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Sony XB33 Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony SRS-XB33 EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers
Neoscore* 74%
  • Powerful bass depth for its size
  • Cool LED lighting
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Lacks microphone or voice assistant support

Summary

Sony's waterproof SRS-XB33 speaker delivers cool LED lighting and some surprising bass depth for its size. It's compatible with the Sony Music Center app, which offers a basic graphic EQ as well as three sound settings so that you can customize it to your liking. Even with the 'EXTRA BASS' and 'Sony ClearAudio+' features enabled, this speaker has an uneven sound profile. Otherwise, the Sony has great controls, allowing you to use your smartphone's voice assistant.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Sony recently updated its SRS series of portable Bluetooth speakers. The SRS-XB33, at $149.99, is the mid-priced option. Its front face and top panel are both flat, while the back is rounded. Dual full-range drivers deliver a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • In-app EQ allows for some sound signature tweaking
Cons[**]
  • Not for those seeking accurate audio performance

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB33 is a portable, battery-powered speaker with customizable lighting. It's compatible with the Sony Music Center app, which offers a basic graphic EQ as well as three sound settings so that you can customize it to your liking. The Sony can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which creates a more immersive sound. However, the Sony XB33 has a bad voice assistant performance.
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Pros[**]
  • Good sound quality
  • Good companion app
  • Supports voice assistants from your smartphone
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Sound profile is uneven
  • Lacks a graphic EQ

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB33 costs $150 / £150 / AU$229 and is waterproof (IP67), rustproof, dustproof, saltwater resistant and shockproof up to 1.2m / 3.9ft. It has dual passive radiators and Sony's use of Extra Bass which mostly translates to, well, extra bass. The only predictable downside here is that orchestral pieces in particular can feel a little inaccurate at high volumes with trebles and mids not quite having the clarity we'd like.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful low frequencies
  • Fun LED lighting
  • Easy to use
  • Solid battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
Sony SRS-XB33 waterproof Bluetooth speaker. IP67 rating means it is resistant to both fresh and salt water. Off-centre design and optimised weight balance helps enhance clarity and widen the soundstage. Sony claims 24-hour maximum battery life with up to 14 hours of action with the volume at maximum.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful soundstage
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Review. pcmag. 2020-06-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Speaker Review. rtings. 2021-01-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. techradar. 2020-11-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. whathifi. 2020-11-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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