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Sony SRS-XB23 EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers

MSRP 120 EURNEX score 61%

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Product Overview

Sony SRS-XB23 is a compact and lightweight 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-XB23 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 music.
Compared to larger models in the series, the XB43 and XB33, the XB23 is more portable and comes with a convenient strap; as a trade-off, it gives up speaker lighting.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Solid audio performance for its size and price
  • Water-resistant design
  • Stereo Pair and Stereo Pair are easy to use
Cons
  • Sound signature could be better

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 61% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great build quality
  • Good soundstage
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Waterproof design
Cons
  • No multi-room audio support
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No charging instructions
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Bass depth isn’t fully reproducing sub-bass
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Colors
Coral Red, Olive Green, Light Blue, Taupe, Black
Drivers
2x full-range + 2x passive radiators

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
76 mm
Size | Height
218 mm
Weight
580 g

Performance

Battery Life
12 h / 10 h (EXTRA BASS)
Frequency Response
20 Hz - 20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz sampling)

Production

Debut
2020-08

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The SRS-XB23 connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and supports AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, but not AptX. At high volume levels, the bass sounds thinned-out, while at moderate volumes, you get a stronger bass sound. The vocals on this track are delivered with solid high-mid and high-frequency clarity. For speakerphones calls, the mic offers decent intelligibility.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Waterproof design
Cons
  • Bass depth isn’t fully reproducing sub-bass

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 26%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony SRS-XB23 is mediocre for music. It struggles to produce low-bass and it has a dulled treble right out-of-the-box. Its companion app offers a graphic EQ so you can adjust its sound to your liking. However, it has low audio latency on iOS and Android devices.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Graphic EQ
  • Good soundstage
  • Very portable
Cons
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No multi-room audio support

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The XB23 uses Bluetooth 5.0, the latest standard, and supports three major codecs – SBC, AAC and LDAC. This is the first year the Extra Bass speakers are using USB Type C connectors instead of Micro-USB. Sony promises about 12 hours of playback on a full charge but that's the average when listening to music at 50% volume.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Two passive radiators
Cons
  • No charging instructions

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb23. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/sony/srs-xb23. 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony SRS-XB23 Portable Bluetooth Speaker review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb23-portable-bluetooth-speaker. 2020-05-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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