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Sony SRS-XB13 Review

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85
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Editors were amazed by the Sony SRS-XB13 during their experiments, and they recommended it for podcasts, music, and the outdoors. They loved its IP67-rated waterproof construction, speakerphone and voice assistant functions, and neutral sound profile. However, they were disappointed that it lacks an EQ.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony SRS-XB13 is an entry-level portable Bluetooth speaker that hit the market in 2021, touting a portable waterproof design for use on the go. Featuring a lightweight design and carrying strap, this speaker rates highly alongside the best-ranked speakers today. This portable speaker connects via Bluetooth 4.2 to devices as far away as 334.6 feet. Boasting an IP67-rated design, this unit is both submersible waterproof and dust-proof. It has a wide 84.8Hz to 17.0kHz frequency response range. Browse the specs of the Sony SRS-XB13 below and check out the top Bluetooth speakers in the industry today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Top critics adored the Sony SRS-XB13 during their evaluation sessions, approving the speaker for music, podcasts, and the outdoors. Experts from T3 loved its remarkable 0.6-lb portable construction. Analysts from Tech Hive applauded its speakerphone functions and IP67-rated submersible waterproof, dust-proof construction. However, it doesn’t get very loud, featuring a 78.4 dB maximum SPL, although the 0.96 dB DRC shows good sound quality at the maximum volume. Explore our Sonos Roam SL review if you need a louder speaker. The SRX-XB13 boasts a good 3.72 dB standard error, delivering balanced music. With an excellent 0.92 dB directivity index, this speaker provides a wide, natural soundstage. Battery life tests revealed a good 11.5-hour runtime, and the speaker supports smartphone-based Google Assistant and Siri voice assistants. The SRS-XB13 has good 41 ms iOS Bluetooth latency and 97 ms Android latency, so it’s good for movies. It also downgrades stereo to mono and lacks an EQ. See our SOUNDBOKS Go review if you need an EQ.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box
  • Outstanding IP67-rated waterproof construction
  • Immersive soundstage
  • Low sound compression rate at the highest volume setting
  • Decent 11.5-hour battery life

Reason to Avoid

  • Lacks EQ
  • Doesn’t support multi-device pairing
  • Downgrades stereo to mono
  • Doesn’t get very loud

Sony SRS-XB13 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life16 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time4.5 hrs
SizeSize3.75" (h) x 3" (w) x 3" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage5-10W
Wireless RangeWireless Range33 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)11.5
Volume Output (dB)78.4
Low End Roll Off (Hz)142.544
High End Roll Off (Hz)15,122.7

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Market Context

The Sony SRS-XB13 is an entry-level portable Bluetooth speaker that hit the market in 2021, touting a portable waterproof design for use on the go….

The Sony SRS-XB13 is an entry-level portable Bluetooth speaker that hit the market in 2021, touting a portable waterproof design for use on the go. Featuring a lightweight design and carrying strap, this speaker rates highly alongside the best-ranked speakers today. This portable speaker connects via Bluetooth 4.2 to devices as far away as 334.6 feet. Boasting an IP67-rated design, this unit is both submersible waterproof and dust-proof. It has a wide 84.8Hz to 17.0kHz frequency response range. Browse the specs of the Sony SRS-XB13 below and check out the top Bluetooth speakers in the industry today.

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Featuring deeper bass, the Sony SRS-XB13 (this review) is better for music and movie enthusiasts than the Sony SRS-XB12. However, the XB12 features an aux port, which is not available on the XB13 portable speaker. Learn more about the XB12 in our detailed Sony SRS-XB12 review today.

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Thanks to an app-based graphic EQ, the Sony SRS-XB23 is more customizable than the Sony XB13. The XB23 also produces deeper extended low-bass. However, the 0.6-lb Sony SRS-XB13 is more portable than the 1.1-lb XB23 wireless speaker. Check out our Sony SRS-XB23 review for details about the smaller speaker.

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With a better 0.92 dB directivity index, the Sony SRS-XB13 portable speaker produces more immersive music than the JBL GO 3, which has a 3.78 dB directivity index. It also has a better 11.5-hour battery life than the JBL speaker, which runs for 5 hours. However, the JBL device gets louder, featuring a 79.6 dB maximum SPL, beating the 78.4 dB maximum SPL of the Sony portable speaker.

Battery Life

16 hrs

16 hrs

12 hrs

5 hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

4.5 hrs

4 hrs and 30 meters

4 hrs

2.5 hrs

Size

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

74 mm (d) x 92 mm (h)

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

Smart App

Yes

Yes

Yes

n/a

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

n/a

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

5-10W

10W

20W

4.2W

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The Sony SRS-XB13 isn’t bad for music. It has a relatively boomy sound profile with… Read More

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The SRS-XB13 is Sony’s cheap portable speaker that’s built for people on a budget, but… Read More

    By:

    Yasmine Crossland
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Sony SRS-XB13 is a portable small Bluetooth speaker. Its compact design and carrying strap… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    50
    This small, IP67-rated speaker is as good as it gets for its diminutive size, delivering… Read More

    By:

    Jon L. Jacobi
  • Consumer Reports
    46.86

    Category Trust Rating

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

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    Unknown
  • Gizmodo
    41.6

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    So light! So small! USB-C charging and built-in mics. The strap is easy to use…. Read More

    By:

    Unknown

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