Sony SRS XB 32
- Excellent Battery Backup
- Waterproof, Dustproof, Rustproof
- Multicolored Line Light and Flashing Strobe
- Built-in Power Bank
- Compact And Portable Design
- Vocals Get Muffeled
26 x 14 x 11 cm
13 Hours approx.
4 Hours approx.
- 1 Bluetoooth Speaker
- 1 Charging Cable
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Waranty Card
Sony SRS XB 32 packed with several features like extra-base, live sound, waterproof design, and also it got those LED lights that add a little bit of a party atmosphere.
I think that most of you will be very interested in the sound quality and to start with the bass you’re not going to disappoint it.
The highest admits that come through clearly and the bass has some kick to it, but the speaker does tend to overemphasize low frequencies and can sound a little bit muddy at times especially with the extra bass feature turned on which is enabled by default.
Now there’s a dedicated live button on top and Sony shares that this should give you some festival vibes, but I don’t get that feeling to be honest. Still, I did notice that it does maintain the bass from the extra-base mode while increasing the volume and enhancing some of the mixes.
The speaker tends to be based heavy, but you can turn the extra-base feature on and off using the Sony Music Center app or by holding the volume down and the play buttons for three seconds until the power indicator changes its colour.
It has three modes, the standard mode, extra bass, and live sound, and it’s relatively easy to distinguish.
So besides all the great audio that is coming from this speaker, it’s also packed with features.
We have that out of the way the most obvious one is, of course, the LED lights and it’s an excellent addition to the speaker, and it gives a bit of a party atmosphere, and it helps this speaker, therefore, to stand out from the other brands.
Now if you don’t like the lights, you can hold down the light button inside the cap on the rear of the speaker for about three seconds, and via the Sony music application you can set the light to dance with the music to establish a more calming effect or to turn off the lights entirely as well
There’s also an IP67 rating meaning you can quickly bring it to a pool or a beach and Sony specifically mentioned that it’s salt waterproof as well. So this will be a perfect speaker for at the beach strangely enough. The previous model used Sony’s proprietary charging cable but this model they stepped up their game and included a micro USB port as well, but for such a modern speaker I would have loved to see a charging port which is a type C port.
Sony mentioned that this speaker could last up to 24 hours which is true if you set it to the default mode, not the extra-base mode and if you leave it at 50% of volume, so that’s true. Still, the moment you turn on the lights, and you set the extra base or even the live sound feature you can have that number, and that’s just a bit too much in my honest opinion so definitely keep that in mind when you’re trying to plan a good party.
The last two features that I personally really like a lot are the NFC and Google’s assistant or Apple Siri. If you hold down the play button for three seconds, it will activate Google Assistant or Siri and that works just fine. The same counts for NFC, which is pretty nice to have if you with a group of friends and someone has a music suggestion.
To conclude, I think that Sony SRS XB 32 is a great product. It has excellent performance. It has a lot of basses the LED light show will spice up your party a little bit and effort is quite fun to bring along.
I would also love to have a type C port, so what do you think is it? What is money like at the light show or is it just too gimmicky for you.