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Sony SRS-XB33 Review

True Score

79
76
8

Experts

88
6,360

Consumers

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Top-tier testers liked that the Sony SRS-XB33 had an impressive bass response, excellent build quality, and long battery life. They also praised its intuitive companion app and were delighted with its portability. However, its lack of WiFi connectivity, missing Alexa support, and low max volume was not pleasing.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony SRS-XB33 is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced mid-2020. Available in up to four color choices, the speaker boasts a long-lasting battery that manufacturers claim will keep the music playing for longer than a day, as long as the music is played at low volume and its ambient lighting is switched off. Its voice assistant support is a feature it has in common with some of the best speakers on the market. The XB33 is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri and can also be used as a speakerphone when making or answering calls since it also has an onboard microphone. Its Bluetooth connectivity is also outstanding since it can be paired with two devices simultaneously, and like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can maintain a strong connection with devices that are up to 334 ft away. Its Bluetooth and iOS latency is also relatively low, so there won’t be any noticeable lag when streaming videos or listening to music.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Sony SRS-XB33 was hailed by expert testers for its long battery life, its ambient lighting, and its suitability for outdoor use. Product analysts from Rtings were impressed with its battery performance since, during their tests, the speaker kept going for up to 12 hours. They also lauded its easy-to-use companion app, which had a STAMINA mode to reduce bass and conserve battery life. They also liked that they could pair it with other speakers and that it was incredibly portable at a weight of only 2.4 pounds. The Sony SRS XB23 is an even lighter alternative, weighing about 1.1 pounds. Check it out in our Sony SRS-XB23 review. Reviewers from Tech Radar also commended its bass response and liked that it could pair with up to 100 compatible speakers.

However, testers lamented the speaker’s lack of WiFI connectivity and low max volume. They were also unimpressed with its lack of support for Amazon Alexa.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent bass response
  • Long battery life
  • Intuitive companion app
  • Dust and water resistance
  • Lightweight and portable

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • Low max volume
  • Not compatible with Amazon Alexa

Sony SRS-XB33 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life24 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time5 hrs
SizeSize9.7" (w) x 3.8" (h) x 4.2" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage30W
Wireless RangeWireless Range30 m

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)15.775
Volume Output (dB)86.85
Low End Roll Off (Hz)142.544
High End Roll Off (Hz)1,356.113

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Market Context

The Sony SRS-XB33 is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced mid-2020. Available in up to four color choices, the speaker boasts a long-lasting…

The Sony SRS-XB33 is an entry-level Bluetooth speaker that was first announced mid-2020. Available in up to four color choices, the speaker boasts a long-lasting battery that manufacturers claim will keep the music playing for longer than a day, as long as the music is played at low volume and its ambient lighting is switched off. Its voice assistant support is a feature it has in common with some of the best speakers on the market. The XB33 is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri and can also be used as a speakerphone when making or answering calls since it also has an onboard microphone. Its Bluetooth connectivity is also outstanding since it can be paired with two devices simultaneously, and like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, it can maintain a strong connection with devices that are up to 334 ft away. Its Bluetooth and iOS latency is also relatively low, so there won’t be any noticeable lag when streaming videos or listening to music.

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The Sony SRS-XB33 supports voice assistant and speakerphone functionality, while the JBL Flip 6 does not. It also has ambient lighting that is missing on the Flip 6, but the Flip 6 is lighter and, therefore, more portable than the XB33.

Battery Life

24 hrs

24 hrs

20+ hrs

12 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

Yes

No

n/a

Charge Time

5 hrs

5 hrs

4 hrs

2 hrs

Size

9.7" (w) x 3.8" (h) x 4.2" (d)

4.84" (h) x 12.8" (w) x 4.61" (d)

7" (w) x 2.7" (h) x 2.9" (d)

Smart App

Yes

n/a

JBL Portable

JBL Portable

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

30W

32W

30W

30W

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Expert Score

76

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Customer Score

88

*.25

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True Score

79

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    58
    There’s plenty for the Sony SRS-XB33 to shout about, and it isn’t afraid to do… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Rating

    57
    Sony’s waterproof SRS-XB33 speaker delivers cool LED lighting and some surprising bass depth for its… Read More

    By:

    Jennifer Allen
  • Techgear Lab
    44.89

    Category Trust Rating

    73
    The Sony SRS-XB33 is good for outdoor use. It feels sturdy and durable, with an… Read More

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sony SRS-XB33 has a few drawbacks, especially in the artifacts and spatial attributes, but… Read More

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Which?
    62.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The Sony SRS-XB33 is described by Sony as a ‘durable party Bluetooth speaker’, aiming to… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Sony SRS-XB33 brings the party with impressive volume and fun lighting features. Folks looking… Read More

    By:

    Unknown

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