Sony - XB30 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Get an instant party started with this Sony XB Bluetooth speaker. It quickly pairs with your NFC-enabled device at just a single touch, and it enhances upbeat tunes with its EXTRA BASS mode and flashing multicolored line light. This Sony XB Bluetooth speaker withstands splashes and is suitable for outdoor use with its IPX5 water resistance rating.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AC power adapter
    • Owner's manual
    • Sony XB30 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
    • Warranty card

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1807 out of 1894)

    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 24 hours on a full charge.

    Water resistant

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

    Build energy with flashing lights

    Get the atmosphere right with a multicolored line light and flashing strobe.

    Feel the music with EXTRA BASS™

    Hit the EXTRA BASS™ button to get things going. 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.

    Get things booming with Wireless Party Chain

    Connect up to 10 wireless speakers via Bluetooth and synchronize the music and lighting so everyone's dancing to the same beat (additional speakers required, sold separately).

    Increase the clarity and quality of what you hear with ClearAudio+

    ClearAudio+ 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.


    Customer rating

    4.7
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sounds great, looks great

      Posted
      TechnicallyWell
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      You can start a party anywhere with this speaker thanks to the built-in light show. PROs + Sound quality: Obviously, one of the most important features of a speaker is the sound quality. The Sony XB30 certainly does not disappoint. Highs and mids come through clear and bass had some kick to it (if it's not enough for you, you can press the "Extra Bass" button for an enhanced effect). I tested streaming music from Apple Music, Pandora and Slacker Radio and was not disappointed with the sound quality of this speaker. + Lights: I know some may find this gimmicky, but I really like the lights on this speaker. There is the outer ring that surrounds the speaker on the front that changes different colors and two white LED "strobe" lights on either side. You can set the lights to dance with the music, set a more calming lighting effect or turn off the lights completely by using the SongPal app. The lights really to add a bit of a party atmosphere and helps this speaker stand out from other brands. + Bass booster: A quick press of "Extra Bass" button substantially increases lows and adds a great bass effect, especially considering the size of this speaker. However, it can make some songs sound a little "muddy" with an overemphasis on lows. + NFC pairing: If your phone features an NFC chip, it can be used to quickly pair to this speaker with a tap. + Speakerphone support: You can answer incoming calls on this speaker by tapping the "phone" button. I tested this out and my friend said the sound quality was very good and he could hear me fine. However, if I stepped too far to one side, the noise cancellation feature seems to kick in and makes my voice harder to hear, so be sure you're in front of the speaker while using the phone feature. + Siri support: You can also call up Siri by tapping the phone button and speaking a command. + Bluetooth standby: A unique feature of this speaker is that you can leave it plugged in to an AC outlet and it will automatically turn on when you start playing music on your phone. It will go into standby mode (waiting for the next time you play music) if nothing plays for a period of time. This feature can be enabled in SongPal app. + Charge your phone: The speaker has a USB port on the back. You can use your own charging cable to plug into this port and charge your phone while the speaker is on. This would obviously decrease the runtime of the speaker, but it can come in handy in a pinch. + Pair with other Sony XB30 speakers: Another unique feature is the ability to pair this Bluetooth speaker with another similar Sony Bluetooth speaker. The other speakers must support the "Wireless Party Chain" function, which currently includes the SRS-XB20 , SRS-XB30 and SRS-XB40. Up to 10 speakers can be connected. + Aux in: Non-Bluetooth devices can be used by using an audio cable with stereo mini plugs (not included). CONs - Proprietary charger: Unfortunately, this speaker cannot be recharged with a standard Micro USB or USB-C charger. It uses a barrel connector, meaning that you need to remember to bring the included charger with you (and make sure you don't lose it!). Fully charging the speaker takes about 4 hours. - No battery life indicator on iOS: Many newer Bluetooth speakers display their battery level on the iPhone/iPad status bar, so you can see when your speaker needs recharged. This Sony XB30 speaker does not do that, although you can use the SongPal app to find it (it's buried under the Settings option in the app). You can also hold down the "phone" button for about 3 seconds and the speaker will announce its current charge. - Buggy SongPal app: This speaker seems to use a separate Bluetooth connection when using the app, as I frequently receive messages from the SongPal app that my speaker needs to be paired even while it is currently streaming music from the same device. I've also seen multiple instances of the speaker appear in the app even though I'm only using one, so it looks like the SongPal app has some kinks to work out. Overall, I'm really happy with the sound quality of this speaker and the light show is a nice added bonus!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sony XB30 - Good, but not perfect.

