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Sony SRS-XB33 EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers

MSRP 150 EURNEX score 64%

Product Overview

Sony SRS-XB33 is a dust and water proof 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 non-circular X-Balanced Speaker Unit in the SRS-XB33 maximizes the area of the diaphragm and reduces driver excursion, resulting in lower distortion and greater clarity.
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
  • Powerful bass depth for its size
  • Cool LED lighting
  • Easy-to-use companion app
Cons
  • Lacks microphone or voice assistant support

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Solid build quality
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Decent audio reproduction
  • Punchy, dynamic sound
Cons
  • Mediocre soundstage
  • No extra bass
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Lacks a thumpy, rumbly low-bass
  • Bass depth gets thinned out at higher volumes
  • Bassy tone at high volumes
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-A (DC out only)
Wireless Connectivity
NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Colors
Red, Blue, Taupe, Black
Speakers
2x full-range + 2x passive radiators

Dimensions

Size | Depth
106 mm
Size | Height
97 mm
Size | Width
246 mm
Weight
1100 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 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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Water-resistant build
  • USB-C charging
Cons
  • Bass depth gets thinned out at higher volumes

rtings[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Feels sturdy, durable design
  • Good battery life
  • Low latency on iOS and Android
  • Decent audio reproduction
  • Very portable
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Lacks a thumpy, rumbly low-bass
  • Mediocre soundstage
  • No compression artifacts at max volume

techradar[3]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass
  • Solid build quality
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Bassy tone at high volumes

whathifi[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Punchy, dynamic sound
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No extra bass

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb33. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/sony/srs-xb33. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb33. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony SRS-XB33 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb33. 2020-11-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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