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Sony - Audio System - Black

Model: GTKXB72SKU: 6336539

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 74 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good music

    Posted
    ronque31
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    Great for parties and cookouts. make your own music,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fills the room

    Posted
    JKhan
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    I teach bootcamp classes every now and then, and I was using a great little P.A. speaker for my music. When that speaker finally died, I sought a replacement. This Sony speaker indeed does the trick. The set-up to my phone was seamless through Bluetooth, and within minutes of plugging in the speaker, I was hearing my playlist. The build is solid, and it is larger than I originally thought, but the extra cabin space does indeed emphasize the bass. I tested it with different types of music and all played great with no distortion, even at the highest volumes. It's also nice that it can answer calls. A little awkward at high volume, but still useful. This easily fills a large cardio room at a gym, and the light show is a solid bonus. Definitely a great party speaker, and exceeds my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, especially for parties or groups

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    Dan292
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    I have been using this Sony Bluetooth audio system for about a week now, and I am enjoying it greatly. If you have the need for something like this, you likely won't do better than this unit. It is a free-standing loudspeaker weighing about 25 lbs and standing a little over two feet in height. It has a convenient carry handle at the top front. This is primarily designed as a party music speaker. It has a deep bass capability, and it has color LEDs that flash in various sequences in time to the music. The sound quality is excellent. Setup was very simple. I paired it to my smartphone in no time and was playing songs from my Youtube playlist within a minute of plugging it in and turning it on. Audio can also be input to the unit via RCA audio jacks, a flash drive connected to the included USB port, or through the included FM tuner. Functions and actions are spoken through a built-in voice, so you're informed when, for example, the Bluetooth function is connected or disconnected. When using the FM tuner, the voice states the frequency as you step though the FM frequencies until you reach your desired station. It does not have a scan function, and it steps one-tenth of a megahertz per button press, so if, for example, you're tuned in to a station at 88.5 MHz and want to move to a station at 102.5, you have to press the tune button 140 times to move through 88.6, 88.7, etc all the way to 102.5. This is a minor inconvenience given that you're not likely to change stations frequently, and it's very nice to have FM as an available audio source built directly in to the unit. Other capabilities of the unit include pairing up to three Bluetooth devices simultaneously, connecting it in a chain of up to 50 speakers (must be Sony speakers), and the ability to control it from your phone using the Sony Music Center app. I would think something like this would be of great use to student groups, clubs, and other organizations where music is needed or where there is a need to address large audiences quickly and conveniently as it's quite portable and there is no set-up required other than plugging it in and turning it on. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product. Reasonable Price

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    NocturnalMale74
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    Very happy with the purchase of this Sony Speaker. Well made. Sturdy... Crystal clear sound and also crystal clear at highest volume... Multiple people can connect through Bluetooth and play songs. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony - Extra Bass - Need I say more...

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    pMurphy
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    Super sound quality. I love the features and connections built in. I can plug in a microphone and use as a PA speaker or karaoke over my favorite songs while playing through the speaker. It has line in and out as well. There is a volume control specific to the mic in as well which is nice. This speaker is a little large.... it is not something you just carry around for some extra sound. It serves a specific purpose. But boy does it have great sound. My kids really enjoy the light features and strobe lights as well. We have replaced our old Karaoke system with this now. Kids just stream their music from the ipad or iphone and watch the lyrics on that device while jamming out to the amazing sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Wireless speaker with extra Bass!