      Posted
      TechEnthusiast
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      Despite its best efforts to scare me off, I actually do like this speaker a lot. Unboxing the speaker two things immediately struck me. First, the speaker is smaller than I'd thought it would be based on the box (lots of packing materials to keep it safe). Second, the speaker feels surprisingly heavy given its size. It only weighs a little more than 2 pounds according to my kitchen scale, but it feels a lot heavier than that when you're holding it in your hand. I got the speaker in blue (one of my favorite colors). The blue is a duskier shade than I was expecting, but it's still pleasing to the eye. That being said, I do regret not having picked this up in black as it would have coordinated with my furniture better. The texture is lightly rubberized and purports to be water resistant. The front of the speaker bears an LED light ring that can be customized to hit a range of different colors. All of the speaker's ports are hidden behind a door on the back right-hand side. It came with a great big notice taped to it advising you to make sure that the door is shut when the unit is in use. I can only presume that this is to ensure the unit's water resistance as it seems to operate perfectly fine with the door wide open. A surprising addition to the ports is a traditional USB type A port. It should be noted that this port is for power output only and does not support power input or data transfer. The documentation says that the port is included to charge one's phone or tablet using the speaker. This is a nice addition, but it feels a little random to me. Turning it on proved to be the first stumbling block for this review. Following the instructions, I charged the device for four hours prior to attempting to use it. With the speaker still plugged into the wall, I pressed the power button . . . and nothing happened. I tried pressing it several times and got no response whatsoever. I worried that I might have received a defective unit, but unplugging the device from the wall and pressing the power button finally yielded results with the device promptly turning on. Oddly, this was the only time that I encountered this issue. I have since left it plugged in and pressed the power button, and it turns on right away. Charging proved to be another oddity with this device. Using it for about two hours, I was down to 75% battery according to the phone app that goes with this speaker. With the speaker still on, I plugged it in to see about charging it while using it. An hour later, the app still reported a battery status of 75%. I'm not sure whether this is a characteristic of the device itself or a glitch with the phone app. Pairing the device was simple enough on an android phone. I did have to turn my Bluetooth on and off to get it to show up, but I suspect that was the result of a bug on my phone and not with this speaker. The app that works with this speaker is a little too generic and lacks polish. This is where things start to go downhill. First, the big selling point for this speaker is its ability to wirelessly pair up and synchronize with other speakers from this series to create a stereo or surround sound effect. I couldn't test this as I only had a single speaker to work with. Sony really ought to consider selling these in multi-packs if they're going to make such a big deal of this capability. I knew from my own research prior to getting this speaker that this capability only works with other speakers from this series. You can't use other bluetooth speakers from other manufacturers or even other models of Sony speakers to do this. That being said, the language in the app is very vague and makes it sound like you can grab any old bluetooth speaker to create a wireless speaker network. Curious to see if this was actually the case, I grabbed a pair of bluetooth speakers from other manufacturers and attempted to pair them. Sadly, as expected, neither one of them would pair. Second, the app's control of the customizable LED light ring isn't quite what I was led to believe given the packaging and documentation. My hope was to use this speaker with my home theater system and have it paired with my home theater PC rather than a phone or tablet. Given the speaker's ability to link up with other speakers, I'd had thoughts about maybe using this to eventually implement a wireless surround sound and/or whole home speaker system. My PC setup has a nice blue LED lighting effect, and I thought it would be cool to get the LED ring on the speaker to match the blue that the rest of my setup has. That's when I discovered the second shortcoming of the app. You can't select a single color for the LED ring to glow. The app only gives you a list of preset color schemes that you can choose to have it cycle through. You can't select just a single color and tell the speaker to hold it continuously (special PSA on the lighting: if you're epileptic, don't attempt to use this speaker until you adjust the color settings. By default, this speaker came in "RAVE" mode which has white flashing strobes along the left and right edges. There was no mention of this strobe effect in any of the materials I read prior to getting this speaker, and it's a little disturbing that this was enabled by default). Third, the voice control button within the app doesn't appear to actually do anything. Pressing it prompts you to say a keyword. I tried saying "Sony," "Speaker," "Hey you," and "Play Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,'" but I had no luck getting the app or speaker to react. Pressing the help button within the app didn't lead me to anything offering any support for this. Saying "Google" did pull up a screen with icons for Google Music and Youtube, but I couldn't get the app to do anything beyond that point using voice controls. Unfortunately, the shortcomings aren't limited to just the app. The speaker also has a button on the top for bass boost. Upon first using the speaker, I was very impressed by the sound. It was clear and loud with a lot of punch to it. Curious to see what it would sound like with even more bass, I pressed the bass button on the top . . . and the sound immediately went flat and tinny. Apparently, the bass button was already enabled by default. Given the way that this is set up, the bass button is less of a boost button and more of a "make my music sound anemic and bad" button. The perception would have been much improved had they not opted to have this enabled by default. Using the speaker on a phone call yielded mixed results. The audio came over both loud and crystal clear on my end. That being said, the person on the other line said that my voice was distant and full of distortion. Suffice it to say, that speaker's microphone isn't very good. A couple of warnings if you're going to try and use this as a speaker on a PC. First, you won't be able to control the speaker's settings from the PC. You're going to have to use the phone app to control things like power management and the LED lighting. Secondly, you're going to want to go into the power management options within the app to turn off the auto-off power saving feature. This feature is enabled by default. The speaker doesn't automatically wake after powering down. If you don't turn off the auto-off, then you will be forced to press the power button on the speaker to turn it back on after it powers down. The amazing thing is that despite the shortcomings that I've listed, I still really like this speaker. The LED lighting is fun, the sound is terrific with lots of volume and bass, and the aesthetic is nice and clean. Is the speaker perfect? No. Is the speaker really good? Yes. Despite the shortcomings, I'm still seriously considering buying another one to use in my home theater setup. I would recommend this product.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      BIG DILEMMA

