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Sony SRS-XB43 Review

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Specialists praised the Sony SRS-XB43’s excellent battery life and sturdy build quality. They were impressed with its portability and its low bass response. Still, they complained that it was not as easy to store due to its bulky size and that its sound got distorted at max volume. They also didn’t like its missing WiFi connectivity.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a top-shelf Bluetooth speaker that was first launched in mid-2020. The speaker’s dust and water resistance makes it an ideal pick for use outdoors, and weighing only 6.4 pounds, it shouldn’t be challenging to carry around. The speaker also offers ambient lighting on both ends, and like the best speakers around, it is also capable of a stereo sound output. The XB43 also has a long-lasting battery that offers up to 15 hours of continuous playback. The best Bluetooth speakers have an extended range of connectivity, and in this regard, the XB43 is no different. It can sustain a connection with devices up to 334 ft away, and it can also be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Its latency when connected to iOS and Android devices is also relatively low, making the speaker ideal for watching movies or streaming music without any lag.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product testers praised the Sony SRS-XB43 for its water and dust resistance and long battery life. Product reviewers from Rtings were also pleased with how portable it was and liked that it was capable of stereo output. During their tests, its battery lasted for up to 15 hours. If this isn’t enough, you might want to consider the Sony SRS-XG500, which lasts up to 25 hours. Check it out in our Sony SRS-XG500 review. Product analysts from PC Mag praised the speaker’s bass depth and liked how loud it could get. They were impressed with the ambient lighting provided by the LED bands on its left and right sides and liked that they could adjust its equalizer through its companion app, which they also found pretty easy to use.

Still, the XB43 had its share of drawbacks, as testers complained that its bulky size might make storage difficult. They also lamented its lack of WiFI connectivity and noted that its audio quality got distorted at higher volumes.

Reason to Buy

  • Dust and water resistant
  • Impressive bass response
  • Loud max volume
  • Long range of connectivity
  • Long battery life

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • Bulky size complicates storage
  • Audio distorts at max volume

Sony SRS-XB43 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life24 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Charge TimeCharge Time5 hrs
SizeSize4.84" (h) x 12.8" (w) x 4.61" (d)
Smart AppSmart Appn/a
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage32W
Wireless RangeWireless Range98.4 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)15
Volume Output (dB)90
Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,381.676

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Market Context

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a top-shelf Bluetooth speaker that was first launched in mid-2020. The speaker’s dust and water resistance makes it an ideal pick…

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a top-shelf Bluetooth speaker that was first launched in mid-2020. The speaker’s dust and water resistance makes it an ideal pick for use outdoors, and weighing only 6.4 pounds, it shouldn’t be challenging to carry around. The speaker also offers ambient lighting on both ends, and like the best speakers around, it is also capable of a stereo sound output. The XB43 also has a long-lasting battery that offers up to 15 hours of continuous playback. The best Bluetooth speakers have an extended range of connectivity, and in this regard, the XB43 is no different. It can sustain a connection with devices up to 334 ft away, and it can also be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Its latency when connected to iOS and Android devices is also relatively low, making the speaker ideal for watching movies or streaming music without any lag.

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Battery Life

24 hrs

24 hrs

20+ hrs

Built In Microphone

Yes

n/a

No

Charge Time

5 hrs

5 hrs

4 hrs

Size

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

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

Smart App

n/a

Yes

JBL Portable

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

32W

30W

30W

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Score

    62
    The Sony Extra Bass XB43 is a fun and unashamedly party speaker. If its built-in… read more

    By:

    Mike Lowe
  • DXO Mark
    98.76

    Category Trust Score

    61
    The Sony SRS-XB43 is a bass-forward Bluetooth speaker with an outdoor-friendly design, built-in LED lighting,… read more

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Sony XB43 is great for outdoor use. It has an IP67 rating for dust… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Sony SRS-XB43 delivers a fairly contrasted audio performance overall, with very satisfying results for… read more

    By:

    Unknown
  • Choice
    44.5

    Category Trust Score

    By:

    Unknown

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