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Sony SRS-XB13 Wireless Speaker

MSRP 60 EURNEX score 67%

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Product Overview

Sony SRS-XB13 is a compact wireless speaker with a single 46mm driver built for the outdoors. It features IP67 weather resistance and comes with up to 16 hours of battery life.
Packed with Sony's Extra Bass and Sound Diffusion Processor, the SRS-XB13 packs a powerful punch, with a strong performance in lower frequencies, despite its size. Thanks to its robust build with weather resistance, it is a great companion for casual listening in diverse environments. To this end, the SRS-XB13 comes with a multiway strap.
The XB13 joins the XB23, XB33, and XB43 released in the last few months, acting as the entry-level option.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Big sound for a small speaker
  • IP67 dust and water resistance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Superb audio reproduction
  • Great battery life
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No stereo separation
  • No stereo reproduction
  • No built-in microphone
  • No sound customization features
  • Doesn't get very loud
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Colors
Black, blue, taupe, coral pink, powder blue and lemon yellow
Drivers
Single 46mm driver
Form Factor
Compact wireless speaker

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP/AVRCP/HFP/HSP
Weather Resistance
IP67

Performance

Battery Life
16 hours
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz

Production

Availability
2021-04
Debut
2021-03

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The SRS-XB13 is compatible with Bluetooth 4.2, and supports AAC and SBC codecs. Sony estimates battery life to be roughly 16 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels. The passive radiator does a good job in its supporting role, adding a sense of richness and resonance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich lows and crisp highs
  • Compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 and AAC and SBC codecs
  • Built-in speakerphone mic
Cons
  • Bass isn’t as powerful as subwoofer

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 37%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony SRS-XB13 has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. It doesn't get very loud and downmixes stereo content to mono, which may not sound as immersive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Outstanding directivity
  • Stable, balanced mid-range
  • Excellent directivity, especially for music
  • Superb audio reproduction
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass
  • Doesn't get very loud
  • No sound customization features

techhive[3]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following***:
Sony's $60 SRS-XB13 compact Bluetooth speaker is one of the best-sounding, monophonic personal speakers I've run across. It's not overly loud, but the naturalists will thank you for that. The midrange is nicely defined, and there's enough high end that nothing sounds choked or smothered.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • IP67 rated
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No stereo reproduction

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony SRS-XB13 is one of the best-sounding ultra-portable speakers. There's a focus on the mid-range that makes vocals very easy to hear. The single worst aspect of the speaker is the built-in microphone. If you're looking for room-filling sound, you'll have to upgrade to one of Sony's new party speakers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No stereo separation
  • No built-in microphone

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony SRS-XB13 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb13. 2021-06-25. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
2. ^ Sony SRS-XB13 Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/sony/srs-xb13. 2021-07-19. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
3. ^ Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth speaker review: Sonic goodness on your wrist. [techhive]. https://www.techhive.com/article/3627496/sony-srs-xb13-bluetooth-speaker-review.html. 2021-08-10. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
4. ^ Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth Speaker review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-srs-xb13-bluetooth-speaker. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-26.

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