Take your personal playlist outdoors with this portable Sony XB Bluetooth speaker. It’s IPX5 water-resistant and provides up to 16 hours of nonstop music, and the EXTRA BASS mode lets you enjoy enhanced intense beats. The NFC technology of this Sony XB Bluetooth speaker provides instant pairing with compatible smart devices.
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Posted by: Hikergal from: on
The SONY XB10 Bluetooth Speaker is small, highly portable, and has some power. It was easy to use out of the box. I gave it a full charge, then turned it on near my desktop computer. It paired instantly, and I was listening to music while I worked. After that initial pairing, I just held the “on” button down for a few seconds, and it paired with my iPhone without effort. It has a comfortable plastic ring and a short cord that make it easy to carry around, and so I did – around our 2-story house, out the front door to the mailbox, all while getting the signal from my desktop computer. Of course, there is a limit to how far it can be from its source and still pick up the signal, but its range is extensive enough that I can keep the XB10 with me or park it in a convenient spot with no interruption. I haven’t really tested the extent of its battery life, because it lasts through a full day, and that’s enough for me. The sound is excellent for the speaker’s size, clear and rich. I compared it with another, well-respected brand’s small Bluetooth speaker, and there was no meaningful difference. I have only the one XB10, so I haven’t tried adding an extra one and getting a stereo sound, but I like that this would be a possibility. The markings for the various function buttons are small, pale, and not easy to see, and that does pose a problem for me. However, it does have small raised dots at the “play” and “increase volume” buttons, so as I get more accustomed to using them I probably won’t have to look to activate those. Overall, the SONY XB10 makes a nice addition to my listening options.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great BT speaker with full base and clear sound
Posted by: bridaw from: on
This is a great little bluetooth speaker. I was skeptical but it really has Extra Bass. I can feel it thumping through the table or counter when I am playing music. Amazing for such a small portable speaker. In addition to having full base it is also clear. It isn’t muddy and it doesn’t get distorted at high volume.
The carrying strap can be used to suspend/hang the speaker but it also doubles as a cradle/stand so you can aim the speaker horizontally and it will keep it from rolling around. Most of the time I listen with it directed at me this way but you can also stand it on end pointing straight up.
The rechargeable battery lasts a long time. They claim 16 hours and I have no reason to doubt that. I’ve been using it 2-4 hours a day for 5 days and it is still going strong.
The bluetooth connection is maintained even when I am on the other side of my condo so it has good range. It is very easy to pair and if you have an Android phone with NFC it is even easier. It has a built-in auxiliary mini-jack input if your music source doesn’t support bluetooth.
It includes a USB cable for charging. There is a little light that turns on while charging and it turns off when charging is complete. I’m very happy with that design, great for color blind people (hard for me to tell the difference with lights that change color).
A great design feature is the speaker is water resistant. You don’t want to submerge it but you can use this where it might get splashed with water and not worry. IPX5 means it is rated to survive water jets. Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
The speaker has a built-in microphone and can be used as a hands-free speakerphone when it is paired with your phone. I did test this feature and it works well but I don’t think I will use it often. If I’m listening to music from my phone and someone calls it would be convenient to answer a quick call over the speaker and then get right back to the music when the call is done. I would never set out to place a call using this device if I weren’t already listening to music. Speakerphones annoy…
Another great feature I am unable to try at this point but look forward to is connecting a 2nd speaker for true stereo sound. Two of these little guys can be synced so that one becomes the Left channel and one the Right channel. Not only would this provide better quality sound than one does already but I assume it would also be quite a bit louder (maybe twice as loud).
I really have no complaints about this speaker and I look forward to picking up a second one on sale some day. It is very portable, sounds great, lasts a long time on a singe charge and it even looks good. Win!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
The New King of Budget Bluetooth Speakers!
Posted by: DanChop from: on
If you are looking for a bluetooth speaker there are no shortage of choices. So many in fact that choosing one can many times be overwhelming. For me it is important to keep in mind the factors that matter most: sound quality, ease of use, durability, bang for the buck, and whether it is made by a good company with a reputation for quality. The Sony SRS-XB10 exhibits all of these great qualities and then some.
First off I will get this out of the way. The speaker sounds fantastic! It gets REALLY loud, but maintains great sound quality. I was kind of shocked considering it's a little more than half the size of a soda can. The sound is not tinny at all and definitely sits on the bassy side of the sound spectrum without getting too muddy. This is arguably the most important factor, and the speaker excels here.
It is also IXP5 waterproof. This means that it will be protected from water spray from any angle for at least 3 minutes, and dust that would normally interfere with operation of the speaker. It really shows in the construction of the speaker too. Everything is fully enclosed, encased, and sealed. The whole thing is rubberized to maintain a great grip in all conditions. Really impressive.
For me this means that I can use it when I workout, and afterwards when I shower without worrying about the speaker being exposed to moisture. I am sure it would do well poolside too.
The operation is very straightforward, and if you have ever used a bluetooth speaker or headset there will be no surprises here. I had it up and running within seconds.
There is a convenient loop for hanging the speaker where ever, and it is removable if you would rather not use it.
