Achieve crisp and clear sound with this Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker. The included battery offers up to 16 hours of uninterrupted playtime, while a waterproof design means you can bring the speaker to the beach or pool. Wirelessly pair this Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker with another one for an even bigger stereo sound.
Bluetooth speaker with Extra Bass
Enhance low-end tones, giving bass a boost.
Waterproof and dustproof
IP67 design allows the speaker to withstand being in and around water or your dusty surface.¹
Connect two speakers wirelessly for stereo sound.
Small and light design
With the included detachable strap, you can hang or carry it anywhere .
Connect wirelessly from across the room
Pair this speaker with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, tablets and laptops.
Enjoy up to 16 hours of extended playback on a single charge.²
Pick it up and play
With the lightweight, portable design.
Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.
Plays digital music files
Including AAC and SBC.
Auxiliary audio input
Allows simple wired connectivity.
¹ IP67 (Degree of protection against jets of water): Requires that all ports and covers are firmly closed. Capable of resisting a 12.5 ltr./min. spray of water from a distance of 2.5 meters for a period of 3 minutes.
Liquids that the waterproof performance specifications apply to: fresh water, tap water, pool water and sea water. They are not applicable to liquids other than the above (soapy water, water with detergent or bath agents, shampoo, hot spring water, etc.).
² Battery life when lighting is off. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.
The setup of Sony’s XB12 speaker is fast and easy. Upon turning it on, it begins seaking for a device to connect to. I was able to connect it to my iPhone and my PC with no issues.
The key feature of this speaker is that is can produce great bass in such a compact size. Additionally, it boasts 16 hours of battery after a 4 and a half hour charge. It is also rated IP67, which means it’s waterproof for up to a meter of water in depth for up to 30 minutes. A second XB12 speaker can be connected for left and right audio, perfect for movies.
The performance of this speaker is impressive. I used it to listen to all types of music and was always astonished at the bass sounds for such a small device. Next, I popped open Netflix and watched several shows and movies that I knew had action sequences and explosions. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with theatre-like sound. Since I don’t have a second XB12, I wasn’t able to test the feature of connecting a second one so that it can produce left and right sounds separately, but one speaker was impressive enough.
The product surpassed my expectations. I am looking forward to making this speaker my new travel speaker, as the included strap makes it easy to hang from my backpack. It’s IP67 rating will keep me at ease from the outside elements and the sound will keep me immersed in the entertainment I listen to.
The price for the speaker in terms of value is great, especially if your interested in buying two so that you can use the left/right wireless connection feature.
I highly recommend this product for people who travel often and like a sound louder than their phone can produce. Gamers with gaming laptops would love this as well, as the little speaker will keep you immersed and probably last longer than your gaming laptop in terms of battery power, so you’ll get some multiple gaming sessions out of it.
The Sony SRS-XB12 is smallest of the new Extra Bass Bluetooth connected speakers released this year. The XB12 replaces the outgoing XB10. The overall design remains very similar, and you would have a hard time telling the two apart side by side. The only outward difference is the strap. The XB10 had a silicon ring loop for a strap that doubled as a nifty little kickstand for stability on its side. The XB12 comes with a fabric strap that can be unbuttoned to loop through/around anything. Inside the differences are subtle. The XB12 loses NFC for fast pairing but gains an IP67 dust/water immersion rating (XB10 was IPX5 for splashing water).
The XB12 (like the XB10) is a compact, single driver Bluetooth speaker. Sound is provided via a single 1.81” active driver facing upwards, while the extra bass is provided by the passive radiator at the bottom. The 4 cutouts around the bottom are the openings/vents for the sound coming out of the passive radiator. The charging port (Micro-USB), 3.5mm audio-in jack, and reset button are located behind the rubber gasket-like cover. The cover needs to remain closed for the XB12 to have its IP67 rating. The battery life remains unchanged from the XB10 and stays at 16hr.
All controls are in one long strip. Power and pairing share the same button. The play/pause button is also multifunctional. 1 press for play, 1 again to pause, 2 presses to skip forward, and 3 to skip backwards. Its also used for answering any incoming calls with 1 press (another to hang up). The microphone for phone calls is also located on the backside, at the opposite end of the power button. The Add button allows you to pair another XB12* in a L/R mode for stereo listening. *Per all literature I have seen it has to be another XB12, and not an XB10.
The entire unit fits easily in the hand, and has the diameter of an aluminum drink can, but about 1.5” shorter. That means this speaker easily fits into a cupholder, like that on fold out patio chair. The small size makes it very portable, and easy to bring along in a bookbag, purse, or whatever. I go on camping and backpacking trips, and this easily fits into the mesh drink pouches on my pack, or I can loop it along the side with the speaker’s strap. I can also hang the speaker from the canopy of my tent for some music (or white-noise) to fall asleep to. The little blue power LED is small enough that it won’t annoy you if you fall asleep with it on. I’ve brought it along at work to play in my lab. My laptop speakers just don’t cut it, but the XB12 did a nice job sending good volume through my 1200sqft lab space.
