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14.33 x 5.98 x 7.8 inches
1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
May 11, 2020
– September 21, 2021
The speaker is exactly what you expect, the only problem is the volume. I mean the thing is pretty huge, yet it’s not powerful at ALL. If you plan on Not taking this outside or for parties then this speakers for you. The bass would be fuzzy at certain levels too. I returned it since it was not $250 worth in my eyes. Get a jbl or bose instead, trust me.
– September 29, 2021
First off, I ordered the XB43 solely for an upcoming trip. I was initially going to grab the JBL Charge series due to portability but came across the XB33, which led me to this beast. Took a chance and pre-ordered it instead of going with JBL (always found the sound of their equipment to not be what I was looking for). Have to say, this thing is every bit what I wanted–solid crisp bass and the EQ mixture control helps accentuate any style of music you might be in to (I mainly do rock and EDM, my wife enjoys hip hop and country).
Prior to receiving this, I also took a chance and ordered my wife the XB33. Our previous bluetooth speaker was the SRS X5, so clearly both speakers are a marked improvement over what we had. With that said, I have to say that when I take the XB33 out on its own, I don’t notice too much difference between the two. The XB33 has every bit the volume and bass you’d want, it’s shockingly loud for its size, lightweight, portable and it floats on water–huge bonus.
With that said, when I do put the speakers together and play music connected via Party Connect, I do notice a difference in sound. Both speakers have a clean sound, but it’s clear that the XB43 has more power and a greater depth overall. Of course, the XB43 is literally twice the size and weight–it’s still very portable compared to a wired speaker system, but not as portable as the XB33.
The lights on these speakers are excellent, and it’s a feature I didn’t think I’d care for. In case you didn’t like the strobe lighting from the middle portion of the speaker, Sony has a handful of options in their app to have only the LED bars on the side light up, or you can just turn them off altogether. Additionally, the Live Sound feature is one of the coolest addition I’ve heard–songs you’ve heard hundreds of time sound completely new in a great way, where the background sound is emphasized appropriately.
You seriously can’t go wrong with this or the XB33. If you get the XB33, you’ll probably never hear a difference in anything you’re missing. If you go with the XB43, you’re getting an incredible speaker that’s able to travel and withstand the elements. Expect to get every bit of the bass and sound you want to hear, but don’t expect the bass to blow you away like you’re listening to a subwoofer built to never go anywhere–that’s not the point of this speaker system.
– October 18, 2021
The sound is not sharp at high volume. There is an another issue, in website the seller shows that the country of origin is India but I got a product made in China. I don’t know what is the issue here. I think amazon should take steps against this.
– October 31, 2021
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Update #2: I’m reading reviews saying it’s quiet… download the app and max out the EQ for low, mids & highs. It doubles the sound output. It doesn’t even distort the sound. It’s loud enough for me with regular settings though.
1 month update: I’ve had time to really enjoy this speaker. I want to talk about the battery life now. I wake up every morning at 4am to get ready for work. That’s when I unplug this speaker and turn it on. I play it softly in the morning. Until 4:50 when I set off for work. When I get to work my phone instantly returns to the xb43 the second I turn the key off. That’s where it starts playing 10 hours straight. Anywhere from 60% – 90% volume. I leave work and it’s at 70% battery still. After 10 straight hours! I don’t know how long it lasts on 100% volume with the lights on. It’s too loud. Our PM’s and President probably would ban all music if we were to blast it all day long.
Now let me get back to the bass. The trick with the bass is to download the music center app and adjust the mids & highs to negative six to ten (-6 to -10) and adjust the lows to plus one or two (+1 or +2) that way the bass isn’t muddied and all you have to do is turn the speaker up louder to get massive op bass. Or put bass on 10 and the other on -10 to just slap xD
(Old review): I’m not sure where to start with this thing. First of all the sound is on point. It sounds better than my cars speakers. The highs and mids are replicated beautifully.
Now let me warn you about the bass. I don’t see anything extra about it. The bass is there. It creates the tones. It can replicate the bass from Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” Most portable speakers can’t even attempt to reproduce that low level of hertz bass line. It slaps but it’s a 7ish pound speaker so don’t expect to feel it in open spaces.
If you listen in a confined space like the bathroom, the bass rocks. If your listening outdoors you can hear it. People will be impressed that this level of sound is coming from this sleek flashing bar. It’s very beautiful. It’s impressive. All my coworkers put away their speakers (Bose, JBL etc…) and downloaded the fiesta app and add songs to the queue. They like the sound of my speaker better than their equivalently priced bt speakers. I’m proud of my Sony.
