Enjoy powerful sound during outdoor parties from this blue Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker. The rechargeable battery offers up to 12 hours of use, while the waterproof and dustproof design provides durability. This Sony EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth speaker has full-range drivers, which deliver crisp, well-balanced audio, and the lights sync with the beat for a brilliant show.
Feel power of EXTRA BASS
Dual passive radiators work together with full-range speakers to enhance low-end tones, giving bass a boost.
Lets you connect up to 100 compatible speakers with Bluetooth technology so the music and lights sync up and everyone dances to the same beat.
Offers a convenient way to talk hands-free, whether it's a conference call for work or a chat with friends.⁸
Waterproof², rustproof⁷, dustproof and shockproof IP67 design
Allows flexible outdoor use so there is nothing to stop you from enjoying your music to the maximum, anywhere and everywhere.
Connect wirelessly from up to 98.4' away
Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled devices³.
X-balanced speaker unit
Features a non-circular diaphragm to deliver high sound quality and powerful sound pressure for a richer, deeper listening experience.
Take this compact and lightweight speaker everywhere you want
Fits perfectly in the cupholder of your camping chair, and the convenient strap lets you hang your speaker in your tent or on the nearest tree.
Control beat with Sony Music Center app
Select your favorite playlists, cue the next song and sound modes⁵.
USB Type-C port
Lets you charge your portable speaker.
Play your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours on a full charge, and up to 10 hours in EXTRA BASS mode.¹
¹Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.
²Requires that all ports and covers are firmly closed. Waterproof specification of IPX7*1 as specified in “Degree of protection against water immersion” of the IEC60529.
The speaker has been tested to and maintains its operability when gently submersed in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Dustproof specification of IP6X*2 as specified in “Degrees of protection against solid foreign objects”.
The speaker has been tested to and continues to block dust after stirring for 8 hours in a testing device which contains dust particles that are up to 75 mm in diameter.
³Interoperability and compatibility among Bluetooth® devices vary. For Apple iOS devices, the system is compatible with iOS 10.0 or later. A BLUETOOTH connection is not available on the devices with iOS 9.x or earlier.
⁴Requires download of Fiestable app for iPhone from the App Store or for Android from Google Play. User must link compatible devices in order to control operation. Subject to app terms and conditions. To use the Fiestable app you’ll need to download the Sony | Music Center app first.
⁵Requires download of Sony Music Center app for iPhone from the App Store or for Android from Google Play. User must link compatible devices in order to control operation. Subject to app terms and conditions.
⁶Only compatible between SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33, SRS-XB23. When watching movies using the Party Connect function, there may be a gap between video and audio.
⁷This does not guarantee no damage, no breakdown, or waterproof and dust proof performance in all conditions. Deformation or damage from dropping the system or subjecting it to mechanical shock may cause deterioration of the waterproof and dust proof performance.
⁸Voice assist function compatible with Android smartphone (Google App) or iPhone (Siri). Bluetooth® connection required.
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The packaging is pretty straight forward, no frills, cardboard surrounds inside to hold the speaker in place inside the box. Hey it just had to get to the store and then home with no damage.
First impression: Overall the speaker has a good look and feel.
Powering it up. I was able to easily pair it to my iPhone and checking the battery I found it was at half charge.
Pulling up my favorite play list produced a nice clean sound with solid bass at the initial setting. One place I plan on using this is at work, so I tried turning the volume down to a level I'd use there and found it still retained some good bass and I could still make out the vocals. Next I tried making a Skype call and the person on the other end couldn't hear the music, but the level was still acceptable for me.
The controls are what you'd expect: Power, volume up and down, play(call)/pause, Battery and Bluetooth Pairing. There's also a Party button for playing across multiple compatible speakers.
I tried pressing the Party button with only this one speaker and that resulted in the loss of the connection with my phone. Not sure there's any use for this with a single speaker but will have to check the instructions.
I also downloaded the Sony Music Center app which gave me access to the Extra Bass settings, a small equalizer (bass/mid/treb), and the ability to change between mono and stereo. There are also some Power Options available (Bluetooth Standby, Stamina and Battery Voice Levels). My preference was with the mid boosted slightly to bring the vocals out a little more with the Extra Bass on.