Sound out of the XB12 is pretty good for such a small speaker. I had it cranked to its loudest and I never heard it clip or distort. Sony has done of good job of setting that max volume limit. As far as bass goes, not bad. It’s nice, punchy, and can keep up with a fast beat. You won’t get any deep rumbling bass out of this speaker, but that’s just never going to happen in such a small package. I listened to a decent variety of music, and it to handled everything pretty well. Really, any music that benefits from good punchy bass seemed to play well on the XB12. I had a couple of Hip-Hop/Rap songs with deep/rumbly bass throughout – those didn’t sound as good as I know they can sound. The XB12 just can’t push a long, continuous rumble and come off a little flat. Aside from these limited cases the speaker sounded great, so I can’t complain.
The Bluetooth connectivity works well. Reported range is 32.81ft – I can confirm that it works at least that far, and maybe a touch further. I had to get more than 40ft in my lab a few times before I heard it cut in and out. I didn’t have any issues with connectivity over 10+ hours of use.
The strap, at first, is very difficult to undo. The eyelet to pass the button through needs to stretch out a bit after a few uses, and then its not too bad. I certainly wouldn’t want it to be too easy to undo or else I would worry about it popping free unintentionally.
The outer coating is a silicon rubber material. Mine is black. It cleans up pretty easily (soapy paper towel for me) and should hold up well over time.
I’m not sure if the speaker automatically shuts itself off after a period of inactivity or not. I would think it would to save battery, but I don’t know for sure.
I connected the speaker to one of my Google Home Mini’s so my kids could play music and have better sound quality. They liked that they could carry and dance around with the speaker.
This actually isn’t my first Sony Bluetooth speaker – that goes to my old SRS-X33. I loved that speaker, but it was lost on a camping trip last year (sad). I was happy to see the XB12 come around, so I wanted to give it a shot. Turns out I like this little speaker. It’s sound isn’t as good as the X33, but it’s much more portable and has 4 more hours of battery life. Turns out I just want good quality sound in a package that is easy to transport, and easy to use. The XB12 does that and does it well. I trust Sony to make a good quality product (like my old X33), and it helps that its an evolution of the time tested little XB10.
Got this speaker just to be kept in a bathroom at all times, and we're amazed by the sound (especially the bass). We'd been looking for something small but with good sound, to not take up too much space on a shelf, and something that would match the blue color scheme. The charge lasts a long time, too. Love this product and are getting another one.
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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Speaker at a great price
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
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This is a great product, It has great volume, sound and, value. It has good range and can be used next to water with no worries. The only thing that could improve the overall ratings would be if if the controls were better identified. They are slightly raised but are still hard to see, perhaps if they had some color on them.
Over the years we have owned various sizes of Sony's portable speakers and have never been disappointed. The quality is outstanding in terms of how they are constructed and how they sound. This Sony SRS-SB12 is no different.
The speaker comes with a graphical, easy to use instruction sheet to show users how to charge the speaker and pair it with your phone for use. Initial charging takes about 4 1/2 hours, then power on the speaker, hit the pairing button and select the SRS-XB12 from the list of Bluetooth devices available on your phone.
This compact speaker that is about the size of a can of tomato sauce is perfect for taking in golf carts, strapping to gym or beach bags or anywhere one is on the go. No worries either since it is totally waterproof and dustproof. It comes with a handy, detachable strap for hanging on bags, trees, you name it. All great features, but what matters most is the sound and this compact speaker does not disappoint. Given the size of this speaker I think it is just astounding how rich the sound is that it puts out. As with other Sony portable speakers that we own which features EXTRA BASS, this one does not disappoint in the bass department and the 16 hour battery life is more than adequate.
I'd highly recommend the Sony SRS-XB12 if you're looking for a quality, portable speaker.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about treble quality, connectivity, sound and usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0Tim Gideon on November 13, 2019
The Sony SRS-XB12 packs a powerful punch for such a tiny speaker, and its waterproof build adds value to its already affordable price.Full Review
A:AnswerThese Sony speakers connect to whatever the device is you want to use them with via Bluetooth. They do not have HDMI ports. They do have a 3.5mm audio in port for connection via a cable. They also have a charging connection.
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A:AnswerHi there, Yes, it is rated IPX7. The speaker has been tested to and maintains its operability when gently submersed in water to a depth of 1 m (3.2 ft) and left for 30 minutes. Ref: https://helpguide.sony.net/speaker/srs-xb12/v1/en/contents/TP0002133455.html?search=water -Sam