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    Selva
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    Setup is quick and easy for GTK-XB72 Wireless Speaker with EXTRA Bass Sound from SONY. It is latest addition to SONY's EXTRA BASS range of speakers. GTX-XB72 is bigger and more powerful speaker. I was able to connect my iPhone using Bluetooth. I was amazed with sound quality from this speaker and it is very clear and filled the entire room. This speaker can be used horizontal as well as vertical mode. The built-in sensor optimizes the sound. LIVE SOUND button is superb feature and it cleverly angled speakers and DSP technology send your music to a wider area. It brings the party to life with a unique three-dimensional sound experience, creating festival vibes. The GTK-XB72 has built-in multi-colored LED line lights on the front, sides and top, pulsing speaker lights within the main body, and a flashing strobe light for added impact. The perfect way to create a club-like atmosphere. I have downloaded the SONY Music center app from app store. There are lot of nice features to adjust audio settings, select your favorite playlists from your phone or a USB, and cue the next song without being tied to the sound system. Anther awesome feature is Fiestable app puts you in charge of the light colors and lets you activate DJ and karaoke modes using your smartphone. After installing the app, just tap Party Light via Fiestable and your phone's display will even start to mirror the sound system's lighting effects, flashing and changing color in time with the music. I have connected 3 different phones and it worked flawlessly. There is no limit to the number of smartphones. It is possible to connect multiple GTX-XB72 speakers to add extra power to your sound system with Wireless Party Chain via BluetoothR technology. with one device to be the 'Party Host' and music can be synced in other speakers. GTX-XB72 has built-in FM radio tuner. USB port can be used to connect USB devices with audio files which can be played. It supports MP3 and WMA formats. The built-in microphone is very useful for hands-free calls. It will automatically divert the call from the phone to speaker using Bluetooth. The built-in handle is very useful to take this speaker anywhere inside home or outdoor parties. I have tried Karaoke on this speaker and quality is pretty good. The audio input allows you to connect portable MP3 players without Bluetooth connectivity. GTX-XB72 is definitely a great addition to any house and it will pump up the party mood with beautiful LED lights and outstanding sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Monster of a Speaker for a Monstrous Sound

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    J0A0A7
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    If you're looking for a loud party speaker for indoors and outdoors the GTK-XB72 should be a top choice. Even though the sound is not crisp and sharp as the Stanmore 2 it outperforms it were it matters outdoors and that is loudness. This speaker packs a punch on both ends bass and loudness. No matter what genre of music you're into this speaker should leave you satisfied with the sound output. The music control app allows you to adjust equalizer settings, light show, and pair up with another speaker for a much wider stereo effect. For most of the time, I left it on the Clear Audio setting. There is a live setting that produces a much wider stereo field which is great for movies and Tv shows. For connections besides Bluetooth, you also get a mic input for Karaoke parties and RCA audio jacks for connecting external devices like an MP3 player or even your Tv. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm aux input you will have to use RCA to aux adapter as a substitute. I actually used it connected to my Tv via RCA jacks enjoying some Cowboy Bebop and it was just as loud as my soundbar the only difference the soundbar had a much better stereo effect. Another nice feature is the addition of an FM Radio playback. If you out somewhere without a good signal to stream your favorite tunes the FM radio is a good back up to fall on. Only shortcomings I would have to say is not being able to turn off the light show when it's on standby mode and remote control would have been beneficial since it's meant to be stationary. Overall is an excellent high power speaker that you should consider if you're in the market for one. Sony came close to having the ultimate party speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big Sound with a few small issues

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    MGoose
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    Good sound, great volume, nice look, and easy to move around. Hampered by some control issues that take it out of the pro category, but it would be great for house parties were most Bluetooth speaker couldn't keep up. Pros - It packs a lot of power for a midsize speaker. I don't need to carry multiple speakers around to get the necessary volume. Many speakers promise room filling sound, but this one can actually deliver. - The bass feature doesn't overpower the sound or clarity of the music. - It is easy to connect to multiple Bluetooth sources. - Lights are a nice touch when it comes to ambience for a house party. Things to Consider - It has a built FM Tuner (good), but the controls on the unit make finding a station tedious. Changing stations easily requires the Sony Music Center app. - This speaker must be plugged in (no battery). - It has well placed handles, but it has some weight and bulk to it. - It has feet for upright or horizontal use, but the controls are on the top. Cons - The Sony Music Center app is unreliable (especially when more than one device is linked). This is big as sometimes changing a setting interrupted the Bluetooth stream - this would be a deal breaker for a pro - The Fiestable app is basically useless for this speaker meaning you will not have any real DJ features - The built in lights don't really sync with the music or at least not well enough for a pro - The control buttons are nearly flush, black, not all backlite, with small labels. You basically have to use the app to control and setup before you dim the lights for the party.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get this party started

    Posted
    JKinSYR
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    This speaker is awesome sauce. Another Sony product with extra bass that lives up to the quality you'd expect from Sony. The sound is exceptional on this. The fun aspect of this is the lights in the speaker. This adds to the party aspect of this. Strobe light, speaker lights, and the line light. This system allows you to expand the amount of speakers you have to form a party chain for a concert or true party setting. Love that this offers NFC proximity to stream your music or via Bluetooth. There's a USB port on the rear as well to connect with a wire if needed. There's also a FM tuner built in with antenna if you want to listen to some non digital music. This is a great sounding machine and I feel like the extra bass really adds a nice thump to the music playing. There's also a "live" setting that changes the sound with a concert like sound. I'm more likely to leave that turned off. The speaker is large and bulky so be sure to have adequate space for it and read the measurements online. It weighs approximately 30 pounds but it's got a couple handles to easily move it as needed. This is a speaker that is ideal for a DJ or someone that loves to provide that oomph at a party or dorm setting. Sony knocks it out of the park with this speaker. I'm loving it so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect speaker for a PARTY!!