There are three ports on the bottom end of the speaker which act as a bass port at the bottom end while the speaker is standing up. The bottom also has a rubberized coating, which should help keep it from "walking" across a surface while playing.
It says you can also lay it down, but this speaker is a round tube. If the surface you're placing it on isn't level, the only thing that will keep it from rolling is the lanyard/hanging loop at the top if you initially place it in this manner. If the surface gets bumped hard enough or shifts I can see this rolling right off the edge. This is the only knock I have on the speaker.
I didn't really notice much of a difference in the sound standing up or on the side and it will take up less space standing so that's how I expect to use it most of the time, unless its hanging in my tent.
Overall the sound for the size of the speaker is pretty good. If you're looking for a party/dance speaker it may not be quite big enough, but for a small group sitting around a fire pit or hanging out at the beach/pool the Sony XB23 will fit the bill nicely.
By day it will be on my desk at the office and I can see it travelling with me on camping trips and tailgating with friends.
The Sony SRS-XB23 Portable Bluetooth speaker is a small speaker that packs a powerful punch.
It is very lightweight but don’t let that fool you. We took this camping this past weekend and it basically played the entire time on a single charge. We used the lanyard to hook it to one of the awning arms and left it. And it looked good as new when we packed up to leave.
The initial connection to my iPhone 7 (and my sons) was a breeze. Simply open up the settings app, click on the SONY SRS and it was playing almost immediately. Take the time and download the Sony Music Center app if you purchase this speaker. It truly improves the experience of this speaker.
Sound quality is exceptional. The speaker has a great bass. The highs and lows are great as well. The music is crystal clear and the range to the phone/music source is remarkable. I was more than 75 ft away at one point and it never lost connection with my phone. I have several other Bluetooth speakers, but this Sony SRS-XB23 is by far the best of them.
The build of this speaker is top notch. As I said, we attached it to the awning arm and left it. It was in the sun, shade, rain, wind, and like that little pink bunny, it kept going and going and going. I was a little weary of the waterproof ability at one point, because we had a very heavy rain and I thought about the speaker about half way through, but it survived, and the sound was still exceptional. This is a well built speaker that is very tough. VERY TOUGH.
Sony also did a fine job of the layout of the speaker controls. The on/off button, volume up/down next song/previous song, etc. are all easy to locate and use.
It came with a charge that was about half charged. I charged it for about three hours and it was fully charged. The provided charging cable attaches easily.
For me, there are none. I truly enjoy the speaker and can’t wait to try it out in a couple of weeks at Myrtle Beach. Can’t wait!
I have had the Sony SRS-XB23 for a little over a week now. The speaker performs way above the level that you expect at this price point. One of the great features is the richness of tones that the XB23 puts out. Sony has ventured out of the old school diaphragm and has developed a non-circular shape, which increases the diaphragm area and gives the richer tones and deeper bass. Another great feature is the Party Connect, connect up to 100 speakers to the same input device and be able to control the party from your phone. Battery life is about what you would expect, I drain mine a little faster than the 12 hour battery life at normal or 10 hours for Extra Bass that it states, but I usually have it turned all the way up and all the bass I can get.
I really like the music app that comes with the device, I wish it had some preset equalizers to match what your listening to, not just the standard Treble/Mid/Bass that it comes with. I do really like that when you set-up the app you include all the different apps that you would use with the speaker, whether it be Amazon Music, Tidal or Pandora, and you quick launch to each of those apps as you use them.
I take my music with me everywhere, when I am remodeling a house, when we are at the pool, when we are working in the garden or when I am in the shop. I always have to think of what will get in my speaker and try to protect it, Now I don’t have to worry with the Sony XB23 anymore. If it gets sawdust in it, just hose it off, if it gets wet, just dry it off. Anything you can throw at it, it can take, with it being rated IP67 and being rust-proof, dust-proof waterproof and shockproof. This speaker is also the perfect size to carry with you, it even comes with a leash so you can hang it up where ever you go.
