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Sony launches new wireless speakers with EXTRA BASS

The 2020 Sony SRS-XB range. (Source: Sony)
The 2020 Sony SRS-XB range. (Source: Sony)
Sony has announced new additions to its SRS-XB line of wireless speakers. Their generation features programmable lighting strips in their IP67 housing and are engineered for "deep, punchy bass" and a 3D surround effect. There are 3 models in this line-up that are available to pre-order from today.

Sony has unveiled its new SRS-XB wireless speakers for 2020. These 3 new devices (the SRS-XB23, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB43) are based on the OEM's X-Balanced Speaker Unit, which has specially-designed non-circular and off-center speaker diaphragms.

Their maker claims that these properties are associated with "richer and deeper" audio; for example, distortion is reduced by 25% in the XB33, while sound pressure is raised by ~30%, compared to its predecessor the XB32.

These new SRS-XBs also feature passive radiators optimized for EXTRA BASS(TM). Furthermore, they are dustproof, water-resistant, shockproof and rustproof, thanks to specs such as an IP67 rating, thus enhancing their credibility as bring-anywhere peripherals. Both of these areas of efficacy as portable speakers are further enhanced with mica-reinforced "cellular" cones and dust caps.

The higher-end XB33 and XB43 also feature lighting for their lateral accents, speakers and tweeters, which can be controlled using Sony's Fiestable and Music Center apps. They also feature LIVE SOUND, a "3D audio" effect intended to mimic the experience of a live concert, as well as a 5V/1A USB type A port for a user's smartphone or other device.

The XB23 may have none of this, but it does have a re-worked tubular chassis rather than the old 'lozenge with eyes' form of its predecessors and current counterparts. Therefore, it works in both portrait and landscape orientations. It is also small enough to perhaps fit in the water-holder of some backpacks, and has a handy strap for versatile placement.

All 3 new speakers charge via USB type C and have batteries rated for up to 24 hours of continuous use. The Sony SRS-XB23, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB43 are priced at US$99.99, $149.99 and $249.99 respectively, and are available to pre-order from sites such as BestBuy and Amazon.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-05-12 (Update: 2020-05-12)