– November 12, 2021
For People using the XB31 or the XB32 PLEASE DON’T WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS MONEY in upgrading to this AS you will definitely hate the Audio Separation and Lower Bass in this.
Again, I’m badly disappointed with the Sound Quality, which should get better as a company releases newer models and in this case, is clearly a step back. WHY SONY?
Newcomers to Sony are most welcome to try the xb33.
– November 18, 2021
I have used it for a month now. Very unbalanced sound signature . For comparison I have a xb 30 too and xb30 is comparably same loud as this when watching movies. Also the subtle sounds in this bigger speaker are completely lost which could be easily heard on xb30 or a headphone.
This speaker has very forward vocals(like in your face). It has more bass than xb30 but xb30 is much pleasant to listen and xb30 has surprisingly better sound stage and natural sound reproduction. Xb43 has harsh highs and lot of bass but a lot of frequencies in between are completely gone. At one point while watching a short movie I thought why have the movie makers haven’t put any background sounds and too my surprise they had – it’s just that this speaker was not able to reproduce them. You can watch short movie nine minutes by dust on YouTube to catch the subtle differences.
It’s ok to accentuate some feequencies (bass)but to remove some frequencies (in lower mid range) is unacceptable
Given it is 3kg and so much bigger than xb30 (1 kg) it produces may be a little more sound than xb30 but not by much. The sound signature is so hollow. Lot of times I am thinking there must be some more instruments than this speaker is reproducing.
Not at all recommended.
Trust me check this out against xtreme 2 or onyx studio 6 or bose revolve + in some store. Don’t go by YouTube reviews.
I have given 2 stars so that the potential buyers don’t ignore my review as a pissed of or biased user.
– November 18, 2021
Used it for almost 7 hrs now continously XB33Pros1. Battery too good ran for 6 hrs only 30% drop including lights on mode2. U can charge from any USB C3. This will act as power bank for charging Mobile phone4. Live mode is also good5. Shockproof6. Dustproof7. Waterproof8. NFC work smoothly9. Bluetooth works as creamy butter10. Heavy and will mark its presence in a 2 bhk Apartment very easily.
This are verified points
ConsNo Radio connection
Not TestedVoice assistant till now, will update review later
– December 6, 2021
For long I was looking out for a good speaker to carry. I have always liked JBL but then JBL Flip is too mainstream and I wanted something classy and something that would stand out. I looked at SRS XB23 and i made up my mind to buy this one. After i bought this one, i looked for rivals and other features, I was convinced that I have made a good choice.
Pros:– Build Quality is AWESOME, one holds it in hands and feels the strong plastics used, this one can sustain some abuse.– Classy looks, I think all the colors are awesome in this minimalist design.– Rubber grip given at the base, doesn’t let the speaker skid while using.– Can be used in vertical or Horizontal position, good part is, it aligns itself automatically in horizontal position.– Has type C charger, faster charging and no need to carry extra charger cable for speaker.– Waterproof, dust proof and shockproof, gives confidence to use it outdoors.– Sony sound quality is always better than rivals.– Adequate Bass for 20 W unit, certainly doesn’t enhance bass though.– Filling sound in medium sized room and excitingly pulpy outdoors. I have used it in mildly windy parts of Himalayas, works well.– Charge lasts for 10-12 hours of normal usage (Incl calls).– Connects to two devices at a time, thereby if one is using two devices, it automatically switches sound inputs. Small feature, very convenient!– Good strap, useful and quality is really good.– Has a mature and calm poise, a quality that makes it an able candidate to sit proudly in living room. It is a looker in its unique way.
Cons-– It looks way too simple. In other words its not flashy or gaudy.– Rubbery gimmicky material is missing that may appeal to adolescent public.– Has a sound output of 20W and not more.– Doesn’t have AUX input.– Product focuses on quality and is a little expensive.– Cover is unavailable in the market custom made for this one yet.
I would strongly recommend this one, if portability, sturdiness and quality sound is what you are looking for in a wireless portable speaker.
Absolutely rugged piece from SONY Corp, I am extremely happy to own.
– December 8, 2021
Sony has always been popular for it’s revolutionary sound. Though the bass is not as punchy and powerful as it’s rival, the JBL charge, the lights completely steals the show.
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