Sony is including 4 new fashions to its Bluetooth speaker lineup — one that’s pint sized and 4 sizable audio system that vary from tall rectangles with neon social gathering lights to a contemporary tackle the boombox.
Sony is boosting the sound high quality throughout the board, and after our early testing, these can get your toes tapping. You gained’t want to attend lengthy when you’re available in the market as nicely, since they’re all up for preorder beginning in the present day.
You could have a variety of choices in relation to small, inexpensive Bluetooth audio system. The Sony XB13 is on the upper finish of this class. It’s in regards to the measurement of a human fist and appears like a small can. Up high is the primary speaker grille, and on the backside, you’ll discover just a few cutouts for sound dispersion. Sony can also be providing the XB13 in a spread of colours: black, taupe, navy blue, pinkish orange and powder blue.
The design can also be purpose-built — out of the field, the XB13 has a strap in-built that permits you to simply deliver it with you on the go. It may be strapped to a backpack or bag, or simply held in your hand. The plastic and steel construct can also be IP67 rated, which implies it’s each water- and dustproof. This could survive a dunk within the pool, because it’s rated to resist half-hour in as much as a meter of water. Just like the Sonos Transfer, this Sony speaker has a UV coating to make sure the paint doesn’t crack over time.
The XB13 expenses with USB-C, and a cable comes within the field. Sony guarantees 16 hours of battery life.
In case you’re on Android, the XB13 will quick pair together with your cellphone. Flip it on, hit the Bluetooth button and it’ll begin casting a sign. Then deliver it near your Android gadget, and it’ll pop up on the underside. That is only for Android and makes pairing a cinch. It’s similar to quick pairing with AirPods on an iPhone.
After testing the XB13 for just a few days, we discovered the sound to be wealthy, clear and crisp. XB13 doesn’t introduce any muddiness both, with clear instrument separation. You may also bodily see the woofer up high transferring with any tones — it’s a visible affirmation of the sound being produced. It’s a pleasing sound expertise, and Sony’s “Sound Diffusion Processor” inside is working laborious. Sony was additionally sensible for together with a rubber grip end on the underside, which retains the XB13 from sliding away.
The XB13 is a wonderful speaker for the value and delivers a wealthy sound expertise that may scale fairly excessive. In case you go for two XB13s, you possibly can pair them collectively for a stereo expertise.
The XP500 is a big speaker match for events. And whereas we haven’t examined this particular mannequin, Sony’s earlier X-Collection provided large sound, that includes 4 audio system inside together with customized know-how to ship “Mega Bass.”
Just like the XP700 and XG500 beneath, Mega Bass boosts low and mid tones for a giant climactic sound. It’s basically an adjustment to the observe in actual time. You may also customise the EQ for these audio system within the Sony Music app for Android or iOS. You’ll be customizing the sound for 2 tweeters and two “X-Balanced” audio system. These work collectively to ship wealthy and clear sound with clear separation between gadgets on a observe.
On the high and backside are two LED gentle strips that’ll match no matter is taking part in. Inside the companion Sony Music app, you’ll have the ability to choose from a number of preset choices. It can be outdoors even in inclement climate, with an IPX4 water resistance ranking, that means that it may possibly deal with some gentle rain, however you shouldn’t push this in a pool. Sony guarantees 20 hours of battery life on the XP500, and it makes use of a proprietary charging port. You’ll additionally discover a single enter that can be utilized for a microphone or a guitar.
The XP700 is an enormous speaker, in regards to the measurement of a rubbish can. And it’s the one speaker on this new line to characteristic a rear-facing tweeter together with two tweeters and two X-Balanced audio system within the entrance, alongside Sony’s Mega Bass. And with sound being broadcast in all instructions, you possibly can place the XP700 just about wherever.
Like each different speaker right here, it’ll join by way of Bluetooth to your gadget and it’ll quick pair with an Android cellphone. You may also plug in with a USB-A drive or two guitar plugs that allow you to plug in a guitar and a microphone. The XP700 can also be IPX4 rated for water resistance. Lastly, Sony guarantees 25 hours of battery life, which is stable for a speaker of this measurement.
In our quick hands-on time up to now, the XP700 is already displaying plenty of promise. Sony’s premium speaker pumps out completely booming sound. What actually brings all of it collectively is the colourful gentle present that syncs up with no matter you’re taking part in.
We additionally discovered the soft-touch bodily controls straightforward and comfy to make use of, and have been in a position to pair to our iPhone in seconds. The XP700’s guitar port picked up our Fender Telecaster cleanly, and we have been even in a position to play alongside to tracks taking part in over Bluetooth. We’re undoubtedly desperate to see the way it holds up over extended jam periods and get-togethers — if we don’t get kicked out of our house.
Not solely does the XG500 characteristic two tweeters inside, nevertheless it has two X-Balanced speaker models that pack a severe punch with bass. Even at about 50% quantity, the XG500 managed to fill a complete one-bedroom house, and with it on the ground, we might really feel the sound radiating out. It additionally options Sony’s Mega Bass, which is an effective way to make your neighbors hate you whereas additionally delivering impactful low tones that don’t scale back the readability of a observe.
The XG500 sports activities a reasonably neat design that takes inspiration from boomboxes. There’s a large carrying deal with up high, which makes it straightforward to hold the XG500 round. It’s 11.7 kilos, which is surprisingly gentle for a speaker that may get this loud.
You’ll cost the XG500 with a proprietary wire and plug that comes within the field. Sony additionally consists of two USB-A ports for charging different units, an audio out and a guitar jack. With the latter, you can plug in a guitar for some shredding or a microphone for singing. Sony guarantees 30 hours of battery life with a 10-minute cost delivering three hours of playback.
It additionally carries an IP66 ranking, and the material encasing the XG500 repels water and, by design, causes it to bead up, then fall off — which we discovered to work as designed.
Just like the opposite audio system right here, this will quick pair with Android units additionally. Inside the Sony Music app for Android or iOS, you get some customizations, together with lighting controls for the left and proper sides. There are a number of choices like chill, rave or strobe. You’ll want it to be fairly darkish to see the lights in motion, although.