    Posted
    Orion
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    I'm thoroughly impressed with the new Sony XB72 speaker. The first night I got it, I plugged it in and started "playing". I spent the entire evening listing to music, trying the various features on the Music Center and Fiestable apps and enjoying the atmosphere it creates. I'm very happy with the sound, it goes louder than I'll ever need and the bass sounds great with the Extra Bass feature turned on. Without the Extra Bass on, it still sounds good but the Extra Bass really helps it to "thump". I imagine I'll always have Extra Bass turned on, but I do understand the need to turn it off for late at night or if somebody is in a nearby room sleeping. For me, it hits all the bass notes and sounds great in the process. The highs and lows are crisp, clear and undistorted. The versatility of the speaker is a huge selling point for me. You can plug in a device via USB or use a USB memory stick, connect via Bluetooth, connect to a television if you want and tune into FM radio. If you are are using this for the radio, you will want to control it via the app. Controlling the radio from the speaker is tedious as it takes a while to get to the station you want and the speaker calls out the station you are on, there is no display. You can also connect a microphone for a karaoke party! I love the lighting, it really sets the mood for a great party! Best of all, it's fully customizable with the Fiestable app. There are a lot of really cool things you can do via the Fiestable app from controlling the lighting, to playing DJ with the music by adding scratching sounds, wah sounds, drum and cymbal sounds, customer EQ and much more. The Fiestable app even has an option that will turn multiple peoples phones into party lights, matching the flash and colors displayed on the speaker, it's pretty fun and cool. Up to three Bluetooth devices can be connected to the speaker simultaneously. Another really great feature is the ability to connect up to 50 Sony compatible speakers with the wireless party chain option. I've the XB31 and XB41 speakers, and they both connected without any issues. I love being able to have a speaker in each room, all playing the same song. I'll say there is a limit to how far apart they can be along with how far they are from your phone, but I'll take what I can get because this feature is awesome! The last feature I'd like to mention is the ability to connect via NFC. I love this option and use it often. Just tap your NFC capable phone (sorry Apple) to the NFC logo and within a second, you are connected! This has to be the best high power portable Bluetooth speaker I've ever owned. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to have parties and/or entertain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Speaker With Lots of Features

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    uicc676
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    First, the speaker has great sound. The extra bass mode boosts the low range without overpowering everything else and the live mode really gives added punch and expanded sound to the music that enables it to fill a large space, indoors or outdoors. Next, this speaker is very versatile with multiple connectivity options - bluetooth, audio-in and audio-out RCA plugs, USB to play mp3/wma files and charge a device, and an FM tuner (my favorite feature for quickly turning on continuous entertainment without fiddling with my phone or other device) with adjustable antenna. Also it has a Mic line-in. The bluetooth function easily paired with my bluetooth turntable. I haven't tried the smart phone apps. The lighting effects start when the speaker is plugged in, before the power button is turned on. There is supposed to be some control over the lights with one of the apps but I wish there was an on/off switch on the speaker for the light effects.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent wireless speaker

    Posted
    Robs
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    The Sony GTK-XB72 High Power Home Audio System with Bluetooth is an excellent wireless speaker, especially for parties or if you are a DJ. This appears to be the most powerful of the Sony EXTRA BASS line of speakers, and it packs a punch. Setting it up was quick and painless, and it can be used horizontally or vertically with the speaker optimizing the sound for the orientation. The sound quality is very nice, filling the room with clear music even at high volume. The speaker connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and is controlled by your phone via a couple different apps. Sony Music Center has many settings to control the various audio settings of the speaker. It allows the user to queue up playlists and adjust song order. The other app is Fiestable, which is really nice for a party situation. It lets the user adjust the lights on the speaker, which will pulse and change color to the beat of the music. The lights are multi-colored and are located on multiple sides of the speaker. There are LED strips along the top, sides, and front, with speaker lights and a strobe. Multiple Sony speakers can be added to this setup and controlled via the app, meaning that you can add as much power and sound as you like! Another feature to mention is Live Sound. It can be activated with a button push, and utilizes DSP technology to make the sound seem like it is coming from a concert or festival setting. Once I tried this mode, I played all my music with Live Sound enabled. The speaker also has a FM tuner and a USB port to connect USB devices via cable. This feature is nice if your USB device doesn't support Bluetooth. The speaker supports MP3 and WMA. Overall, this is an excellent wireless speaker system. I mentioned that it seemed nice for parties or if you are a DJ, but it would be nice for any audiophile that likes to crank the sound up and almost feel the music. I have enjoyed it very much!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting take on the large event speaker...

