Sony XB33 Review Rundown
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Review. Pcmag. 08 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Speaker Review. Rtings. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. Techradar. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. Whathifi. 09 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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