      Posted
      TECHBEENGOOD
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      After a few minutes playing with SONY's new XB30, I knew I was in trouble. Too many nieces and nephews who would feel left out if I gifted any one of them and not any of the others with this truly fun music box. Great sound, immense power handling, colorful, bright, and wickedly cool. Took mere seconds to get my laptop connected to the SONY XB30. Hit play and Adam Levine was sounding big, bold and great filling my large family room on this rather pint-sized sound box. Disconnected it from my laptop, and pulled out my iPhone 6. Within minutes I was playing Feist with perfect sound quality. My iPhone offered to download a Sony App to further control the XB30, but it was not necessary. It does let me adjust the volume from the App so I don't need to go up to the Sony XB30, but so what. The SONY XB30 has a few special tricks. A double click of the play button skips you forward. A 3 click pattern jumps you backwards in the song. It will apparently tie together with multiple SONY devices of this special EXTRA BASS SERIES so the kids can have a really loud party. Yikes. Oh . . . and it's a L-I-G-H-T S-H-O-W. Yeah, it lights up like an 80s disco. Shrink that massive boom box from the 70s/80s into a milk carton size (quart!), double the volume, add a light show and it connects with whatever music library you have on your phone. Not bad. Not bad at all. I'm gonna need to get a few more of these. SUMMARY: If there is something I could bring back from a visit to the 1980s, it might be the totally frivolous spirit of musical fun embodied by boom boxes. Boom boxes, for the too-young-to-know, were portable, but powerfully loud, all-in-one stereos that could entertain your moving party. Sony brings back all of the fun and eliminates the unnecessary. The ubiquitous smart phone has all the music you could ever carry, and bluetooth links to Sony’s powerful speaker. Add to the mix a light show using LEDs creating little burden on your portable power, you’re ready to go.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Impressive sound for the size!

