Host an all-night outdoor party with this Sony XB Bluetooth speaker. The multicolored line light and flashing strobe enhance the party mood, and its 24-hour battery lets you play music all day and night nonstop. This Sony XB Bluetooth speaker supports a wireless party chain setup with up to nine additional Bluetooth speakers.
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Quick easy to use
Posted by: CAPNDigital from: on
The speaker was super quick and easy to pair with my phone, in a matter of 2 mins out of the box I was using the speaker. When it first pairs it warns you to download the SongPal app to your phone, I highly recommend getting this so you can control extra features of the speaker. With the SongPal app you can change the light colors as well as adjusting the levels of the bass, mids, and treble. At first I didn't like the sound of the speaker, but after some minor tweaks, sounds great and I enjoy this Bluetooth speaker!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Sony XB30 - Good, but not perfect.
Posted by: TechEnthusiast from: on
Despite its best efforts to scare me off, I actually do like this speaker a lot.
Unboxing the speaker two things immediately struck me. First, the speaker is smaller than I'd thought it would be based on the box (lots of packing materials to keep it safe). Second, the speaker feels surprisingly heavy given its size. It only weighs a little more than 2 pounds according to my kitchen scale, but it feels a lot heavier than that when you're holding it in your hand.
I got the speaker in blue (one of my favorite colors). The blue is a duskier shade than I was expecting, but it's still pleasing to the eye. That being said, I do regret not having picked this up in black as it would have coordinated with my furniture better. The texture is lightly rubberized and purports to be water resistant. The front of the speaker bears an LED light ring that can be customized to hit a range of different colors. All of the speaker's ports are hidden behind a door on the back right-hand side. It came with a great big notice taped to it advising you to make sure that the door is shut when the unit is in use. I can only presume that this is to ensure the unit's water resistance as it seems to operate perfectly fine with the door wide open.
A surprising addition to the ports is a traditional USB type A port. It should be noted that this port is for power output only and does not support power input or data transfer. The documentation says that the port is included to charge one's phone or tablet using the speaker. This is a nice addition, but it feels a little random to me.
Turning it on proved to be the first stumbling block for this review. Following the instructions, I charged the device for four hours prior to attempting to use it. With the speaker still plugged into the wall, I pressed the power button . . . and nothing happened. I tried pressing it several times and got no response whatsoever. I worried that I might have received a defective unit, but unplugging the device from the wall and pressing the power button finally yielded results with the device promptly turning on. Oddly, this was the only time that I encountered this issue. I have since left it plugged in and pressed the power button, and it turns on right away. Charging proved to be another oddity with this device. Using it for about two hours, I was down to 75% battery according to the phone app that goes with this speaker. With the speaker still on, I plugged it in to see about charging it while using it. An hour later, the app still reported a battery status of 75%. I'm not sure whether this is a characteristic of the device itself or a glitch with the phone app.
Pairing the device was simple enough on an android phone. I did have to turn my Bluetooth on and off to get it to show up, but I suspect that was the result of a bug on my phone and not with this speaker. The app that works with this speaker is a little too generic and lacks polish.
This is where things start to go downhill.
First, the big selling point for this speaker is its ability to wirelessly pair up and synchronize with other speakers from this series to create a stereo or surround sound effect. I couldn't test this as I only had a single speaker to work with. Sony really ought to consider selling these in multi-packs if they're going to make such a big deal of this capability. I knew from my own research prior to getting this speaker that this capability only works with other speakers from this series. You can't use other bluetooth speakers from other manufacturers or even other models of Sony speakers to do this. That being said, the language in the app is very vague and makes it sound like you can grab any old bluetooth speaker to create a wireless speaker network. Curious to see if this was actually the case, I grabbed a pair of bluetooth speakers from other manufacturers and attempted to pair them. Sadly, as expected, neither one of them would pair.
