point, no vibration exists and the battery life is exceptional.
The only thing about the speaker I didn’t like was its collar. I like the SRS-XB10 brace better, actually. The cylindrical shape often allows it to appear small, which is a departure from the normal portable rectangular speakers on the market.
The aesthetics often require a fine performance to be published, and the overall build is solid. I even used the mic to render calls and it was a great experience.
It’s an intriguing design but the speaker’s portability loses out. It is difficult to fit their roundish shape into a purse. You ought to take a little bag back. There the only comfort is the cord tied to the amplifier. It lets you tie the speaker to positions like a bicycle handle or even your purse. The knot at the end of the harness, though, looks incredibly flimsy. It is not really comfortable and seems like it could crack.
The Sony SRS-XB10 is better than most portable Sony Bluetooth speakers out there, with a battery life of nearly 16 hours. Also for fast linking, it sports Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. When one isn’t enough, two SRS-XB10s may even be wired together to provide stereo output. The built-in microphone often assists in listening to calls while the handset is out of control.
The SRS-XB10 is one of the better handheld speakers out there when it comes to sound. We wouldn’t call it perfect, but it makes a good experience with its punchy bass and detailed sound. Simple songs sound great at mid-volume.
The speaker distorts a bit at noisy speeds, which loses the tension between lows which peaks. Mids are certainly the strongest aspect of the production of the XB10. Sounds very nice on the SRS-XB10 due to the show, and video streaming.
The SRS-XB10 is not a great orator. It’s a matter of giving and taking where personal choice comes to the final decision. Sure, there are several drawbacks, but in his division, the SRS-XB10 is always very a strong contender. We do not see a major justification for shying away from the SRS-XB10.
In the conclusion of the Sony Bluetooth speaker, this isn’t a poor option particularly if you like the thought of getting a speaker who can party like you when you go to the beach or the pool. It’s a nice, noisy speaker that can bring some extra flair to your crowd.
It’s not as wide or noisy as the SRS-XB41, but it’s not as pricey, either. The SRS-XB32 fills a certain gap and a certain use case for a certain sort of individual. Unfortunately, it’s not me that guy. But if you’re looking for solid bass, blinking strobe lights, pleasant features, and a rugged waterproof design, that person could be you.