      Posted
      Cupra
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      I was excited to open the Sony SRS XB30, as my previous bluetooth speaker was relatively cheap, and left a lot to be desired, sound-wise. So, opening up the box, which in itself is nice and tactile, you are greeted straight away by the speaker. No messing around. Pulled it out and powered it up. The indicator in the SongPal app (I'll get to that later) showed 50% charge, so that was great, meant I could use it right out of the box. Sync'd it to my phone (without instructions) by pressing the big bluetooth button and then looking for it on my phone (just like you would with any other bluetooth device). Paired up really quickly. Chose my first song to play through it and away I went. Bam! The little speaker had a nice punch, straight out of the gate! I was very impressed, almost taken aback as I checked it out. Turned the volume up and it sounded great. Then, as anyone would, you HAVE to press the EXTRA BASS button. When you do, dual passive radiators work together with stereo full-range speakers to enhance the low-end tones, giving bass a nice boost — despite the speakers compact size. Basically, it sounds fantastic! However, I found that the speaker sounds fantastic, at a lower volume and when you are close to it. As I stepped away from the speaker and turned up the volume, the bass intensity dropped and more higher end sounds took precedence. I live in a moderately sized home with 25ft ceilings in the living room and the speaker was able to fill the room with sound, but didn't sound quite as bass-backed as it did when the volume was lower and I was closer to it. However, I am still very impressed with what this speaker can do, considering it's size. On to the SongPal app... I opened it up and got the speaker hooked up to it, and from there you can change many settings on the speaker. It has an illuminated LED ring around it and two strobe lights. You can turn them on and off and you can control certain colors of the ring with predetermined color pattens within the app. But you cannot directly choose the color with a color wheel. You can also check battery status, power settings, adjust the EXTRA BASS and more. The unit claims a 24 hour battery life (when not using the lights on it) and so far, it's living up to it's claims. You can connect via bluetooth as mentioned or also via USB. You can also link speakers, so if you have more than one of them, you can link them for stereo sounds. And if you want more, you can link up to 10 of them together for a full on party atmosphere! The speaker is also water-resistant, not completely waterproof. So don't drop it in the pool and expect it to work, but it is splash proof and spill proof, so you can take it and use it at the beach as long as you make sure that the internal components cover is securely fastened, as Sony mentions many times in the instruction manual! You can connect up to three devices to it as well, although I haven't tried this feature as I would only use it with my phone. I would love to see a power indicator on my phone as to how much power is left in the speaker. I use a pair of Sony Bluetooth Headphones (MDR-XB70BT) every day and they provide a little icon showing how much charge is left in them on my phone. That would be useful with the speaker, as I may not always use the SongPal app when using the speaker. As for the SongPal app, I had an issue with the speaker connecting twice to it, and then not registering either of them. I had to erase the speakers and reconnect them. Not a deal breaker but it made the SongPal app feel a little clunky. It would be nice to have a color wheel to choose individual colors for the LED ring around the speaker, but again, not a deal breaker, but a nice to have feature. Overall I am very impressed with the Sony SRS XB30 Bluetooth Speaker and I would recommend it to my friends without hesitation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Value at this Price Point