Second, the app's control of the customizable LED light ring isn't quite what I was led to believe given the packaging and documentation. My hope was to use this speaker with my home theater system and have it paired with my home theater PC rather than a phone or tablet. Given the speaker's ability to link up with other speakers, I'd had thoughts about maybe using this to eventually implement a wireless surround sound and/or whole home speaker system. My PC setup has a nice blue LED lighting effect, and I thought it would be cool to get the LED ring on the speaker to match the blue that the rest of my setup has. That's when I discovered the second shortcoming of the app. You can't select a single color for the LED ring to glow. The app only gives you a list of preset color schemes that you can choose to have it cycle through. You can't select just a single color and tell the speaker to hold it continuously (special PSA on the lighting: if you're epileptic, don't attempt to use this speaker until you adjust the color settings. By default, this speaker came in "RAVE" mode which has white flashing strobes along the left and right edges. There was no mention of this strobe effect in any of the materials I read prior to getting this speaker, and it's a little disturbing that this was enabled by default).
Third, the voice control button within the app doesn't appear to actually do anything. Pressing it prompts you to say a keyword. I tried saying "Sony," "Speaker," "Hey you," and "Play Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,'" but I had no luck getting the app or speaker to react. Pressing the help button within the app didn't lead me to anything offering any support for this. Saying "Google" did pull up a screen with icons for Google Music and Youtube, but I couldn't get the app to do anything beyond that point using voice controls.
Unfortunately, the shortcomings aren't limited to just the app.
The speaker also has a button on the top for bass boost. Upon first using the speaker, I was very impressed by the sound. It was clear and loud with a lot of punch to it. Curious to see what it would sound like with even more bass, I pressed the bass button on the top . . . and the sound immediately went flat and tinny. Apparently, the bass button was already enabled by default. Given the way that this is set up, the bass button is less of a boost button and more of a "make my music sound anemic and bad" button. The perception would have been much improved had they not opted to have this enabled by default.
Using the speaker on a phone call yielded mixed results. The audio came over both loud and crystal clear on my end. That being said, the person on the other line said that my voice was distant and full of distortion. Suffice it to say, that speaker's microphone isn't very good.
A couple of warnings if you're going to try and use this as a speaker on a PC. First, you won't be able to control the speaker's settings from the PC. You're going to have to use the phone app to control things like power management and the LED lighting. Secondly, you're going to want to go into the power management options within the app to turn off the auto-off power saving feature. This feature is enabled by default. The speaker doesn't automatically wake after powering down. If you don't turn off the auto-off, then you will be forced to press the power button on the speaker to turn it back on after it powers down.
The amazing thing is that despite the shortcomings that I've listed, I still really like this speaker. The LED lighting is fun, the sound is terrific with lots of volume and bass, and the aesthetic is nice and clean.
Is the speaker perfect? No.
Is the speaker really good? Yes.
Despite the shortcomings, I'm still seriously considering buying another one to use in my home theater setup.
I would recommend this product.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TECHBEENGOOD from: on
After a few minutes playing with SONY's new XB30, I knew I was in trouble. Too many nieces and nephews who would feel left out if I gifted any one of them and not any of the others with this truly fun music box. Great sound, immense power handling, colorful, bright, and wickedly cool.
Took mere seconds to get my laptop connected to the SONY XB30. Hit play and Adam Levine was sounding big, bold and great filling my large family room on this rather pint-sized sound box. Disconnected it from my laptop, and pulled out my iPhone 6. Within minutes I was playing Feist with perfect sound quality. My iPhone offered to download a Sony App to further control the XB30, but it was not necessary. It does let me adjust the volume from the App so I don't need to go up to the Sony XB30, but so what.
The SONY XB30 has a few special tricks. A double click of the play button skips you forward. A 3 click pattern jumps you backwards in the song. It will apparently tie together with multiple SONY devices of this special EXTRA BASS SERIES so the kids can have a really loud party. Yikes.
Oh . . . and it's a L-I-G-H-T S-H-O-W. Yeah, it lights up like an 80s disco. Shrink that massive boom box from the 70s/80s into a milk carton size (quart!), double the volume, add a light show and it connects with whatever music library you have on your phone. Not bad. Not bad at all. I'm gonna need to get a few more of these.