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    GadgetGuy1981
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    This new XB-72 unit is a monster! Great sound output, excellent frequency range, and good distance coverage. It's everything you could want for a large indoor or outdoor engagement where music is wanted. The only unusual properties are that this device seems confused about its identity - Is it a large Bluetooth PA-system-type unit, or is it just a really big party speaker? My verdict is its both, but more of the latter - While this new speaker has the range and sound quality (and arguably build quality) to handle larger applications, particularly with its co-pairing "party mode" which allows for multiple units and one audio source, the device is strictly designed for the consumer - Colored lights for the speaker grill and LED accents, or the standless design all lend the XB72 to instead be considered just a really large variant of the XB series - But with no battery power and a size/output jump that's significant. The biggest surprise was the lack of a tripod mount of available stand from Sony - While the speaker has feet to allow it to sit horizontally or vertically, no stand hardware exists nor can universal screw-mount tripods or other such devices be used. This might be because standard tripod mount wouldn't be enough to hold this beast. All in all, a great speaker with dependable Sony output, easy Bluetooth pairing, and helpful FM radio receiver (for certain use scenarios). b

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Go To Party Speaker

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    MoGJ
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    Whether you are starting a study jam session or would like to kick off a party with family and friends, the Sony GTK XB72 is a great choice for your audio system. The flashy LED color and strobe lights make a great addition to the speaker to help a party get going. With a little more to be expected, this speaker still makes it the go to decision for your next party. Connecting to the XB72 was a breeze; my devices were able to immediately find and connect to it. It also supports NFC for the Android tech savvy people. One tap and my phone was connected with Bluetooth audio functionality. Upon connecting the power cord, I was greeted by beautiful LED lights. I discovered leaving the cord connected while the speaker is on standby keeps the lights on. It's great ambience lighting! Sony baked their ClearAudio+ and Extra Bass technology into the speaker and even without it, music sounds crisp and boomy. With both enabled (enabling one enables the other), you can really feel the punch of the bass to hip hop and r&b genre music. Sony also added a "Live" button to add a soundstage effect to music you listen to. I felt it too trebly for my taste but I can see where others would prefer to listen to some music with the option enabled. Speaking of soundstage, the speaker also has a mic input for those karaoke nights! The small knob to control the sound level of the mic audio was located on the rear (for those looking for it). Sometimes the music needs to be louder than the one singing during karaoke! The speaker also supports FM radio, the ability to connect a USB drive or smartphone via the USB input, and has RCA inputs. As an added bonus Sony, through their Music Center app, allows for more control of your speaker lights and audio. Via the app you can change the lighting effect to something more subtle or even choose to turn them off. The app also gives you the options for EQ effects and even a few DJ effects. These were all cool options to play with and made me enjoy the speaker's features even more. If you are looking to amp the party up even more, there is also an option to chain Sony compatible speakers to your XB72. Now I can see this starting a neighborhood block party! Now for some of the cons. For a large party speaker I would've wanted for there to be some type of rechargable battery incorporated into the design. The power cable included is long enough to place into a nearby power outlet but if you would like this bad baby at the center of a crowd, an extension cord is needed. Another tiny addition I would've liked to see was a Bluetooth wake option. @@@@@@@@ Some speakers support powering it on from connecting to it via Bluetooth but after attempting to do so, the speaker remained off). All in all, these still do not take away from the impressive features the XB72 brings to the table. Overall I would recommend this speaker to those who love to listen to music outside for a barbecue or gathering, or for those who like to entertain when family and friends are over. With the added light effects and app control, this speaker really is one to get a party going. Although there is not an option to take the speaker on the go, the loudness compensates for it and thus I give it 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK, but not the best audio quality.

