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Sony XB90 Review

True Score

67
65
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Experts

76
83

Consumers

Expert Rankings

Top-tier testers liked that the Sony XB90 had a deep bass response and a high maximum volume. They also appreciated its user-intuitive companion app and long battery life; however, they complained that its bulky size infringed on its portability and did not like its lack of WiFi connectivity.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in early 2019, the Sony XB90 is a premium Bluetooth speaker with a high enough max volume to be used outdoors. The XB90 features RGB lighting and a battery that lasts up to 15 hours, which is in line with some of the most popular speakers in the industry. The Sony speaker can also be used as a speakerphone and is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri when paired to a smartphone through Bluetooth. Speaking of which, the speaker’s Bluetooth connectivity rivals that of the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers since it can pair with up to three devices simultaneously, and its latency, when paired with either iOS or Android devices, is also relatively low. The XB90 also has an easy-to-use companion app with a graphical equalizer and presets. The app also allows for pairing with other speakers for an even more immersive listening experience when streaming videos or music.

Consensus

our Verdict

Critics praised the Sony XB90 for its powerful bass output and how loud it could get. During their experiments, experts from Rtings were able to adjust and customize its sound quality after connecting to the XB90 through the Sony Music Center (app), and they were also pleased with how easy it was to use. They lauded the speaker’s deep bass response and were satisfied with its 15.3-hour battery life. Testers from Nerd Techy also liked that the XB90 could be paired with up to 3 different devices and that it had support for NFC one-touch connectivity.

Still, the XB90 didn’t impress reviewers with its bulky nature, as they complained that this made it difficult to move around. The Sony XG500 is an alternative that doesn’t compromise on bass depth or battery life but is more portable. Check it out in our Sony SRS XG500 review. Testers also complained about the speaker’s lack of WiFi connectivity.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Works with Google Assistant and Siri
  • High max volume
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Great battery performance
  • Multi-device connectivity

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • Bulky in size

Sony XB90 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life15 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time4.5 hrs
SizeSize13.23" (w) x 26.38" (h) x 13.19" (d)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater Resistantn/a
WattageWattage470W
Wireless RangeWireless Range40 ft

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)15.3
Volume Output (dB)98.3
Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)1,612.699

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Sony XB90 Review

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Market Context

First released in early 2019, the Sony XB90 is a premium Bluetooth speaker with a high enough max volume to be used outdoors. The XB90…

First released in early 2019, the Sony XB90 is a premium Bluetooth speaker with a high enough max volume to be used outdoors. The XB90 features RGB lighting and a battery that lasts up to 15 hours, which is in line with some of the most popular speakers in the industry. The Sony speaker can also be used as a speakerphone and is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri when paired to a smartphone through Bluetooth. Speaking of which, the speaker’s Bluetooth connectivity rivals that of the highest-rated Bluetooth speakers since it can pair with up to three devices simultaneously, and its latency, when paired with either iOS or Android devices, is also relatively low. The XB90 also has an easy-to-use companion app with a graphical equalizer and presets. The app also allows for pairing with other speakers for an even more immersive listening experience when streaming videos or music.

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Battery Life

15 hrs

25 hrs

23 hrs

18 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

n/a

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

4.5 hrs

3 hrs

n/a

3.5 hrs

Size

13.23" (w) x 26.38" (h) x 13.19" (d)

27.28" (h) x 12.32" (w) x 14.44" (d)

34.5 cm (w) x 65.6 cm (h) x 37.9 cm (d)

27" (h) x 12.8" (w) x 14.5" (d)

Smart App

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

n/a

Yes

n/a

Yes

Wattage

470W

110W

60W

240W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

65

*.75

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Customer Score

76

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

67

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    102.6

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