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Sony SRS-XB43 EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers

MSRP 230 EURNEX score 54%

Product Overview

Sony SRS-XB43 is a powerful wireless speaker in the company's EXTRA BASS lineup. It offers deep, punchy bass, thanks to Sony's new, non-circular X-Balanced Speaker Unit with dual side passive radiators.
Unlike conventional speaker units with a circular diaphragm, the X-Balanced Speaker Unit in the SRS-XB43 features a quasi-rectangular diaphragm. It maximizes the area of the diaphragm and reduces driver excursion, resulting in lower distortion and greater clarity.
The two-way wireless speaker is IP67 dust and water proof; it is also salt water resistant.
Thanks to Party Connect, owners can connect up to 100 compatible wireless speakers via Bluetooth to sync not only music but also lighting.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • User-adjustable EQ
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not Wi-Fi-compatible

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful bass depth and sculpted treble
  • Stable mid-range
  • Water-resistant build
  • USB-C and USB-A ports
  • Graphic EQ in the Sony Music Center app
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No built-in voice assistant
  • Some compression present when you play it at max volume
  • Sculpted sound signature favors bass and treble over mids
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
Stereo mini jack (IN), USB-A (DC out only)
Wireless Connectivity
NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Colors
Blue, Black
Speakers
2x woofers + 2x tweeters + 2x passive radiators

Dimensions

Size | Depth
117 mm
Size | Height
123 mm
Size | Width
325 mm
Weight
2950 g

Function

Weather Resistance
IP67 water and dust proof

Performance

Battery Life
24h / 14h (EXTRA BASS + lighting)
Frequency Response
20 Hz - 20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz sampling)

Production

Availability
2020-08
Debut
2020-06

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The SRS-XB43 has an IP67 rating, which is excellent for a portable speaker. It can withstand exposure to dirt and dust, and is waterproof up to 3.2 feet. The bass is still robust, and at top volume levels, it doesn't distort or thin out too much.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass depth and sculpted treble
  • Water-resistant build
  • USB-C and USB-A ports
Cons
  • Sculpted sound signature favors bass and treble over mids

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 25%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony XB43 has a balanced mid-range that's suitable for dialogue-centric content. Its underemphasized treble can make higher frequencies sound dull or veiled. It struggles to reproduce low-bass, even with its EXTRA BASS setting turned on. Its soundstage is narrow and directional, which doesn't create a very immersive listening experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Graphic EQ in the Sony Music Center app
  • Stable mid-range
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No built-in voice assistant
  • Some compression present when you play it at max volume

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony SRS-XB43 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb43. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB43 Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/sony/srs-xb43. 2021-01-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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