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    NAMO
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    I had high hopes for this speaker system. After purchasing Sony's excellent WH1000 headphones and my prior Sony TV's and audio gear (CD Players, Tape Decks, etc), I thought this would be a home run. SET-UP If you use this product with an Apple product, you will love the ease of set-up. After pairing the device via Bluetooth, your Apple product will automatically (with permission) open the App Store and display the 2 apps that you use to adjust its many parameters (Music Center & Fiestable). The Music Center iOS app allowed me to add my music subscription services without issue and I could either use the Music Center app to access these services within the app. A total breeze and a true delight. AWESOME! I was less successful with my Android phone. I tried to pair the speaker with my S7 via NFC. I had several unsuccessful attempts to pair with NFC and eventually just paired it manually via Bluetooth. The Android Music Center app worked very well & also allowed me to add my music services. Oddly, when you select add app (for your music services), the Sony Music Center app doesn't just display the music apps on your Android device, it displays every single app, regardless of its purpose installed on your phone. The Fiestable app didn't work so well either. The motion effects of the phone didn't work correctly and the whole Party Light function was a battery hog. PERFORMANCE These were my biggest disappointments. Sony uses 3 x 2" tweeters that are not high quality. Anyone that has had a good set of home stereo or car speakers will realize how important a good soft dome or titanium tweeter can be. Sony's appear to be a paper material (like what you would find in a cheap set of factory car speakers) and don't lend themselves to high quality music reproduction. Sony also touts XTRA BASS for this system, and that is good. If you unselect XTRA BASS (enabled by default), you literally get no bass. Even with XTRA BASS enabled, these are not high excursion, deep bass producing woofers. Second - The item has a built in FM tuner. It is entirely software based and you set the presets via your iOS or Android device. The tuner received all major broadcast stations in my area without issue, but suffers from a definite noise problem. It is not static, it is just digital noise that is always present in the background & cannot be fixed (it reminds me of analog tape hiss). The louder your music, the more noticeable it is, especially during the quiet passages. Third - Sony uses LDAC as opposed to the far more common Apt-X for Bluetooth streaming. LDAC offers up to 3 times the bandwidth of normal Bluetooth for superior sound quality. My S7 picked it up (iOS was out of the question) and I enabled it. Unfortunately, even under ideal conditions (less than 18 inches) from the speaker, my phone could not provide sufficient bandwidth (Prioritize Audio) to maintain a stream. Once I selected Prioritize Connection (this utilizes a far lower bitrate), it played without issue. But I feel it offered little, if any, discernible improvement over standard Bluetooth streaming. With all this long winded information, the speaker is fun. It has a good selection of input options, such as Bluetooth, NFC, a mic input for karaoke & the speaker even allows you to charge a phone and/or play files via USB. The Fiestable app allows you to play amateur DJ and adjust things like LED flash rate and color, create sound effects like scratching, audience applause, drums, cymbals, etc. If you throw large parties, it may be fun to play DJ and it is always fun to listen to how bad your buddies sing karaoke. With the ability to pair multiple devices via Bluetooth to the speaker, others can share their music with everyone. However, I quickly saw little value after the newness wore off. The speaker is link-able to other GTK-XB72's to expand the sound and the coverage. However, with the deficiencies noted above, there are better choices for streaming & sharing your music. Furthermore, these other major players offer similarly priced speakers with better, more detailed music reproduction. Some even account for your room acoustics. If you don't specifically need the karaoke function, the portability or the limited DJ enhancements, you are better served elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Party Speaker

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    veritech13
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    I have had this speaker for a few weeks and have played with all the features and I am pleased to say this speaker is as fun as it's loud. The NFC/Bluetooth pairing was very simple and it was quick. The sound is bass heavy but the mids/highs are not muddled and the sound quality is good. The actual features thru the fiestable app are actually pretty cool and seem like they would be a hit in a party setting. Thru the app you can sync up 2 streaming devices and go back and forth so thats a pretty cool feature that allows for multiple users to play dj. The other cool features are music effect/lighting effects that are synced to all party guests that sync the speaker to their phone via the fiestable app. Thereby allowing you to control the music/lights and actually have your phone strobe w multicolored lights synced to the music. I can see how that would be fun in a group/party setting. The handles on the speaker make it easy to move around and the weight is minimized by it's portable size and travel handles. The LED lights look very cool in the dark and make the speaker an actual fun thing to look at besides just listening to it. I couldn't find negative things to say about it because I take the sound for what it's, a loud party speaker with extra bass at a price point that is reasonable for the quality you get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony XB72 is Vision of How Music Will be Played

