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Sony - SRS-XB41 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 966 reviews

96%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Speaker, Not So Nice Bass

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    HarvickFan
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    I'll start by saying the speaker is very well built. The build quality is apparent right away. Very hefty and solid. Design is very nice, low profile footprint and has rubberized grips to keep it in place whether you're indoors or out. Controls are very easy to use and are super intuitive. Volume is very nice for a speaker of this size, it easily fills up a room. Overall sound quality was very tight and clean. I'll get to the bass in a minute. The lighting on this unit is very cool, and really does add a bit of flair, even just for some casual listening, but it can also be turned off quite easily when you'd like it to be. I only have one unit, so could not try the multi pairing for party mode, but it can pair up to 100 of these at a time, so if you have more, that is a great feature to have for multi room or large occasions. Unfortunately for me, the bass on this speaker is lacking. For a speaker of this size, build and most of all price, the bass was simply sub par. Even worse is that "Extra Bass" is advertised as the top feature of the XB41, all over the box and online description. At low volume, sure the bass is very nice, the overall sound is tight, clean and was nice low end. But turn it up to just normal room filing volume, and any amount of bass heavy music like Rock, Pop, Metal or Hip Hop will begin to distort. In order to keep it from distorting, you have to EQ the music to at least flat, in order to increase the volume. I have other speakers in this same size and feature range, and none of them distort bass as badly as the XB41. If you're looking for a nice, low volume speaker with some flair, this is for you. If you want to enjoy your music at a normal listening volume without distorted bass or having to EQ all the bass away, I would keep looking.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Party Speaker!

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    SgtRock
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    This is a pretty nifty wireless speaker from Sony. Out of the box it has the speaker, instructions and a charging cable. In a nifty twist on portable bluetooth speakers, this one seems especially designed with parties in mind. The shape and weight are such that it can be held comfortably hold in one hand. I was able to hold it easily, and then my children took turns with it and didn't have any issues with the weight either. It comes out of the box about 70% charged (your mileage may vary, of course) so you can start using it right away. Set up is pretty easy, as Sony has a QR code right on the instructions. Simply scan this to your phone and it will take you right to the set up page. Download the app and you'll be on your way. The app guides you through bluetooth pairing, as well as finds nearly every app on your phone you'd likely want to use with the speaker. There is an "add app" button as well, in case it doesn't find an app you want to use with it. There are a couple of sound modes, but the one you'll likely want to use is the "clear audio" setting which automatically adjusts. It sounds very good, but you can adjust to a few other "bass boosting" pre sets in case you need more of a "party" sound. Each mode sounds good, and is very crisp and clear. I didn'te some distortion along the treble lines and had to spend a few minutes fiddling with a balance between my phone volume control and the speaker volume control. If my phone was turned all the way up the speaker sounded distorted in the high ranges, but it corrected itself if I turned my phone volume down and used the speaker volume instead. The speakers niftiest features are the "party" features: the lights and the "party booster" features. The lights have TWELVE different settings (as well as "off") depending on what you have going on. There is a strobe effect, "hot" (which uses the reds and warm colors), "cool" (mostly blues), the "rave" (pretty much all of them flashing on and off), and a number of monochrome settings where the speaker remains one color the entire time. I would think this would be very cool for an outdoor party in the summer, whether it's a wilder party, or you just want to combine speakers with a mood and have them in the background. The lights look great--they'ren't dimmable, but they'ren't super bright, either so it wouldn't be overwhelming to have them near a table or a spot where people are going to be gathered. The "Party Booster" is a nifty idea...with this mode enabled you can hold the speaker in one hand, then "tap" on it on any side (other then the spot you're holding) and get a specific sound--I included a screenshot below to show the five areas you can hit. One bit of advice--tapping doesn't really work, especially with kids. Striking it with an open palm works best (like playing bongos almost). I had to experiment with a few different ways but once I got the hang of it I had no issues. My kids LOVED this, and I could see it being a big hit at a kid's party, wedding reception or party along those lines. I didn't really get it at first, but Sony has included a handy "how to enjoy Party Booster" link right in the app that demonstrates it very well. The sounds are changeable, but mostly fall into percussion lines. You can go with their presets, or you can do the best thing and customize them so each spot is cowbell--"MORE COWBELL" will never be an issue again!!! You can drum along with the song playing and it responds really well! Another nifty feature is you can set this up to "loop" with other speakers so they're all playing the same song, and all have the same settings. I would think this would be cool even in a teaching environment for teaching basic music and rhythm to children. It would also be a blast at a party with several of these around the room for people to pick up and dance with! The bluetooth has a very long range, I was able to cross my yard and it held the signal. It wasn't until I was on the sidewalk in front of my neighbors house that it lost it. It held a good, solid signal with no cut outs or loss until the signal cut completely. There are also several other connection options including a USB and charging port, though strangely there was no audio RCA jack. The charge seems to hold very well. It was 70% charged out of the box (it has a vocal setting where it will tell you the the charge left when you turn the speaker on)--my kids played with it for at least an hour and it was still 90% charged when they were done. They had the lights on the entire time in various settings, as well as the Party Booster. The speaker so far appears to be very durable--my kids dropped it (onto carpet) several times while trying to take their turn with it (i.e. rip it out of my other kid's hands) and there's not a scratch on it. This is NOT the recommended use for it obviously, but it should hold up okay under adult supervision. It is waterproof and dustproof. They show the speaker sitting in the sand on the box, but the material sure seems like it would hold sand very well so you may want to try and cover it in that environment. Overall this is a fun portable speaker that Sony has designed with some pretty specific uses in mind. If you're in the market for a good portable bluetooth speaker this one works very well. If you're in the market for a speaker with the bells and whistles (literally) then you can't go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend