Sony portable speakers arrive in time for summer
Sony is excited to update its line of portable wireless speakers every spring, and this year will be no different. The company has already presented four new models, ranging from ultra-compact and easy to pack to the most robust karaoke party devices. According to the requirements, the company may make available a device to play music outdoors – or perhaps indoors – this summer.
The first on the list is the SRS-XB13. This tiny speaker is compact in every way, with a general design that is already common to see on Sony products. It is about seven centimeters high, less than a 350 ml soda can and about seven centimeters wide. This small sound drum is equipped with Extra Bass to provide “very clear and powerful bass”.
The XB13 also has a sound diffusion processor that the company provides “rich and dynamic sound” even on a tiny speaker like this. The device is rated IP67 against dust and waterproof with a UV coating for extra protection outdoors. This XB13 can be used for calls hands-free and associate two of them at the same time to obtain a pair of stereo sound. Finally, its battery has a duration of 16 hours of life, and will be available on the market in June for US $ 59.99.
Sony also has three new models within the X-series speaker range that offer more power, lights and instrument inputs for more entertainment options. For those looking for a real party machine, the SRS-XP500 and SRS-XP700 offer a variety of features for such purposes. Both have customizable LED lighting, are IPX4 water resistant and have a practical mobile phone / tablet support for the DJ device.
Both models also include Sony’s X-Balance square speaker unit for “powerful bass” and “less distortion”, with the ability to activate a Mega Bass setting if the festivities so require. Both the XP500 and Xp700 have two 1/4 inch microphone or instrument inputs with independent volume controls and support Sony’s Party Mode to sync multiple devices in one configuration. Dual USB ports allow you to charge devices or play stored music over a wired connection.
There are some relevant differences between the SRS-XP500 and the SRS-XP700. Both can be positioned vertically or sideways, but on the XP700, the speakers automatically reconfigure themselves according to the position of the unit. The XP700 has a rear-firing tweeter to help spread the sound over larger environments. Another major difference is the battery life.
Sony says the XP500 can last up to 20 hours on a charge, while the XP700 can maintain sound for up to 25 hours. There is a quick charge feature on both that allows you to give them 80 minutes (XP500) and 3 hours (XP700) of use after plugging in for ten minutes. The last point at which the two speakers differ is the price: while the XP500 costs 349.99 US dollars, the XP700 costs 449.99 US dollars. Both models are due to start selling next month.
If you are more inclined towards a boombox unit, the SRS-Xg500 may be for you. X-Balanced loudspeaker units and “high efficiency” tweeters are included again, as well as the Mega Bass configuration. The XG500 has more subtle ring lighting at the edges and is easy to carry around by hand. This model has an IP66 waterproof rating and is covered in a water-repellent mesh. Sony says the fabric exterior can also be cleaned easily. There is a 1/4 inch input for a microphone or guitar, as well as a single USB port for charging the device to play music.
The XG500 offers 30 hours of battery life on a 10-minute fast charge, providing three hours of use at a glance. Like the other options, this speaker is set to go on sale in June, at a price of US $ 449.99.
XP500, XP700 and XG500 work with Sony’s Music Center app. This software allows you to adjust the EQ to suit the musical style or event. Sony says that all three speakers also have their updated Remastered DSP (digital signal processing), which has been reset to an audio profile “genre free“. This explains that the change should lead to obtaining fuller vocals and in general a more “natural” sound. The company’s Fiestable app offers the ability to host karaoke parties, as well as adjust the colors of the built-in LED lighting.