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Sony SRS-XB23 Review

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81
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5

Experts

90
9,070

Consumers

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Product researchers praised the Sony SRS-XB23 during their tests, and they endorsed it for indoor and outdoor podcasts and music playback. They loved its balanced music soundscape and IP67-rated dustproof and waterproof construction. However, they criticized its subdued maximum SPL output.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony SRS-XB23 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising powerful sounds on the go. Featuring a unique water bottle-inspired design, this portable speaker stands out among the most popular speakers today. With a 311.7-foot Bluetooth range and dual-device Bluetooth pairing, this speaker provides excellent connectivity. It also has an app-based graphic EQ for fine-tuning settings. Continue reading our Sony SRS-XB23 review and see how it compares to the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Experts hailed the Sony SRS-XB23 during their experiments, endorsing it for indoor and outdoor music and podcast playback. Testers at PCMag loved its speakerphone functions and submersible IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof construction. Reviewers at TechRadar were delighted by its 1.1-lb compact construction. Check out the Sony SRS-XB12 review if you need a smaller device. Testers praised its neutral sound profile and low 3.70 dB frequency response standard error. However, the 71.3Hz to 7.0kHz frequency response range is narrow, and the so-so low bass might not please hardcore movie buffs. During testing, the device produced a good soundstage, posting a 3.98 dB directivity index. The device gets fairly loud, featuring an 84.9 dB maximum SPL, although it has a 4.79 dB sound-quality deterioration DRC at the maximum volume. See our Sony SRS-XB33 review for a louder speaker. Tests revealed a 9.2-hour battery life and support for smartphone-based Siri and Google Assistant voice assistant. It has a great 52 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 90 ms Android Bluetooth latency.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Fantastic IP67-rated waterproof, dustproof construction
  • Speakerphone functions and support for smartphone voices assistants
  • Decent soundstage performance and graphic EQ
  • Incredibly portable 1.1-lb construction
  • Good iOS Bluetooth latency and dual-device pairing

Reason to Avoid

  • Doesn’t get very loud
  • So-so Android Bluetooth latency

Sony SRS-XB23 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life12 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4 hrs
SizeSizeDiameter: 76 mm (d) Height: 218 mm (h)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage20W
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)8.6
Volume Output (dB)84.9
Low End Roll Off (Hz)95.137
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,248.003

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Market Context

The Sony SRS-XB23 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising powerful sounds on the go. Featuring a unique water bottle-inspired design, this…

The Sony SRS-XB23 is a mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker released in 2020, promising powerful sounds on the go. Featuring a unique water bottle-inspired design, this portable speaker stands out among the most popular speakers today. With a 311.7-foot Bluetooth range and dual-device Bluetooth pairing, this speaker provides excellent connectivity. It also has an app-based graphic EQ for fine-tuning settings. Continue reading our Sony SRS-XB23 review and see how it compares to the best-ranked Bluetooth speakers on the market today.

Some consumers also research this speaker’s compatriot, the Sony SRS-XB13, because it has a similar portable IP67-rated waterproof, dust-proof design. Producing better extended low-bass and…

Some consumers also research this speaker’s compatriot, the Sony SRS-XB13, because it has a similar portable IP67-rated waterproof, dust-proof design. Producing better extended low-bass and featuring an app-based graphic EQ, the Sony SRS-XB23 (this review) is better for music enthusiasts than the SRS-XB13, which doesn’t have a graphic EQ. However, the 0.6-lb XB13 is more portable than the 1.1-lb Sony SRS-XB23 wireless speaker. Check out our Sony SRS-XB13 review to learn more.

Some users compare the Sony SRS-XB23 with the JBL Charge 5 because both are portable battery-powered speakers. Featuring a better 3.98 dB directivity index and…

Some users compare the Sony SRS-XB23 with the JBL Charge 5 because both are portable battery-powered speakers. Featuring a better 3.98 dB directivity index and full support for stereo, the Sony SRS-XB23 portable speaker has a wider soundstage than the JBL Charge 5, which has a 4.27 dB directivity index and doesn’t support stereo. However, the 14.5-hour battery life of the JBL speaker is better than the 9.2-hour runtime of the Sony wireless speaker.

Other consumers are torn between the Sony SRS-XB23 and its competitor, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, seeing that both are portable Bluetooth speakers. The Ultimate…

Other consumers are torn between the Sony SRS-XB23 and its competitor, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, seeing that both are portable Bluetooth speakers. The Ultimate Ears device has a better 1.82 dB directivity index, resulting in a more immersive soundstage than the Sony SRS-XB23 portable speaker, which has a 3.98 dB directivity index. However, the Sony speaker supports smartphone-based voice assistants, unlike the BOOM 3.

Battery Life

12 hrs

16 hrs

20+ hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

No

Charge Time

4 hrs

4.5 hrs

4 hrs

Size

Diameter: 76 mm (d) Height: 218 mm (h)

3.75" (h) x 3" (w) x 3" (d)

Smart App

Yes

Yes

JBL Portable

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

20W

5-10W

30W

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

90

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True Score

81

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    61
    The entry-level Sony SRS-XB23 boasts a new design that moves the passive radiators to the… Read More

    By:

    Nick Pino
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sony XB23 is satisfactory for outdoor use. It has a very lightweight, portable design,… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Sony SRS-XB23 is a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker and the smallest and cheapest model in… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Sony’s SRS-XB23 speaker delivers solid audio for its size and price in an outdoor-friendly, waterproof… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Choice
    44.5

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” Read More

    By:

    Unknown