Sony SRS-XB10 review
The Sony SRS XB10 is the smallest of the speakers from Sony’s Extra Bass Bluetooth speakers line. It looks like a grenade and indeed has a bass punch.
Being water-resistant, capable of pairing with another unit for a stereo pair, solid audio, and bass make it a great competitor among Bluetooth speakers.
- Good price
- Rich bass and crisp highs
- Water-resistant (IPX5)
- You can pair it with another SRS XB10
- Built-in speakerphone
- NFC tap to pair technology
- 16 hours battery life
- A deep bass tracks, distortion happens
- Mono sound
Design of Sony SRS-XB10
The Sony SRS XB10 has a cylindrical shape, grenade looking, measuring 3.5 x 2.9 inches (HW) with a weight of 9.2 ounces. It is an exciting roundish design, but it loses its portability because it can’t fit into a pocket. It would be best if you had a small bag to carry the speaker.
It comes in black, white, red and blue color. The speaker is IPX5 certified, which means it is not a problem getting wet, but it is not good to put it underwater.
The body and base are rubber with a speaker grille as a speaker’s top panel, covering a 1.8-inch driver firing upward. The speaker also has an internal passive bass radiator and small cutaways at the base for enabling air to flow out. The rubberized design of the speaker can attract dust but, on the other hand, keeps the speaker from sliding and provides an excellent grip.
A detachable strap of the speaker uses to hang on a tree branch, bicycle, or another suitable place. It can use as a stand for the speaker when placed in a horizontal position. The loop at the end of the strap is not very reassuring and feels like it could break.
Along the base, there is a control panel with a play/pause button, +/- button (for volume levels), add button (in case you like to pair another SRS XB10), and power button. Here are the status LEDs for the battery, power, Bluetooth, and left or right speaker if you pair with another device.
The speaker also has a micro USB port (the charging cable comes with the speaker), a 3.5 mm aux input for wired listening (this cable doesn’t come with the speaker), and a reset button. For the sake of water resistance, there is a cap that covers this area.
The Sony SRS XB10 doesn’t use an app because the manufacturer did an excellent job of making the pairing so simple that an additional app is unnecessary.
The SRS XB10 has Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC connectivity and has a built-in microphone so you can make phone calls.
Sony claims that the battery lasts for about 16 hours, but it all depends on the volume levels and whether you play it wireless or wired.
When you play music with intense sub-bass, the speaker provides deep bass. When volume is at top levels, there is a distortion which is standard for speakers this size. But if you keep the volume at moderate levels, there is no distortion, and the bass has a nice kick, thanks to the internal passive bass radiator.
If the songs are not heavy on the bass side, the Sony SRS XB10 gives a more natural sound, where drums are not pushing the speaker’s limits, and vocals are prominent. Even at higher volume levels, the highs and mids are crisp and without distortion.
In general, the bass of Sony SRS XB10 is quite powerful for the speaker’s small size and can outperform much larger speaker models. The sound is surprisingly full and clear, perfect for less complicated tracks and acoustic music. The mid-range is the most vital point of the speaker, making it fantastic for movies, YouTube videos, and podcasts.
When you play tracks with complex sound and more instruments at higher volumes, the details get lost. The speaker does not take advantage of the heavy bass, making it more suitable for more simple music genres, such as Pop or Electronic.
The SRS XB10 is capable of producing enough sound to fill an average-sized room. It is also great for entertaining a few people on the beach. But if you use it at a party with many people, the sound gets lost.
The Sony SRS XB10 offers excellent sound quality, fantastic bass, outstanding battery performance, water resistance for an affordable price for such a small and portable device. It is a great little speaker with a giant sound for its size, perfect for people who want a cheap, portable speaker with a decent sound.