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    stoptheclocks
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    The future is here with portable/home audio. The Sony GTK-XB72 high power home system with Bluetooth Tech is that future, right now. The Sony XB72 is a mighty sounding speaker system with various ways to connect to your smartphone, CPU, USB, 3.5mm jack, wireless TV, RCAs and just about anything with Bluetooth/NFC (Near Field Communication). A couple of Sony smartphone apps help to control the sound and lighting. The Sony XB72 can also be connected wirelessly with other XB72 models for an even more impressive house filling sound. Well, that is the short of it, now I will get more in depth with the details that makes this Sony XB72 so special. . Once I unboxed the Sony XB72, which only took a couple of minutes, I hooked it to my Bluetooth on my CPU. It literally took 10 seconds for the Sony XB72 to play music once the two were paired. A voice comes from the speaker and lets you know you are connected, them paired. This is one of the coolest features. The Sony XB72 has Bluetooth connections that allow you to pair with smartphones, tablets and music streaming like Spotify. I have my Sony XB72 hooked up with my Bluetooth on my CPU and smartphone. I play the music from the CPU and smartphone with no wires and brilliant sound. . The sound is clear and precise from the speakers inside the unit. The speakers are 2"x 3 tweeters and 6 3/8"x 2 woofers and really provide soaring highs and punchy, tight sounding bass. Talk about bass! When the Extra Bass button is pushed, the sound goes deep and is omni directional. It instantly fills the area with amazing sound. When the Extra Bass is off, the Sony XB72 still sounds great, but you will miss the extra bass!! . There's a LIVE button on the top of the unit. It puts out a live sound that covers more area with music and a wider gamat of space. I personally didn't care for the LIVE sound. To my ears it made the music sound hollow. . Use the Sony Music Center app to adjust the EQ and other options that you can use to make the sound better based on what device the music comes from. The EQ is a 4 band plus bass band to help set the music to your liking. I really like the sound without any adjustments on the EQ, so I left that option alone. . Do you karaoke? There's a mic plug in where sing through the speakers of the XB72 till your heart's content. This is always a great option for parties. . The lights on the unit are very vibrant. They appear in different colors that sync in time with the music. There's also 2 strobe lights along with the others lights that really get your attention in a cool display of color. The lights are a nice feature for a party or just hanging out with friends. You can hook up the lights on your smartphone with the fiestable app. Colors appear on your smartphone that correspond to the Sony XB72. It is a unique feature, but watch your battery life on the colors, it drains the battery. . Plug your favorite USB with songs to play them on the Sony XB72. You can also plug in your smartphone or tablet as another option to play music on the Sony XB72. And you can charge your smartphone or USB device directly connected the Sony sound system. . You can hook up to 50 compatible Sony speakers to get some wild and amazing sound! No cable or wires, it is done with a touch of a button to sync the speakers. If you use just 2 units you can actually make the stereo sound. One unit is the right and the other unit is the left. A cool reason to get another one of the XB72. . There's also a radio antenna. Just pull it up from the back and listen in to your favorite station. I don't listen to the radio hardly ever, but it is nice to use if that is your thing. . You can also stand up the Sony unit or lay it on its side. The XB72 knows how it is arranged and can adapt the music to fit the setting. When standing up, the unit actually has tilt upward. It will not lay flat against a wall, but with the tilt the music isn't eaten up by the floor/carpet. This Sony XB72 is the first music unit to address this problem by providing an angle. . There's even more ways to enjoy the music coming out of the XB72. The DJ mode lets you modify the music with a Flanger, WAH and Pan. The Flanger sounds like the "roar of a plane." The WAH sound is that of the frequency going up and down. The last type of DJ sound you can hear is the Pan. The Pan represents music that sweeps across the unit. These setting are really cool. They add a different distinctive sound that is at the very least interesting. I can't say if I have a favorite, but you might when listening to the DJ mode! . Want to answer your phone on the XB72? You sure can through Bluetooth and a built in mic. This way you don't have to on your phone, you can just answer it conveniently through the unit. The overall weight of the unit is about 27 lbs, but the XB72 has two handles that make carrying it pretty easy. It is about 26" tall, 14" wide and 15" deep. If you are short on space you can stand it up or lay it down according to your preference. The Sony XB72 is a great way to party with music. It has numerous ways to connect, change or edit the sound. The 2 apps make it fun as well. To be honest I am not sure of the wattage, but I can tell you it can easily fill house with music and your party goers a lot of enjoyment. The Sony XB72 is the future of boom boxes and micro systems a like. The Sony XB72 combines them all in a neat carrying unit with music synced lights and sound that will blow you away!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    With great speaker comes great technology