I currently have a smaller portable bluetooth speaker that I use outdoors when doing yard work or washing my truck. While this speaker sounds pretty good, I wanted something bigger that would offer better sound both in the high end, but especially in the bass area where my smaller really lacked in the bass department.
Enter the new Sony SRS-XB23 portable bluetooth speaker. This speaker is twice the size as my older speaker unit. The Sony measures 8 1/2 inches high by 2 7/8 wide. It's lightweight at 1.3 pounds, so it's very easy to carry with you if on a walk or hiking using the attached lanyard which you can attach to your belt, back pack, or hanging from say a tree branch in your yard. And for someone like me who loves lots of bass in their music, this Sony SRS-XB23 offers an extra bass mode.
The speaker comes in 5 different colors. Other features are dual full range speakers and dual passive radiators work in tandem to provide full rich bass sound. As mentioned above, there is also an attached lanyard, so you can hang if from about anywhere. While I have not run out of battery capacity, Sony claims the battery will last about 12 hours when fully charged. In the extra bass mode, Sony says the battery life drops to about 10 hours on a full charge.
Sony says that it will take about 4 hours to charge the speaker with the included 18 inch USB type C cable. The cable does not have an adapter, so if you plug it into your computer to charge, it may take 4 hours to fully charge. I used an adapter to plug the USB type C cable into the wall, and it took 90 minutes to fully charge.
I highly recommend that you download the Sony music center app to your phone (Android or Apple). By default, the Sony SRS-XB23 audio is in mono, even though you have two speakers. When you go into the Sony app, you can switch it to stereo mode, and when placing your speaker horizontally, your music will be in stereo. If you place your speaker standing vertically, it automatically goes back to mono.
Other controls in the Sony app let you turn on the extra bass feature. A 3 band (bass, mid, treble) type equalizer. Select stereo or mono and feature called ClearAudio+. But if you use the ClearAudio+ feature, it will put your equalizer back to the factory specifications of flat. For my taste, I have the equalizer on with the extra bass enabled.
The Sony SRS-XB23 comes with the lanyard attached, but easily removed if you wish and a short (18 inches) USB type C charging cable that you'll need to plug into a computer or using an adapter to plug it into the wall for faster charging.
Overall, I highly recommend the Sony SRS-XB23 speaker for it audio qualities, especially when you use the Sony music center app to tweak the sound.
Sony’s punchy new XB23 EXTRA BASS portable Bluetooth (BT) sound tube is a worthy competitor in the jungle of similar products, and at about $100 from Best Buy, it is priced right.
Compact and lightweight, default settings provide the EXTRA BASS function. It can operate with simplicity when connected to a BT music source. There is much more to this sound blaster than simple operation for those who wish to go deep.
GETTING STARTED –
Unboxing reveals simplicity of design. Other than the XB23 itself, the only other hardware in the box is the USB charging cable, with one end USB-C and the other end standard USB Type A. This arrangement is what my experience suggests is now standard on current Sony products. The charging port is USB-C. Plug the USB-A end into almost any charger, though best charging performance will come from charger output of 1.5 A and above. Charging time at this rate is about four hours.
At about 3” in diameter by about 9” long and weighing in at just under 1.3lbs, it travels well with a battery life up to 12 hours, down to about 10 hours in EXTRA BASS mode. Small, yet powerful. Its small footprint should let it fit into most cupholders. Or, use the included strap to hang the XB23 in a tent or on a tree branch. It’s party time!
Powering on with a press of the power button, then pressing the BATT button XB23 speaks up with its approximate state of charge.
THE SOUND –
Let’s face it, this is why you’d buy one of these or a similar product. Fortunately, the powerful output is as stated above – CRISP and CLEAR. No muddiness or distortion here. XB23 is stereo capable, too, through smartphone settings using the free Sony Music Center app. Twin drivers provide reasonable stereo imaging and L/R channel separation. In stereo mode, position the speaker on its side with the Sony logo on the left. That’s the L channel speaker location.
In the event users have other products in the same Sony line, currently SRS-XB43, SRS-XB33, use the Party Connect feature to BT connect and sync with up to 100 compatible speakers. I cannot even imagine what this might sound like.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed using the XB23.