      Posted
      pillboy
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      This is the third Bluetooth speaker we have in the house which enables me to make a direct comparison to two competitors from different manufacturers. However the other two have price points higher than this Sony XB30 with a $149.99 MSRP (one is $50 higher and the other is $100 higher). The Sony comes in multiple colors and the outside of the case has a rubberized finish with metal grilles front and rear (the back one is for a passive radiator). The unit has a nice substantial feel to it and that combined with the feel of the controls gives the sensation of a quality made piece. The front grille is surrounded by a “light bar” that has a number of different preprogrammed colors and patterns along with a couple of white strobes, none of which appear to keep time or rhythm to the music being played. The “light show” variations cannot be accessed directly from the speaker’s built-in controls, you have to make changes from the SongPal app (which is free), but you can toggle the current light selection on or off using a button on the speaker. The jacks for power, audio in, and USB connection (to charge your phone from the speaker) are on the back of the speaker under a cover that has a water resistant gasket as the speaker is IPX5 rated for water resistance. Note that if the cover is open for a connection its water resistance is compromised. The Extra Bass function provides a nice bass boost that once you become accustomed to it, leaves the speaker sounding kind of “tinny” or “thin” when it is turned off. I did find the speaker to be lacking in treble both when playing files from iTunes via my iPhone 6 and when connected with a cable to an iPod Classic playing Apple Lossless files. The SongPal app has a rudimentary three-band graphic equalizer enabling you to adjust bass, midrange and treble from flat to +10 or -10 with three sliders. The bass and mid had a noticeable effect on the content I listened to, but the treble control had virtually no effect that I could tell. Two features I was not able to try out were the “Wireless Party Chain” since I have only one Sony speaker and the LDAC audio technology which is a higher quality Bluetooth connection which appears to be a proprietary Sony technology available on their ZX2 High-Resolution Audio Walkman and Xperia smartphones. I realize I am probably not in the target audience for this particular product due to my age, but I am a little confused by the combination of the “multicolored line light and flashing strobe” that would have probably appealed to the 12-year-old me along with the LDAC technology that comes in a $1200 hi-res music player that the 60-year-old me could afford but has difficulty rationalizing. I would expect someone with a high-resolution, audiophile-quality music player to be shopping wireless speakers at a much higher price point than this. The XB30 has a built-in microphone which enables you to have phone conversations using the device as a speaker/mic. Sound quality was far superior to the iPhone’s speaker phone function for both ends of the conversation (to be expected given the size difference of the speakers between the two devices). This feature helps the XB30 earn a place on your work desk. I think the XB-30 represents a good value for its price point given the additional technology and features it possesses when compared to the two other Bluetooth speakers I am familiar with, however the lack of treble response is a little disappointing, at least to me. Sound quality can be a rather subjective matter, and to be fair I was not able to judge its sound with it being driven by a LDAC capable device. There are many other players at this price level, so I suggest comparing at a retailer where you can listen to multiple speaker choices before making a decision.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Unspectacular, forgettable. Good bass, however.

      Posted
      BiDu
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      I don't exactly dislike this speaker, but I bought mine when it was on sale for 90 dollars. Personally, my short answer is that there are better options unless you really want good, deep bass at low volumes and a lightshow... though the bass performance decreases rapidly as the volume gets higher. Honestly, compared to others in its class, it just doesnt hold up. Even though it is quite bassy at low-medium volumes -- and that bass extends well into the lower 50 hzs before it rolls off --other speakers (especially the Megaboom) outclass it in total audio performance, especially where dynamics and overall presence are involved. I can set my UE megaboom in the middle of a room and it fills the room with well-dispersed stereo music and maintains good bass through the entire volume range, but this speaker just lacks that ability and sounds boring in comparison, and the bass begins to rapidly fade the louder it goes until there is almost none left. The flat, un-dynamic nature of the sound is forgettable, unexciting and uninspiring, and really only sounds decent when the unit is directly facing you. It is apparently water resistant, but the manual specifically says, right beneath its instructions on what to do if water touches the unit, that exposure to water will void the warranty. Its hard to tell if this is a generic statement that finds its way into all Sony manuals or a reason for Sony to deny you warranty service. Either way, Sony isnt known for great customer service. The 'light show' it produces is a bit gimmicky. It attempts to detect a beat and flash the lights in time but it only works for EDM or very basic songs. Most of the time, its just a mess. Additionally, it forgets what setting you had it on frequently and sometimes defaults to its most chaotic "rave" setting on reboots. The app that you have to download to access the EQ and other functions is garbage. It takes 2 or 3 attempts to connect to the speaker, which terminates the existing connection, if one was present. The EQ, like the light-show, forgets where you set it frequently and resets... which is unfortunate because tweaking the EQ is the only way this speaker sounds decent in my opinion Also, it uses a proprietary charging adapter... a minor annoyance for me considering most speakers use a form of USB. All in all, there are better options. I got to listen to an Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, which is in this price range, and it sounds much better, is fully waterproof.and lacks gimmicky features.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superb sound! Loud and crisp! It's a SONY!!!