    Posted
    gonzaloejimenez
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    Lately Sony has built great speakers, last year I have got the SRS-XB31, which everything is awesome, performance, sound quality, Power, and at the same level, the capabilities that the app Sony Music Center offers, it is definitely a whole new and big world. So, lets clarify first, that this is not a simple speaker, this is a speaker system, it provides stereo music as well as great bass. With the Sony GTK-XB72, you have it all, great sound, stylish design, clever details like handles so you can carry and move it easily, even if it is not heavy, lights, several ports so you can have many connectivity options in case you need them, like rca audio in/out, usb, NFC, Bluetooth, mic, etc. There is so much you can do with this unit, the Music center app, and the Fiestable app, that I think a whole book can be written. One of the things that really capture my attention was the Vertical and horizontal setting . So It looks like it has four little speakers, one on each corner, but actually there are only 3, only the top ones are active when you have the unit in vertical position and they act as the right and left speaker, so you have for sure Stereo responsiveness, this I am 100% sure because I tested with an audio stereo test signal that I have in a pen drive, and if you decide to change it in horizontal position, the third speaker become active, and disable the one that it will be in the down position, you don't have to do anything because it has a built-in sensor that optimizes how sound is processed into stereo, whichever setup you choose, so all you have to do is wait a couple of seconds, you will hear a pause in the music, and then return back with the new setting, this is really cool. You will hear verbal instructions, like "Bluetooth connected, or disconnected", etc. The lights and the various light settings is an awesome feature too, a built-in multi-colored LED line lights on the front, sides and top, pulsing speaker lights within the main body, and a flashing strobe light. The bass, is loud, consistent, and harmonious. I tested in my living room and fill entirely with clear audio and strong bass. It performs really well at low or high volumes, clear and precise. The speakers are 2"x 3 tweeters and 6 3/8"x 2 woofers, it weighs about 27 pounds, includes two handles so carrying it is pretty easy. It is 26" tall, 14" wide and 15" deep. You can place is Vertical or Horizontal depending on your space needs. There USB port can be used to connect USB devices with audio files which can be played. It supports MP3 and WMA formats. And can be used to charge my phone, while playing audio as well. The built-in microphone is very useful for hands-free calls. It will automatically move the call from the phone to speaker using Bluetooth, and the RCA audio input allows you to connect any audio out players. Now, lets talk about the Fiestable app. You will have colors on your smartphone that correspond to the Sony XB72. It is a cool feature for parties, and there are many more options, like making sounds tapping the screen of you phone, changing lights, etc. The Sony XB72 is a great speaker for party. The 2 apps make it fun as well. The Bluetooth range is about 40 feet, but keep in mind that, the better the cell phone, the better the connectivity and responsiveness. By default, the lights continue even when the audio is not playing, but you can turn them off by pressing for 3 seconds the Party Chain bottom that is on top With The Sony Music Center App you can control several Sony audio devices which are compatible with "Sony Music Center" using your smartphone, either iPhone, Samsung etc. I have a Samsung Phone, once I paired the GTK-XB72 Speaker using the Bluetooth connection, it should show as GTK-XB72 device, then you can download and install the Music Center app from the play store, for the android os, and the rest is pretty intuitive. The unit can be paired using NFC, if you have an android OS based smartphone, just tap your phone on the NFC symbol that is located on the left side on top of the speaker, and that is it, the connection is done. From This app you can do any single setting you want on the speaker, The Music Center will show you an EQ 4 band plus bass band to let you set the music to your sound preference. You even have the option to control the level of the treble, mid and bass, which is something that I have always like about a sound system, and a lot of different settings that you can adjust for your own convenience, like for example, the lights, you can enjoy different combinations, if you are in the mood for classical or piano music, or Rock. Other Settings available is the Bluetooth, which you can adjust the type of compression you want or power saving mode connection. One of my favorite settings is the "add speaker" option, with this setting you can have 2 options, you can add a second GTK-XB72 as an extension of the first one, and even setup them up as an stereo pair with another GTK-XB72, or you can use the "Wireless Party Chain" (WPC) Function. With this one you can connect multiple devices (up to 50 devices) compatible with the Wireless Party Chain function with a list of different Sony Bluetooth Speakers compatible devices. In this case I connected the SRS-XB31 and the GTK-XB72, creating a Group. So, basically, once you are in the Music center app, and proceed to add the speakers to the app, or "register them" then once you go to the speaker, you will see the option to group them, you select which ones you want to group, and then a new "Speaker" shows up, but that is the group you just created, and from there you can adjust all the settings you need as an speaker group. It was really cool to see the lights setting was synchronized on both speakers (the XB31 has lights too), but something I also noticed, is that if you want to have a control of the volume level, because on a small speaker you cannot have the same level as the big one, so I found out that it is better to create the group from the small one, and not from the big one, and in my Samsung phone, disable the option "Use Volume Keys for media". Doing all of this, I was able to set up independently the volume of the small one in a higher level, but when I control it from my phone both speakers were increasing and decreasing accordingly. So, for those big family reunion in my home, I could keep the small one (SRS-XB31) in the living room, the big one (GTK-XB72) in the backyard, and control both of them with the volume setting I need them for each. This speaker also includes a microphone in jack, with a control level, but you can also use your phone as the mic while it is Bluetooth connected. It also has a FM radio and antenna, you can set the FM stations easily with the Music Center App. This speaker meets my expectations, comparing to the cost of other smaller and lack of technology of other "famous brands" this speaker has it all, powerful and quality sound, loud and consistent bass, and great technology behind, for a reasonable and affordable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I couldn't ask for more!