Let’s call it waterproof to the IP67 rating, meaning the unit is waterproof, dustproof, rustproof and shockproof, and can be accidentally dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour without harm. So, let it rain. Let it splash. Let it get accidentally dropped in water. If needed, wash it off with a gentle stream, please. Be sure to keep the rubberized cover in place over the charging port to maintain waterproof integrity.
TAKE THE CALL –
As if good and strong stereo sound was not enough, another nice touch is the on-board microphone that enables users to seamlessly answer incoming calls from a connected smartphone with a press of the Play/Call button.
As indicated above, users can go deep into features, functions and settings above and beyond the basics. How? Scroll down the listing on the Best Buy product page for additional details.
Sony is to be commended for providing consistency with available online product information. Covered by a standard Sony one-year warranty.
Yes, I recommend this Sony XB23. Available in five colors! Nicely done, Sony.
The Sony Bluetooth Speaker is pretty cool. When I first opened the box, the first thing I loved was a slim design. My mom at first thought the speaker was a cup. I did explain, you are able to put the Sony Bluetooth Speaker in the cup holder of a car. After connecting the Bluetooth to my cell phone, I was able to walk at least 2500 ft away from my phone. The signal reached that far with me. The sound was amazing throughout the house and the volume is pretty good. You are also able to connect up to 100 speakers using the Party Connect option. This speaker also holds a charge for a long period of time. I used the speaker all day and didn't have to charge it until the next day. It really depends on how long you have it turned on. The setup was fairly easy and paired up with my device quickly. I personally love it. I couldn't find any CONS.
PROS: Portable, Holds a Charge, Sound is Great, Lightweight, Party Connect feature
This is my 4th Sony Bluetooth speaker I've used over the last several years and all have been terrific, including this one.
- As with nearly every Sony product you get the terrific sound quality that they are known for. The bass is especially solid in this unit and the design allows you to see and feel the subs pulsing out both ends.
- Its got excellent design with portability in mind. Place it in the cup holder of a camping chair during a gathering or hang it from a pole or tree branch with the included strap.
- Fast charging via USB-C and long battery life (up to 12 hours)
- You can press a button on the speaker to get a verbal readout of the remaining battery life. I love this underrated feature that lets you prepare before you head out for the day (do I need to charge it?).
- It's designed to be waterproof so it is safe to have near the pool or beach. Just keep the charging port compartment closed.
- You can expand your speaker set-up easily by adding a second one for stereo sound, or even connect countless speakers in party mode to sync music in multiple locations.
- The Sony Music Center app allows for additional customization, but my favorite feature is that it lets you turn your speaker off remotely.
- None. This speaker has a great price/value!
I love my new XB23 speaker. The size is perfect for toting around with me while I'm doing my yard work. The fact that it's dustproof, shockproof and waterproof is helpful since yard work is a dirty job.
It paired to my phone without issue. The fact that these speakers are small and that you can connect them to have more than one playing the same music means that they would be good to set up throughout the house for whole-house music. There's a microphone on there somewhere because you can use it as a speakerphone as well. Battery life has been great and it even came with a charge for immediate listening.
The green colored speaker is not the same as the shade of green shown on the website. The actual speaker is more of an Army green. It's quite harmonious with nature when using outdoors.
You can use the speaker without the need for any apps, but if you want equalizer control or some additional features, you need to download the Sony Music Center app.
This will fit in a camping chair or a backpack water bottle pouch, so it's really convenient to take on the go. The sound is very pleasing, with highs, mid-range and bass sounding solid, so I would highly recommend this speaker to anyone.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, treble quality, size and design. Editors have mixed opinions about bass quality. 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 95/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Nick Pino on May 18, 2020
Sony SRS-XB23 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review
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A:AnswerHi Kory, Great question. Based on customer feedback, the XB23 is designed more around portability rather than trying to get sound all around the speaker uniformly. Because of this the XB23 will fit in most cupholders and similarly small spaces. It is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof for your peace of mind. Both of the XB23s speakers are facing the same direction so you can get true Left/Right separation like the artist intended. This also means, if you lay it flat it sounds just as good as it does standing up. That being said for a small speaker the XB23 can really fill a room with audio. Hope this helps! ~Ralph