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Sony SRS-XB01 Review

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73
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Experts

80
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Consumers

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Critics were delighted by the Sony SRS-XB01, and they approved it for music, podcasts, and the outdoors. They like its neutral music, low Bluetooth latency, and low sound compression at the maximum volume. However, they were disappointed that it didn’t get very loud.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony SRS-XB01 is a mid-range wireless portable speaker released in 2018, promising deep bass and punchy music for smartphone users. Like the top-ranked speakers today, the Sony SRS-XB01 is remarkably portable. Connecting via Bluetooth 4.2, it has an impressive 326.4-foot Bluetooth range. This device has a good battery life and has a water-resistant IPX5-rated construction. Examine the specs of the Sony SRS-XB01 below and see how it stacks up against the highest-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top experts lauded the Sony SRS-XB01, endorsing it for music, podcasts, and outdoor enthusiasts. Tests as CNET hailed its remarkably portable 0.2-lb design. Testers at Which? Confirmed that it has speakerphone features, and they praised its 142.5Hz to 14.3 kHz frequency response range. It has a low 2.44 dB standard error, producing well-balanced music, although the mediocre low bass is unlikely to appeal to hardcore movie lovers. It also lacks EQ or presets. Check out our Sony SRS-RA5000 review if you need an EQ. During testing, it ran for 11.5 hours on a single charge. This portable speaker supports Siri and Google Assistant via a smartphone, and it has a good 46 ms Android Bluetooth latency and 45 ms iOS latency. However, it has a poor 5.17 dB directivity index, equating to a narrow soundstage, and it doesn’t support stereo. With a 78.1 dB peak SPL, this device doesn’t get very loud, although it has a great0 .3 dB DRC sound compression rate at the maximum volume.

Reason to Buy

  • Supports smartphone voice assistants
  • Low Bluetooth latency
  • Maintains good audio quality at the maximum volume
  • Decent 11.5-hour battery life
  • Speakerphone functions

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor low-bass
  • Speaker doesn’t get very loud
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Downmixes stereo to mono

Sony SRS-XB01 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life6 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time3 hrs
SizeSize81.5 mm (w) x 57.5 mm (h) x 56.5 mm (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage5W
Wireless RangeWireless Range9.8 meter

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)11.5
Volume Output (dB)78.1
Low End Roll Off (Hz)201.587
High End Roll Off (Hz)12,002.895

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Market Context

The Sony SRS-XB01 is a mid-range wireless portable speaker released in 2018, promising deep bass and punchy music for smartphone users. Like the top-ranked speakers…

The Sony SRS-XB01 is a mid-range wireless portable speaker released in 2018, promising deep bass and punchy music for smartphone users. Like the top-ranked speakers today, the Sony SRS-XB01 is remarkably portable. Connecting via Bluetooth 4.2, it has an impressive 326.4-foot Bluetooth range. This device has a good battery life and has a water-resistant IPX5-rated construction. Examine the specs of the Sony SRS-XB01 below and see how it stacks up against the highest-ranked Bluetooth speakers today.

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Battery Life

6 hrs

16 hrs

5 hrs

13 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

n/a

Charge Time

3 hrs

4 hrs and 30 meters

2 hrs

2.6 hrs

Size

81.5 mm (w) x 57.5 mm (h) x 56.5 mm (d)

74 mm (d) x 92 mm (h)

5.5" (w) x 3.54" (h) x 8.07" (d)

4.1" (h) x 3.8" (w) x 3.8" (d)

Smart App

Yes

Yes

Yes

n/a

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

5W

10W

30W

100W

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Expert Score

69

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Customer Score

80

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True Score

73

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    55
    The Sony SRS-XB01 is okay for outdoor use. It’s portable, and it even has a… read more

    By:

    David Carnoy
  • CNET
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sony SRS-XB01 is a likable little speaker that’s well designed and sounds decent enough… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Choice
    44.5

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    “No bottom line found for this product” read more

    By:

    Unknown

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