    Posted
    JayDubsFL
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    I listen to pretty much everything from rap to classical to the standards , so needless to say I love music! I'm 5'8 - this thing stands almost the full length of my inseam. I didn't weigh it but I'd say it's around 30 lbs. First thing's first - some Alice Cooper - sound is nice and full, a little on the high end until I played with the equalizer. Perfect - sounds outstanding and fills the house with sound! I can feel the sound in my chest about 20 feet away! The light show is nicely done , colors changing to the music along with small strobes that flash to the beat. On to some Sinatra. I tried out the "Live" mode - WOW - it seriously felt and sounded like I was at a Sinatra performance, NICE JOB SONY! Next, some rap - not the modern stuff, more like 10-15 years old... Low end of the bass was a little lacking even with the XTRA Bass setting turned on, but it still had a punch to it. Not disappointing considering the size of the woofers though. You're not going to find a bluetooth speaker this big, and I personally haven't heard one that puts off this much sound - definitely worth checking out if you don't mind the fact that it's not nearly as portable as many speakers out there. Two thumbs up, Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding speaker with a light show!

    Posted
    bridaw
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    This speaker sounds great! The Extra Bass and Live buttons on the speaker along with 7 preset EQs and the ability to define a custom EQ in the Music Center app let you customize the sound however you want. The Function button on the speaker lets you easily switch between Bluetooth, USB, FM Tuner or the rear RCA input jacks. Bluetooth standby mode automatically wakes the speaker when you connect from your device and will turn off again if the speaker isn't used for 15 minutes. I had occasional audio stutter at close range and audio would break up 15 feet away from where I charge my phone. My MHC-V21 is over 20 feet away from this spot and never misses a beat. I changed the LDAC Playback Quality within the Bluetooth Output Settings in the Music Center app to Prioritize Connection and this helped although it wasn't required with our other Sony speaker. Overall, I'm happy with this speaker, but the Bluetooth range isn't as good as our older Sony speaker. Pros: - Wireless party chain works great. I can group this GTK-XB72 with an MHC-V21 using the buttons on the speakers or using the Music Center app. I'm not able to test the add speaker function since you need two identical speakers. - The speaker, line and strobe lights are nice, Rave is my favorite light setting in the Music Center app. You can optionally use Fiestable for more fun with the lights. - Laid on the side or stood upright it switches the stereo sound automatically. - FM Tuner with a telescoping FM antenna instead of a thin flexible wire antenna. - The sturdy built-in handles make it easy to move this heavy speaker around. - Three Bluetooth devices can be connected simultaneously. - One touch NFC feature is convenient if you use Android. - Microphone input jack on the rear with a min/max dial to adjust the volume. - RCA jacks for Left and Right Input and Output connections. No mini-jack input. - USB play/charging port on the rear for a memory stick, phone, tablet or computer. - Built-in microphone for hands-free calls. Cons: - No sleep timer. - When LDAC high quality is enabled it can limit Bluetooth range. - Sometimes the party lights stay on when I power off the speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend