Sony - XB20 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

Music stands out with this blue Sony XB Bluetooth speaker. Its LDAC technology processes three times more data than Bluetooth audio to let you enjoy the full quality of high-resolution music formats. The single-colored line light of this IPX5 water-resistant Sony XB Bluetooth speaker adds visual style to your music.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Sony XB20 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • USB cable
  • Warranty card

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3034 out of 3152)

Features


Supports LDAC format

For high-resolution sound.

Connect wirelessly from up to 33' away

Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device. NFC technology enables one-touch pairing.

Rich sound you can carry in the palm of your hand

This portable device can slip into your bag to bring your music, movies and games to life on the go.

Rechargeable battery

Play your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours on a full charge.

Water-resistant design

Whether you're listening to tunes indoors or outdoors, relax knowing the wireless speaker is IPX5 water-resistant.

Give your beats a boost with EXTRA BASS™

Dual passive radiators work together with stereo full-range speakers to enhance low-end response - giving bass a boost despite the compact size.

SBC sound decoders

Provide rich, detailed sound.

Built-in microphone

Accepts hands-free calls through the speaker.

Auxiliary audio input

Allows simple wired connectivity.

ClearAudio+ technology

Automatically adjusts sound settings for an enriching listening experience.

Easy control with SongPal™

Easily control speaker settings from your smartphone with SongPal. Simply install the app and take control of music, lights and more.

Add a splash of colored light

See your stylish wireless speaker stand out with a single-colored line light.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3149 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than SRSXB10 little brother.

    Posted
    HappyJoe
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I accidentally bought the little member of the new XtraBass Sony line, thinking that I had the right product i tested the SRSXB10 and was told that I should have gotten the next model which is the SRSXB20, return to the store and got the XB20, I must,confess that the difference is clear between both, The XB20 has the advertised mega bass, and its quality surpasses the XB10, but it does not mean the XB10 is bad, but compared the two and in my opinion the extra 40 dollars are worth it. Also I can use my cellphone to set some of the functions and it is immediately recognized. I like to use it at work, so it is water resistant, the plastic is coated with a rubber finish, and at night the power button and the bass are always illuminated, in case I don't use the extra bass, power button it is always illuminated. The lights have three settings or modes but I prefer to switch them off, and last, the sound is better than my JBL flip 3. I recommend it to anyone looking for acoustic sound and solid bass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Speaker

    Posted
    TechGuy99
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The best speaker on the market under $80.00. Your neighbors will call the cops!!! :) Easy to connect. No annoying sounds on buttons after connecting. Range cuts off at around 30 feet. Awesome, blue color. Only negative comment is that charger uses a usb "samsung style" plug. Not user friendly if you have poor vision or lack hand eye coordination.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony Audio Bliss!!!

    Posted
    Dragonhunter281
    • Tech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Member
    • Top 500 Contributor

    The Sony SRS-XB20 wireless portable speaker has been a real treat to use. As someone who usually prefers wired headphones and speakers, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and feel of the speaker. At its price point, it definitely packs a punch in terms of both sound and aesthetics and could easily cost more than it does. Physically, the speaker is fairly compact, roughly six inches in length and it has a decent amount of weight to it considering its small size, though not obtrusively so. Furthermore, it has a slight smooth texture and although what looks like plastic, it almost has a slight rubber feel to it. It is definitely a beauty to hold and is in no way cheap at all. Given this, I was quite impressed. On the top you will note your standard buttons such as power, volume control, play/pause, as well as a phone button for voice recognition. In addition, there is also an extra bass toggle as well as an add button for adding another speaker in a daisy chain. There is also a Bluetooth LED light that will remain solid when it is connected to a device and it will blink when it is not paired with anything. Furthermore, on the back there is a micro USB plug for charging, a 3.5mm audio in jack as an alternative to Bluetooth. Lastly, there is a reset button in between the USB and audio jack. One slight inconvenience was the documentation that came with it. Instructions are mostly pictures, which might annoy some people. For me though setup was straightforward so this wasn't too much of an issue. The first thing I noticed when I paired this with my Sony Xperia Z3+ was the sheer loudness of the speaker. This thing is LOUD and it completely took me by surprise! At about half volume, this thing fills the room with sound! Naturally, for other Bluetooth accessories, such as in my car, you have to max out the volume on my phone, then adjust the actual volume knob on the car stereo. This is not the case at all with the XB20; it really moves at low volume settings. However, I will mention that when the battery gets extremely low, you will need to increase the volume on your device. This is not a con at all but worth to note. Another impressive aspect of the XB20 was the bass. The bass is actually really impressive; on loud bass oriented tracks, it really rumbled quite well. With the Extra Bass button enabled, I could at least tell a slight difference than before. Given its size, it is insane that it reproduced what it did and you could actually feel some of the bass. The lights are also a nice added touch, and can be disabled by holding the extra bass button down. Another thing I would like to mention is that if you pair this with a Sony Xperia phone (excluding XA and XA Ultra), the phone will automatically detect this speaker as LDAC compatible. You will be given a choice on how it connects either by preferring sound quality or focusing on maintaining the connection. Essentially, LDAC enables the phone to stream the audio data at a higher bit rate over the Bluetooth connection (990 Kbps according to their website). Everything worked flawlessly, however, keep in mind here that if your music is not lossless (FLAC/WAVE/ALAC/AIFF), it would be best to leave the setting to maintaining the connection as you will not benefit since your music is missing sound that this was intended to reproduce. Granted, I am still bit of a skeptic even with my lossless audio collection since I do not have a way to fully verify that it is reproducing every nuance sound. Regardless, I will say it is still a feature definitely worth having; my classical and jazz collection at 96 KHZ/24 Bit sounded wonderful. Nonetheless, I am excited that Sony pays attention to the Hi-Res aspect of music both in their speakers and phones. I was able to pair my Z4 tablet, our X Compact as well as the Xperia X that we have in our household. All worked flawlessly and sounded amazing. Lastly, I would like to mention their application that pairs with this speaker, Sony Music Center (Songpal). I would like to mention that this provided some extra control over the speaker, allowing you pair it with a device or add an additional speaker, adjust the light modes, and lastly help manage the speaker when an audio cable is connected. You can also manage sleep settings as well as monitor battery level of the speaker (you can also hold down the phone button). In addition, it allows you to play your music on it. It is a bit redundant in this regard as you probably have another application to play your music but it does indeed work in case you do not. While I was fiddling with the application, I discovered that when you plug in an audio cable in, regardless if it is connected to Bluetooth, it will automatically switch to the audio cable. At this point, you can then increase audio in volume. Also, when I switch to the default music player and increased the volume on the side of my phone, I did not have to turn it up very loud. The speaker is really amazing volume wise. One last note I would like to mention. If you connected your audio cable while Bluetooth was on, and then connect your device via the cable and then disable Bluetooth afterwards, you will receive an error telling you that it does not have access to the device any more. This wasn't too much of a problem; however, I just removed the cable from my phone and enabled it. You might have to clear the application from your phone's memory if it hangs up. This was just a minor issue, and I was able to fix it. Overall, I would strongly recommend the SRS-XB20 for anyone who needs a high quality wireless speaker that is compact and portable enough to carry around. Physically, it is sturdy enough and weighs just right. Sound quality is top notch as well, providing loud sound at very low volume settings including punchy bass given its size. Sony has a winner on its hands, and I have no doubt everyone will be quite satisfied with this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big things come in small packages

    Posted
    King
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love this little guy! It gives quite the punch for its size! My only regret is that I wish I had bought two of them when it was on sale. Lastly, the only thing I wish it could do is change the current track selection instead I have to make the change from whatever device I have it connected to. Which means I have to have both the speaker and my phone in the bathroom if I want to skip a track while the showe, Lol. It only pauses and play from the device. Other than that I love it and highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speaker for the price

    Posted
    Esinsc
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This speaker has excellent sound for the price. Regular price was $99.99, I got it on sale for $49.99. If you’re looking for a small portable speaker and you don’t want to pay a bunch of money, I highly recommend this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!!

    Posted
    Darkknight1379
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I own ue boom speaker which is one of the best speaker in the market but this speaker from sony just blow them away with extra bass and the light that reponse to the music. Look cool sound cool and i also got it when it on sale for 50 bucks. Love this speaker

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable yet super big sound

    Posted
    Zach
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I'm very impressed by this speaker. It doesn't look like much but the sound that this thing is able to create is incredible! If you need a portable speaker then look no further. This is what you need. Not too pricey, and has spectacular sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotta Love It

    Posted
    Cipher469
    • Tech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member
    • Top 1000 Contributor

    My purpose for a compact Bluetooth speaker was to partner it with my Echo and wirelessly have music out on my deck. After trying other brands without success, I tried the SRS-XB20 (water resistant). It has been a "wow" experience. First, I charged it up, then starting the pairing process, which took no time at all. Next, I tested the connectivity by carrying the speaker throughout my house (2 story), then out to the deck, and even out into my yard. The XB20 never lost connection! Sound quality rivals a more costly HK that I own; and, in some areas, sounds better ...especially with the Extra Bass feature on. Sony says it should play up to 12 hours on a full charge. I didn't play it that long, but I did let it go for 8 hours straight, without it ever faltering. The front oval edge of the speaker lights up (white) and pulsates somewhat with the music. If you don't want the light on and/or to conserve power, it can be easily turned off. There are a couple of minor negatives: 1.The charging cord is very short, so you have to be very close to the power source. 2. Getting a full charge takes a very long time. (The tradeoff, I suppose it the very long operating time after it is charged.) Neither of these points are troubling enough to diminish the outstanding quality of the XB20 overall. Reasonable price, good looks, durable, very quick Bluetooth connection, portability with excellent range of operation,very long operating time on full charge, and, importantly, great sound! I love it and definitely recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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