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Sony XB33 Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Powerful bass depth for its size
  • Cool LED lighting
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Lacks microphone or voice assistant support


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.



Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The SRS-XB33 delivers a bass-forward, crisp sound that will still appeal to many listeners without any EQ tweaks. At maxed-out volume levels, there's no distortion, and still a very healthy sense of bass depth. There's still some typical Bluetooth distortion in the mix, but the mic signal is strong.
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  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Water-resistant build
  • USB-C charging
  • Bass depth gets thinned out at higher volumes


Sentiment Score[*] 15%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB33 is mediocre for music. It has an uneven sound profile and even with its 'EXTRA BASS' mode on, it lacks a thumpy, rumbly low-bass. Vocals and lead instruments sound a bit veiled and dull. Its soundstage is still perceived as narrow, and it doesn't get very loud.
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  • Feels sturdy, durable design
  • Good battery life
  • Low latency on iOS and Android
  • Decent audio reproduction
  • Very portable
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Lacks a thumpy, rumbly low-bass
  • Mediocre soundstage
  • No compression artifacts at max volume


Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB33 boasts a powerful sound, deep punchy bass, and decent clarity. It has dual passive radiators and the promise of Sony's Extra Bass, which means the lowest frequencies are very much where the attention lies. Bold rich bass means you can't help but feel thrilled at what comes up next on your playlist. It does a fairly good job of maintaining clarity and clearness at higher volumes, which we certainly appreciated.
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  • Powerful bass
  • Solid build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Bassy tone at high volumes


Sentiment Score[*] 80%
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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  • Punchy, dynamic sound
  • Excellent battery life
  • No extra bass


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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