Sony SRS-XB13 review: impressive portable wireless speaker for music
Sony is a brand that understands the audiophile nerve and it shows in its products, including the tiny portable wireless speakers. The Japanese tech company recently extended its audio line to India with the launch of the Sony SRS-XB13 portable wireless speaker. Successor of the Sony SRS-XB12, the Sony SRS-XB13 brings minor but relevant improvements over its predecessor. But what about in terms of value for money? Let’s find out:
If you liked the Sony SRS-XB12, there’s no reason not to like the Sony SRS-XB13 design. The speaker features a cylindrical body with a curved grille covering the speaker on top for wider audio delivery. It has a flat base with cutout areas just above the lower circumference side that function as passive radiators to enhance low frequencies.
Speaking of girth (sides), the front half is clean, the Sony logo visible on the left side, the buttons on the right side (extending to the rear) and the strap hook on the back. There are a total of five buttons – power, bluetooth, play / pause, volume down, volume up. As part of its upgrade, the Sony SRS-XB13 gets a USB-C port instead of the microUSB in the predecessor. Although this is a minor upgrade, the switch to USB-C is relevant and likely to help users of smartphones and other accessories with a USB-C port to reduce the amount of money. clutter of the wires. Speaking of wires, the Sony SRS-XB13 lacks the 3.5mm audio input port and Bluetooth is all it relies on for connectivity.
Despite being a small speaker, the SRS-XB13 packs a punch in audio output – thanks to the 46mm full-range speaker with passive radiator for better bass response. What separates the Sony SRS-XB13 from most other affordable speakers is the rich bass and balanced sound it brings to the table. And thanks to its design, the sound is distributed evenly all around.
The punchy sound makes the speaker ideal for most musical genres. However, some might find that it lacks bulk, especially when used outdoors. Fortunately, Sony has retained true wireless stereo connectivity here. Therefore, you can pair another Sony SRS-XB13 speaker and increase the volume while turning the setup into a stereo setup.
The Sony SRS-XB13 is average when it comes to calls. Its built-in microphone clearly picks up the voice in the immediate vicinity. This is an ordinary microphone and not a far field microphone and therefore cannot pick up voice from a distance.
Nonetheless, adding a microphone along with the speakerphone makes it a versatile device, especially in ongoing pandemic situations. The IP67 rating for protection against water and dust damage completes the packaging.
The impressive 16-hour battery life on a full charge completes the package. The only downside here is the long charging time, but that’s a small issue considering the large package that the Sony SRS-XB13 is otherwise.
Priced at Rs 3,990, the Sony SRS-XB13 is expensive than most other speakers of the same type. However, the compact and portable speaker design, excellent audio output, microphone setup for calls, and long battery life justify the premium Sony puts on the price. The Sony SRS-XB13 is a no-brainer if you are in the market looking for a compact portable wireless speaker ideal for music and calls.