It also has a really cool feature where you can add a second speaker, and they will play in stereo. This is a great feature! You would be able to position the two speakers to distribute the sound however you want. While I haven't tried it yet I will definitely pick up another one of these soon to do so.
Overall I am extremely impressed with the SRS-XB10. It really is the little speaker that could. I honestly like to be critical when I write a review, but I haven't found anything to complain about yet. If you are looking for a quality yet inexpensive bluetooth speaker you've just found it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Large sound from compact speaker
Posted by: vrpNYC from: on
If you are looking for a rich room filling sound from a compact bluetooth speaker, stop reading now and spend the $150+ on a Bose or Sonos.
For about $50 or so, the Sony XB10 gives you ample sound. The vocals are clear, along with high range. The low range, including bass, is some what muted, but for a small speaker, it delivers an worthy punch. When I tried this outside, much of the sound was lost due to no walls to help reflect the sound waves. I hate turning up the volume as this is a sure way to cause damage to any speaker.
Set up very easy via Bluetooth (for those of you that havent figured out how to connect via bluetooh, you are able to connect with a good ole fashion wire). One interesting thing about this speaker is that you can pair an additional speaker to create a RIGHT and LEFT stereo unit. I have yet to try this as I am debating whether to spend more money.
Im always suspicious about "water resistance" designs. So Ill just leave that for those of you that have actually tried to use this in the rain. Battery life is on point.
The price point is fair as I wouldn't be upset if someone decided to steal at the beach or ruined by a summer down pour.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Solid Speaker/Crisp Sound, except for the Bass...
Posted by: RedOmen from: on
I am definitely a fan of Sony products in general, especially when it comes to sound reproduction, however, I think their effort with this bluetooth speaker fell short in its main attraction, the Bass.
The speaker has a solid sound overall, and it is very intuitive to operate, with device pairing and general device controls laid out in a user-friendly format. I've paired it with a few different devices, and it is the easiest/quickest to use of any of the bluetooth devices that I currently own (including some other Sony products).
When it comes to sound, it has a very clear crisp sound, with two exceptions. At higher volumes, the speaker sounds a bit muddy, although for its size, it still handles the higher volumes pretty well. The primary issue is that these speakers are billed as being "extra bass" bluetooth speakers, and although they do give better bass reproduction than average speakers in this size category, the bass does not capture the lower-frequency lows, leaving me as a bass-lover longing for more from a speaker that seems like it should be able to give me the full scale bass experience that I love.
For the more casual music listener that is either not concerned much with bass, or who plans to pair this with another speaker (a feature included on this unit), or someone who plans to use this for reasons other than music reproduction, this speaker will work fine. For die-hard bass lovers wanting a speaker that captures the lowest lows and produces them clearly at higher volumes, you will probably want to pass on this one, or grab 2 and pair them to get some extra umph with the bass (but if you are going to get two at full price, you may as well get a better-equipped speaker altogether).
I am giving this a 3, although it is more of a 3.5 (I'm rounding down since the main bass feature did not perform as well as expected). Not a bad speaker (especially for pure vocals), but there are better options out there (by Sony, JBL, and others) with a more balanced sound and stronger Bass. Would recommend to anyone not specifically looking for Bass.
4 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great little speaker!
Posted by: IndyTechGuy from: Chicago, IL on
I've owned a lot of small speakers, and battery life has always been an issue. I'm currently on my 14th hour of using this one without recharging! The sound is very good for a small speaker, and it gives you the option of pairing with another to create true dual response! It connects via bluetooth and NFC and doesn't require a specialty charger! The water resistance factor is another plus, though I wouldn't trust the built in lanyard to hang it from a bicycle as shown in the promo materials.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Good but not amazing sound for its size
Posted by: wrbluepearl from: on
Summary: Bass is loud but muddy, highs are good on-axis with top of speaker but noticeable attenuated otherwise. Good battery life, charges in a reasonable amount of time.
The XB10 is clearly designed to pump out lots of deep bass - and, given its size, the bass is pretty loud. Unfortunately, it's kind of muddy; when listening to songs like Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" with a very distinct bass line, it doesn't sound bad; when listening to songs with more complicated low end, it turns to mush. If the top of the speaker is pointed at you, the high frequencies sound pretty good - unfortunately, the top of the speaker is normally pointed at the ceiling, leaving the highs sounding dull and attenuated. With those issues in mind, the XB10 does some significantly better than other similarly-sized Bluetooth speakers I've heard. Would have preferred a carabiner clip to the rather odd plastic circle thing that it comes with.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Big sound in a small package. Worth the money.
Posted by: Zach from: on
Bought this to replace another that broke on me. Sound is great. It's very clear and the bass doesn't scratch when it gets loud. I listen to podcasts on a loading dock where I work. People keep saying they thought someone was talking until they realized it was a small speaker.
The bluetooth connects quickly and after weeks of use I haven't had any connection drops or stutters. The battery lasts a long while on a single charge.
For $50 it's a great buy.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
excellent value for money
Posted by: Louis from: on
Quality of sound was surprising for such a small and relatively inexpensive unit.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Good sound for the size and the price
Posted by: FaustoT from: on
Good sound for the size and the price. I like it very much, I chose in red so I won't miss it when camping.