SUMMARY: If there is something I could bring back from a visit to the 1980s, it might be the totally frivolous spirit of musical fun embodied by boom boxes. Boom boxes, for the too-young-to-know, were portable, but powerfully loud, all-in-one stereos that could entertain your moving party. Sony brings back all of the fun and eliminates the unnecessary. The ubiquitous smart phone has all the music you could ever carry, and bluetooth links to Sony’s powerful speaker. Add to the mix a light show using LEDs creating little burden on your portable power, you’re ready to go.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Good, but, not great...
Posted by: Todd from: Herky, MO on
I recieved this XB30, in exchange for my honest review...
Not impressed with the sound from this bluetooth speaker. It has a Bassy & Dull sound to it! For 150.00, it Lacks Highs badly...
For example, I have a 40.00 Phillips bluetooth speaker ( SBT300), that plays Clearer than this Sony. Also, the 40.00 Phillips, is 3x larger than this SRS-XB30 Sony! While the Sony has decent Bass, it truely lacks High frequencies. Highs, come across muddy.
If you like Bass, and leds, this bluetooth speaker module is for you. If you like clear high frequencies, as I do. I reccommend skipping this, Id rather have better performing Speakers, vs the flashing and color changing leds!
I do like that rhis has a rechargable battery, built in. You can also plug your phone or mp3 player directly into this for audio, via 3.5mm adapter. As well as charging, via supplied usb rear input.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Older model is better
Posted by: Arock from: on
I compared the xb3 and xb30 side by side and thought the xb3 sounded a little better. The light show on the xb30 is dumb. Only improvement is a "skip track" button, but I still pick the xb3 over the xb30
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
good all around speaker
Posted by: beefrob from: on
I received this product as part of the Best Buy Tech Insider program for my honest review. The sony xb30 bluetooth speaker is a good bluetooth accessory but not perfect. To my ears, the sound seems a little muffled. The highs and mid range sounds don't seem as sharp and crisp as I had hoped. I'm not saying that the sound is bad, because it isn't, but maybe I expected a little more. sound volume is good for indoor use or outdoors if you are going to be near the speaker. It is not a speaker you could use to provide music for a large group or a pool party or something similar. If you are hanging out by the pool or at the beach, this speaker has plenty of volume, howerver. One thing I would change on the speaker is the charging system. The speaker has a proprietary charger. I would have much rather they sent a usb charger of some type to charge of of a computer or where you could use an existing cell phone charger when you need to add a little power. the speaker will last a long time on a single charge, however, so you shouldn't be charging all that often unless you are a power user. The speaker is good for what I will use it for - sitting around a campsite or watching my little girls dance to music off my phone in the backyard. Its a good speaker with some potential.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A lot power in something so small
Posted by: JStory17 from: San Antonio, TX on
Received the speaker and read the instructions. Charged the speaker, synced it to my phone and WOW!! Pleasantly surprised by the sound and bass of this tiny speaker. The lighting mode and features on the SongPal app is an added bonus. It may be a small feature to other people, but I enjoy the lights synchronize with the beats and melody. The sound of this speaker fills the entire house. I make sure to listen to music more when I'm home thanks to this power speaker.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Great Sony Bluetooth speaker
Posted by: Myself from: on
Wow! This new Bluetooth speaker from Sony sounds great! It has a USB for charging and visual lights that really brighten up your party!!!
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Speaker is Nice
Posted by: Olive from: on
The speaker is solid and feels very nice and is portable. It is a little heavier than I would like. I wanted this so I could use it by the pool during the summer and not worry about it falling over or getting wet. The set up was extremely easy and the buttons were easy to press and responsive. I love the lighting that blinks to the beat. The main reason for not giving this 5 stars is the sound. It does not sound as dynamic, the sound just come straight at you, it does not surround you. When you press the extra bass button it is ok. I was hoping this would sound amazing because I have their wireless TV speaker system and headphones, but was disappointed. I love Sony products so I will not give up on this speaker. At this price point I would consider it.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
More Bass for your buck.
Posted by: Corvette from: on
flashing lights and great sound all for a low price