      Posted
      Jazzyhouse
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      Spent more than an hour at the store listening/deliberating between Sony and Bose. Sony hands down won! Features like easy one touch pairing with my Samsung phone, long battery life, power bank charger, rubbery case is well made than Bose's plastic exterior, lights are awesome and classier compared to JBL's tacky lava-like lights and the SOUND is SUPERB!!! Was able to play it out of the box. Did not download the app, very satisfied with the quality of the sound. At max volume, sound frequencies like highs, mids and lows are maintained and does not get distorted thus I found no need to have an equalizer from the app. Always take into consideration the source ( Pandora, Spotify, Youtube, Mp3, etc ) you're getting the music from because it's crucial to the overall output of the sound. I listen to Pandora and recordings are consistently crisp, full and clear. Some sites have inferior recordings, no matter how much tweaking you do with an equalizer it will still produce an inferior, muffled and distorted sound. Another feature I've noticed is when paused for a considerable amount of time, it turns itself off. Compared to the XB40, XB30 IMO delivered a crispier, undistorted sound at max volume. XB40 was slightly louder, a given. Could not be happier with my choice. Growing up Sony was already a household name in quality and performance. With the proliferation of newer and good brands in the market today, Sony has retained its global reputation of excellence in electronics technology. Time spent at Best Buy wasn't wasted and was on sale. Lastly, the red is gorgeous! More like red orange.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great portable speaker, clear sound

      Posted
      Bori22
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      I'm sorta a low key audiophile on a tight college student budget, so I did a lot of research on different speakers. It came down to this Sony xb30 and the JBL charge 3. While both are very similar, the JBL, although loud with good bass, sounds mudder compared to the Sony. At higher volume especially, the bass of the JBL distorts and degrades the overall sound quality. Sony, with its optional extra bass is much clearer and accurate. The sound quality is much more authentic and doesn't distort at higher volumes like the JBL. That doesn't mean that the Sony has less bass, it's just better balanced at higher volumes. Lows and mids are amazing. The bass is good for a small speaker. It's not water proof but water resistant, which is enough for me. The weight is heavier than I expected but it's not a problem at all. I usually keep the lights off while in use, but when I have friends over, they enjoy watching the light show. The battery is great too. Overall the Sony xb30 sound is fantastic and in my honest opinion better than the JBL charge 3. It's very impressive for it's size. It works great indoors and pretty good outdoors. THINGS TO KNOW: This speaker has a high quality Bluetooth receiver called an LDAC. It's compatible with my pixel 2 xl but should work with any Android phone running atleast oreo 8.0. To get the most out of the sound quality, download the Sony music center (SongPal) app. Then go into the settings and make sure to use the LDAC and set the playback quality to Prioritize Sound Quality. Also most music player apps have their files default at normal quality to save storage space. I suggest you go into your music player app settings and either stream or download music in the highest quality possible. If you do the things I just mentioned, you'll definitely get the most out of this awesome speaker. I would recommend this speaker to anyone. JBL gets all the hype but this Sony is hands down the better product

      I would recommend this to a friend




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