Sony XB23 Review Rundown

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


Photo of Sony SRS-XB23 EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers
Neoscore* 76%
  • Solid audio performance for its size and price
  • Water-resistant design
  • Stereo Pair and Stereo Pair are easy to use
  • Sound signature could be better


Sony's $100 SRS-XB23 speaker delivers solid audio for its size and price in an outdoor-friendly, waterproof design. It has a companion app that offers a graphic EQ so you can tweak its sound to your liking.
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[*] 76%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Sony's SRS-XB23 is the least expensive of the company's three new waterproof models. The cylindrical speaker measures 3.0 by 8.6 inches (HW) and is available in black, blue, green, red, or white. Both ends of the speaker house passive radiators to help pump out extra bass response.
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  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Rugged build and adjustable EQ
  • Can be rinsed off under a faucet
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB23 is a cylindrical speaker that can be used in a mono or stereo mode. While its soundstage isn't as wide as other 360° speakers like the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it still feels spacious. The Sony is a better choice for outdoor use as it's better-built, and it supports voice assistants, unlike the Marshall.
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  • Good battery life
  • Can be used in mono or stereo modes
  • Supports voice assistant
  • Lacks low-bass out-of-the-box
  • Not Wi-Fi compatible


Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony SRS-XB23 is an affordable outdoor speaker with a few hidden features that most people will love. It will launch this summer for $99 (around £80, AU$150) and will be available in five colors: Coral Red, Olive Green, Light Blue, Taupe and Black. This is the first year the Extra Bass speakers are using USB Type C connectors instead of Micro-USB.
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  • IP67 rating and 12-hour battery life
  • Dustproof and waterproof up to one meter
  • Nothing in particular


1. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Review. pcmag. 2020-06-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Speaker Review. rtings. 2021-01-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review. techradar. 2020-05-18 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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