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Sony SRS-XB30 Review: All About Thumping Bass and Lights

The Sony SRS-XB30 is not one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers out there but it delivers powerful sound.

Krishna Sinha Chaudhury | News18.com@krishnaa_tweets

Updated:June 24, 2017, 12:58 PM IST
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Sony SRS-XB30 Review: All About Thumping Bass and Lights
The Sony SRS-XB30 is not one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers out there but it delivers powerful sound.
Sony introduced SRS-XB series of portable Bluetooth docks this April – the SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB20 and the SRS-XB10 with support for Bluetooth (v4.4) and NFC connectivity.

Sony sent us the reddish-orange colour version of the SRS-XB30 speaker and here is what we think of it.

What’s Cool?

As far as the sound goes, the SRS-XB30 is a great Bluetooth dock. The portable speaker produces loud and clear sound. You can choose to turn the bass off or on. And, of course, the Sony SRS-XB30 is meant for people who like thumping bass.

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The SRS-XB30 dock weighs less than a kilogram and is almost 9-inches long with a matte rubberised finish that looks quite appealing. The mix of smoother and textured plastic renders a nice feel to it. The rubberised finish helps the dock to hold onto surfaces especially when the extra bass mode is turned on.

The Sony SRS-XB30 is not one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers out there but it delivers powerful sound.

The light show this dock provides to go with the music is impressive and goes especially well with the thumping base. This ‘club-like lighting effect’ feature is a great value-addition for EDM lovers who adore visuals with their music. Those who might find it distracting or would want to conserve the battery can turn it off by long-pressing the ‘Extra Bass’ button.

The placement of all controls are on the top: starting from the left is the Extra Bass button, next lies the call button, then there is the play/pause button. Next to it is the ‘Add’ button that lets you add additional speakers; one can connect up to 10 devices for simultaneous music experience, what Sony calls the wireless party chain. Next to that are the volume keys, a LED indicator, and the power button.

The NFC feature lets you just tap your NFC-enabled phone to pair with the SRS-XB30, which is a great value addition.

The Bluetooth connectivity was strong and the music dropped down only when I stepped out of the house.

Sony says that the SRS-XB30 can offer battery life of up to 24 hours; I could get up to 18 hours of playback at full volume with lights turned off, which makes the SRS-XB30 a good travel speaker too.

This dock produces ample and deep bass irrespective of the type of music you listen to. In fact, it sounds like a much bigger speaker than its size.

What’s Not So Cool?

The rubberised, soft finish on the Sony SRS-XB30 attracts dust, which is a let-down.

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The speaker great bass and detailed mids but, the vocals aren’t too clear. But then, the Sony SRS-XB30 belongs to the ‘Extra Bass’ line-up and does its job fairly well in producing thumping bass.

Verdict

The Sony SRS-XB30 is a great Bluetooth speaker with cool ‘club-like lighting effect’ that can be further customised. The NFC pairing option and great battery life

The NFC pairing option and great battery life are what makes this one a good buy at Rs 12,990.
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